People

Current Members

Christophe Giraud-Carrier
Christophe Giraud-Carrier
Christophe joined the Faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 2004. Prior to coming to BYU, he was Senior Manager at ELCA, a Swiss IT services company, where his responsibilities included the capitalization of Data Mining expertise, responses to tenders and the management of various projects for companies, local governments and NGOs. Prior to ELCA, Christophe was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol, where he founded and led the Machine Learning Research Group. Christophe received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1991, 1993, and 1994, respectively.

Samantha Sanders
Samantha Sanders
Samantha Sanders is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. She graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Math and a minor in Computer Science. Samantha joined the lab in September 2013 as an undergraduate. She has worked on Data Mining projects related to dementia and autism diagnosis, in collaboration with psychiatrists at the University of Utah. Samantha is also interested in metalearning, especially the role of parameter optimization on algorithm performance. Outside of school, Samantha enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and spending with friends and family.

Joseph Johnson
Joseph Johnson
Joseph Johnson is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science from Kaysville, Utah. He is currently researching the optimization of ensemble learning. He is also interested in network theory, multi-agent systems, and modeling complex systems. Prior to starting the PhD program, Joseph served a military deployment to Iraq, earned an MBA from BYU, and worked as a business analyst in the distribution industry. Outside of school and work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids and watching Perry Mason and I Love Lucy reruns.

Chris Fortuna
Chris Fortuna
Chris Fortuna is an M.S. student in Computer Science. He graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in French. He joined the lab in early spring 2014. Interested in all things Machine Learning and Data Mining, his primary research interests include human activity recognition, affective computing, recommender systems, and engineering the coming robot uprising. Hailing from the land of Illinois, which is utterly flat, he is more than happy to wile his days in the Wasatch Front. Aside from backapacking the great outdoors, Chris enjoys playing the piano, dancing social and ballroom, and mountain biking from time to time.

Casey Davis
Casey Davis
Casey Davis is an undergraduate student in Computer Science, with a minor in Math. He joined the lab in early fall of 2015, and has been primarily interested in metalearning. After growing up in Idaho and serving a mission in Alaska, Casey enjoys hiking, alpine skiing, and any other excuse to be in nature. He also enjoys playing basketball, reading, playing the piano, and trying new things.

Brandon Colton
Brandon Colton
Brandon Colton is an undergraduate student in the Information Systems Department. He joined the lab in October of 2014 because of his interest in using Machine Learning to prevent youth suicide. He comes to the lab from Georgia and misses all things Southern, but has accepted Utah as his adopted home. When not in the lab, he enjoys being in the mountains, reading, and playing any sport (though like many college students, tends to spend more time with homework than any of those).


Visiting Scholars

Donghong Han (2014-2015, 2016)
Donghong Han
Donghong Han is an Associate Professor in the College of Information and Science Technology at Northeastern University in China. Her research interests are in Database Systems, Machine Learning and Data Mining, with special emphasis on learning from big data and uncertain stream data. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, playing badminton, table tennis, basketball and volleyball..

Keith Copsey (2005-2006)
Keith Copsey
Keith Copsey is a Senior Scientist at QinetiQ in the UK. His research interests are in Statistical Modeling, Statistical Pattern Recognition, and Machine Learning.


Short-term Visitors / Colloquium Speakers



Past Members

  • PhD

    • Scott Burton (Assistant Professor, BYU-I, USA )
    • Matthew Smith (LingoTek, USA)
    • Jun won Lee (Samsung, Korea)
    • Torbjorn Dahl (Lecturer in Software Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK)
    • Rafal Bogacz (Associate Professor, University of Oxford, UK)
    • Rene MacKinney-Romero (Professor, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
    • Claire Thie (nee Kennedy) (QinetiQ PLC, UK)
  • MS

    • Nathaniel Gustafson
    • Kristine Daniels (Full-time Mom)
    • Burdette Pixton (LDS Church, USA)
    • Brent Wenerstrom (PhD student at the University of Louisville, USA)
    • Nathan Davis (Google, USA)
    • Brian Hawkins (Lingotek, USA)
    • Rachel Harris (PhD, Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde, UK)
    • Simon Rawles (PhD, Development Manager at Multicom Products, UK)
    • Bjorn Gustafson
    • Peter Swann
    • Xavier Bouchoux
    • Kristjian Krc
    • Olivier Torreilles
    • Simon Butterworth
    • Mark Hansen
    • David O'Flanagan
    • David Lock
    • Adrian Atley
  • BS

    • Parker Ridd (BYU, USA)
    • Michael Christensen
    • Stephen Clarkson
    • Kesler Tanner (PhD Student at Stanford, USA)
    • Caroline Tew (MS Student at University of Indiana Bloomington, USA)
    • Otto Scheel
    • Stephen Rollins (LucidChart, USA)
    • Stacy Cueva
    • Udip Pant
    • Samuel Stephens
    • Kevin Murdock (MS Student at BYU, USA)
    • Kyle Prier (MHS, Johns Hopkins)
    • Spencer Ring
    • Weston Rowley
    • Nathan Yeung
    • Brock Judkins (Amazon.com, USA)
    • Graham Henry (Microsoft, USA)
    • Nathan Purser (Adobe, USA)
    • Steve Ivie (Amazon.com, USA)
    • Michael Deardeuff (Amazon.com, USA)
    • Yao Huang (Microsoft, USA)
    • David Wilcox, (Adobe, USA)
    • Reed McGrew (FamilyLink.com, USA)
    • Adam Murray
    • Haven Gatrell
    • Kent Otis
    • Marissa Nielsen
    • Brent Cazhina
    • Jensen Warnock (National Instruments, USA)