Meet the 2022-2023 IDSC Fellows at the Launch Symposium 12/14

2022-2023 IDSC Fellows, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Meet the 2022-2023 IDSC Fellows at the Launch Symposium…

The Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 IDSC Fellows have been chosen. Join us in congratulating (clockwise from top left): Sadegh Tale Masoule, Kelly Soluri, Jeffrey Serville, and Shara Sookhoo.

IDSC joins with University faculty to mentor IDSC Fellows on how to best utilize University’s cutting-edge advanced computing resources in their proposed research projects. This is a prestigious designation awarded each year to four students, either undergraduate (sophomore level or above) or graduate level.

You are invited to attend the IDSC Fellows Launch Symposium, hear their project proposals, and enjoy light refreshments.

Wednesday 12/14 • 3:00-4:00 PM
Richter Library 3rd Floor Conference Room (343)

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This event is free and open to the public.


Special thanks to the IDSC Fellows Steering Committee:

CHAIR | Mohamed Iskandarani

MEMBERS | Alberto Cairo, Kim Grinfeder, Daniel Messinger, Mitsunori Ogihara, Kamal Premaratne, Azizi Seixas, Ravi Vadapalli

Meet the IDSC Fellows

Sadegh Tale Masoule

Sadegh Tale Masole

PROJECT TITLE: identification and segmentation of micro-cracks in Micro-CT images of air-entrained cement paste specimens

MENTOR:  David Chapman, PhD | IDSC AI + Machine Learning

Sadegh is a second-year PhD student doing research in the advanced infrastructure materials lab in the college of engineering. His research includes measuring physiochemical properties of polymers in fluids and in cast construction materials, and then analyzing the results with different methods, one of them being machine learning that he’s currently pursuing. He hopes that with access to the IDSC’s expertise and resources, he can achieve good progress on his project.



Jeffrey Serville

Jeffrey Serville

MENTOR:  Ravi Vadapalli, PhD | Director, IDSC Advanced Computing

Jeffrey Serville is a 2nd-year PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  His research focuses on neuromodulation and rehabilitation for movement disorders, specifically spinal cord injury.  As an IDSC Fellow, he aspires to utilize the university’s Triton supercomputer to accelerate preprocessing algorithms designed for diffusion-weighted images (including eddy-current, susceptibility, and motion distortions) and automate MRI-based segmentation of the pig brain that is used for generating anatomically-constrained-tractograms (3D reconstructed fiber pathways) to predict neural activation patterns resulting from deep brain stimulation of the mesencephalic locomotor region (midbrain/brainstem) in pigs.  The purpose of his research project is to optimize stimulation programming, as it relates to generating locomotion while minimizing unwanted side-effects, by implementing the finite-element method to solve the associated bioelectric field problem on a subject-by-subject basis.



Kelly Soluri

Kelly Soluri

MENTOR:  Gang Ren, PhD | Research Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Computer Science

Kelly Sophia Soluri is a Marine Biology and Ecology Master’s student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Sciences at the University of Miami. She is using machine learning to research quantitative fisheries with Dr. Beth Babcock with a focus in optimizing ways to forecast hotspots in the Gulf of Mexico where many untargeted species are caught. Previously, she has researched sea turtles with Dr. Mariana Fuentes of Florida State University, science diplomacy for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Science and Technology Cooperation in Washington D.C., and environmentally equitable urban planning with the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience.

Kelly has strong interests in ecological processes in oceanic and coastal systems as well as learning novel technologies and methods to better understand how these processes function as a response to climate change or anthropogenic pressure. As a native South Floridian, she wishes to support coastal communities that deal with sea level rise, resource insecurity, and intensifying natural disasters. She is also passionate about science literacy for all and the uplifting of minority communities in STEM.

Connect with Kelly: LinkedIn


Shara Sookhoo

Shara Sookhoo

MENTOR:  Manohar Murthi, PhD, Associate Professor | College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Shara is a Junior majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology with minors in Computer Science and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After learning to SCUBA dive at 14, she became passionate about coral conservation. Through her work with University of Miami’s Marine Genomics lab and Mote’s Coral Health and Disease lab, she is learning the skills to find and develop corals that are more resilient to climate change and disease. In the last year, these interests have led her to jump off a bridge in the Florida Keys and climb a volcano in the Galapagos. Both in and out of the lab, Shara always looking for the next adventure.