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Principal Investigators, Program Directors

Niki Pissinou

Dr. Pissinou has published over two hundred and fifty research papers in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books 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

Professor S. S.Iyengar is the Director of Research at Junction Networks Company Inc. in New Jersey and he is also on the Board of Directors. He is formerly the Roy Paul Daniels Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Louisiana State University and currently he is the Ryder Professor and Director of the School of Computing and Information Science in Flordia International University. He is a computer scientist of international repute, is a pioneer in the field of distributed sensor networks, computational aspects of robotics, and oceanographic applications. Dr. Iyengar is best known for introducing novel data structures and algorithmic techniques for large scale computations in sensor technologies and image processing applications.

Further, Iyengar is the founding Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks and has been an Associate Editor for IEEE Transaction on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering, and guest Editor of IEEE Computer Magazine. He has been an editorial member of many IEEE journals in advisory roles.

Biography for Dr. S.S. Iyengar


Jeffrey Fan

Dr. Fan received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at University of California, Riverside. and the Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He also holds the Bachelor of Science degree in electronics engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He has authored two books, entitled “Power Integrity Techniques in Nanometer VLSI Design“, and "Microelectronic Sensors for Environmental Monitoring". He has been the editorial board member of i-manager's Journal on Electronics Engineering (JELE), and International Journal of Computer Vision and Signal Processing (IJCVSP), General Chair and the organizer of an IEEE conference, and the member of several Technical Program Committees. He is currently a Senior Member of IEEE.


Deng Pan

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.

Bogdan Carbunar

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.


Mark A. Finlayson

Mark A. Finlayson recieved 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 2 ½ years. He received his S.M. 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.


Scott Graham

Assistant Director, Research, School of Computing and Information Sciences

Dr. Graham is the Assistant Director, Research, for FIU's School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) and serves as Program Coordinator for FIU SCIS's NSF PIRE and CREST awards. As Assistant Director for Government Relations of FIU's High Performance Database Research Center and its NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), he has assisted their Director, Naphtali Rishe, in overseeing projects totaling over $45 million. His areas of interest include program management, broadening participation, database modeling, Internet applications, and computer architecture. Dr. Graham received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from FIU and his BSE in Computer and Information Engineering Science from the University of Florida. He has authored more than forty publications covering his areas of interest and is a member of both Tau Beta Pi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor societies.


Jong-Hoon Kim

Jong-Hoon Kim is currently a visiting assistant professor in school of computing and information science, Florida International University. He received a B.S. from Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, South Korea in 2005. He received a M.S. and Ph.D. in department of computer science, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 2008 and in 2011 respectively. His research interests are in Mobile Robot, Embedded System, Sensor Network, and Intelligent System. Currently, his research is focusing on Tele-Presence Robot (TeleBot), and Intelligent System for Home Automation (ISHA). A TeleBot is designed for law-enforcement tasks such as police patrolling in urban environments and is controlled by remote operators especially disable police officers and veterans. ISHA is a smart home system focusing on the quality of life and security while providing solutions that increase comfort and entertainment. At the same time, it will provide enhanced security as well as improved energy efficiency. 


Shaolei Ren

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.


Xin Sun

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. More information about him can be found at

Leonardo Bobadilla

Leonardo Bobadilla is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing 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.

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.

Ruogu Fang

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.


Principal Investigators, Program Directors:
Contact E-mail Phone
Dr. Niki Pissinou 305-348-3716
Dr. Sitharama Iyengar
Dr. Jeffrey Fan 305-348-3017
Dr. Deng Pan 305-348-7567
Bogdan Carbunar 305-348-7566
Mark A. Finlayson 305-348-7988
Scott Graham 305-348-3946
Jong-Hoon Kim 305-348-3751
Shaolei Ren 305-348-2032
Xin Sun 305-348-3987
Leonardo Bobadilla 305-348-7565
Wei Zeng 305-348-2019
Ruogu Fang 305-348-7982