The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Jiangzhuo Chen, a research associate professor with the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, for his work in big-data analytics and model-based forecasting.
Chen is the lead computational scientist in the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. He is interested in modeling, simulation, and analysis of large-scale social networks; computational epidemiology; computational economics; and approximation algorithms for network optimization problems.
His research interests include high-performance simulation of social network dynamics (software developed: EpiFast, Indemics); modeling of synthetic population and social network (GlobalPop); and forecast of epidemics (Social Eyes: FluCaster and my4Sight).
EpiFast, for example, is a parallel simulation tool for studying dynamics of disease epidemics in a large social contact network, which is behind many of the applications the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory has developed, and it can be used from different viewpoints.
Chen’s work has been published in journals and peer-reviewed conferences, such as the Journal of the Association of Computing Machinery, ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, PLoS ONE, Computational Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Symposium on Theory of Computing, and the International Conference on Supercomputing.
He received his doctoral degree in computer science from Northeastern University, his master’s degree in economics from Boston College, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Nanjing University.