• Welcome to the website of the Data Analytics for Complex Human Behaviors (DACHB) Lab!

    We develop and apply data science techniques to complex problems. While we are computer scientists, our work is often interdisciplinary and our lab welcomes collaborations.

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Our Lab

Our lab started in 2015. We use modern workstations and massive storage to generate insight from large datasets. Check our current students, alumni and collaborators.

Our lab started in 2015. We use modern workstations and massive storage to generate insight from large datasets.

Dr. Giabbanelli in DACH Lab

Our Director

Dr. Philippe J. Giabbanelli joined Northern Illinois University from the University of Cambridge where he was a researcher. He teaches data science courses and supervises research students.

Dr Philippe J. Giabbanelli joined NIU from the University of Cambridge where he was a researcher. He teaches data science courses and supervises research students.

Dr. Phillipe J. Giabbaneli
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Our Skills

Modeling and Simulation

We calibrate models using data, and we then go beyond the data to test "what-if" scenarios and support decision-making.

Big Data

We’re experienced in dealing with datasets of different sizes using technologies such as NoSQL. We have a dedicated storage of 42TB.

Data Mining

To understand the current situation or inform model design, we mine datasets, both structured and unstructured (text).

Visualization

We create and evaluate novel interactive visualizations to support analysts in generating insight from data with specific characteristics.

Our Achievements

Publications


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We publish in computer science conferences and interdisciplinary journals.

Grants


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Our research is supported by internal and extramural funding.

Theses


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Congratulations to our students for defending their theses!

Updates

We cover major lab activities in this section. Click here to read about previous lab updates.

  • Best paper award at SpringSim 2018

    Best paper award at SpringSim 2018

    "Should we simulate mental models to assess whether they agree?" To answer this question, we examined whether the simulation outcomes of 260 mental models about socio-ecological management could be known by looking at centrality. We received the Best Paper Award for this work at the spring simulation multi-conference (SpringSim 2018), and also the best paper Read More
  • Celebrating Eric Lavin's thesis defense

    Celebrating Eric Lavin's thesis defense

    Eric Lavin successfully passed his thesis defense. His committee was composed of Drs Hamed Alhoori, Minmei Hou, and Scott Rosen (external member from MITRE). As all students of the lab before him, Eric has published two papers during his masters, in reputable venues such as the Winter Simulation conference. Read More
  • Season's Greetings from the lab!

    Season's Greetings from the lab!

    To celebrate the end of a (very busy) Fall semester, we got together for some food... and gifts! It is our tradition that each student in the lab receives a gift from Dr. Giabbanelli at the end of the year. Since everyone was very nice this year, nobody got coal! Read More
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