Carlos Alonso

Visiting Instructor

1980 Master Computer Engineering, Boston University
1979 Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, Tulane University

Proven Engineering Executive and Technologist with over 25+ years experience in leading software development organizations. Delivered Enterprise Class Software Products across Security, Storage, and Networking Technologies and packaged as Physical/Virtual Appliance and Cloud. Has experience building teams and migrating work to offshore locations. Executed on multiple organization transformations to Agile practices. Graduated with Master Degree from Boston University and Bachelors from Tulane University in the 80’s. The last job was Vice-President of Engineering for Infoblox the Enterprise leader for DNS, DHCP, and IPAM.



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Miguel Alonso Jr

Visiting Assoc. Professor

2007 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, FIU
2003 M.S. Computer Engineering, FIU
2001 B.S. Computer Engineering, FIU

Dr. Miguel Alonso Jr is an Associate Professor of Computer Science (Visiting) at Florida International University. His research interests include Deep Computer Vision for Autonomy, Autonomous Robotics and Autonomous Navigation, Visual SLAM, UAV for Agriculture Analysis, ML for Mycotoxin Prediction, Deep Learning towards full end-to-end autonomy. His teaching areas of interest include Image Processing, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science, Data Mining, Modern Control Systems, Robotics.

Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Data Science and the Director of Research and Economic Development at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Additionally, he was the CEO of Slingshot Labs, a Product Development, and Startup Consulting Company, providing Software/Hardware Engineering, Lean Startup and Product Development, and Venture Capital consulting services. Prior to this position, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Electricity Labs in Miami, FL. Some of his previous appointments have been as the Chief Technology Officer of Inceptures, a startup incubator and venture capital/venture management firm located in Miami, FL, an Associate Professor of Engineering and the Department Chairperson at the Miami Dade College School of Engineering + Technology and has also worked as a researcher at the DSP Lab at Florida International University, a Software Engineer in Algorithm Research and Development for Beckman Coulter, Inc., and as a the lead Computer Engineer at CPS Products, Inc. Dr. Alonso has a Bachelor Science degree in Computer Engineering (Magna Cum Laude), a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Computer Engineering and Digital Signal and Image Processing. Dr. Alonso received his degrees from Florida International University. Dr. Alonso is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.



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Kianoosh G. Boroojeni

Visiting Instructor

2017 PH.D. Computer Science, Florida International University

2016 M.Sc. Computer Science, Florida International University

2012 B.Sc. Computer Engineering, University of Tehran

Kianoosh Ghoami Boroojeni received his PhD in Computer Science from Florida International University in 2017. He received his B.Sc degree from University of Tehran in 2012. Dr. Boroojeni is the author/co-author of three books published by MIT Press and Springer Publication. He has also published 17 scientific articles in the form of peer-reviewed journal papers or book chapters and eight others in different conference proceedings. He received a conference Best Paper Award, and has been granted the 2016 Best Graduate Student Research Award by the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. His research interests include network optimization and cybersecurity.



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Farzana Rahman

Visiting Assistant Professor

2013 Ph.D., Computer Science, Marquette University, Wisconsin
2010 MS, Computer Science, Marquette University
2008 BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Before joining FIU SCIS, Dr. Rahman served as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science for four years in James Madison University (VA). She holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from Marquette University. Her research spans the domains of mHealth, data analytics, and pervasive health technologies. Broadly, her research focuses on integrating mobile and pervasive technologies in health and wellness environments to improve users’ quality of life, mental and physical wellbeing. Her research also expands in the direction of broadening participation in computing, CS education, best practices in undergraduate research, K-12 instructions, and how different pedagogical practices can increase diversity in CS. She is the winner of the ABI sponsored Systers PIO (Pass-It-On) award and NCWIT educator grant. She is the founder of CS4VA initiative, a one-day CS outreach program dedicated to building a Virginia statewide network to create a diverse and expanded CS K-12 pipeline. She is also the co-founder of Bangladeshi Women in Computer Science and Engineering (BWCSE), which aims to elevate the status of Bangladeshi women in computing research by assisting them to achieve their career and professional goals. She served as the Technical Program Co-chair of IEEE STPSA, IEEE e-IoT. She was the Co-chair of ACM Capital Area Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAPWIC) for 2 years. Currently, she is the Co-chair of IEEE PerIoT workshops and Faculty Track of the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest women in commuting conference. Her efforts over the last several years have led to several papers published in top ACM and IEEE conferences.



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Gregory Murad Reis

Visiting Instructor

Dr. Gregory Murad Reis received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Florida International University in 2018, and his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Lavras, Brazil, in 2014 and 2012, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. as a Science without Borders fellow, sponsored by federal agencies NSF, ONR, CAPES, and LASPAU (Harvard University).

With sixteen years of experience in teaching, Dr. Reis has taught Mathematics and Computer Science courses for several undergraduate programs and schools. Moreover, he has experience in early, elderly and special education. In his career, Gregory has mentored over thirty students, including high school teachers and undergraduates and master’s students in several programs, such as Science without Borders’s Summer Research Program, NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and NSF’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET).

Gregory Reis’s current research interests are centered on the challenges of marine robotics and STEM Education. Key problems he has addressed so far include: localization and navigation of aquatic robots in GPS-denied environments, analysis of the spatio-temporal dynamics of the ocean, persistent monitoring of the ocean and artificial intelligence applied to precision agriculture and welfare of poultry.

Gregory has also served as the Robotics Coach for the Ultimate Software Academy for Computer Science Education for over two years, teaching professional development courses in robotics and coding for K-12 teachers in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). He is currently working on curriculum development and robots design for K-12 education.

Gregory has published several papers in conferences and journals, having been awarded TOP 20 best papers in several conferences around the world.



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