• 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 Furman University after working at Northern Illinois University and the University of Cambridge. 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.

  • Shortlisted for Best Paper Award at ACM SIGSIM PADS'19

    We're very pleased to announce that the work authored by Max Norman, Michele Fattoruso, and Dr Giabbanelli was well received at the 2019 ACM SIGSIM conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulations (PADS). Our paper was among the three shortlisted for the best paper award. This is the second time that we present at this

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  • Full-on conference season for summer 2019!

    Full-on conference season for summer 2019!

    We already had a busy Spring, by doing a tutorial, a panel, and chairing a session at the SpringSim'2019 conference in Tucson, AZ. And a week later, we were in Knoxville TN for a NIMBios workshop . Summer continues on this busy trend! We're presenting our research at NetSci'19 in Burlington, VT. Dr Giabbanelli has shown

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  • We're hosting Canadian scholars in our brand new lab

    We're hosting Canadian scholars in our brand new lab

    We're delighted to host Mannila Sandhu and Thrishma Reddy, who are coming from Lakehead University in Canada and are funded by the competitive MITACS program. Mannila is working on conceptual maps and big (textual) data, while Thrishma is working on conceptual maps and human-computer interaction. We look forward to welcoming more visiting scholars in the future! Read More
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