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Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Purdue University


audio Somali Chaterji (pronounced shoh-MAH-lee CHA-ter-jee) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture at Purdue University. She did her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue, winning the Chorafas Dissertation Award and the Future Faculty Fellowship. She followed this up with a postdoc in Biomedical Engineering from UT Austin and another postdoc in Computer Science from Purdue. She leads ICAN at Purdue. Somali has received funding from NIH (R01), DOD (ARL), NSF (CISE-CNS, CAREER), USDA, as well as private industries like Amazon and Adobe Research. She is an Associate Editor of BMC Bioinformatics and serves on the editorial board of the Computational and Structural Biotechnology journal. Somali also serves on Program Committees of prestigious conferences in IoT, computer systems, machine learning, and computational genomics like Usenix ATC, EuroSys, HotStorage, Middleware, ICML, and NeurIPS. She reviews for high impact journals in computer systems and genomics such as Transactions on Networking, Genome Biology, Nucleic Acids Research, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Scientific Reports, and the BMC Series. She won the NSF-CAREER award from CISE (CNS) in January 2022. Somali also goes by her childhood alias Sonata Chaterji, Sonata from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata that her mom loves.

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Non-Linear Computation

ICAN is publishing a podcast on Spotify and Apple, Non-linear computation - a podcast about domain-inspired machine learning and data engineering, focusing on genomics and IoT areas.

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Zoom Room

Professor Chaterji's personal Zoom room

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ICAN Codebases

ICAN believes in a combination of open-source (copyleft) code and code to push our IP in the space of applied machine learning. With that in mind, we have our older bitbucket codebase with some public repositories and our new github codebase where our new codebases are being hosted.

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2020 Recap

Recap for the two thrusts of ICAN: computational genomics and edge analytics

Computational Genomics Edge Analytics