Shu-Ching Chen


1998 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Shu-Ching Chen is an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), Florida International University (FIU), Miami. He has been a Full Professor since August 2009 in SCIS at FIU. Prior to that, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor in SCIS at FIU from 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998, and Master’s degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering in 1992, 1995, and 1996, respectively, all from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

He is the Director of Distributed Multimedia Information Systems Laboratory (DMIS) and the Co-Director of the Integrated Computer Augmented Virtual Environment (I-CAVE). His main research interests include content-based image/video retrieval, distributed multimedia database management systems, multimedia data mining, multimedia systems, and Disaster Information Management. Dr. Chen has authored and coauthored more than 300 research papers in journals, refereed conference/symposium/workshop proceedings, book chapters, and four books.

Dr. Chen was named a 2011 recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist Award. He received the best paper awards from 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration. He was awarded the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2005 and was the co-recipient of the IEEE Most Active SMC Technical Committee Award in 2006. He was also awarded the Inaugural Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award from FIU in 2006, the University Outstanding Faculty Research Award from FIU in 2004, the Excellence in Mentorship Award from SCIS in 2010, the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from SCIS in 2004 and 2014, and the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from SCIS in 2002 and 2012. He is a fellow of IEEE and SIRI.

He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Multimedia Data Engineering and Management, and Associate Editor/ Editorial Board of IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, IEEE Multimedia, IEEE Trans. on Human-Machine Systems, etc.

Xudong He


1989 Ph.D., Computer Science, Virginia Tech
1984 MS, Computer Science, Nanjing University
1982 BS, Computer Science, Nanjing University

Dr. He received his BS and MS degrees in computer science from Nanjing University, China in 1982 and 1984 respectively; and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Virginia Tech in 1989. He has joined FIU in 2000 after spending 10 years on the faculty at North Dakota State University. Dr. He’s research interests are in software engineering, especially formal methods. He is an internationally known expert on Petri nets. He has published 150 papers in international journals and conferences, and served on more than 80 international conference program committees. He serves on the editorial board of the Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Concurrency Models and several other journals. His research has been funded several major federal agencies including NSF, NASA, ONR, AFRL, and DOE. Dr. He has been a major adviser of 14 Ph.D. and 36 MS graduates.

S. S. Iyengar

Ryder Professor and Director

2017 Ph.D. (h.c.), Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
2010 D.Sc. (h.c.), Techno Global University, India
1974 Ph.D., Eng., Mississippi State University, Mississippi
1970 M.S., Mech. Eng., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
1968 B.S., Mech. Eng., Bangalore University, Bangalore, India

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, 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. 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. He has served on the US National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health Panels to review proposals in various aspects of Computational Science and has been involved as an external evaluator (ABET-accreditation) for several Computer Science and Engineering Departments across the country and the world. Dr. Iyengar has also served as a research proposal evaluator for the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Iyengar is developing computational measures for predicting DNA mutations during cancer evolution, using wavelet analysis in cancer genome research, and designing smart biomarkers for bioremediation.  His inventions have significantly impacted biomedical engineering and medicine. He recently patented a simple, low-cost device for early intervention in glaucoma, and was involved in early detection of lung cancer by developing a 4D motion model jointly with Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Iyengar is a Member of the European Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Dr. Iyengar has been the Chair for many IEEE conferences in the area of Sensor Networks, Computational Biology, Image processing, etc. He is also the founding editor of the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, and he has been on the editorial Board of many IEEE Journals including Transaction on Computers, Transactions and Data Knowledge Engineering, ACM Computing Surveys etc. Dr. Iyengar continues to be very active in multiple professional conferences and workshops in the areas of his research interest.

He was awarded Satish Dhawan Chaired Professorship at IISc, then Roy Paul Daniel Professorship at LSU. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Science. In 1998, he was awarded the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement award and is an IEEE Golden Core Member. He also received a Lifetime Achievement award conferred by International Conference on Agile manufacturing at IIT-BHU. Professor Iyengar is an IEEE Distinguished Visitor, SIAM Distinguished Lecturer, and ACM National Lecturer and has won many other awards like Distinguished Research Master’s award, Hub Cotton award of Faculty Excellence (LSU), Rain Maker awards (LSU), Florida Information Technology award (IT2), Distinguished Research award from Tunisian Mathematical Society etc.

During the last four decades, he has supervised over 55 Ph.D. students, 100 Master’s students, and many undergraduate students who are now faculty at Major Universities worldwide or Scientists or Engineers at National Labs/Industries around the world. He has published more than 500 research papers, has authored/co-authored and edited 22 books. His books are published by MIT Press, John Wiley and Sons, CRC Press, Prentice Hall, Springer Verlag, IEEE Computer Society Press, etc. One of his books titled “Introduction to Parallel Algorithms” has been translated to Chinese. During the last thirty years Dr. Iyengar has brought in over 65 million dollars for research and education. He has been providing the students and faculty with a vision for active learning and collaboration at Louisiana State University, Florida International University, and across many Universities in China and India. He has received many outstanding Journal and Conference Paper awards with his students.

In 2006, his paper entitled, A Fast Parallel Thinning Algorithm for the Binary Image Skeletonization, was the most frequently read article in the month of January in the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications. His innovative work called the Brooks-Iyengar algorithm along with the Prof. Richard Brooks from Clemson University is applied in industries to solve real-world applications. Dr. Iyengar’s work has a big impact; in 1988. We discovered “NC algorithms for Recognizing Chordal Graphs and K-trees” [IEEE Trans. on Computers 1988]. This breakthrough result led to the extension of designing fast parallel algorithms by researchers like J.Naor (Stanford), M.Naor (Berkeley), and A.A.Schaffer (AT&T Bell Labs). Professor Iyengar earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UVCE-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a doctoral degree from Mississippi State University. Recently, Dr. Iyengar was awarded the IBM Faculty Award, FIU Top Scholar award, and NRI Gandhi Pravasi Award in London, along with a Medal Of Honor.

Abraham Kandel

Visiting Professor

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of New Mexico
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California
B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Abraham Kandel received a B.Sc., Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a M.S., University of California, both in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of New Mexico. Dr. Kandel, a Distinguished University Research Emeritus Professor and Endowed Eminent Scholar in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (Chairman 1991-2003), is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Applied Computational Intelligence, Founding Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Florida State University (1978-1991), Director of the Institute of Expert Systems and Robotics, and Director of the State University System Center for Artificial Intelligence at FSU. He is Editor of the Fuzzy Track-IEEE MICRO; Area Editor on Fuzzy Hardware for “Fuzzy Sets and Systems”, Associate editor of “IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics”, “Control Engineering Practice”, and “International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence” (IJPRAI). Dr. Kandel has published over 500 research papers and is author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 46 text books and research monographs in the field. Dr. Kandel is a Fellow of: ACM, IEEE, New York Academy of Sciences, AAAS, IFSA, and a member of NAFIPS, IAPR, ASEE, and Sigma-Xi.

Dr. Kandel was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award, USF (1993-94); Sigma-Xi Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award (1995); Theodore and Venette-Askounes Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, USF (1995); MOISIL International Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievements (1996); Distinguished Researcher Award, USF (1997); Professional Excellence Program Award, USF (1997); Medalist of the Year, Florida Academy of Sciences (1999); Honorary Scientific Advisor, Romanian Academy of Sciences (2000); President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, USF, (2002); Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Award at Tel-Aviv University, (2003-2004); and Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2005.

Tao Li


2004 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Rochester

Dr. Tao Li is currently an associate professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester in July 2004. His research interests are in data mining, machine learning, information retrieval, and bioinformatics. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2006-2011), multiple IBM Faculty Research Awards (2005, 2007 & 2008), and Xerox Research Awards (2005-2008 & 2011-2014). He has published prolifically in top journals and conferences and has served on the program committees of many international conferences.

1989 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Narasimhan is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) at Florida International University (FIU) and is an expert in the area of Algorithms, Bioinformatics, and Data Science. He recently served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Narasimhan received a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. In 1989 he was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After being on the faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Memphis, he joined Florida International University as an associate professor in 2001 and was promoted to full professor in 2004. Dr. Narasimhan heads the Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG) in SCIS, and is involved in interdisciplinary research collaborating with diverse groups form different disciplines. He has twice won the Excellence in Research Award from SCIS and also the Excellence in Research Award from FIU. He is on the steering committee of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute. He is on the editorial board of international journals and has been a Program Committee member on numerous international conferences. He has given many Keynote addresses at international conferences and is the recipient of many research, training and equipment grants from Federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, and Army Research Office, and State agencies such as the Florida Department of Health, and from the industry.

1977 Ph.D., in Computer Engineering and Information Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Jai Navlakha received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Information Sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1977. Since then, he has been employed at Florida International University, where he was promoted to the position of Full Professor in September 1987. He served as the Director of the School of Computer Science in three stints: August 1988 to August 1992, August 1999 to August 2002, and July 2009 to August 2011. From July 2006 to June 2009, he was the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of Corporate & Global Programs in the College of Engineering & Computing. His research; in the areas of Program Verification, Analysis of Algorithms, Expert Systems, Neural Network Applications, and Disaster Management; has been extensively published in reputed archival Journals and International Conferences.

Niki Pissinou

Eminent Scholar Chair Professor & Director of Telecommunications and Information Technology Institute

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California
M.Sc., Computer Science, University of California, Riverside
B.S.ISE, Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University

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.

Naphtali Rishe


1984 Ph.D., Computer Science, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Rishe has authored 5 books and edited 7 books on database management, location-based data, health informatics, and high performance computing. He is the inventor of 5 U.S. patents on database querying, semantic database performance, Internet data extraction, and computer medicine. Rishe has authored 300 papers in journals and proceedings on databases, software engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Internet, and life sciences. He was awarded over $55 million in research grants by Government and Industry, including NSF, NASA, IBM, DoI, DHS, USGS. Rishe is the Founder and Director of the High Performance Database Research Center at FIU (HPDRC) and of the NSF International FIU-FAU-Dubna Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (I/UCRC). Rishe is the inaugural FIU Outstanding University Professor and Eminent Chair Professor in Computer Science. Rishe’s TerraFly project has been extensively covered by worldwide press, including the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Science and Nature journals, and FOX TV News. Rishe’s principal projects are TerraFly (a 50 TB database of aerial imagery and Web-based GIS) and Medical Informatics.

Geoffrey Smith


1991 Ph.D., Computer Science, Cornell University

Geoffrey Smith’s current research interests are centered on the foundations of computer security. For the past 20 years he has been particularly interested in techniques for controlling the leakage of sensitive information by computer systems. Notable accomplishments include the first type systems for guaranteeing noninterference, quantitative leakage bounds for timing attacks against cryptography, and the g-leakage model of quantitative information flow.

He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell University in 1991. Since 1994, he has been at Florida International University, where he is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences. He has held recent visiting appointments at the École Polytechnique (France), IMDEA Software (Spain), and Macquarie University (Australia), and he is a member of IFIP Working Group 1.7. He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2013, and he is an author of the 2014 paper “Additive and multiplicative notions of leakage, and their capacities”, which was named the winner of the NSA’s third annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition.

Mark Allen Weiss

Associate Director & Professor

1987 Ph.D., Computer Science, Princeton University
1985 M.A., Computer Science, Princeton University
1984 M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University
1983 B.E., Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY

Mark Allen Weiss is an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor and Associate Director in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami Florida and also serves as the Undergraduate Program Director.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987, working under Bob Sedgewick. He has been at FIU since 1987, and was promoted to Professor in 1996. His interests include data structures, algorithms, and education, and he is most well-known for his highly-acclaimed Data Structures textbooks, which have been used at hundreds of universities worldwide. From 1997-2004 he served as a member of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee, chairing the committee from 2000-2004 and currently serves as a member of the ACM Education Council.  Dr. Weiss is an ACM Distinguished Educator, AAAS Fellow, and the recipient of the 2015 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.