Duen Horng (Polo) Chau is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Computational Science and Engineering, and an Associate Director of the MS Analytics program. Polo holds a PhD in Machine Learning and a Masters in human-computer interaction (HCI). His PhD thesis won Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention. Polo received faculty awards from Google, Yahoo, and LexisNexis. He also received the Raytheon Faculty Fellowship, Edenfield Faculty Fellowship, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. He is the only two-time Symantec fellow and an award-winning designer.
Polo’s research group created novel detection technologies for malware (patented with Symantec, protects 120M+ people), auction fraud (WSJ, CNN, MSN), comment spam (patented & deployed with Yahoo), fake reviews (SDM’14 Best Student Paper), insider trading, and unauthorized mobile device access (Wired, Engadget).
He co-organized the IDEA workshop series at KDD that facilitate cross-pollination across HCI and data mining.
He served as general chair for ACM IUI 2015, and is a steering committee member of the conference.