Hala Nelson

About Me

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at James Madison University . My previous name is Hala AH Shehadeh. Before JMU, I was a postdoc at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor mathematics department . I finished my Ph.D. in 2010 at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

This is my personal blog: How It All Happened

When I am not doing mathematical models, I model: Non-mathematical Modeling

Artificial Intelligence Generation

My daughter is 10. She is randomly chatting with a robot girl on an app. She comes to me and says: I love the idea of artificial intelligence, it's like raising a child, you're slowly influencing and informing its personality as you chat with it. And just like that, Sary sums up the way AI works without even thinking about it. That's the generation of AI. They somehow naturally get it.

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Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Applied Mathematics and Modeling
  • Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science
  • Inverse Problems and Imaging

    Happening Soon!

    Sign up for my online summer class May 17- Jun 11: Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (Math 485-4101, four weeks, three credits). It will be intelligent, you will be intelligent 😉 Later, you can also brag that you took this course with an O'Reilly Media author 😉.

    Curriculum Vitae pdf


    Snapchat's doll version of Sary and me





  • Super Exciting News: I am writing a book on the Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence for O'Reilly Media!



    Webpage for Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning click here


    Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Seminar Series click here


    Do only what you want to do, and nothing else


    Contact Information
    Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    305 Roop Hall MSC 1911
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807


    Office location: 320 Roop Hall
    Email: nelsonhy-at-jmu-dot-edu
    Office Phone: (540) 568-6968

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    JMU Fight Song


    Publications and Preprints


    Online notes for some courses

    Theory of Probability (Math UA233- summer course at NYU)
    Optimization
    Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
    Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
    Linear Algebra
    Partial Differential Equations
    Real Analysis
    Computers and Numerical Algorithms
    Analysis and Dynamics of Differential Equations (Math 441)
    Differential Equations (Math 336)
    Games of Chance
    Complex Variables (Math 360)
    Calculus III
    Calculus II (Math 236).
    Calculus I (Math 235).

    Undergraduate Research Students

    Summer 2018 REU students: Patricia Puente, Sean Deyo, Kevin Tully, Shawtaroh Granzier-Nakajima.
    Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 CURM sponsored students: Molly Rowland, Ben Dulaney, Dylanna Wilhelm, Michael Boyle, Channing Parker, Jenny Frank. Photo1. Photo2. Photo3.
    Summer 2014 internal REU students: Robert Staniunas and Zev Woodstock.
    Summer 2011: UMich-Ann Arbor REU student: Mark Liu.