Kyung-Ah Sohn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Information and Computer Engineering
College of of Information Technology, Ajou University
San 5, Woncheon-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, 443-749, Korea  
Email: kasohn a-t gmail | ajou.ac.kr

* I'm looking for motivated students with interest in data mining/machine learning and biomedical informatics. If you are interested in joining my group, please send me an email with your CV. Applications at both the PhD and MS level are welcome. Undergraduate internship positions are also available (local students only). 

Research Interest 
  • Machine Learning/Data mining: probabilistic graphical model, structured input/output regression, non-parametric Bayesian analysis, network models  
  • Biomedical Informatics: integrative data and knowledge analysis, cancer genome, epigenomics, disease association, expression QTL analysis,  population genetics
  • Social media analysis: large scale analysis of social media data; texts, images, and social networks   
  • Visual computing: image data mining, computer vision and graphics
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    • Ph.D in Computer Science,                                      December 2011
      • Advised by Professor Eric P. Xing
      • Thesis title: Learning ancestral genetic processes using non-parametric Bayesian models 
  • Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
    • M.S. in Computer Science,                                       February 2003
      • Advised by Professor Myung-Soo Kim
      • Thesis title: Computing distances between surfaces using line geometry
    • Graduate Student in Mathematics,                        March 2000 - August 2000
    • B.S. in Mathematics,                                                February 2000
      • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Assistant Professor,       March  2013 – present
    •  Department of Information and Computer Engineering, College of Information Technology, Ajou University, South Korea
  • Research Assistant Professor,       April 2012 – February 2013
    • College of Medicine / Systems Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow,                          January 2012 – February 2012  
    • Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Full time researcher,                           February 2003 - May 2005
    • Human-Computer-Interaction/Computing lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, South Korea
Honors and Awards
  • Kwanjeong Scholarship for Doctoral Study Abroad, South Korea, Aug 2005 – Dec 2009 
  • Nominated as a Finalist for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowships, USA, 2008 
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, Aug 2005 – December 2011 
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Seoul National University, South Korea, 2000
  • Full Scholarship for undergraduate study, YeongAm Educational Foundation, South Korea, Mar 1996 – Feb 2000