Analytics and Data Science Organization (ADSO)

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This is a student-run organization established for the benefit of all under-graduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students at Kennesaw State University who are enrolled full or parttime. We have staff and faculty community members affiliated with the graduate programs who are a part of ADSO.

Purpose of ADSO

We provide:

  • Travel funding to scholarly and professional conferences.
  • Scholarship and professional activities.
  • Information about vital skills and resources necessary in the data science field.
  • Social and networking opportunities for students and faculty respectively and mutually to the industry partners.
  • An integrated support system for students to aid them in their academic pursuits.

Events We Conduct

We conduct and organize a variety of activities (including but not limited to):

  • Support the ADSO members for filing the SABAC travel funding for scholarly and professional events
  • Student hackathons, conferences, workshops, informational sessions, and networking events.
  • Guest lectures devoted to topics of interest to "Data Science”
  • Serve as a network of information between graduate students and all other available on campus resources to enrolled students.

How to Join ADSO?

All KSU undergraduate students, graduate, doctoral and professional students are eligible become members of the ADSO by registering at OwlLife-ADSO.

For more information about the ADSO and how to join, please download these slides.

Travel Funding

Whom do we fund?

We support students who are ADSO members travelling to conferences with an accepted research project or research poster and/or students who are interested in attending conferences to represent KSU in the realm of data science and analytics.

How can it be done?

As part of the process, students are required to submit a travel request form to ADSO for approval prior to their travel plan. Fill in the pre travel form in owl life, and wait for approval from the ADSO team before traveling. After coming back from event, submit the post travel form in owl life. Once the team has approved, these details will be submitted to SABAC to claim for refund. The ADSO team will keep students informed about the status. For a more detaile, explanation, please review our ADSO travel procedure slides below.

Where to start?

Please download the slides to understand the procedure clearly. For any questions, please contact us through the given email below.

Total Travel Allowance per person per year:

Domestic Travel - $500 per person

International Travel - $750 per person

Contact Us

Please contact our representative through email: or follow us on Twitter at @ksuADS.

2019-2020 Officers

  • Sanjoosh is a Doctoral Student in Analytics and Data Science; received his B. Sc. in Computer Science from India and M. Sc. in Computer Science with concentration in Data Analytics from Kennesaw State University 2017. His primary research interest is in Natural language processing (NLP) concerned with the interactions between computers and human languages. During his M. Sc. he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the development of research instruments, analyze data and provide assistance with supervision of undergraduate students. He is also an active student body member, he is the President of Graduate Student Association (2016-2018) and is also a board member on several other student bodies, served as the graduate student representative on numerous campus committees. He also successfully completed his Suwanee Police Department Citizens Police Academy 2019 and his Law Enforcement Training 2017, Citizens Police Academy, KSU Police Department. He won numerous awards some of them include 1st place in Computing Show Case spring 2019, 3rd place for Bert’s Big Adventure driving research project – KSU Analytics Day 2018, awarded Udacity Google Developer Scholarship 2018, Student of the Year - Division of Student Affairs Kennesaw State University 2017, Graduate Student Involvement Award International Student Association, Kennesaw State University 2017. In his leisure he likes to spend time with family and friends, keeps himself updated on current affairs, workout and watch documentaries.

  • Jessica received a B.A. in Anthropology from Emory University and an M.P.H in Global Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has 8 years’ experience as an Epidemiologist/Biostatistician for the Division of Viral Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a certified Graduate Statistician (GStat) with the American Statistical Association, as well as certified SAS® Base Programmer. As a PhD candidate in Analytics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University, her research focus is on development of quantitatively motivated pre-processing frameworks for predictive models.

  • Lili Zhang is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Analytics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining KSU, Lili worked as Research Associate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Lili holds a bachelor degree in Electronic Information Science and Technology and master degree in Industrial Engineering. Lili’s research interests are data mining and machine learning, specifically improving traditional methods on imbalanced binary classification problems. In the first three years of Ph.D. study, Lili has three articles published and another three articles submitted all as the first author, with topics ranging from sentiment-change-driven event discovery, bankruptcy prediction, customer segmentation, to credit scoring, by either applying an existing method to discover new knowledge or proposing a novel method. Meanwhile, Lili works for a local consulting firm on anti-money laundering solutions. In the past, Lili also participated in many projects, such as reducing traveling times for the Cobb County Fire Department, implementing massively parallel database service at extremely low cost on OpenStack, conducting the case study on the development of performance measure for freight transportation and developing a stochastic model for electricity generating self-scheduling problem.

  • Srivatsa received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University College of Engineering, India. He received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He did internships as Continuous Improvement Intern in Daimler Trucks North America at Cleveland, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Graduate Research Assistant in NC Motorsports and Research Laboratory, and Manufacturing Intern in Caterpillar India Pvt Ltd, India. Certified Base SAS Programmer V9. He is a PhD Candidate in Analytics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University with research focus in unsupervised pattern recognition in high dimensional datasets.
  • Srivarna received her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Visveswaraiah Technological University, India and Master’s degree in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University. She has 6+ years’ experience as Software Engineer at Torry Harris Business Solutions both in India and United Kingdom. She is a 2nd year PhD student in Analytics and Data Science working on her course work, lab project and research related to images analysis.