Paul Anderson, Principal Investigator

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
California Polytechnic State University
Lead Data Scientist, Ceterus

Dr. Paul Anderson graduated in 2004 from Wright State University with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. He received his Master of Computer Science in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering in June 2010. After graduation, Dr. Anderson was awarded a Consortium of Universities Research Fellowship to study as a Bioinformatics and Computational Research Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Dr. Anderson has published 30+ peer-reviewed articles in the fields of data science, data mining, machine learning, computational intelligence, metabolomics, genomics, e-Science, bioinformatics, cloud computing, biomedical informatics, cancer informatics, and computer science & engineering education.

At present, Dr. Anderson is an associate professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Prior to this appointment, Dr. Anderson was an associate professor at the College of Charleston where he was the director of the B.S. in Data Science (first such program in the country) and the M.S. in Data Science and Analytics (first such program in South Carolina). Dr. Anderson directs the Data Science Research Group at Cal Poly where his team specializes in developing and applying data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to the fields of bioinformatics, genomics, biomedical informatics, and metabolomics. Complementary to this applied work, Dr. Anderson’s lab is interested in the foundations of data science with a current focus on explainable ranking algorithms and the rankability of data. He currently has multidisciplinary projects underway in genomics, metabolomics, toxicology, marine biology, cancer informatics, and medical and marine genomics. He is the director of the Institute for Graph Analytics and Research in Data Science (IGARDS) - a collaborative interdisciplinary institute aimed at broadening foundational data science research ( Dr. Anderson served as the primary investigator for the Omics NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the College of Charleston (

Lab Members

Currently looking for new lab members starting fall 2019.

Past Lab Members and Projects

Walter Blai

Katherine Duchinski

Abby Moore

Natural Language Processing and Word Representation for Classification. Sarah Wiegreffe

Optimization Methods for SVMs. Kaya Tollas

Algorithms in Bioinformatics. Luca Carvalho De Oliveira* and Leonardo De Melo Joao

Deep Neural Networks and Kernel Approximation Methods. Sonia Kopels

Natural Language Processing and Word Embedding. Matheus Rodrigues Freitag Sr

Creating a Feature Selection Pipeline Using Apache Spark. Cassios Marques

Data Science in Econometrics, Pasha Sadeghian

Advanced Algorithms for Data Science Research, Alexander Jacobs

Data Science Research: Support Vector Machines, David Moore

Exchange Rate Prediction based on interest rates, Daniel Hurlburt

Deep Learning Kernel Methods, Kellan Fluette

Learn2Mine - An Integral Learning Environment, Clayton Turner

Bioinformatics Infrastructure Development for Cancer Genomics. Matt Paul

Prediction and Annotation of Genomic Repeat Dynamics using Hidden Markov Models. Kelsey Yetsko

Exploring Expression Variability in Lung Cancer Patients through Deep-Learning Dimensionality Reduction. Victoria McCaffrey

ETS Transcription Factor Biomarker Identification. Connor Stanley

Bifrost: A Life Sciences Data Connector for Cloud Services. Jeremy Morgan


Dr. Amy Langville
Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston

Dr. Annalisa Calini
Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston

Dr. Frank Marí and Dr. Benjamin Neely
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Jihad Obeid
Center for Biomedical Information at the Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Dennis Watson, Dr. Robert Wilson, Dr. Starr Hazard, and Dr. Patricia Watson
Center for Medical Genomics at the Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Andrew Shedlock
Department of Biology, College of Charleston

Dr. Robert Chapman
Hollings Marine Laboratory

Dr. Fran VanDolah and Lab
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Michael Peterson
University of Hawaii at Hilo

Dr. Nicholas Reo
Magnetic Resonance Lab Wright State University

Dr. Nicholas DelRaso and Dr. Deirdre Mahle
Air Force Research Laboratory

Grier Allen (CEO)
BoomTown ROI

Edward Murray (CTO)