Dr. Imme Ebert-Uphoff -  Bio

Imme Ebert-Uphoff was born in Heidelberg, Germany.  She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from the Technical University of Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, Germany), followed by M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).  After a year of post-doctoral research at Laval University (Quebéc, Canada) in 1997, she joined the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) in 1998 as Assistant Professor.  In 2004 she became Associate Professor (with tenure).  From 2006 to 2011 she was Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering with a joint appointment in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.  In 2011 she joined Colorado State University as research faculty.

After almost 15 years of research in robotics, her research now focuses on causal discovery, i.e. learning potential causal relationships from data using machine learning algorithms.  Most of her current research applies causal discovery to climate science, generating new hypotheses about causal relationships between different climate variables and generating "graphs of information flow" around the globe, which in turn help climate scientists to better understand certain dynamical processes of our planet's climate.  She co-chaired the Third International Workshop on Climate Informatics in 2013 and is on the steering committee of the fourth workshop in 2014.

Rewards she received include an NSF CAREER award (2000) and the CETL BP/Amoco Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at Georgia Tech (2000), the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2001) and the IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation Best Video Award (2004).

Last updated: April 2014