Alex Afanasyev

Assistant Professor

2013 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles
2012 M.S., Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles
2007 M.S., Computer Science, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
2005 B.S., Computer Science, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia

Dr. Afanasyev is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. Prior joining FIU, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and before that a postdoctoral scholar in UCLA. His main research focus is on the next generation Internet architecture as part of the Named Data Networking (NDN) project; and his research interests include a variety of topics that are vital for the success of NDN, including scalability of name-based routing, auto-configuration, distributed data synchronization, application and network security. Dr. Afanasyev’s postdoctoral achievements have been recognized by the UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research. He is also leading the development effort of the overall NDN codebase.

Dr. Afanasyev’s particular interest currently is application of Information-Centric Networking (ICN) to Internet-of-Things (IoT), specifically realizing the vision of IoT where applications securely communicate with and about “things” without being concerned about specific details of the devices/controllers that represent things.

Leonardo Bobadilla

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bobadilla completed his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Steve LaValle.

Mark Finlayson

Assistant Professor

2012, Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001, M.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1998, B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

Dr. Finlayson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from MIT, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 also from MIT, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2012-2014 was a Research Scientist in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language, especially focusing on narrative. His work intersects artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and cognitive science. He is general chair of the Computational Models of Narrative Workshop Series.

Sam Ganzfried

Assistant Professor

2015 Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
2005 A.B., Mathematics, Harvard University

Sam Ganzfried received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 for his dissertation “Computing Strong Game-Theoretic Strategies and Exploiting Suboptimal Opponents in Large Games'” and holds an A.B. in math from Harvard University. His research interests include artificial intelligence, game theory, multiagent systems, multiagent learning, large-scale optimization, large-scale data analysis and analytics, and knowledge representation. He created two-player no-limit Texas hold ‘em agent Claudico that competed in the inaugural 2015 Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence competition against the strongest human specialists in the world (it lost by an amount that was not statistically significant at the 95% confidence level). He also created two-player no-limit Texas hold ‘em agent Tartanian7 that won the 2014 Annual Computer Poker Competition, beating each opposing agent with statistical significance. He organized the AAAI Workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information in 2014 and 2015, and the first tutorial on Computer Poker at the 2016 Conference on Economics and Computation.

Endadul Hoque

Assistant Professor

2015 Ph.D., Computer Science, Purdue University
2010 MS, Computer Science, Marquette University
2008 BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Endadul Hoque is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. After his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University. His research interests lie at the intersection of networked systems and security. Broadly, he is interested in tackling practical cybersecurity problems in the networking domain, where the overarching goal is to create automated techniques for achieving higher assurance on networked systems. He primarily apply program analysis and formal verification techniques to design and develop automated analysis techniques for aiding the development of secure networked systems, including real-world implementations of network protocols and IoT systems. During his PhD, he received the Graduate Teaching Fellowship award in 2014 and the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship award in 2015. His research work has been published in several top security and networking conferences (e.g., S&P, DSN) and journals (e.g., ToN).

Liting Hu

Assistant Professor

2016 PH.D., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
2007 B.S., Computer Science, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Liting Hu got her PhD degree in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. Before that, she completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Her research is in the general area of distributed systems and its intersection with big data analytics, resource management, power management and system virtualization. She spent summers interning at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Intel Science and Technology Center for Cloud Computing, Microsoft Research Asia, VMware, and has been working closely with them. Her work was published at top conferences like USENIX ATC 2014, SOCC 2013, ICDCS 2012, ICAC 2012 and Cluster 2008.

Jun Li

Assistant Professor

2017 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
2012 M.S., Computer Science, Fudan University, China
2009 B.S., Computer Science, Fudan University, China

Dr. Jun Li is an assistant professor of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. Before joining FIU, Dr. Li received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Toronto in 2016, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees at Fudan University, China, in 2012 and 2009, respectively. His research focuses on large-scale distributed storage systems with erasure coding. Merging the gap between theory and practice, his research studies both theoretical and practical challenges of deploying erasure coding in a distributed storage system with high performance and low resource consumption.

Monique Ross

Assistant Professor

2016 Ph.D., Engineering Education, Purdue University
2011 Master’s, Software Engineering and Computer Science
2001 Bachelor’s, Computer Engineering

Monique Ross joins the team with a diverse and integrated background. She holds a doctoral degree in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Elizabethtown College, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University, eleven years of experience in industry as a software engineer, and three years as a full-time faculty in the departments of computer science and engineering. Her interests focus on broadening participation in engineering through the exploration of: 1) race, gender, and identity in the engineering workplace; 2) discipline-based education research (with a focus on computer science and computer engineering courses) in order to inform pedagogical practices that garner interest and retain women and minorities in computer-related engineering fields.

Ning Xie

Assistant Professor

2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012 PH.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2002 M.S., Computer Science, SUNY at Buffalo
1993 M.S., Theoretical Physics, Fudan University, China
1993 B.E., Shipbuilding Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, China

Ning Xie received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from MIT. His research interests are in many aspects of algorithmic and complexity theory, including property testing, local computation algorithms, Fourier analysis of Boolean functions, circuit complexity and coding theory. His research has been supported by NSF and U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program.

Wei Zeng

Assistant Professor

2008 PH.D., Computer Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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. 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”. 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, won a Best paper award in CAD/CAM (IJCC 2009), and has two U.S. patents on virtual colonoscopy techniques.