Natalia Katenka, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Natallia Katenka received her B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Computer Science and her M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Belarusian State University in 2003 and 2004, respectively. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Statistics at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2009. She joined the University of Rhode Island in 2012, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Statistics. She actively collaborates with other departments within the University of Rhode Island and also with the Department of Business at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Katenka came to the University of Rhode Island after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Boston University in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. While at BU, she studied multi-attribute networks and the impact of the attribute selection on higher-level network summary statistics in the context of gene/protein regulatory networks. She also focused on several cyber security problems including the problem identifying malicious sources in the Internet networks via social science approach and the problem of epidemic models for existing and soon-to-be anticipated threats for web (client-server) applications. Some of her current research projects include a modeling information diffusion across online social networks, predictability trust for node characterization and efficient data collection in the Internet networks, an analysis of potential uses of immersive virtual environments in education and physical therapy, and an empirical study of company interrelations in selected German-American industrial sectors.

Dr. Katenka's research interests include: statistical analysis and inference of networks, multivariate statistical learning, and longitudinal modeling with applications toward Cyber Security, Wireless Sensor Surveillance, Social Media, Business, Oncology, and more. Her recent publications can be found in the Annals of Applied Statistics, at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA) Applications and Case Studies, Proceedings of the 18th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Dr. Katenka recently received the best paper award at the 8th ACM SIGKDD Conference, 2012.

Research grants have been awarded to Dr. Katenka by the Rhode Island Research Alliance to study her proposal Cyber Security Situational Awareness with Social-Aware Data Integration. Dr. Katenka has also been awarded grants the URI CEMS organization for STEM Course Innovations for her innovative transformation of statistics courses at the University. She is an active member of American Statistical Association (ASA) and a member of multiple committees at the University of Rhode Island.