Dan Roth is the MIAS Center's Director and the research director of CCICADA, a DHS COE on Advanced Data Analytics. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. Prof. Roth is a Fellow of AAAI and a Willett Faculty Scholar of the College of Engineering and holds faculty positions at the Statistics and Linguistics departments and at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Professor Roth's research spans theoretical work in machine learning and intelligent reasoning with a specific focus on learning and inference in natural languages processing and intelligent access to textual information. Professor Roth has published over 150 papers in machine learning, natural language processing and knowledge representation and reasoning and has developed a learning system and natural language processing tools that have been used widely in this field. Prof. Roth has given keynote talks in major conferences, including AAAI, The Conference of the American Association Artificial Intelligence, EMNLP, The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, and ECML, the European Conference on Machine Learning.  Roth is or has been on the editorial board of several journals in his research areas and is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and the Machine Learning Journal.

Professor Roth received his B.A Summa cum laude in Mathematics from the Technion, Israel and his Ph.D in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1995.


Jiawei Han is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He has been working on research in data mining, data warehousing, stream data mining, spatiotemporal and multimedia data mining, information network analysis, text and Web mining, and software bug mining, with over 400 conference and journal publications.

He has chaired or served in over 100 program committees of international conferences and workshops and also served or is serving on the editorial boards for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Journal of Computer Science and Technology, and Journal of Intelligent Information Systems.

Dr. Han is currently the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD). Jiawei has received IBM Faculty Awards, the Outstanding Contribution Award at the International Conference on Data Mining (2002), an ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award (2004), and an IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2005). He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE. His book Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques (Morgan Kaufmann) has been used worldwide as a textbook.


David Forsyth is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He is a leader in Computer Vision research. He has published over 130 papers on vision, graphics, and machine learning applications.

He served as program co-chair for IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2000, general co-chair for CVPR 2006, and program co-chair for the European Conference on Computer Vision 2008, and is a regular member of the program committee of all major international conferences on computer vision.  He has served four years on the SIGGRAPH program committee, and is a regular reviewer for that conference. He has also received best paper awards at the International Conference on Computer Vision and at the European Conference on Computer Vision; an IEEE technical achievement award for 2005 for his research and an IEEE fellowship in 2009.  

Dr. Forsyth’s recent textbook, "Computer Vision: A Modern Approach" (joint with J. Ponce and published by Prentice Hall) is now widely adopted as a course text (adoptions include MIT, U. Wisconsin-Madison, UIUC, Georgia Tech and U.C. Berkeley).



ChengXiang Zhai is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also holds a joint appointment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, Statistics, and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Language and Information Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He worked at Clairvoyance Corp. as a Research Scientist and, later, a Senior Research Scientist from 1997 to 2000. His research interests include information retrieval, text mining, natural language processing, machine learning, and bioinformatics. He serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information Systems and Information Retrieval Journal, and is a program co-chair of ACM CIKM 2004 , NAACL HLT 2007, and ACM SIGIR 2009. He received the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the ACM SIGIR 2004 Best Paper Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2008.