Leman Akoglu

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

2118C Hamburg Hall


About me

I am an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy since Fall 2016. I also hold courtesy appointments at the Machine Learning Department (MLD) and the Computer Science Department (CSD) of School of Computer Science (SCS).

At Heinz, I direct the Data Analytics Techniques Algorithms (DATA) Lab.

My research interests are in data mining, knowledge discovery, graph mining, machine learning, and online media analysis, with specific focus on identifying and characterizing patterns and anomalies in large-scale, time-varying, multi-modal data sources through scalable computational methods. Prospective students with similar interests, please see here.

A short bio can be found here.


Research interests

  • Large-scale graph mining
  • Anomaly, event, and fraud detection
  • Statistical data analysis and applied machine learning
  • Social and information media & network analysis
  • Recommender systems

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Best Student Machine Learning Paper Runner-up Award, ECML PKDD 2018
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2015-2020
  • Best Research Paper Runner-up Award, SIAM SDM 2016
  • Best Research Paper Award, SIAM SDM 2015
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, PAKDD 2010
  • Best Knowledge Discovery Paper Award, ECML PKDD 2009


I got my Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department (CSD) at Carnegie Mellon University in Aug. 2012 (I defended this). I was extremely fortunate to have Prof. Christos Faloutsos as my Ph.D. advisor. During my doctoral studies, I also worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Labs (two summers) and Microsoft Research at Redmond (one summer).
I hold a B.S. in Computer Science from Bilkent University, where I was fortunate to be advised by Prof. Ozgur Ulusoy.