CDIS Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members

One chancellor, 8,600 freshmen and seven School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) faculty members started their first semester at UW–Madison this week. CDIS is excited to see how each new badger weaves their experiences and strengths into the fabric of our university. 

Four new faculty will begin this fall in Statistics and bring expertise in areas such as deep learning theory, statistical machine learning, and statistical applications in credit risk theory. Computer Sciences has three faculty starting this year with another two to begin next fall. Their expertise includes security, machine learning and cryptography. 

The hires are part of our multi-year effort to grow our faculty, enhance our research and teaching strengths, and extend our impact in interdisciplinary areas. Faculty make their mark quickly as we can see with iSchool’s fall 2021 hire Adam Rule who was awarded an American Medical Grant, Computer Sciences’s spring 2021 hire Yuhang Zhao who is part of the team helping first responders’ decision-making skills with augmented reality, and Statistics’s fall 2020 hire Jessi Cisewski-Kehe who presented at JSM 2022 on using topological data analysis to distinguish cosmological models.

We are eager to see what our new faculty cohort will accomplish! Please help us welcome them to the community.

Computer Sciences

Rishab Goyal

PhD: University of Texas at Austin
Research Areas: Cryptography, Computer Security
Other Interests: Running, Martial Arts


Kirthi Kandasamy

PhD: Carnegie Mellon University
Research Areas: Machine Learning


Patrick McDaniel
Tsun-Ming Shih Chair in the College of Letters & Science

PhD: University of Michigan
Research Areas: Cyber-Security, Systems
Other Interests: Flying as a licensed pilot, crossfit, racing on professional tracks



Joshua Cape

PhD: Johns Hopkins University
Research Areas: Statistical Machine Learning, Multivariate Statistics, Network Analysis, Matrix Analysis
Other Interests: Recreational Athletics, Biking, Traveling
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Yinqiu He

PhD: University of Michigan
Research Areas: High-Dimensional Statistical Inference, Rare-Event Simulation, Mediation Pathway Analysis, Network Analysis, Statistical Machine Learning
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Alejandra Quintos

PhD: Columbia University
Research Areas: Problems In Probability, Stochastic Processes, Statistics Motivated by their Applications, Particularly in Mathematical Finance
Other Interests: Running in Marathons
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Yiqiao (Joe) Zhong

PhD: Princeton University
Research Areas: Deep Learning Theory, Particular Generalization, Optimization Properties of Over-Parametrized Models
Other Interests: Chess, Poker, Room Escape, Puzzle-Solving Games, Museums, Concerts, Operas, Broadway Musicals
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