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ALUMNI

Former Students and Researchers Affiliated with the Lab

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LIA CASTILLO

Research Assistant, 2020-2023

Industrial Engineer at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. Lia has been working for the last three and a half years on quali-quantitative data analysis related to forced migration and informal settlements in Colombia. Lia is interested in learning multivariate data analysis methods for theory testing.

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SAUMYA DABHI

Research Assistant, 2023-2024

Master in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, specializing in Web Development, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Data Analysis. With a strong background in Computer Engineering, he has gained practical experience as a Web Developer and has conducted research in the field of Data Science. Saumya's notable achievements include creating many fully functional web applications and developing a Chrome extension for detecting fake

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MEGHANK JUBUR

Reserach Assistant, 2023

Master's in Computer Science since the fall of 2022. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate studies in Electronics and Communication Engineering at KL University, Vijayawada in 2022. With a strong passion for data analysis and machine learning. Enthusiastic about exploring and making contributions to this field. His dedication to ongoing learning and innovation underscores his commitment to growth and progress.

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MAHFOUDHA SID’ELEMINE

Reserach Assistant, 2023

Ph.D. in International Studies from ODU. 
Mahfoudha’s research interests include refugee resettlement and migration-related issues. Her Experience spans project coordination for international students, implementation of educational programs, support for resettled refugees, and active involvement in initiatives for social justice, offering an exceptional worldwide viewpoint to research and community engagement.

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THOMAS MARINE

Research Intern, 2023

Thomas is an engineering student at IMT Mines Alès in France, with a specialization in Industrial Performance and Mechatronic Systems. He is currently engaged in the creation of a handbook that elucidates the platform referencer. Concurrently, Thomas is dedicating his efforts to the refinement of LLM, specifically focusing on the fine-tuning of llama2.

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DANIEL ARISTIZABAL

Research Assistant, 2021-2022

Daniel Aristizábal worked as an undergraduate research assistant developing Agent-Based Simulation Models (ABM) and System Dynamics models based on several theories to simulate the migratory situation of Venezuelans in Colombia. He is now pursuing a master's degree in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in Italy

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GINA PEREZ

Research Assistant, 2021-2022

Gina worked as an undergraduate research assistant on the application of natural language processing (NLP) to automate the qualitative coding of news articles.

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JAIRO GONZALEZ

Research Assistant, 2022

Jairo Gonzalez worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant performing Text Mining on news related to Venezuelan and Greek displacement.

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LYDIA SA

Research Assistant, 2020-2022

Lydia Sa worked as a Research Assistant conducting virtual interviews with stakeholders in Colombia related to Venezuelan Displacement. She now works at a global public health research company.

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MADISON GONZALEZ

Research Assistant, 2021-2022

MA, Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University. 
Madison studied the overlapping of conflict and displacement in South Africa. She now works on political survey analysis in industry.

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ALEX FRETZ

Research Assistant, 2021-2022

Alex Fretz worked as a research assistant developing game theoretic models to explain international relations from a cyber security perspective. He now works at a large company as an analyst on global international security.

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MACKENZIE CLARK

Research Assistant, 2020

MA, Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University. 
Mackenzie used network analysis skills to understand international humanitarian. Now she uses those skills in industry to look at supply chain networks.

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ELENA FREEMAN

Research Intern, 2020

Undergraduate Student studying International Affairs, Political Science, and French at the University of South Dakota, Elena worked with the team to characterize informal economies in South Africa. She now works in international policy.

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TRAVIS HOLMES

Research Assistant, 2019-2020

Travis Holmes worked as a Research Assistant conducting qualitative interviews with migrant-led organizations in South Africa and characterizing concepts related to absorptive capacity. He now works in project management at an international think tank.

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NIKITA LUMIJOE

Research Assistant, 2020

Nikita Lumijoe worked as a graduate research assistant analyzing data from GDELT using Google Big Data Query to understand trends in topics coverage in global news related to refugees and migrants in South Africa.

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SARAH NELSON

Research Assistant, 2020

Sarah Nelson worked as a graduate research assistant constructing a history of the ways in which the politics of memory has shaped Cyprus' response to the European refugee crisis.

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JACK SLATER

Student Research Intern, Summer 2020

Undergraduate Student majoring physics and minoring in French and Francophone Studies at William & Mary, Jack worked on mapping environmental stressors that lead to displacement globally.

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LUZ DIAZ

Research Assistant, 2018

Luz Diaz worked as a graduate research assistant collecting qualitative data in Lesvos, Greece; Lima, Peru; and Cucuta, Colombia. She now works in the development and humanitarian sector.

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