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Karen Cheng to Lead ARA Data Mining and Computational Analytics

December 2012
Karen Cheng
Karen Cheng, Director, Data Mining and Computational Analytics

Applied Research Associates Inc. announced today that the company has formed a new business area focusing on Data Mining and Computational Analytics (DCMA) to be led by Karen Cheng. Ms. Cheng received an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. She has worked extensively in the defense community with special emphasis in the last decade in the area of chemical and biological health effects, bio-surveillance and medical response. Ms. Cheng is currently leading the program development activity for a $9.3 million contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency entitled, "Canepi: A Bio-surveillance Ecosystem in the Cloud."

The new group is part of the company’s Health Effects and Medical Response Group and will draw upon resources throughout the company as well partnering with cutting edge small businesses with unique capabilities. The group's focus is on data analysis, data mining, modeling and simulation, free text analysis, computational and spatial statistics, machine learning, “big data,” and advanced visualizations. The DMCA team is searching for recruits and the best talent in the industry. Interested parties may contact Ms. Karen Cheng at or 703-816-8886.

Joseph Smith, Senior Vice President and Security Engineering and Applied Sciences Sector Manager, said "This is an important growth area for the company. Ms. Cheng’s efforts are recognized as a significant step toward meeting the needs of the future. We look forward to working with her in her efforts to staff and build this important business.”