Peter J Clarke

Associate Professor

2003 Ph.D., Computer Science, Clemson University
1996 M.S., Computer Science, Binghamton University – SUNY
1993 Advanced Diploma, Computer Science, University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados
1987 B.Sc., Computer Science and Mathematics, University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados

Peter J. Clarke received his BSc. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1987, MS degree from SUNY Binghamton University in 1996 and PhD in Computer Science from Clemson University in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of software testing, software metrics, model-driven software development, domain-specific modeling languages and computer science education. He has published over 75 research papers and is the PI on several NSF grants. He is a member of: ACM (SIGSOFT, SIGCSE, and SIGAPP); IEEE Computer Society; and the Association for Software Testing (AST).

Christine Lisetti

Associate Professor

1995 Ph.D., Florida International University

Dr. Christine Lætitia Lisetti is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, and the director of the Affective Social Computing Laboratory ( She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Florida International University in 1995, and in 1996 she was awarded the Individual Research Award from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, jointly in computer science and psychology. She joined FIU from ENST/Sophia, France where she was a professor, and was previously an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Lisetti’s work on affective social computing aims at creating digital and engaging socially intelligent agents that can interact naturally with humans via expressive multi-modalities in a variety of contexts involving socio-emotional content. Her interests involve research on virtual characters for healthcommunication and behavior change. While in Europe, her research was supported by grants from the European Commission (EC), EUREKA Information Technology for European Advancement (ITEA), the Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur (PACA) Regional R&D Program, and ST Microelectronics. Dr. Lisetti has received funding from Interval Research Corporation, Intel Corporation, Vcom3D, as well as from Federal funding agencies including the Office of Naval Research (ONR), US Army STRICOM, NASA Ames, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Christine Lisetti is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, the first journal in her field of research which launched in 2010. She is the recipient of the 2000 AAAI Nils Nilsson Award, and the author of numerous scientific articles. She has served on various program committees of international conferences, she has co-chaired several international events on affective computing, and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. Dr. Lisetti has served as a research expert for the National Science Foundation (USA), for the “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” (FRANCE), for the “Fonds de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies” (CANADA), and for the European Commission (BELGIUM).

Jason Liu

Associate Professor

2003 Ph.D., Dartmouth College

Jason Liu is currently an associate professor at Florida International University. He received a B.A. in computer science from Beijing University of Technology in China in 1993, an M.S. in Computer Science from College of William and Mary in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in 2003. His research interests include parallel discrete-event simulation, high-performance modeling and simulation of communication networks and computer systems. His current research focuses on applying real-time computation techniques for adaptive network simulation modeling, designing and building scalable emulation infrastructure for large-scale network experiments. Dr. Liu currently serves as a steering committee member for the PADS conference and as an associate editor for the SIMULATIONS journal. He was the general chair for MASCOTS’10 and SIMUTools’11, and the program chair for SIMUTools’10 and PADS’08. He served on the technical committees for many conferences. In 2006, he received an NSF CAREER Award.

Masoud Milani

Associate Professor

1986 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Central Florida
1980 M.S., Computer Science, Jackson State University
1978 B.S., Computer Science, School of Planning and Computer Applications, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Milani joined Florida International University after receiving his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida in 1985. In the last 25 years he has been a faculty at the School of Computing and Information Sciences and has served the University in different roles, including associate dean of the School of Computing and Information Sciences, director of the Information Technology Program, and director of External Programs. Dr. Milani is currently the founding director of the Office of Student Access and Success. The mission of this new Office is to provide prospective and assistance to current students of the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU with value chain opportunities and services that will enhance their academic experiences and increase their rate of success in the school and their future careers. The Office supports students through recruitment, retention and enrichment programs, such as mentorship, undergraduate research opportunities, peer-to-peer tutoring, internship, and pre-college outreach activities. Dr. Milani’s work in engaging students in research and providing scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students has been supported by US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

Deng Pan

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

2007 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Deng Pan received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2007. His research interests are generally in high performance switch design and high speed networking. His current research focuses on network function virtualization, data center networking, and energy efficient networking. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed papers in leading refereed journals and conferences, including the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE INFOCOM, and IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium. He has served as local arrangement co-chair or technical program committee member in many international conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, and ICPP.

Alex Pelin

Associate Professor

1977 Ph.D., Computer & Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
1974 M.S., Computer & Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
1973 B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Alex Pelin was awarded a B.S. in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, an M.S. in computer and information sciences in 1974 and a Ph.D. in computer and information sciences in 1977, also from the University of Pennsylvania. After eight years on faculty at Temple University, Dr. Pelin joined the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in 1985.

Nagarajan Prabakar

Associate Professor

1985 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Queensland
1979 M.E., Automation, Indian Institute of Science

Dr. Prabakar developed a scheme to access vast amount of spatial data from a semantic database and flyover the data in real-time – this emerged as TerraFly software from High Performance Database Research Center, FIU. He has also designed dynamic mosaicking algorithms for spatial images and integrated vector GIS data with spatial data sets. Towards external funding, seven grant proposals were funded for a total amount of $2.3M with Dr. Prabakar’s role in these proposals as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or Senior Investigator. Currently, Dr. Prabakar is working with a team of his colleagues on a fault-tolerant distributed computing grid with large number of sensors.

Raju Rangaswami

Associate Professor

2004 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California
2003 M.S., Computer Science, University of California
1999 B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Raju Rangaswami received a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship and the Dissertation Fellowship. Raju is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Florida International University where he directs the Systems Research Laboratory. His research interests include operating systems, storage systems, persistent memory, virtualization, and security. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, Department of Energy Early CAREER Principal Investigator (ECPI) award, IBM Faculty Award 2011, Intel ISRA award, NetApp Faculty Fellowship 2011, and the FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities 2011.

S. Masoud Sadjadi

Associate Professor

2004 Ph.D., Computer Science, Michigan State University
1999 M.S., Software Engineering, Azad University, Tehran
1995 B.S., Hardware Engineering, University of Tehran

Masoud Sadjadi received the B.S. degree in Hardware Engineering in 1995, the M.S. degree in Software Engineering in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 2004. Dr. Sadjadi is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, where he has been on the faculty since 2004. He is the Director of the Center of Partnership for International Research & Education (PIRE) funded by the National Science Foundation for $2.3 million. He is also the Director of the Autonomic Cloud Research Laboratory (ACRL) and leads several projects under the Latin American Grid initiative. He has extensive experience in software development and leading large scale software engineering projects both in industry and in academia. Currently, he is collaborating with top researchers in 8 countries and is leading several international collaborative research projects. He is serving as a General Chair of SEKE 2012 and has served as the Program Chair, Co-Chair, and Committee Member of several top-tier international conferences and workshops of his field. He has served as a referee for several IEEE and SP&E journals and as a referee and panelist for several funding agencies including National Science Foundation (NSF), Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and Florida Sea Grant. His current research interests include Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Autonomic Computing, High-Performance Computing, Grid Computing, Cloud Computing, Pervasive Systems, and Mobile Computing. He has more than 80 refereed publications and is PI or Co-PI of 17 grants from NSF, IBM, Kaseya, TeraGrid, and FIU for a total of about $6 million. He is a member of the IEEE and can be reached at and