Distinguished Women Lecture Series 2015 - 2016

Distinguished Turing Lecture Series 2015 - 2016


Professor Research to Help Reduce Radiation in CT Scans

Assistant Professor at Florida International University’s School of Computing and Information Sciences, Ruogu Fang is researching how to reduce radiation from these scans by using math and computer technology. In her research, she takes CT scan images acquired at normal radiation doses and introduces “noise” in a specific mathematical way to simulate what a scan would look like at a low radiation dose. 

Noise, irregular grainy patterns caused by electronic interference and the patient’s own body, that appear in a scan and degrades the image quality which emits thermal motion. Fang’s goal is to show that using her original mathematical equation, high-quality images may still be obtained without exposing patients to significant amounts of radiation.

Ruogu Fang research spans data, brain, and health. Fang teaches courses at FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences such as “Machine Learning” and “Data Mining”. She also runs SMILE lab which also reflects for her expectation for every member in the lab to smile while exploring the human brain with big data.

Read more about Ruogu Fand research at FIU News


Ricardo Mizos overcomes autism and earns a degree in Information Technology

Ricardo Mizos, 23, has autism but with support from his parents and early therapeutic intervention, he recently graduated with a degree in information technology and plans on returning to in the fall for graduate school. One of the challenges of autism is paying attention, focusing and completing tasks. Ricardo thrived at School of Computing and Information Science (SCIS) and credits his professors and staff from the Advising Center with helping him succeed. “We provide a support system for students, for their well-being, not only to get the grades but to make them feel comfortable and at home,” said Tiana Solis, assistant director of academic advising and a lecturer at SCIS.

Mizos also took advantage of resources available at FIU such as the Disability Resource Center (DRC), which supports students with disabilities throughout their college experience. DRC currently has nearly 2,000 active students registered; of that number, 80 have autism. Registration is not mandatory; students opt-in if they think they need the services.

Read more about Ricardo at FIU News.

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Dr. Ram Iyengar

Selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, 2012. In recognition of support and commitment to advancing technological development and innovation.

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Dr. Ram Iyengar

Lifetime Achievement Award Conferred by ISAM, 2012 and Best Computer Science Faculty of 2012, ASDF Conference on Global Awards

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Dr. Mark Weiss

elected ACM Distinguished Educator, Elected Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science


Many faculty have earned NSF and DOE Career Awards, Research awards from Google, IBM, Xerox, and NetApp.

Faculty recognized with Distinguished Awards such as IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, Kaufman Professor, and AAAI Nils Nilsson.

Best Conference Paper Awards from IEEE, ACSAC and other Computer Societies.


  • Five year total Contract & Grants, Foundation, and In-Kind funding: $28 million

  • Ranked #1 in IT Performance among all the state universities, resulting in a two-year $7.5M award.

  • 250+ computing professionals graduated each year (top 4 in the nation).

  • Recent faculty hires from Brown, Cornell, Chinese Academy of Science, Purdue, MIT, UCLA, and UIUC.

  • Just completed our 25th Anniversary with over 3,500 alumni and 1/3rd working in South Florida. 

  • Over 1,800 students enrolled in six CS/IT degrees from BS to PhD. 

  • Sixth largest number of BS degrees award in Computer Science in the US, according to ASEE (2012). 

  • Recipient of two consecutive IBM PhD Research Fellowship awards (only 40 worldwide per year).

  • Graduates working at major technology companies like Google, Apple, Citrix, etc.

  • One of the nations largest Hispanic CS degree awarding programs at all academic levels.

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