Daniel Ernesto Acuña is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. The goal of his current research is to understand decision making in science—from helping hiring committees to predict future academic success to removing the potential biases that scientists and funding agencies commit during peer review. To achieve these tasks, Dr. Acuna harnesses vast datasets about scientific activities and applies Machine Learning and A.I. to uncover rules that make publication, collaboration, and funding decisions more successful. Simultaneously, he has created tools to improve literature search, peer review, and detect scientific fraud. He has grants from NSF, DDHS, and DARPA and his work has been featured in Nature Podcast, The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, and the Scientist.
Before joining Syracuse University, Acuña studied a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and was a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. During his graduate studies, he received a NIH Neuro-physical-computational Sciences (NPCS) Graduate Training Fellowship, NIPS Travel Award, and a CONICYT-World Bank Fellowship
- Líenard, JF, Achakulvisut, T, Acuna, DE, David, SV, Intellectual Synthesis in Mentorship Determines Success in Academic Careers (2018), Nature Communications, (press release in Nature Asia)
- Teplitskiy, M, Acuna, DE, Elamrani-Raoult, A, Körding, K, Evans, J (2018) The sociology of scientific validity: How professional networks shape judgement in peer review, Research Policy
- Acuna, DE, Brooks, P, Kording, P (2018) Bioscience-scale automated detection of figure element reuse BioArXiv, (related article in Nature News)
- Ramkumar P, Acuna DE, Berniker M, Grafton S, Turner RS, Körding KP. (2016) Chunking as the result of an efficiency–computation tradeoff. Nature Communication
- Acuna, DE, Berniker, M, Fernandes, H, Kording, K (2015) Using psychophysics to ask if the brain samples or maximizes, Journal of Vision
- Acuna, DE, Allesina, S., Kording, KP, (2012) Future impact: Predicting scientific success, Nature