Institute for Visualization & Perception Research

Researchers

Andy Dufilie  
Senior Researcher
Scholarly Interests: Software Engineering
Andy Dufilie is Lead Engineer and Architect of the Weave project, Senior Researcher, and Ph.D. student at UMass Lowell. He is an experienced developer in ActionScript, Java, C++, database systems, data communications, and user interfaces. 
Email: adufilie@cs.uml.edu
Personal website 

Sanjay Krishna Anbalagan
Research Assistant 
Scholarly Interests: Visualization, Bioinformatics, Design patterns
Sanjay is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UMass Lowell. He earned an M.S. in Computer Science from UMass Lowell and B.Tech in Biotechnology from Arunai Engineering College, Anna University, India. He works as a research assistant in the IVPR lab where his work focuses on extending the Weave Visualization platform for the Biology community.
Personal website

John Fallon
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Collaboration, Text-based Visualizations, and Single Record Visualizations
John is a graduate student working toward his Ph.D. in Computer Science. He received a B.S. in Computer Science, with Honors, from UMass Lowell in 2013. In June, 2010, he began work as a research assistant in the IVPR. His work focused on developing novel features in Weave such as Collaboration and an Individual Record Tool. John has contributed to the VAST Challenge for the years 2011-2014.
Email: John_Fallon@student.uml.edu

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Bioinformatics, Visual Analytics, and Software Development
Ryan is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department at UMass Lowell. He earned a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Bioinformatics, and a minor in Computer Science and Mathematics. Ryan joined the IVPR in May of 2014.  His research primarily focuses on the development of software technologies that can be applied to the fields of bioinformatics and medical informatics.
Email: Ryan_Fitzpatrick1@student.uml.edu

Ekaterina Galkina
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics
Kat is a graduate student working towards her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. She earned her B.S. in Biology (Bioinformatics) from UMass Lowell and a Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics from Boston University. Subsequently she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital studying various aspects of Huntington's disease. In 2011, Kat re-joined the IVPR where she is pursuing her interest in visualizing trends in another, more common neurodegenerative disorder - Alzheimer's disease (AD).
Email: Ekaterina_Galkina@student.uml.edu

Franck Kamayou
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Data Analysis, Software Engineering, and Visualization
Franck is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department at UMass Lowell. He earned his B.S. in Math and Computer Science at UMass Lowell. Franck's work at the IVPR focuses on developing and using visualization and analysis tools aimed at data analysis.
Email: fkamayou@cs.uml.edu


Philip Kovac
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Graph Visualization, Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction
Philip is a senior engineer for the Weave project and a Ph.D. student at the IVPR. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from UMass Lowell. He has done extensive work in Actionscript, Java, C++, and Python, and acts as one of the lab's *NIX/Linux specialists.
Email: pkovac@cs.uml.edu

Miriam Perkins
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Bioinformatics, self-organization and complexity in living systems, visualization of information propagation within evolutionary processes 
Miriam is a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology program at UMass Lowell, with a specialization in Bioinformatics. She received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts. She has a background in actuarial science and is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society. As part of the IVPR group, Miriam’s research will include the application of visual techniques to explore the behavior of biological systems.

Shweta Purushe 
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Bioinformatics, Visualizations, Genomics
Shweta is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology at UMass Lowell. She completed a B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from University of Pune, India. She is the project manager of and one of the developers of the Weave Analyst project: the analysis engine supplementing Weave with computational support from R, STATA, Bioconductor, and Python.
Email: Shweta_Purushe@student.uml.edu

Patrick Stickney
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Software Engineering, Networking, and Security
Patrick is a graduate student working toward his Master's Degree in Computer Science at UMass Lowell; he received his B.S. in Computer Science from UMass Lowell in 2014. He has experience with the design and implementation of web interfaces as well as the server-side back end. Patrick's work at the IVPR involves providing consultancy for large organizations and designing custom usr interfaces for their website to link with Weave. He has also spent time researching simplified ways to distribute and install Weave.
Email: pstickne@cs.uml.edu