David Jensen appointed to National Academies committee

Associate Professor David Jensen was recently appointed to serve on the National Academies’ Committee to Assess the Research Program of the National Institute of Justice.

The Committee includes prominent scholars in law, criminology, and data analysis. It was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct a 25-month study that will examine the full range of NIJ research activities, including its social science and technology research portfolios. The $1.25 million study will determine the impact of NIJ’s programs and how its impact can be enhanced. The review will examine the ways in which NIJ develops and communicates its priorities as well as its research findings. The research will also assess the organization of NIJ, how well it executes its role for conducting research on crime, the criminal justice system and related aspects of the civil justice system, and its ability to respond to both long- and short-term research needs.

Jensen is the Director of the Knowledge Discovery Laboratory at UMass Amherst. His research focuses on the statistical aspects and architecture of systems for knowledge discovery in databases and the assessment of those systems for government and business applications. He has served on several program committees, including the International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, and the Conference on Intelligent Data Analysis. He is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Databases, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Jensen and researchers from his lab won first place in the KDD Cup data mining competition. He has M.S. and D.Sc. degrees from Washington University.

The National Academies brings together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public. Four organizations comprise the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.