Dynamo Lab, UC Santa Barbara, 2018


Research interests: 

network science, cheminformatics & bioinformatics, graph querying and mining, and databases.

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. He has published approximately 200 technical papers over his career. He has led a number of multidisciplinary projects in the past including UCSB’s Information Network Academic Research Center funded by the US Army. He is currently directing UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) program on Network Science funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 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 3 journals, and has served on program committees of several conferences, workshops and international meetings. He has graduated approximately 40 PhD, MS, and postdoctoral students over his career, including 20 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.

Research Scientists

Research interests: 

Graph-based machine learning and their applications. Network interactions. Dynamic networks.

Wei 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.

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: 

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: 

data mining, machine learning

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: 

Graph mining, algorithms.

Sourav received his B.Tech degree in Computer Science from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, in 2010 and his M.E. degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2012.

Research interests: 

data mining, graph mining, social networks.

Arlei received his B.Sc degree in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 2008 and his M.Sc degree in Computer Science from the same university in 2011.

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, Natural Language Processing and Data Science

Nikhil received his Dual (B.Tech+M.Tech) degree in Electrical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2014. Prior to joining the Dynamo Lab , he spent few years as a software engineer in industry.

Research interests: 

Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Data Mining

Ashwini received her B.E.(Hons.) in Electronics and Instrumentation from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Goa Campus) in 2017.

Research interests: 

Machine learning, brain networks

Richika finished her B.E. in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in 2015. She worked as a software engineer in tech startups before pursuing her Masters. 

Research interests: 

Machine Learning, Data Mining

Chandana finished her B.E. in Information Science & Engineering from RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru in 2015. Prior to joining UCSB, she spent two years as a software engineer in the industry.


Name Degree Year Current employer
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