Huanying (Helen) Gu has been an Associate Professor of Computer Science at NYIT's New York City campus since 2009. Prior to joining the CoECS faculty, she was an Associate Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a research associate of Structural Analysis of Biomedical Ontologies Center at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Gu has taught a variety of courses at graduate and undergraduate level. In addition to teaching, Dr. Gu's research interests include controlled terminologies, ontologies, object-oriented modeling, conceptual modeling, data mining, and medical informatics with an emphasis on controlled biomedical terminologies. Dr. Gu's research has been supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the UMDNJ foundation, PDR network, and NYIT ISRC grants. She has served as a reviewer for journals and conferences on medical informatics, and served in doctoral dissertation committees for computer science and biomedical informatics.

Dr. Gu is the member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Society for Engineering Education. She has been the recipient of the Faculty Scholar's Award every year after joining NYIT. She has also received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Gu received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, her M.S in Computer Science from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and her B.S. in Computer Science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Recent Projects/Research

  • NYIT site PI: "A family-based framework of quality assurance for biomedical ontologies," supported by NIH, 3/4/2015 – 2/28/2018.
  • PI: "Evaluation of Drug Data Mapping Design and Implementation," supported by PDR Network, $15,000, 4/1/2014 – 12/31/2014.
  • Co-PI: "Body area sensor network for nonintrusive freezing-of-gait study of individuals with Parkinson's Disease," supported by NYIT ISRC grant, 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015.
  • Faculty Mentor: "Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Research on Security of Mobile Devices and Wireless Networks at New York Institute of Technology," supported by National Science Foundation (CNS-1263283), 4/1/2013 – 3/31/2016.


  • H. Gu, Y. Chen, Z. He, M. Halper, L. Chen. Quality Assurance of UMLS Semantic Type Assignments Using SNOMED CT Hierarchies, Methods of Information in Medicine, in press.
  • D. Wei, H. Gu, Y. Perl, M. Halper, C. Ochs, G. Elhanan, Y. Chen. Structural measures to track the evolution of SNOMED CT hierarchies. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 57:278-287, Oct. 2015.
  • M. Halper, H. Gu*, Y. Perl, C. Ochs. Abstraction Networks for Terminologies: Supporting Management of "Big Knowledge". Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 64(1):1-16, May 2015. (* corresponding author)
  • H. Gu, G. Elhanan, Y. Perl, G. Hripcsak, J.J. Cimino, J. Xu, Y. Chen, J. Geller, C.P. Morrey. A study of terminology auditors' performance for UMLS semantic type assignments. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 45(6): pages 1042-1048, 2012.

Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT

  • CSCI 120 Programming I
  • CSCI 185 Computer Programming II
  • CSCI 235 Elements of Discrete Structures
  • CSCI 260 Data Structures
  • CSCI 300 Database Management
  • CSCI 335 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • CSCI 380 Introduction to Software Engineering
  • CSCI 415 Introduction to Data Mining
  • CSCI 455 Senior Project
  • CSCI 460 Special Topics I
  • CSCI 760 Database Systems
  • CSCI 820 Topics in Database Systems
  • CSCI 870 MS Project I

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