Institute for Visualization & Perception Research


Andy Dufilie  
Senior Researcher Research 
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 expert in ActionScript, Java, database systems, data communications, and user interfaces. 
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Ekaterina Galkina
Research Assistant
Scholarly Interests: Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics
Kat is currently 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).

Sebastin Kolman 
Research Assistant
Interests: Information Visualization, Web Technologies
Sebastin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and came to University of Massachusetts Lowell to do his Masters in Computer Science in 2006. After graduating in 2007 he worked at IBM as a Software Engineer for 2 years. He returned to UMass Lowell and joined the Institute of Visualization and Perception Research lab as a Research Assistant in 2009. He is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program and his research activities include information visualization and web technologies. 

John Fallon
Scholarly Interests: Collaboration and Text-based Visualizations
John is currently an undergraduate student working towards a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. In June 2010 he began work as a research assistant in the IVPR . His work focused on website management. He has also contributed to the VAST 2011 Challenge and to the development of Weave.

Miriam Perkins
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

Sanjay Krishna Anbalagan
Research assistant 
Scholarly interests: Visualization, Bioinformatics, Design patterns
Sanjay is currently 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 research assistant in the IVPR lab where his work focuses on extending the Weave Visualization platform for the Biology community. Sanjay’s research interests include visualization, Bioinformatics and Design patterns.

Yen-Fu Luo
Scholarly Interests: Visualization, Text analysis, and Bioinformatics
Yen-Fu is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UMass Lowell. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Bioengineering from Tatung University, Taiwan. He worked on targeted tumor radioimmuntherapy at the National Health Research Institute, Taiwan. After receiving informatics training at the Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan, Yen-Fu worked at Acer as a software programmer and was responsible for the NTU Hospital Health Management Center system development and maintenance. He has worked with Professor Grinstein on the VAST Challenge 2011 and on development of Weave, a web-based analysis and visualization platform. His current research interests include visualization, text analysis and bioinformatics.