The EAC Faculty Fellowship program provides an opportunity for faculty and researchers at the University of Arkansas to catalyze and develop long-term research collaborations between Arkansas departments, research units, and the Emerging Analytics Center (EAC).

Mariofanna Milanova

Dr. Mariofanna Milanova

Professor, Dept. of Computer Science

Dr. Mariofanna Milanova is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Automation and Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr. Milanova conducted her post-doctoral research in visual perception at the University of Paderborn, Germany. Her main research interests are in computer vision, computer graphics and human computer interface and their applications in Health, 3D Object Recognition and Representation, and Security.

Dr. Milanova has extensive academic experience at various academic and research organizations worldwide. She has received hundreds of thousands of dollars awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), US Air Force (USAF), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Dr. Milanova has acted as an associate editor for various international journals and as a book editor for two books. She has published and co-authored more than 80 publications, over 53 journal papers, 11 book chapters, and numerous conference papers and has 2 patents. Dr. Milanova is a member of the Governing Board of International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), member of the IAPR Industrial Liaison Committee, member of the IEEE SMC-Technical Committee, and a Conference Chair of several conferences.

Krista Lewis

Dr. Krista Lewis

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Krista Lewis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, a member of the Middle Eastern Studies faculty, and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Lewis’ research investigates the relationship between trade, food, politics, landscape, cities, and environment from prehistory to the present. Her research specialty is archaeology in the Middle East, specifically the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Dr. Lewis directs two major international archaeological projects in southern Arabia, in Yemen and Oman, in the UNESCO World Heritage Land of Frankincense.

Her archaeological research investigates the role of the people of the Arabian Peninsula in international Indian Ocean trade routes and the spread of agricultural techniques and culinary innovation in pre-Islamic through medieval Islamic times. Dr. Lewis has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States and Central America.

Dr. Lewis teaches courses in archaeology, food and culture, urban anthropology, and modern middle eastern cultures. She is also a faculty advisor for the campus garden. Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2005.