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Principal Investigators, Program Directors


Current Mentors

Niki Pissinou

Dr. Niki Pissinou has published over two hundred and fifty research papers in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, books, and book chapters on networking, telecommunications, distributed systems, mobile computing, security and aspects of nontraditional data management including co-editing over four texts in the area of mobile and wireless networking and systems and over fourteen IEEE and ACM conference volumes. Widely cited in books and research papers, her research has been funded by NSF, DHS, NASA, DOT, DoD, state governments and industry. She has graduated over nineteen Ph.D. students who now hold positions in academia, federal government and industry. Dr. Pissinou has served as the general and technical program chair on a variety of ACM and IEEE conferences. She also served on hundreds of IEEE and ACM program committees, organizing committees, review panels, advisory boards, editorial boards, etc. She has served as an editor of many journals including the IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering. She also has been the founder of many professional forums, including the ACM GIS. Dr. Pissinou has given keynote talks at various events and served as consultant to industry. Her achievements have been recognized by her peers, who have given her several awards and honors, including best paper awards.

 

Sitharama Iyengar

Dr. S.S. Iyengar is currently the Ryder Professor of Computer Science and Director of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), Miami. He is also the founding director of the Discovery Lab. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Iyengar was the Roy Paul Daniel’s Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science department for over 20 years at Louisiana State University. He has also worked as a visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Satish Dhawan Professor at IISc and Homi Bhabha Professor at IGCAR, Kalpakkam and University of Paris and visited Tsinghua University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) etc. His research interests include High-Performance Algorithms, Biomedical Computing, Sensor Fusion, and Intelligent Systems for the last four decades. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI Program), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Energy / Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE/ORNL), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US Army Research Office (URO), and various state agencies and companies. Dr. Iyengar is a computer scientist of international repute who has been a pioneer in multiple fields. Marked by his incredible record of success in the areas of world-class research, superb teaching, and excellence in community service, he has also significantly impacted industry, through his many discoveries and patents. His distinguished international and national research work have consistently been recognized by US government agencies, industry pioneers, and his research colleagues. His work has been featured on the cover of the National Science Foundation’s breakthrough technologies in both 2014 and again in 2016. Dr. Iyengar has garnered multiple awards for his work and made fundamental contributions in a variety of areas that impact our lives today. His seminal contributions continue to be seen in places like Raytheon, Telcordia, Motorola the United States Navy, DARPA and other universities and research laboratories around the world.

Biography for Dr. S.S. Iyengar

 

Bogdan Carbunar

Dr. Bogdan Carbunar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at the Florida International University. Previously, he held various researcher positions within the Applied Research Center at Motorola. His research interests include distributed systems, security and applied cryptography. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

 

Deng Pan

Dr. Deng Pan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. His research interests are generally in high performance switch architectures and high speed computer networks. His recent research has been focusing on resource allocation and energy efficiency in data center networks. The ongoing projects include: management of multiple deterministic and stochastic resources in data centers, load-balanced multipath routing for data center networks, and joint host-network energy optimization for data centers.

 

Ning Xie

Dr. Ning Xie is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. His research interests are generally in Sublinear Algorithms, especially Property Testing and Analysis of Boolean Functions.

 

Mark A. Finlayson

Dr. Mark A. Finlayson recieved his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Patrick H. Winston. Following that, he was a Research Scientist in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for two and a half years. He received his M.S. in 2001 from MIT, and the B.S. in 1998 from the University of Michigan, both in Electrical Engineering. He is co-founder and general chair of the Computational Models of Narrative Workshop series, and lead guest editor of the forthcoming Literary and Linguistic Computing special issue on Computational Models of Narrative.

 

Wei Zeng

Dr. Wei Zeng is an Assistant Professor of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. Dr. Zeng received her Ph.D. degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008 and had her postdoctoral training at Stony Brook University in 2010-2012. She also worked at Microsoft Research Asia and Stony Brook University during her graduate study. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled “Computational Conformal Geometry Based Shape Analysis”. Her research interests include computational conformal geometry, Teichmüller quasiconformal geometry, discrete Ricci flow, and their applications to surface matching, registration, tracking, recognition, and shape analysis. Her research areas span over computer vision, medical imaging, computer graphics and visualization, wireless sensor network, geometric modeling, and computational topology. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TVCG, IJCV) and conferences (e.g., ICCV, ECCV, CVPR, VIS, SPM, IPMI, MICCAI, INFOCOM, IPSN) and a book by Springer titled “Ricci Flow for Shape Analysis and Surface Registration: Theories, Algorithms and Applications”, won a Best paper award in International Journal of CAD/CAM (IJCC 2009), and has two U.S. patents on virtual colonoscopy techniques.

 

Leonardo Bobadilla

Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He received the B.E. degree in Computer Engineering in 2005 and the M.Sc. degree in Statistics in 2008 both from the National University of Colombia. He then received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working under professor Steven M. LaValle. His research interests include Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber-Physical Systems. In particular, he is interested in understanding the information requirements for solving fundamental robotics tasks such as navigation, patrolling, tracking, and motion safety. He has received several awards including an Illinois Student Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Graduate Mentor Award 2012-2013 and the Top 10 Computer Engineering in Colombia (ECAES) Award.

 


Previous Mentors

Shaolei Ren

Dr. Shaolei Ren received the B.E. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2006, the M.Phil. degree in Eletronic and Computer Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in August 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, in June 2012. Since August 2012, he has been with Florida International University, where he currently holds a joint appointment of Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Ren’s research spans cloud computing, data center optimization and network economics. He received the Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2009, and was selected by IBM T. J. Watson Research as one of the 10 Emerging Leaders in Multimedia and Signal Processing in 2010.

 

Nagarajan Prabakar

Dr. Nagarajan Prabakar is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. His research interests are generally in Distributed Sensor Networks, Grid Computing, Computer Networks, Image Processing for Spatial Data and Multimedia Databases.

 

Xin Sun

Dr. Xin Sun received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2012, and B.E. degree from University of Science and Technology of China in 2005, both in Computer Engineering. He is now an assistant professor in the School of Computing and information Sciences at FIU. His research interests are in the design, operation and management of enterprise networks, and in software defined networking. His research emphasizes on system building and experimental evaluation.

 

Ruogu Fang

Dr. Ruogu (Renee) Fang is currently an assistant professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. She is also an affiliated faculty of the Cognitive Neuroscience & Imaging Center at School of integrated Science and Humanity. She received her Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University in 2014 (Advisor: Tsuhan Chen). Prior to that, she received her B.Sc. degree in information engineering from Zhejiang University in 2009, and M.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University in 2013. In 2010 and 2011 respectively, Ruogu worked at Siemens and Kodak as a research intern. She is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and Medical Imaging Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society (MICCAI). Prof. Fang’s research group aims to explore intelligent approaches to bridge the data and medical informatics. The focus is on computing and analytics of functional imaging, such as cerebral blood flow estimation in CT perfusion, deconvolution in low-dose radiation CT imaging and fast arterial spin labeling MRI. These are critical imaging and analytics foundations for future ultra-low-radiation, high-speed and high-resolution medical imaging.

 

Ming Zhao

Dr. Ming Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. His research interests are generally in Operating Systems, Virutalization, Distributed Computing, High-performanced Systems and Autonomic Computing.

 

Principal Investigators, Program Directors:
Contact E-mail Phone
Dr. Niki Pissinou 305-348-3716
Dr. Sitharama Iyengar
iyengar@cis.fiu.edu
305-348-3947
Dr. Bogdan Carbunar 305-348-7566
Dr. Deng Pan 305-348-7567
Dr. Nagarajan Prabakar 305-348-2033
Dr. Xin Sun 305-348-3987
Dr. Mark A. Finlayson 305-348-7988
Dr. Wei Zeng 305-348-2019
Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla 305-348-7565
Col. Jerry Miller 305-348-3751