Data Science, FinTech and Information Systems Research Lab

The Data Science, FinTech and Information Systems Research Lab conducts research centered around various aspects of analyzing and modeling data to help with data driven decision making and understanding the adoption and use of information systems/technology.

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Research areas

  • AI and machine learning applications
  • Data Science for Social Good
  • Ethics and AI
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Payment systems, WealthTech
  • Financial Technology adoption
  • Information systems implementation


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Dr. J.D Jayaraman (Bio)
Research Interests: AI in education, AI for social good
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Dr. Li Xu (Bio)
Research Interests: Cryptocurrency, Blockchain Technology, Machine Learning
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Dr. Youngmin Ha (Bio)
Research Interests: Algorithmic trading
Email, social media: yha@njcu.eduGoogle Scholar

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Dr. Xiaodi Zhu (Bio)
Research Interests: Financial data analysis, Text mining, Behavioral finance, Social media analysis
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Dr. Ahmad Rabaai (Bio)
Research Interests: Technology Adoption, Information Systems Implementation
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  • Using data science to improve student retention.
  • Application of AI in education
  • Educational Data Mining/Learning analytics
  • Ethical framework for AI technologies
  • Analysis of data science job market
  • Financial risk analysis using firms’ disclosures
  • FinTech adoption
  • Cryptocurrency algorithmic trading with Google Cloud Platform
  • Modeling and Investment of Cryptocurrency (Dynamics of return and volatility, Derivatives, Trading strategy)
  • Applications of Blockchain Technology
  • Applications of Machine Learning in Asset Pricing

Join Us

Interested in being a research assistant in the lab?


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  • How many hours per week can you devote to this position?
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