Dynamo Lab, UC Santa Barbara, 2018


Research interests: 

network science, machine learning, social networks, and bioinformatics

Ambuj K. Singh is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with part-time appointments in the Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program and the Technology Management Program .

He received a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are broadly in the areas of network science, machine learning, social networks, and bioinformatics. He has published 200 technical papers over his career. He has led a number of multidisciplinary projects including UCSB’s Information Network Academic Research Center funded by the Army, Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) program on Network Science funded by the NSF, and the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) on Network Science of Teams ( funded by the US Army. Besides the NSF and Army, his research has also been funded by the National Institute of Health.

He is currently on the editorial boards of two journals, and has served on program committees of several conferences, workshops and international meetings. He has graduated approximately 50 PhD, MS, and postdoctoral students over his career, including 26 PhD students.

In the past, he has served as the Department Chair and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering. In other leadership roles, he served on UCSB’s Committee on Academic Personnel for three years, the last year as the Chair, and the Committee on Planning on Budget.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Research interests: 

Network Science, Data Science, Algorithms, Machine Learning

I'm a PostDoc at the Dynamo Lab. My current research focuses on the design of efficient algorithms for network science and machine learning on graph data. Earlier, I got my PhD in Computer Science also at UC Santa Barbara.

Research interests: 

Machine learning, data mining and network science. Specifically, clustering, semi-supervised learning, classification, relational learning, and causal reasoning.

Wei is a postdoctoral researcher with the DYNAMO lab. He received his Dr.rer.nat (PhD) degree in Computer Science from Lugwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 2018. Before joining the DYNAMO lab, he worked as a researcher in the Department of AI Platform, Tencent Inc. China.

PhD Students

Research interests: 

Applied Machine Learning, Complex Network Analysis, Non-convex Optimization, Multi Agent Systems, Natural Language Processing

Omid received a B.Sc in Computer Engineering in 2011 and M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence in 2014 from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. Prior to joining Dynamo lab in 2015, he spent few years as a software engineer in industry. He has a background in complex networks, analysis of financial data and applied machine learning.

Research interests: 

Data science, network science, machine learning, brain networks

Haraldur recieved a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc in Computer Science at the University of Iceland in 2013 and 2014, respectively. His Ph.D. research is focused on statistical and machine learning methods to model and understand the human brain from MRI data. Prior to joining Dynamo in 2014 he developed methods to diagnose sleep disorders, and since joining Haraldur has studied deep learning architectures at Google Research and the effect social networks have on physical behavior at Evidation Health, among other projects.

Photo of Zexi Huang.
Research interests: 

Network Mining, Representation Learning, Graph Signal Processing, Transfer Learning

Zexi received his B.Eng. in Computer Science and Technology at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu in 2018. He joined Dynamo lab in 2018. During his bachelor, he also worked as a visiting research assistant at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Research interests: 

Network Science, Machine Learning, Dynamical Systems, Controls

Sean received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington. In search of sunnier skies, he came to UCSB in 2019 to develop machine learning models to predict and control network processes. He hopes his research will be used to design robust public infrastructure and help inform policy makers who work in economic development. He is currently working on the DTRA project to combine physics and data driven models for critical infrastructure resiliency.

Research interests: 

computational methods for group dynamics in teams and organizations, decision theory for groups and inviduals, and methods of online learning & optimization.

Alex received his B.Sc. Computer Science & Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics from University of Southern Calfornia in 2015.

Research interests: 

Machine Learning, Data Mining

Furkan received his B.Sc. Computer Science & Engineering with a Minor in Economics from Bilkent University, Ankara, in 2016.

Research interests: 

Machine Learning, Network Science.

Mert received a B.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering in 2018 from Sabanci University, Istanbul. He joined Dynamo lab in 2018 as a Ph.D. student. and he is currently working on an event detection in dynamic graphs. He previously worked on graphs and differential privacy in his bachelor.

Sikun Lin
Research interests: 

machine learning, graph mining, brain networks

Sikun received her B.Sc degree in Physics and Math from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015 and her MPhil degree in Computer Science from the same university in 2017.

Research interests: 

data mining

Hongyuan became a Ph.D. candidate in June 2016. Before coming to UCSB, he received his bachelor of science in EECS from Peking University in 2013.

Masters Students

Research interests: 

Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Network Science


Aneesha received her B.E in Computer Engineering in 2017 from the Pune Institute of Computer Technology in India and joined UCSB in Fall 2018 to pursue master's in Computer Science. Prior to joining UCSB, she worked as a Software Engineer in the industry for a year. She joined Dynamo Lab in 2019

Research interests: 

Machine Learning, Network Science

Koa received his B.Sc in Computer Science in 2018 from the University of California Santa Barbara and is continuing in the BS/MS program to obtain a M.Sc in Computer Science. He joined Dynamo Lab in 2019.

Research interests: 

Data Mining, Network Science, Bioinformatics

Yuning received his B.Sc in Chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai, China in 2016. He is a Ph.D. student in the program of Chemistry and Biochemistry and works in Chen Lab with a focus on data-driven methods to model complex chemical/biological systems.

Undergraduate Students

Research interests: 

Machine Learning, Networking, Distributed Systems, Operating Systems

Daniel is a 4th year computer science major at UCSB and will continue as a part of the BS/MS program focusing on systems. He joined the lab in November 2018.

Research interests: 

Machine Learning

Meredith is a 4th year Computer Science undergrad at UCSB. She plans to purse a master degree in Computer Science after graduation. She joined the lab in Dec 2018


Name Degree Year Current employer
Sai Nikhil Maram MS 2019 Google
Sourav Medya PhD 2019 Northewestern University
Ashwini Patil MS 2019 Bank of America
Richika Sharan MS 2019 Microsoft
Arlei Silva PhD 2019 UC, Santa Barbara
Chandana Upadhyaya MS 2019 Microsoft
Victor Amelkin PhD 2018 University of Pennsylvania
Xuan-Hong Dang Postdoc 2017 IBM Reserach, NY
Minh Hoang PhD 2017 Facebook
Roman Kazarin MS 2016 Facebook
Bo Zong PhD 2015 NEC
Petko Bogdanov PhD 2014 State University of New York, Albany
Nazli Dereli MS 2014 Ticketmaster
Yilei Wang MS 2014 Google
Nick Larusso PhD 2012 FindTheBest
Kathy Macropol PhD 2012 Arcadia University
Misael Mongiovi Postdoc 2012 PostDoc
Sayan Ranu PhD 2012 IIT, Delhi
Brian Ruttenberg PhD 2012 Charles River Analytics
Kyle Chipman PhD 2011
Vishwakarma Singh PhD 2011 Oracle
Arnab Bhattacharya PhD 2007 IIT Kanpur
Huahai He PhD 2007 Google
Swaroop Jagadish MS 2007 LinkedIn
Vebjorn Ljosa PhD 2007 Broad Institute
Anand Meka PhD 2007
Orhan Camoglu PhD 2006 Google
Pei-Ching Lu MS 2006 Apple
Ahmet Bulut PhD 2005 Sehir University
Tolga Can Postdoc 2005 Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Chunghau Lee MS 2005 Amgen
Tamer Kahveci PhD 2004 University of Florida
Kris Kvilekval PhD 2004 Center for BioImage Informatics, UCSB
Roman Vitenberg Postdoc 2004 University of Oslo
Gilad Benjamin MS 2003 Google
Maureen Heymans MS 2003 Google
Christian Lang PhD 2003 Acelot
Hao Sun MS 2003 Microsoft
Jeff Bogda PhD 2002 Entrepreneur
Fengliang Hu MS 2001 HP
Greg Johnson MS 2001 joined Microsoft
Sandeep Bhatia MS 1999 Cisco
Jerry James PhD 1999 University of Kansas
K V Ravi Kanth PhD 1999 Innerscope Research
Raimondas Lencevicius PhD 1999 Nuance Communications
Sean Brydon MS 1998 Sun
Suk Lee MS 1998 Oracle
Jing Wang MS 1998 Microsoft
Chris Jones MS 1996 Tandem
Manhoi Choy PhD 1994 HKUST