From Digital Data to Knowledge: Researcher Receives NSF CAREER Award

UNT faculty Comelia Caragea

Cornelia Caragea, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas College of Engineering, received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her work in machine learning, data mining and information retrieval.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development program recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

"This award highlights the exemplary research Cornelia has been doing here at the college and the strides she is making in the computer science and engineering field," said Dean Costas Tsatsoulis. "Her work in digital data has no doubt been influential in Big Data research and analysis."

Caragea's NSF CAREER project is aimed at designing solutions that will make information more accessible and comprehensible to scholarly web users, helping them discover knowledge more effectively and efficiently. She plans to develop an integrated framework that focuses on the extraction and utilization of scholarly knowledge graphs in online scholarly environments.

Caragea has received more than $1.6 million in National Science Foundation funding for her research initiatives. Her past projects aimed at automatic key phrase extraction from research papers, addressing online image privacy issues, and collecting and forwarding information garnered from social media to emergency response and disaster relief teams.

Caragea has been with UNT's College of Engineering since 2012. She earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University and her B.S. from the University of Bucharest.

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