New faculty join the College to kick off 2018-2019 academic year

College of Arts & Sciences

The University welcomes many new faculty members each year. Some have freshly minted doctorates, but others are seasoned professors and researchers and experienced professionals new to the world of academia. For the 2018–19 academic year, 86 new people will join the Carolina faculty. Here’s an introduction to a few of them in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Read more about new faculty “By the Numbers.”
Mariana Olvera-Cravioto
Mariana Olvera-CraviotoAssociate professor, statistics and operations research
She comes to Carolina from the University of Caliifornia-Berkeley, where she was a visiting associate professor at the department of industrial engineering and operations research. Olvera-Cravioto’s research is at the intersection of stochastic modeling, numerical methods, asymptotic statistics and applied probability. One of her focus areas is the study of graph structures and algorithms that arise in the context of search engines and related data mining technologies. In addition to developing basic mathematical theory for such systems, she has been contributing to related application-oriented problems such as design of customized search engines for specific data-mining needs.

Junier B. Oliva
Assistant professor, computer science

Junier OlivaHe comes to Carolina after earning his doctorate and serving as a research assistant at Carnegie Mellon University. He also spent a year as a software engineer for Yahoo and a summer as a machine learning intern at Uber Advanced Technologies Group. Oliva is looking to see what makes data tick, and understand data at an aggregate, holistic level. His lab is using techniques ranging from modern deep learning architectures to nonparametric statistics to make strides in areas like high-dimensional density estimation and modeling; sequential modeling and recurrent neural networks; and learning over complex or structured data.

Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay
Professor of the practice in photography, art and art history
Deepanjan MukhopadhyayHe recently graduated with an MFA from University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Mukhopadhyay’s research and teaching interests …

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