Welcome Bridget Dermody to the Data Coordinating Center

We are delighted to welcome Bridget Dermody to the Data Coordinating Center, where she will be providing administrative and logistical support to support KyungMann Kim's work in data coordinating center support for multi-site clinical trials and the Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMACC).

Welcome to the team, Bridget!

Welcome Nyasha Gwaza to the Biomedical Computing Group

We are happy to welcome Nyasha Gwaza to the Biomedical Computing Group. Nyasha is joining us from the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, where he provided end-user support on their systems. Nyasha is taking on the responsibilities previously held by Bob Bailey and is primarily located on the second floor of WARF.

Welcome to Nyasha!

Le and Rajamanickam join BMI staff

We are delighted to welcome Victoria Rajamanickam and Trang Le to the department. Victoria returned to us from North Carolina and Trang joined us from Minnesota. Both of them will be working with Dr. Roxana Alexandridis providing biostatistical expertise and consultation to principal investigators.

Welcome Trang and Victoria!

Lessons of conventional imaging let scientists see around corners

Andreas Velten of UW Madison Biostatistics, together with researchers at the the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain and drawing on the lessons of classical optics, show that it is possible to image complex hidden scenes using a projected “virtual camera” to see around barriers.
Article in Nature

Andreas' Velten Lab in Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Assistant Professor Andreas Velten and his lab and collaborators were featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for their work on a camera that can see around corners.


Daniel Pimentel-Alarcon, PhD, Joining BMI and WID

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Pimentel-Alarcon, PhD, has accepted an offer to join the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery as an Assistant Professor in August. He comes to use from an assistant professorship in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University.

Dr. Pimentel-Alarcon earned his MA in Mathematics, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering here at UW-Madison. He then held a postdoctoral training position at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery under the mentorship of Robert Nowak, Stephen Wright, Rebecca Willett, and Nigel Boston.

Dr. Pimentel-Alarcon's office and lab will be in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, with his tenure home in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical informatics. His research focuses on robust machine learning methods to identify patterns in big and messy data. His work is grounded in critical applications related to ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations in precision medicine, biology, astro-informatics, computer vision, networks inference, and public health. He specifically looks at robust machine learning of mixtures, and linear and nonlinear structures.

We are excited that Daniel has chosen to join UW-Madison and we look forward to his arrival.

Andreas Velten and Mohit Gupta (CS) proposal finalist for 2019 AutoSens Award

The AutoSens Award Competition judges selected a proposal submitted by BMI Assistant Professor Andreas Velten and Computer Sciences Assistant Professor submitted a proposal titled "Coding Theory and Optimization for LiDAR Imaging" as one of 8 finalists in the "Most Influential Research" category of the competition. The award in this category highlights exceptional work in academia and research organizations throughout the automotive supply chain.

AutoSens is an award winning international automotive sensor and perception conference exhibition, which will be held in Brussels Belgium from September 17-19, 2019. The AutoSens Awards recognize the best technical, design, and marketing innovations within the automotive imaging sector.

Drs. Velten and Gupta will find out on September 18 at the awards ceremony in Brussels whether they win the competition. Whether they win or not, being selected as a finalist is a great honor. Congratulations to them both for this accomplishment.

Learn more about the research here: and

Daifeng Wang, PhD, joins BMI

We are delighted to welcome Assistant Professor Daifeng Wang to BMI. Daifeng joins us as part of the Functional Genetics/Genomics of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Diseases cluster, led by Professor Qiang Chang, Director of the Waisman Center.

Daifeng moved here with his family, including his wife (an assistant scientist at the Waisman center) and young child, from Stony Brook University, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. His research interests include computational systems biology, functional and cognitive genomics, and machine learning for understanding the molecular mechanisms in human aging and brain disorders.

Learn more about Daifeng's research here:

Dr. Zhaobin Kuang Named Finalist in AMIA Dissertation Competition

Congratulations to Dr. Zhaobin Kuang, who did his dissertation work with Dr. David Page, for being named a top finalist in the 2019 AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition. This is a high honor for Zhaobin, since each institution is allowed to submit only 1 nomination. After competing within UW-Madison to be named as the nominee for the award, Zhaobin's was named one of the top 5 of the 18 submitted to the competition.

Well done to both David and Zhaobin!

Menggang Yu authors one of top downloaded papers in Biometrics in 2017-2018

Congratulations to Professor Menggang Yu for publishing one of the most downloaded papers in Biometrics, the Journal of the International Biometric Society, between January 2017 and December 2018.

His paper, titled "A general statistical framework for subgroup identification and comparative treatment scoring" is one of the top-20 most downloaded articles in the 12 months after its online publication. The communication from Biometrics states "Your work generated immediate impact and visibility, contributing significantly to the advancement of your field.

Congratulations to Menggang!