Gary M. Weiss

I am a Professor of Computer and Information Science at Fordham University. I began my career in 1985 with AT&T Bell Labs, where I remained until I joined Fordham in 2004. I started as a software engineer for private telephone switching systems, moved on to expert system development to support central office switches, and then spent my final five years at AT&T applying machine learning methods to business and marketing problems.

I received my B.S. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, M.S. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and doctorate in Computer Science from Rutgers University. My research relates to machine learning and data mining and I have over ninety research publications in these areas. Up until 2010 my research focused on handling the real-world issues that make learning difficult (e.g., class imbalance). From 2010 until 2019 my research focused on WIreless Sensor Data Mining (WISDM) and my WISDM research group, with support from the National Science Foundation, developed a smartphone app that used accelerometer data to identify a user's physical activity in real-time (this work began before the first Fitbit was released). This work was subsequently extended to include smartwatches, to track dozens of activities, and to also perform (behavioral) biometrics.

Over the past couple of years my research has shifted to Educational Data Mining (EDM,) with the goal of improving education using a data-intensive approach. Students who are interested in this topic are welcome to join my EDM Lab, which I co-direct with Dr. Daniel Leeds. For more on my research, please visit my research page or see my list of publications.

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I can trace my academic lineage back to (and past) Copernicus (the hard lifting was done by my advisor, Haym Hirsh).

My Erdös number is 2: Paul Erdös to Frank Hsu to Gary Weiss.

My Erdös-Bacon number, on the other hand, is infinite, and is likely to remain so.

Favorite data mining related quote: "In God we trust. All others must have data." Rick Peterson, former New York Mets pitching coach (quoted in New York Times, Jun 13, 2004).