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[edit] Jae-wook Ahn

Ph.D. , PAWS Alumni

Jae-wook is a research staff member at Cognitive Sciences and Education Group, IBM Research. He has worked as a data scientist at IBM Watson Life Group and participated in Chef Watson project, which is an attempt to create and recommend new recipes by leveraging IBM’s super computer Watson's artificial intelligence and natural language processing power ( He is specialized in information visualization, human-computer interaction, personalized search, and recommender systems. Before joining IBM, he was a member of the School of Information Sciences PAWS (Personalized Adaptive Web Systems) Lab and received his Ph.D. while publishing a number of papers with his advisor Professor Peter Brusilovsky at premier conferences and journals such as World Wide Web 2007/2008, UMAP (User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization) 2010, Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2015, Web Intelligence (WI) and IP&M (Information Processing and Management).

After graduation, he was selected as a prestigious NSF-CRA Computing Innovation Fellow ( in 2010 and worked with Professor Ben Shneiderman at the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab. The fellowship supported outstanding new computer or information science Ph.D.'s on their post-doctoral research. His work on network evolution visualization was published at conferences and a journal. In particular his IEEE TVCG (Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics) article was selected as the Highlight of the Month by the journal editors and was invited to present at ACM SIGGRAPH Asia conference in 2014. He also worked as a data scientist at Drexel University and published papers on knowledge visualization.

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  • Personalization
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Visualization
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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