Jennifer Leopold

Associate Professor

Computer Science Department

My research interests range broadly in end-user programming environments, with particular focus on database accessibility and analysis, and scientific visualization. I have pursued those interests through research projects in the field of bioinformatics, wherein the end-users are scientists (untrained as programmers or IT professionals) who need to analyze large quantities of complex data. In particular, I have been interested in developing and studying the use of software tools that will allow such end-users to use powerful information technology to enhance their research, without the need for traditional programming training.

Selected Publications

J.L. Leopold, C.L. Sabharwal, and K. Ward, “Spatial Relations Between 3D Objects: The Association between Natural Language, Topology, and Metrics”, Journal of Visual Languages and Computing (JVLC), February 2015, to appear.

N. Eloe, J. Steurer, J.L. Leopold, and C.L. Sabharwal, “Dual Graph Partitioning For Bottom-Up BVH Construction”, Journal of Visual Languages and Computing (JVLC), Volume 25, Issue 6, December 2014, pp. 764-771.

C.L. Sabharwal and J.L. Leopold, “Evolution of Region Connection Calculus to VRCC-3D+”, International Journal of New Mathematics and Natural Computation, Vol. 10 (20), 2014, pp. 1-39.

C.L. Sabharwal and J.L. Leopold, “Modeling Cardinal Direction Relations in 3D for Qualitative Spatial Reasoning”, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Mining Intelligence and Knowledge Exploration (MIKE 2014), Cork, Ireland, Dec. 10-12, 2014, pp. 199-214.

N. Eloe, C.L. Sabharwal, and J.L. Leopold, “A More Efficient Representation of Obscuration for VRCC-3D+ Relations”, Proceedings of the 13th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI 2014), Chiapas, Mexico, Nov. 16-22, 2014.

N. Eloe, J.L. Leopold, and C.L. Sabharwal, “Spatial Temporal Reasoning Using QSR, Physics, and Image Processing”, Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems (DMS 2013), Brighton, United Kingdom, Aug. 8-10, 2013, pp. 14-19 (Best Paper Award).

C.L. Sabharwal and J.L. Leopold, “Smooth Transition Neighborhood Graphs for 3D Spatial Relations”, Proceedings of IEEE Workshop on Computational Intelligence for Visual Intelligence (CIVI 2013), Singapore, Apr. 16-20, 2013, pp. 8-15.

Recent Grants

University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB), “VRCC-3D: Visualization of Spatio-Temporal Reasoning Over 3D Images”, 2012-2013, $13,000.

Research Interests:

Qualitative Spatial Reasoning, Programming Languages, Scientific Visualization, Ontologies, Database Accessessibility and Analysis.

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