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Kent State Assistant Professor Receives $523,859 NSF Grant

Posted Mar. 31, 2010

Dr. Ruoming Jin, assistant professor of computer science at Kent State University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop data mining technologies. The five-year CAREER grant of $523,859 is for his project titled "Novel Data Mining Technologies for Complex Network Analysis."

Dr. Ruoming JinIn this project, Jin will develop novel data mining technologies to analyze the structures and dynamics of complex networks.  Examples of such complex networks include the internet, personal recommendation software programs, social networks, and economic and financial markets.

The foundation’s CAREER grants are the most prestigious awards in support of early career-development activities of those scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

“Dr. Jin is one of the department's most active junior professors,” said Dr. Robert A. Walker, professor and chair of Kent State’s Department of Computer Science. “We are thrilled to see him achieve this major recognition for his important research.”

“The analysis of complex networks is a relatively new field of study,” said Jin, who has been at Kent State since 2005. “This award is a tremendous help for my career, and I look forward to being able to help advance the study of these complex systems.”

Understanding the underlying principles and laws of these networks can help construct more effective communication mechanisms, find cures for fatal diseases and deal with economic crises. “Once you understand the mechanisms, it opens the door to designing a better system and to predicting behavior of the system,” Jin explained.

The grant allows Jin to enlist the help of two doctoral students in the research, as well as additional graduate and undergraduate student assistance. Using the popular online social networks, such as MySpace and Facebook, this project will attract and recruit students from underrepresented groups including women and minorities to computer science and involve underrepresented students in the cutting-edge research.

The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. With an annual budget of $6.06 billion, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

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Media Contacts:
Ruoming Jin,, 330-672-9063
Robert Walker,, 330-672-9055
Bob Burford,,  330-672-8516