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01    Dean’s Message
02    Looking to the Future
03    Department Overviews

04    Cyber Security
08    Visualization and Analytics
12    Human Computer Interaction
16    Bioinformatics
20    Game Research and Development
24    Virtual Environments and Intelligent Agents
28    Developing the 21st Century Workforce

32    Complex Systems Institute
34    Bioinformatics Research Center
36    Ph.D Program
37    Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
38    Professional Science Master’s Program
38    Financial Services informatics
39    Healthcare Information Technology
39    Applied Technology Program
40    Envision: Charlotte
40    Business Partners Program

41    CCI Advisory Board
43    Awards
44    Active Research Grants
47    CCI Staff
49    CCI Faculty
                                                                                        A MESSAGE FROM
                                                                                              THE DEAN

                                Yi Deng, Dean
                                College of Computing
                                and Informatics at
                                UNC Charlotte

    I am pleased to present you the College of Computing
and Informatics (CCI) at the University of North Carolina
at Charlotte.
     Our College is truly one on the go. Since its establishment only
ten years ago, CCI has become a major force in computing and infor-
matics research, and education in the nation. With an array of com-          CCI at a glance
petitive educational programs, from computer science to information
                                                                             90 Faculty and Staff members
technology to bioinformatics, our College is a key provider of technol-
ogy talent and future leaders. Our graduates are in high demand in the       1200 Students,
                                                                             including 130 Ph.D. students
marketplace. Our team of highly competitive and productive faculty
leads cutting edge research that bridges fundamental discovery with          3 Departments (Computer Science,
solutions to critical societal, industrial, and national defense challeng-   Software and Information Systems,
es. We are becoming a key partner with industry and the community in         Bioinformatics and Genomics)
the greater Charlotte region.                                                6 Research and education centers
     This is just the beginning. As we move into the second decade of        and institutes
the 21st Century, major shifts are taking place in the economy and so-
cietal needs on a global scale. These, in turn, drive the changes in the
                                                                             8 Degree programs at Bachelor’s,
                                                                             Master’s and Ph.D. levels
job market, talent needs, and scientific research. The importance of
computing and informatics as a key driver for growth and innovation          $9 Million of competitive research
across sectors of industry and society is ever so evident. As our College    awards in 2009-2010.
continues to grow and expand, we strive not only to push the frontier
of computing and informatics research and education, but also to drive
their synergistic integration with key sectors of industry and the econ-
omy, from biotechnology to energy to financial services to healthcare.
     We want the College to be a stimulating environment for our stu-
dents, not only to receive a first class education but also to start a suc-
cessful career. We want CCI to be a dynamic home for partnership and
collaboration. On behalf of my colleagues in the College of Computing
and Informatics, I invite you to visit us, join us, and work with us.

                                                                             College of Computing and Informatics   1
         for the 21st Century
 From Computing to Informatics: Computer Science, Information
    Technology, Bioinformatics, Financial Informatics, Health
              T-Shaped Talent: Fundamental Knowledge, Cutting
    Edge Technology, Soft Skills, Diversity, Market-Orientation
 Cutting Edge Research: Computing, Data, Analytics, Informatics,
                              Use-Inspired Discovery: Financial,
       Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Industry, Community
                                                                                                              OVERVIEW OF

AND GENOMICS                                 INFORMATION SYSTEMS                           COMPUTER SCIENCE
       Bioinformatics and Genomics is              The Department of Software and                 The Department of Computer
one of the major drivers of the emerging     Information Systems (SIS) is a pioneer        Science (CS), with 30 faculty members
biomedical and biotechnology revolution.     in information technology research and        and over 700 students, is one of the
This Department is one of the few of its     education with an emphasis on designing       largest in the Southeast. Its new, lab-
type in the U.S. and is at the forefront     and deploying integrated, secure, reliable,   based, multi-path curriculum is helping
of 21st Century biological sciences, from    and easy-to-use IT solutions. SIS offers a    to develop the workforce to meet the
plant genomics to ecology to medicine.       wide selection of courses in information      21st Century demands of industry. These
These programs focus on applying new         technology, information security and pri-     highly trained individuals will be pursuing
computational techniques to important        vacy, human computer interaction, web         career opportunities in banking, insur-
                                             development, and software engineering.        ance, analytics, gaming, data warehous-
biomedicine. Faculty have active, federal-                                                 ing, web services, biomedical informatics,
ly-funded research programs in genomics,     Research Areas                                healthcare, and energy.
structural biology, molecular biophysics,       Information security and privacy
systems biology, and biotechnology plat-        Analysis, design, and modeling             Research Areas
form development.                               of information systems                        Visualization and Analytics
       The Department plays a criti-            and networks                                  Game design and development
cal role in the development of a robust         Design of easy-to-use                         Databases and Knowledge
biotechnology industry in the Charlotte         systems applications                          Discovery
region through its Bioinformatics Service       Social, ethical, and policy
Division at the North Carolina Research         issues related to information                 Robotics
Campus at Kannapolis, NC.                       technology                                    Wireless networking

Research Areas                               Highlights                                    Highlights
   Plant genomics                               Winner of the 2006 National                   The Charlotte Visualization
   Metagenomics                                 Collegiate Cyber Defense
   Proteomics and metabolomics                  Competition.                                  U.S. supported and funded by
   Structural bioinformatics                    Annually hosts the premier secu-              the Department of Homeland
   Molecular biophysics                         rity conference in the region,
   Micro-array data analysis and                which addresses the latest is-                of visual analytics.
   genomic visualization                        sues surrounding cyber crime.
   High performance computing                   Since 2001, SIS has been the                  game design and development in
   Systems biology                              recipient of almost $6 million in             the Southeast.
                                                grants from the federally-funded
                                                Scholarship for Service program
                                                that provides full scholarships
                                                to students studying information
                                                security with guaranteed
                                                civilian government jobs upon

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                                                                        CY B ER SECU R IT Y

“The face of cyber terrorism is ever changing, says Ehab Al-
Shaer, Ph.D., the Director of the Cyber Defense and Network
Assurability (CyberDNA) Center in the Department of
Software and Information Systems (SIS). “Cyber war
in the 21st Century will be far more reaching than the
traditional attacks on home computers or networks. Cyber
terrorists will now be focusing their attention on critical
infrastructure, such as the power grid, water, gas, hospitals,
and financial institutions.”
      As Director of the CyberDNA Center, Dr. Al-Shaer,
his colleagues, and students are conducting research to
help mitigate these threats now and well into the future.

research has determined that 65% of the vulnerability on
the Internet is due to human (e.g., operator) errors and

of the research is to automate discovery of these errors
and correct them in real time behind the scenes without
human intervention, thus creating a more secure and
trusted environment.
      The CyberDNA Center is also developing the next
generation cyber defense system or what Dr. Al-Shaer        E h a b A l -Sh a er, Ph .D. (on left of photo)
                                                            Director, CyberDna Center, discusses S m ar t Grid
calls, “Moving Target Defense”. His theory is that “we
                                                            security with CyberCorps student
can stay ahead of the bad guys by making things move

would be in constant motion, thus forcing the cyber         out in front, which will change the face of cyber attack to
terrorists to be continually seeking out their target       our advantage.”
while allowing the end user to be able to access their            The Department of Software and Information
information.                                                Systems is graduating highly focused and technically
      “It has always been a race between the bad guys       skilled students equipped to deal with modern day threats
and the good guys,” says Dr. Al-Shaer. “If our research
                                                            focus on attacks, how cyber terrorists think and operate

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in addition to training in ethical hackings techniques.        transforming, randomizing, and generalizing the data in
Projects for the Masters Program students focus on             a way that allows the companies to get the information
analyzing attacks, worms, how to code them, and provide        they need, and, at the same time, protect the identity and
defense. They study how threats impact systems, such           sensitive attribute values of the individual. The reality
                                                               is if we know a zip code, birth date, and the gender of
hospitals, and intelligence agencies. To be able to prevent    an individual in the US, 87% of them can be uniquely
cyber attacks, the “new” cyber warriors must have the
highest level of computer skills and ongoing education in            Dr. Wu says often times competing banks have
emerging technologies and applications.                        great needs to share customer information or send
                                           Developing          that information to a third party for analysis. However,
                                  partnerships between         privacy concerns make industry reluctant to share and
                                  businesses and SIS           publish information. He says privacy preserving data
B.S., King Faud University of
                                                               mining techniques would be invaluable in helping to
Petroleum Minerals                against cyber terrorism.     protect the identity of the customers and preventing
M.S., Northeastern                Duke Energy will have a      privacy breaches during data sharing and data analysis.
University, Boston
                                  restricted access security
Ph.D., Old Dominion, Norfolk
                                  smart grid lab located
                                  in the Department and
research will focus on threat and risk analysis. SIS is also

and implementing secure large-scale medical systems.
      Dr. Al-Shaer reiterates that attacks cannot be 100%
eliminated in the short term. He says the initial goal is
reducing the threat to a minimum. Developing highly
secure systems that automatically correct without human
intervention and staying ahead of the cyber terrorists are
just two of the major challenges that are being addressed
in the CyberDNA Center.

      Protecting the privacy of individuals and preventing
identity theft are all in a days work for Xintao Wu, Ph.D.,    Xintao Wu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Software and          Associate Professor in the Depar tment of Software
                                                               and I nfo rmatio n Systems and Direc to r of t h e Data
Information Systems, and Director of the Data Privacy          Privacy Researc h Lab
Research Lab. Some of the key areas of Dr. Wu’s research
focus in on the privacy preserving data mining process.
      “What we are doing is developing tools that
will allow companies to extract some information or                  Another key research area that Dr. Wu and his
knowledge that may be of value to them from their              colleague, Prof. Aidong Lu, are involved with is developing
                                                               tools for fraud detection in large scale networks.
identity and sensitive information, such as their income       Different from those traditional approaches using content
and medical records,” said Dr. Wu. “We do this by

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                                  frauds or attacks           guy in order to protect against them. We have to know
                                  (such as email spam         how they think and how they will attack us, so we know
                                  or viral marketing)
B.S., University of Science       by exploring spectral             As we evolve in this technology driven age,
and Technology of China           spaces of underlying
M.E., Chinese Academy of
                                  network topology,           and social networking will all be interconnected in ways
Space Technology
                                  which eliminates the        that we have never imagined. Smart technology will
Ph.D., George Mason
University                        need for focusing on                                   t
                                                              allow individuals to conduct their
Department of Software            content. The developed      daily tasks and access
and Information Systems
                                  technique allows the        information from
                                  examination of the          virtually anywhere at
entire topology, which will afford the end user the ability   anytime from the palm
to identify the so-called “very smart” bad guys.              of their hand, making
      “The new challenge in the 21st Century is keeping       data privacy and the
up with the bad guys,” said Dr. Wu. “In our research, we      research being conducted
need to focus on how an attacker will deal with different                               n
                                                              by Dr. Wu and his team even
types of data. You have to be able to think like the bad      that much more crucial.

Department of                                                 Heather Lipford , Ph.D.
Software and Information Systems                                (usable security)
                                                              Mohamed Shehab, Ph.D.
                                                                (DB and Web application security, access control)
   be designated a Center of Excellence in Information        Xintao Wu, Ph.D.
   Assurance research and education by the National             (data mining and privacy)
   Security Agency.
                                                              Collaborators from Other Centers
                                                              Bill Ribarsky, Ph.D.
CyberDNA Center                                                 Chair, Department of Computer Science and Director of
Ehab Al-Shaer, Ph.D.                                            the Charlotte Visualization Center
  Director                                                    Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D.
Bill Chu, Ph.D.                                                 Director, Complex Systems Institute
  Chair, Department of Software and Information Systems
  (software security and educational program coordinator)     Collaborators from Other Disciplines
WeiChao Wang, Ph.D.                                           Artie Zillante, Ph.D.
                                                                (Economics Department-Micro-economics and
Yongge Wang, Ph.D.                                               Game Theory)
  (applied cryptography, authentication, and privacy)         Ram Kumar, Ph.D.
Anita Raja, Ph.D.                                               (Belk School of Business - Risk Management)
  (autonomous agents, AI, infastructure protection)

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                                                              V ISUAL IZAT ION AND ANALY T ICS

William Ribarsky, Ph.D. founded the Charlotte
Visualization Center in 2005. In 2006, the Southeast
Regional Visual Analytics Center was established at the
College of Computing and Informatics and is one of only
five centers in the United States to be supported and funded
by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

      “The integration of the VisCenter and the visual

scale problems that impact many people in our state and
around the country,” said Dr. Ribarsky. “The regional
center has now evolved and become part of two DHS
Centers of Excellence. Other partners include Purdue,
Rutgers, Georgia Tech, the University of Washington,
Penn State, UNC Chapel Hill, to name a few.”
      One of the Centers of Excellence focuses its
research on natural disasters and coastal infrastructure.
The analysis determines the impact of violent storms

infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, utilities, and
                                                               Wi l l i a m R i ba rs ky, Ph .D.
                                                               Director, Charlotte Visualization Center
North Carolina due to the enormous coastal area of the
state. A new part of this research involves the recent
Gulf oil spill, providing instant visual analysis of storm
surges that carry the oil inland during violent storms.        mobile devices, with real-time access to route locations,
This is critical information for coastal economies, cities,    evacuation models, and emergency response solutions
and their people.                                              for buildings, neighborhoods, urban environments,
      Other ongoing research at the Charlotte                  entire cities.
Visualization Center includes the development of new                 The second Center of Excellence, the Visual
mobile applications for emergency response. These              Analytics Command, Control, and Interoperability Center
provide emergency crews, using iPhones or other                (VACCINE) is focusing on investigative multimedia

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     Th e So u t h ea st Re g i o n a l Visu a l
     Analytics Ce nter.

analytics. The program looks at hundreds of news feeds                               “As we move into the 21st Century the Viscenter
simultaneously, comprising many thousands of stories,                         is addressing societal problems, which align with the
and organizes them into easily searched groups for users                      strategic thrusts CCI has set for itself in the areas
based on areas of interest or activities. The methods
can be extended to other collections of documents                             Dr. Ribarsky. “For example, because transportation,
                                                   or to transactional        communications and energy are now brought together
                                                   records. Those             under a computing and networking structure, they will
     RIBARSKY PROFILE                              investigating fraud will   all have to be considered together as part of the smart
     Education                                     be able to research
     Ph.D., University of
                                                   criminal activity
                                                   around the world.
     Bank of America Endowed                       CEO’s will be able to
     Chair in Information
                                                   better understand
     Chair, Department of
                                                   how government
     Computer Science                              regulation, ongoing
     Director, Charlotte                           situations, or global
     Visualization Center
                                                   events could impact
                                                   their businesses.
Some users may want to track media reports and the                              Assistant Professor Zachary War tell
                                                                                de m onstrates a vir tual reality
impact on extreme ideologies. Any area of interest or                           te rrain m ode l.

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                                                               “I found that getting to know my
                                                               professors really helped me succeed in
                                                               class, and, because of that, they have
                                                               become my life-long mentors, helping
                                                               me succeed in my full-time career.”
                                                               Remco Chang, Ph.D., Computer Science, 2010
                                                               Tenure-track assistant professor
                                                               TUFTS UNIVERSITY

Computer Science Ph.D. students                                       The College of Computing and Informatics along
pa r t ic ipa te in Bio m e dica l
                                                               with the Charlotte Visualization Center has positioned
Vi s u a liza t io n a n d A n a lysis resea rch .

                                                               solutions for these problems as evidenced by ongoing
 grid infrastructure. The problems will be cross-cutting       partnerships with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke
 and our research is aimed at getting a handle on their        Energy, and Premiere Health Systems, as well as the
 interconnections; otherwise, the overall infrastructure       Department of Homeland Security. Our purview is more
 will not be well understood or controlled.”                   than just security, emergency response, and resilience.

Visualization Center Principals
     William Ribarsky, Ph.D., Director
     Zachary Wartell, Ph.D., Department
     of Computer Science
     Aidong Lu, Ph.D., Department of
     Computer Science
     Jing Yang, Ph.D., Department of
     Computer Science
     Robert Kosara, Ph.D., Department of
     Computer Science
     KR Subramanian, Ph.D., Department of
     Computer Science
     Heather Lipford, Ph.D., Department of
     Software and Information Systems
     Celine Latulipe, Ph.D., Department of
     Software and Information Systems
     WIlliam J. Tolone, Ph.D., Department of
     Software and Information Systems                      VisCenter Director Dr. William Ribarsky and Ph.D.
                                                           student Remco Chang demonstrate the Probe-based
     Eric Sauda, M.Arch., College of Architecture          U rban Growth De c ision Suppor t Syste m .

     Shen-en Chen, Ph.D., Civil Engineering

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                                                               HU M AN COM PU T ER INT ERACT ION

For Celine Latulipe, Ph.D., working in the Human Computer
Interaction Lab means coming to work every day, pursuing
her own ideas, and working on whatever interests her.
Through her human computer interaction research, she
wants to ensure that, when anyone uses digital tools, they
will enjoy it, be more expressive, learn while building skills,
and complete tasks more efficiently.

      “In human computer interaction, I come in every
day and make something that has never been made
before, purely out of my head,” said Dr. Latulipe. “The
ability to build things that other people can use is hugely
compelling and fascinating to me. There is a great sense
of achievement in having an idea, bringing it to fruition,
and handing it off to someone else to use.”
      Dr. Latulipe is currently involved in three major
research initiatives. In Evaluating Creativity, she and her
colleagues are developing new techniques to increase
creative expression that can be added to software, such
as PhotoShop, InDesign, and Garage Band. She has
developed a standardized survey, the Creativity Support
Index, which has been published, and is used by other
researchers to measure how well software packages
support users doing creative work. The index breaks
creativity down into factors, such as exploring new ideas     Cel i n e L a tu l i pe, Ph .D.
                                                              Human Computer Interaction Lab
and the ability to be expressive. Through collaboration       Depar tment of Software and Information Systems
with researchers across the country, it is believed the
index will provide answers for enhancing creativity
software tools and enable users to be more productive.        Software and Information Systems Department along
      The Dance.Draw project brings together the              with Professor Sybil Huskey, from the Department of
performing arts and computing. It is a collaboration          Dance. The interaction is achieved by using wireless
between Dr. Celine Latulipe and Dr. David Wilson in the       devices on the dancers’ bodies to use kinetic motion

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as input to visualizations projected behind the dancers              “My Master’s in IT at UNC Charlotte prepared
in real time. Often a dancer’s motion controls one or
                                                                     me for my career at Duke Energy, both from
two objects individually, but the interaction becomes
                                                                     a technical acumen perspective as well as the
unique when all of the dancers’ motions combine to
                                         produce something           ability to work with different groups of people
                                         more complex and            with varying backgrounds.”
                                         interesting. Dr. Latulipe   Jessica Bishop, Master’s information Technology, 2001
                                         and her colleagues          Director of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program
Bachelor’s, Master’s, and
Ph.D., University of Waterloo            are also developing         DUKE ENERGY
Human Computer                           biometric sensing
Interaction Lab is part of
                                         devices for audience
the Department of Software
and Information Systems.                 members that would          Dr. Latulipe. “We are all going to be using devices such as
                                         sense pulse rates or        this in the future.”
                                         skin arousal during               Through Exquisite Interaction Art research, Dr.
the performance, which could feed into the background                Latulipe is working with local artists to develop novel
visualization associated with the dancers’ movements.                ways for people to engage with art. She is currently
        “Biometric sensing is incredibly interesting,” said          developing web-based interactive software to allow

     Dance.Draw is an interdisciplinary exploration that brings
     together the Human Computer Interaction Lab, with the
     p e r fo r m in g a r ts, a n d v isu a l a r t.

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                                                                  Ph.D. student Amy Ulinski experiments with
                                                                  using 3 D input devices as a way of se le c ti ng
                                                                  an am orphous c loud of gas in a vir tual wo rl d .

people to interact and manipulate the piece of art
they are seeing rather than just looking at a static
                                                                   Human Computer
      “The compelling thing for me”, says Dr. Latulipe,            Interaction Lab
“is knowing through Human Computer Interaction                         Celine Latulipe, Ph.D.,
research, you can do things that truly make a difference               Department of Software and
in peoples’ lives.”                                                    Information Systems

                                                                       Heather Richter Lipford, Ph.D.,
                                                                       Department of Software and
                                                                       Information Systems

                                                                       David Wilson, Ph.D.,
                                                                       Department of Software and
                                                                       Information Systems

                                                           (left) SIS student Nathan Nifong experiments
                                                           with an embodied digital musical instrument he
                                                           c reate d, that plays proje c te d visualizations in
                                                           tim e with the sound.

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                                                                                     B IOINFOR M AT ICS

The Evolution of Duplicated Genes in the Soybean Genome
research being conducted by Jessica Schuleter, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics
and Genomics has been drawing a lot of attention. She
has co-authored an article on the genetic history of the
soybean that is published in the world’s most highly cited
interdisciplinary science journal, “Nature”. The paper
details the sequencing of the soybean genome and the
results of which point to key evolutionary events that may
be responsible for the plant’s unique applications.

      “In our research in the state of the art
Bioinformatics Research Center on the UNC Charlotte
campus, we found evidence of two separate instances,
one about 59 million years ago and the other about 8-13
million years ago, when the plant’s ancestors doubled
their genes by adding an extra copy of the organism’s
original set of chromosomes, resulting in a genetic
condition known as polyploidy,” said Dr. Schlueter.
“Because of this, we hope our research will determine if
polyploidy is directly responsible for the plant’s unique

      Dr. Schlueter’s research is focused around the
soybean’s unique make-up. She is currently collaborating    Jessica Schulete r, Ph.D.
                                                            A ss istant Professor,
with United States Department of Agriculture researchers    Depar tment of Bioinformatics and Genomics
at North Carolina State University as they begin studying
the genetic architecture of environmental stress
tolerance in soybeans. Dr. Schlueter’s collaborators have   this resiliency and in the future be able to apply those
                                                            same traits, through breeders, to other soybean plants or
aluminum, and salt. This collaboration will hopefully             Other ongoing research involves Flavonoid Pathway
discover which genes in the plant are responsible for       Evolution. Gregor Mendel explored the genetics of

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inheritance through his work with peas. By studying the       datasets generated by this new sequencing technology
                                                              are enormous and enormously complex requiring a
                                     genes, determining       sophisticated bioinformatics approach.”
                                     what the original              Dr. Fodor is particularly interested in the human
                                     traits were, and how     microbiome, the microbes that live within us that impact
Background                           they have evolved. Dr.   nearly every area of human health and disease. “There
B.S., Texas A&M University
                                     Schlueter’s ultimate     are something like ten times more microbial cells in the
Ph.D., Iowa State University
                                     goal is to improve       human body than human cells. We think of ourselves
                                                              as being human and having a human genome, but really
pea and possibly apply those same traits to other plants.     we are super-organisms. If you want to understand the
       “The goal of any bioinformatics researcher is to       links between genes and disease and health, you need to
improve or advance the greater knowledge of what you          focus not just on human genes, but on microbial genes
are analyzing, in my case it happens to be plants,” said      as well.” One area of focus for Dr. Fodor’s lab has been
Dr. Schlueter. “It’s no secret that the world’s population    Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The genetic defect that causes
is growing and we are going to need more and more             CF allows pathogenic microbes to colonize CF patients
crops that can handle harsh environments and climate          at a young age. Respiratory complications associated
changes. The National Science Foundation recognizes           with these infections are by far the leading cause of
that planet change is coming, which is why it is eager to
fund projects such as ours.”
       Dr. Schlueter points out that, in order to be
competitive in genomics research, it is imperative that
researchers be able to do bioinformatics. She says the
only way to handle the millions or billions of sequence
reads will be through the use of computational analysis.
Ten years ago, she says, there were few Bioinformatics
Ph.D. programs in the United States. With Ph.D. and
Master’s degree tracks, the Department of Bioinformatics
and Genomics at UNC Charlotte is the one of the few
departments of its kind in the U.S. and poised to be one
of the major drivers of the emerging biomedical and
biotechnology revolution.
                                                              Anthony Fodor, Ph.D.
                                                              A ss istant Professor
ANTHONY FODOR                                                 Depar tment of Bioinformatics and Genomics
       Dr. Anthony Fodor’s research focuses on
understanding the role that complex microbial
communities play within ecosystems. “Microbial
communities control much of the nutrient and energy           death in CF patients. Using the latest sequencing
                                                              technology to characterize lung infections associated
Fodor, “but the genetic pathways within microbes              with CF has led to some surprises. CF infections are
are incredibly complex. The sequencing technology             clearly poly-microbial with many aerobic and anaerobic
required to understand this microbial complexity in           bacteria colonizing the lungs of CF patients in addition
detail has only been developed in the last few years. The     to the dominant pathogen. This complex community

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                                                                “The highly collaborative research
                                                                atmosphere has allowed me to focus on a
                                                                skill set that I desired while still giving me
                                                                a solid comprehensive background.”
                                                                Rob Reid, Ph.D. Information Technology,
                                                                Bioinformatics Track, 2010
                                                                Bioinformatics Service Division
                                                                NC RESEARCH CAMPUS

                                                                between non-alcoholic fatty liver and the gut microbial

                                                                better detection and treatment of this condition.
                                                                      As for the future, with his collaborators, Dr. Fodor
                                                                will continue to search for the links between microbial
Ph.D. student Shatavia Morrison prepares the Hybridization
station in the Microarray Core Laboratory.
                                                                communities and human health and disease. “These are
                                                                very early days for genomics research. We will look back
also appears surprisingly resistant to antibiotics.             on what we can do today in genomics the way we look
“Antibiotics seem to have very modest effects on the            back at early punch-card computers. The technology is
microbial community. It appears that CF patients may            developing very rapidly and the future promise of this
acquire many different antibiotic resistant microbes            research is boundless.”
at an early age.” If we use new technology to better
understand what is happening in each CF patient, we
may be able to better tailor antibiotic treatment to the
needs of that particular patient.
                                                                         Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department
                                            Dr. Fodor is
                                                                         of Bioinformatics and Genomics
                                     also involved with a
                                     collaborative research              Shannon Schlueter, Ph.D.,
Ph.D. University of                  effort with UNC Chapel              Department of Bioinformatics
Washington, Physiology               Hill, looking at the                and Genomics
and Biophysics
                                     impact of the microbial             Robert Kosara, Ph.D.,
Department of
Bioinformatics and                   communities in cancer               Department of Computer
Genomics                             patients and determining            Science
                                     whether the presence
                                                                         Dennis Livesay, Ph.D., Associate
of certain microbes in the human gut could be used as
                                                                         Professor Department of
an “early warning” diagnostic indicating risk for cancer.
                                                                         Bioinformatics and Genomics
Another collaboration with the North Carolina Research
Center at Kannapolis focuses on non-alcoholic fatty liver                Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Associate
disease and its causes. About one-third of all Americans                 Professor Department of
have some fat on their livers, a major health risk. “Our                 Bioinformatics and Genomics
lab is accumulating evidence that there is a direct link

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                                                                GAM E R ESEAR C H AND DEV ELOPMEN T

Tiffany Barnes, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the
Department of Computer Science, has a passion for
developing artificial intelligence for educational
software. She has taken that passion and developed
a Game2Learn program in collaboration with
the Games + Learning Lab in the College of
Computing and Informatics.
      “When asked to teach gaming, at the College I
jumped at the opportunity, but I wanted to do it in a

teach the basics of gaming, but, rather to determine
if teaching games could be used to improve computer
science education for the designer, but also be used as a
tool to get the best and most diverse students interested
in Computer Science. Thus, the beginning of the
Game2Learn program.”
      In Game2Learn, graduate and undergraduate
students in Computer Science create games for teaching
introductory computing with the goal of improving
retention and recruiting while providing a fun, learning
experience. Students also build games and interactive
design tools that leverage culture to improve learning
in math and computing. At the same time, the program

mining techniques into games and learning environments
to support learners and improve the understanding of
learning and motivation.
      Dr. Barnes has published several papers regarding
                                                             Ti ffa ny Ba rn es, Ph .D.
her research on controlled studies that compare teaching     Associate Professor
games students have created versus traditional methods       Depar tment of Computer Science

of learning. Statistics show that students learn better in

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                                                       the gaming environment.     computing, and technology from kindergarten through
BARNES PROFILE                                         Dr. Barnes contends         graduate school,” said Dr. Barnes. “Being a roll-model
                                                       that it is no surprise as   helps to develop the leadership skills of our students.
B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., North                           most people play some       By promoting computer science, it encourages them to
Carolina State University                              sort of a game while on     complete their degrees and pursue graduate school.”
                                                       their computer and that           She says it is important for her students to be able
humans are hard wired to learn while having fun.                                   to convey the message that people can make a difference
           Dr. Barnes and her gaming students are also very                        in computing because that’s where future innovation will
much a part of the Students & Technology in Academia,                              come from. It is as simple as relaying the message that
Research, & Service (STARS) Alliance. The Alliance is a                            “once you have the power to create something, then you
nationally recognized effort to broaden participation in                           become the innovator.”
computer science with more diverse individuals.                                          In 2009, Dr. Barnes received a National Science
           “Our students serve as the ambassadors, mentors,                        Foundation Career Award for her work in educational data
and teachers in the Alliance’s efforts to bring education,                         mining for students in interactive learning environments.
business, and community partners together in a                                     The research gathers data from educational software,
united cause to foster broader participation in math,                              including how students are learning, grouping them

     Ph.D. student Evie Powell creates
     ed u ca t io n a l g a m es a s pa r t of h er Na tio n a l
     Sc ie n ce Fo u n d a t io n Fellowsh ip.

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  CCI students Andrea Nickel and Samantha
  F in ke lste in d eve lo ped Astro ju mper, wh ich
  a llows c h ild re n with a u tism to exercise
  u sin g a V R g a m e.

accordingly to what they have and haven’t learned, and        science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This
then tracking what they do while solving problems. This
information is used to develop data-driven intelligent        solely devoted to investigating more ways of building
tutors, that can provide individualized help, such as hints   intelligence into educational software.
on the current problem, or advice on new problems to
practice. Using data to provide these capabilities is a       “ My experience as a graduate student at
revolutionary idea that can enable the rapid creation         UNC Charlotte was invaluable in preparing
of individualized instruction to support learning in
                                                              me for the journey ahead. The Game Research
                                                              & Development program at UNC Charlotte
                                                              was the key to successfully starting my career
                                                              as a professional developer.”
                                                              Priyesh Dixit, Master’s Computer Science, 2008
                                                              Software Engineer
                                                              TIMEGATE STUDIOS

                                                                  Games + Learning Lab
                                                                    Tiffany Barnes, Ph.D., Co-Director
                                                                    Michael Youngblood, Ph.D., Co-Director

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                                                        V IRT UAL ENV IR ONM ENTS & INT EL L IG ENT AGEN TS

 Developing virtual humans and virtual environments is
a far cry from what Assistant Professor Dale-Marie Wilson,
Ph.D., in the Department of Computer Science, set out to
do as an undergrad at New York University.
      “I always wanted to be a pediatrician, but I hated      and an individual. It has been shown that individuals
biology,” said Dr. Wilson. “Then I thought perhaps            of a minority group relate more comfortably to virtual
a psychiatrist, but I hated psychology. Eventually, I         agents of the same likeness. Dr. Wilson is expanding this
majored in math with the thought of becoming an               research to include children with special needs. Two
accountant. A professor convinced me at the time to
minor in computer science. Because there were so few

it and never looked back”.
      The Future Computing Lab in the Department
of Computer Science is where Dr. Wilson spends the
majority of her time. The focus of her research involves
developing virtual environments and intelligent agents,
with an emphasis on creating virtual humans and how
they may be used in practical applications. One such
research project is in collaboration with the College of
Health and Human Services at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, where Dr. Wilson is creating a

cultural group. As Dr. Wilson and her colleagues have         Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D.
learned, cross-cultural communications, regarding             A ss istant Professor
                                                              Depar tment of Computer Science
sensitive and personal information, present many
different reactions and, often, disastrous results.
The research will assist in training nurses and other
caregivers to interact in appropriate ways with better        different virtual humans are being created; one with
outcomes.                                                     special needs another without. The research should
      Another ongoing research project involves studying      illustrate whether the children relate and perform better
the effect race plays in the interaction of a virtual human   when interacting with a virtual human of similar special

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needs. If so, the plan is to develop many virtual humans          “CCI prepared me to succeed in each
to improve the lives of these children.
                                                                  role by teaching me the basic concepts. I
        Dr. Wilson says the practical applications for her
                                                                  have no doubts that my degree from CCI
work are endless. She says that in many situations,
                                                                  at UNC Charlotte helped me to not only
where human-to-human interaction is necessary but not
                                       possible, virtual humans   secure fulltime employment in the IT
                                                                  field, but also helped me to achieve great
                                       void. She foresees         success so far as a software developer!”
B.S., New York University              a day when cars will
                                                                  Ryan Hefner, Bachelor’s Computer Science, 2007
Master’s and Ph.D., Auburn             have a virtual auto        Software Developer
University                             mechanic performing        VANGUARD GROUP
                                       diagnostics and
providing instruction rather than having to refer to a hard
copy manual. There may be virtual bank tellers on-line,

     Computer Science Ph.D. students research
     effective ways to treat phobias through
     v i r tu a l rea lity

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Computer Science students create
vi r tu a l h u m a n s t h a t ca n be u sed fo r
t ra in in g purposes

and possibly virtual teaching assistants looking and
acting like the real-life teacher helping students
in the event of overcrowding or illness. Virtual
humans may instruct or assist military personnel in

          Dr. Wilson says in the 21st Century it is likely
that people will need more of this technology.
“However,” as Dr. Wilson points out, “when I’m
coming up with my ideas, I never lose sight of the
fact that human-to-human interaction is always
best. But, when that is not possible, my goal is to
create virtual humans, accomplishing the same
tasks and solving problems.”

        Future Computing Lab
           Min Shin, Ph.D., Director,
           Department of Computer Science

           Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D.,
           Department of Computer Science

           Richard Souvenir, Ph.D.,
           Department of Computer Science

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      DEVELOPING the
                                                                                    21 ST CENTURY WORKFORCE

Serving as Director of both the Diversity in Information
Technology Institute at the College of Computing and
Informatics (CCI) and the Students & Technology in
Academia, Research, & Service (STARS) Alliance, Teresa
Dahlberg, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, is leading
the national effort to broaden participation in computing
by attracting more diverse individuals in terms of gender,
demographics, and socio-economic background.

      “Not only do we want to attract a more diverse
group, we also want to produce graduates with broader
skills,” said Dr. Dahlberg. “Our goal is to graduate
individuals with technology skills in computer science
and expertise in related disciplines, such as biology,
psychology, and the arts. We strive to enhance their
abilities in areas such as leadership, professional
development, and effective communication. In the 21st
Century, it is no longer about graduating just tech gurus
but rather individuals with a broad understanding of how
to accomplish the agenda of an organization.”
      Dr. Dahlberg says Institute programs focus on
four main themes for computing students. 1) Technical
excellence to improve their experience with technology      Teresa Dahlberg, Ph.D.
                                                            Divers ity in I nfo rmatio n Tec hno lo gy I n st itu te
beyond the classroom through practical applications,        Professo r of Co mputer Sc ience
learning advanced technologies, and participating in
research. 2) Leadership development to broaden their
personal skills, enabling them to become community          engagement to foster a lifelong commitment to use
and corporate leaders. 3) Community to build cohesive       computing for social good.
groups among computer professionals, K-12, and college             Funded with $9 million in grants from the National
students, along with local citizens. 4) Service and civic   Science Foundation, the STARS Alliance was one of

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“ I found that getting to know my
professors really helped me succeed
in class, and because of that they have
become my life-long mentors, helping
me succeed in my full-time career.”
Ashley Johnson
Bachelor’s Information Technologuy, 2009
User Experience Designer

recognized for its leadership efforts in expanding
diversity. The Alliance is a consortium of twenty
                                                                                   Computer Science Student Vicky Fowler
colleges and universities and eighty-eight regional                                he lps to bridge the digital d i v i d e wi th
                                                                                   low incom e fam ilies.
partners in the Southeast fostering broader
participation in computing from kindergarten
through graduate school. With recent funding, the
Alliance will scale to 50 colleges and universities over
                                                              Dahlberg also served as principal or co-principal
                                                              investigator for $14 million in grants to support a set
STARS Leadership Corps, is a nationwide corps of college      of computing pipeline programs, including:
                                     students catalyzed to
                                                                   Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need
                                     recruit and develop
DAHLBERG PROFILE                                                   (GAANN ) Fellowship program. Funded by
                                     students, encouraging         the U.S. Department of Education to support
Background                                                         eighteen IT PhD students, all U.S. citizens,
                                     the next generation
B.S., University of Pittsburgh;                                    primarily from under-represented groups.
M.S. and Ph.D., North Carolina       of computing
State University                                                   Socially Relevant Research Experiences for
                                                                   Undergraduates (REU) in Visualization, Virtual
10 years as IBM hardware and                “Of the twenty         Environments, Gaming, and Networking. Funded
software development engineer                                      by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to
                                     participating schools,
Founding Director, the Diversity                                   prepare U.S. undergraduate students for entry
in Information Technology                                          into computing doctoral programs.
Institute and the Students           institutions who
                                                                   STARS Computing Scholars program. Funded by
and Technology in Academia,          have been in the              the NSF to prepare community college students
Research and Service (STARS)                                       for entry into UNC Charlotte to complete
                                     program for at least
Alliance                                                           bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computing.
                                     three years,” said Dr.
                                                                   A Global Living Laboratory for
                                     Dahlberg. ”From
                                                                   Cyberinfrastructure Application Enablement
2006-2008, enrollment in computing Ph.D. programs in               project. Funded by the NSF to provide
                                                                   international research experiences to
                                                                   undergraduate and graduate students.
the enrollment in computing Ph.D. programs nationally
decreased on average by 2%.

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                       M embers of th e STARS A lliance reac h          Dr. Dahlberg says that CCI faculty are also
                       out to local middle school students.
                                                                  gaining prominence in computing education research
                                                                  aimed at restructuring curricula to better meet the
                                                                  21st Century needs of employers. The next step is
                                                                  to merge the diversity and education efforts and
                                                                  integrate these efforts into the core mission of
                                                                  teaching, research, and student development. The
                                                                  goal is to become national leaders for successfully
                                                                  integrating education, research, and engagement to
                                                                  produce a highly skilled, diverse group of graduates.

Diversity in Information                                         Jamie Payton, Ph.D., Department of Computer
Technology Institute                                             Science
 Teresa Dahlberg, Ph.D., Director and PI                         Bill Ribarsky, Chair, Department of Computer
 Tiffany Barnes, Ph.D., Lead Evaluator and PI                    Science

 Audrey Rorrer, Ph.D., Social Research Scientist                 Jessica Schlueter, Ph.D., Department of
                                                                 Bioinformatics and Genomics
 Karen Bean, Associate Director
                                                                 Shannon Schlueter, Ph.D., Department of
 Aubrae Collins, Program Coordinator
                                                                 Bioinformatics and Genomics
 Emily Stark, Administrator
                                                                 Min Shin, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
                                                                 Richard Souvenir, Ph.D., Department of Computer
Participating Faculty who serve as student
advisors or co-PI’s on grants
                                                                 Weichao Wang, Ph.D., Department of Software and
 Ken Chen, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
                                                                 Information Systems
 Bill Chu, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Software and
                                                                 Yu Wang, Ph.D., Department of Software and
 Information Systems
                                                                 Information Systems
 Yi Deng, Dean, College of Computing and
                                                                 Zach Wartell, Ph.D., Department of Computer
 Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics
                                                                 Jennifer Weller, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics
 and Genomics
                                                                 and Genomics
 Celine Latulipe, Ph.D., Department of Software and
                                                                 Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Computer
 Information Systems
 Heather Lipford, Ph.D., Department of Software and
                                                                 Jing Xiao, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
 Information Systems
                                                                 Michael Youngblood, Ph.D., Department of
 Aidong Lu, Ph.D., Department of Software and
                                                                 Computer Science
 Information Systems

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               AND PARTNERSHIP

     Complex Systems Institute
      The Complex Systems Institute (CSI) brings           Center for Advanced Research in the Humanities ex-
together academia, industry, and federal agencies to       plores the interdisciplinary nature of complex systems, as
advance computing simulation, analysis, and model-         well as the methods and language used to describe and
ing. Tools developed by CSI members help analysts          understand these systems.
model infrastructure and social networks, visualize
and understand how individual networks behave,             CURRENT PROJECTS
and understand multiple-network interdependency                  Marine Ecosystem. One of the foundations of ecol-
behavior, including second-order and third-order ef-       ogy dynamics is the Lotka-Volterra equations for preda-
fects and unintended consequences.                         tor-prey populations. These equations, while mathemati-
      There are three centers within the Institute. The    cally robust and widely accepted, are general in nature.
Complexity Laboratory focuses on dynamic non-linear        Thus, they are limited by the assumptions imposed upon
systems and the development of tools and techniques        them, including, for example, the assumption of unlimited
for studying complexity in natural, physical, and social   resources available to the prey population. This project
domains. The Defense Computing Center is responsible       brings together computer scientists, biologists, environ-
for defense-related and intelligence-related research,     mental researchers, mathematicians, economists, and in-
emphasizing system-of-systems modeling and simulation      dustry experts in order to: 1) create computer simulations
for analysis of complex problems and phenomena. The        of multiple trophic levels in a general marine ecosystem

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                                                                                      AND PARTNERSHIP

model; 2) use these simulations to better understand the
complex dynamics of the Lotka-Volterra equations in a
more realistic setting; 3) conduct both controlled experi-
ments and real-world studies in order to validate the re-
sults of these computer models; and 4) use these results
to suggest more robust economic models of sustainable
industrial practices.
      Nanoperception: The Public Perception of
Nanotechnology. This project encompasses an analysis
of the public perception of nanotechnology as a complex
system – a system thus labeled Nanoperception. While

itself, there are many other agents that have as much or
more impact on the system. From military to commercial

nanotechnology is truly a system that exists on the edge
of chaos in that tense zone between order and disorder.         an operator to input
The interaction of each of the agents helps to create           various theories of
nanoperception as a self-organizing, quasi-stable pat-          patient care. In this
                                                            -   way, the operator can
sarily predictable. Thus, the interdisciplinarity required of   tailor an experimen-
complexity science and of this project, in particular, is a     tal design that more
recognition of the fact that, in order to grasp nanopercep-
ences to gain a true appreciation of the overall behavioral     many different environments.
pattern of the system. While each agent by itself could               CreativeIT. The Institute is developing, testing,
provide the basis for fruitful research, nanoperception is      and deploying a general complex adaptive systems
yet another example in complexity science of the whole          (CAS) model as a new technology for supporting human
being greater than simply the sum of its parts.                 creativity. Our general CAS model uses an agent-based
      Hospital Environment Simulation. Hospitals rep-           paradigm to develop a common language for exploring
resent a complex environment for patient care, with many        and describing complex phenomena in various domains.
variables affecting patient outcomes. These variables can       By constraining these phenomena within the paradigm
often interact in surprising ways, producing non-linear         of CAS and agent-based systems, and using this gen-
effects in a dynamic environment. Complex Adaptive Sys-         eral model in research and education, we believe that
tems techniques can be used to design an agent-based            a deep knowledge of one domain can inform under-
model for simulating these systems, allowing for a mean-        standing of similar phenomena in another domain, even
ingful exploration of large datasets related to patient         when the disciplines are far apart. In this way, multiple
outcomes. Furthermore, since every hospital environment         concepts from disciplines that do not generally interact
is different, a well-designed simulation tool should allow      at such a fundamental level can be synthesized into

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 new forms for understanding, researching, and commu-            CSI Principals
 nicating novel ideas.
                                                                 Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D,     Ph.D., Director of UNC
       Hyperlocal Community Platform. The world is
                                                                 Director, Department of      Charlotte’s Center for
 shrinking. Ease of travel, cheap communication, Internet
                                                                 Software and Information     Humanities
 connectivity: all have allowed us to broaden our world-
 view and interact globally as never before. Some believe                                     Marvin Croy, Ph.D.,
 this has led to a decline in local participation and engage-    Didier Dréau, Ph.D.,         Department of
 ment. Newspapers, once the glue that held a community           Department of Biology        Philosophy
 together, are struggling, and the growth of interest-based
                                                                 Moutaz Khouja,               David Bashor, Ph.D.,
 social media seem to indicate that geography is no              Ph.D., Department of         retired Associate
 longer important. We believe, however, that geographic          Operations Management        Professor of Biology
 community is as important now as ever before. It remains
 the center of our public life, and the quality of our local     Mark Pizzato, Ph.D.,         Liz Johnson, Ph.D.
                                                                 Theatre Department           student in public policy
 environment greatly impacts the quality of our lives. The
 goal is to: 1) build a web platform that will serve as local    William J. Tolone, Ph.D.,    Chris Eichelberger,
 hubs for the community, encouraging the emergence of            Department of Software       Director, Software
                                                                 and Information Systems      Solutions Lab
 much as topical interest; and 2) use the tools of complex
                                                                 James Walsh, Ph.D.,          Ted Carmichael, Ph.D.,
 adaptive systems to model and study these emergent
                                                                 Department of Political      Department of Software
 clusters, so that these local communities are transpar-
                                                                 Science                      and Information Systems
 ent and understandable to the users, allowing for posi-
                                                                 Joseph Whitmeyer, Ph.D.,     Min Sun, Ph.D. student
 engagement.                                                     Department of Sociology

                                                                 Paul Youngman,

     Bioinformatics Research Center
                                                                      The state-of-the art 94,000 g.s.f. Bioinformatics
                                                                Research Center (BRC) is an institutional interdisciplin-
                                                                ary research center. The BRC serves as a convening unit
                                                                for basic and applied research activities in computational

                                                                As a campus-wide center for bioinformatics technologies,
                                                                the BRC involves and engages faculty, staff, and graduate
                                                                students from the College of Computing and Informat-
                                                                ics, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the William

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                                                                                   AND PARTNERSHIP

States Lee College of Engineering, and the College of Health           KEY RESEARCH AREAS
and Human Services.
      The BRC has also taken a leadership role in developing                                          analysis and genomic
bioinformatics programs in collaboration with the develop-
ers of the North Carolina Research Campus, a billion-dollar,            metabolomics
                                                                                                      ace computing
350-acre research park that will be home to the research
programs of a large number of private biotechnology com-                bioinformatics
panies as well as university and medical research programs.
The BRC has developed a Service Division in Bioinformatics

 BIoinformatics Research Center Principals
 Lawrence Mays, Ph.D.,         Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D.,           Dennis Livesay,                  Jessica Schlueter,
 Director BRC, Department      Department of                   Ph.D., Department of             Ph.D., Department of
 of Bioinformatics and         Bioinformatics and              Bioinformatics and               Bioinformatics and
 Genomics                      Genomics                        Genomics                         Genomics

 Cory Brouwer, Ph.D.,          Julie Goodliffe, Ph.D.,         Ann Loraine, Ph.D.,              Shannon Schlueter,
 Director Bioinformatics       Department of Biology           Department of                    Ph.D., Department of
 Services Division,                                            Bioinformatics and               Bioinformatics and
                               Alexander Gordon,
 Department of                                                 Genomics                         Genomics
                               Ph.D., Department of
 Bioinformatics and
                               Mathematics and Statistics      Ian Marriott, Ph.D.,             Susan Sell, Ph.D.,
                                                               Department of Biology            Department of
                               Valery Grdzelishvili, Ph.D.,
 Andriy Baumketner, Ph.D.,                                                                      Bioinformatics and
                               Department of Biology           Taghi Mostafavi, Ph.D.,
 Department of Physics and                                                                      Genomics
                                                               Department of Computer
 Optical Science               Jun-tao Guo, Ph.D.,             Science                          Min Shin, Ph.D.,
                               Department of
 Mark Clemens, Ph.D.,                                                                           Department of Computer
                               Bioinformatics and              Pinku Mukherjee, Ph.D.,
 Vice Chair for Research,                                                                       Science
                               Genomics                        Irwin Belk Endowed
 Department of Biology
                                                               Scholar for Caner                Nury Steuerwald, Ph.D.,
                               Don Jacobs, Ph.D.,
 Didier Dreau, Ph.D.,                                          Research, Department of          Department of Biology
                               Department of Physics and
 Department of Biology                                         Biology
                               Optical Science                                                  ZhengChang Su,
 Xiuxia Du, Ph.D.,                                             James Oliver, Ph.D., Cone        Ph.D., Department of
                               Ana Jofre, Ph.D.,
 Department of                                                 Distinguished Professor for      Bioinformatics and
                               Department of Physics and
 Bioinformatics and                                            Teaching, Department of          Genomics
                               Optical Science
 Genomics                                                      Biology
                                                                                                Jennifer Weller,
                               Joanna Krueger, Ph.D.,
 Anthony Fodor,                                                Christine Richardson,            Ph.D., Department of
                               Department of Chemistry
 Ph.D., Department of                                          Ph.D., Department of             Bioinformatics and
 Bioinformatics and            Tim Lightfoot, Ph.D.,           Biology                          Genomics
 Genomics                      Department of Kinesiology

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 at the North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis,              molecular biology methods, and to translate the results
 hiring several faculty with research interests at both
 locations. This is a research, educational, and service           interacting effects of health, nutrition, development, and
 division with a focus on the development of novel analyti-        behavior.
 cal methods for knowledge discovery in large biological                 The BRC is playing a critical role in the develop-
 data sets. Research at the Division enables basic and             ment of a robust biotechnology industry in the Charlotte
 applied researchers to ask and answer complex ques-               region. Bioinformatics and genomics will be one of the
 tions in molecular and population biology, to manage and          major drivers of the emerging biomedical and biotechnol-
 navigate the vast data sets that are generated by modern          ogy revolution.

                                                                          Over 80% of Ph.D. students
     Ph.D. Program                                                        are fully-funded through
                                                                          assistantships and fellowships.
       The Ph.D. program at the College of Computing and
 Informatics (CCI) is the largest and fastest growing at UNC
                                                                            RESEARCH FUNDING
 Charlotte with over 130 doctoral students. The program
                                                                            Highly-competitive faculty with over $9 million in
 is uniquely designed to train Ph.D. students in innovative,
 interdisciplinary research of societal relevance, centered on
                                       computing and infor-
                                       matics. The program is
                                       staffed with a strong
                                       multidisciplinary faculty
                                       of international stature,
                                       who offers opportuni-
                                       ties for students to
                                       develop advanced
                                                                            RESEARCH FOCI
                                       competencies in a num-
                                                                            a. Data, knowledge, and visualization (CS)
                                                                            b. Perceptive, networked robotic, and
                                       Students who aspire to                  intelligent systems (CS)
                                       do academic research                 c. Computer game design and development (CS)
                                       and teaching will ben-               d. Information, network, and cyber security
                                                                               and privacy (SIS)
                                       the diverse faculty and              e. Complex system modeling and analysis (SIS)
                                       exposure to practical                f. Human computer interaction (SIS)
                                       applications for their               g. Computational genomics (BiG)
                                       specialties.                         h. Computational proteomics (BiG)

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                          CURRICULUM AND

                                                   The College of Computing and
                                                   Informatics focuses on balancing the
                                                   fundamental science of computing
                                                   with cutting edge technology.

                                                        Graduate Programs
                                                        Bioinformatics and Genomics
                                                           Ph.D. Information Technology, Bioinformatics Track
                                                           Professional Science Master’s in Bioinformatics

Undergraduate Programs                                  Computer Science
Computer Science                                          Ph.D. Information Technology, Computer Science Track
  BA Computer Science                                     MS Computer Science
  BA Computer Science, Financial Services
  Informatics Concentration                                Knowledge Discovery
  BS Computer Science
  BS Computer Science/Computer
  Engineering Concentration                             Software and Information Systems
                                                           Ph.D. Information Technology, Software and information
                                                           Systems Track
                                                           MS Information Technology
   and Development

Software and Information Systems
   BA Information Technology
   BA Information Technology, Financial Services
   Informatics Concentration

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 In looking to the 21st Century, CCI is positioning itself to become the leader
 in graduating students who are the best prepared to meet the expressed
 needs of business and industry.

     Ph.D in Information
     Technology (Bioinformatics Track)
     Professional Science Master’s in Bioinformatics

       These interdisciplinary programs are at the inter-      tional biology applications. The programs are designed to
 section of the disciplines of biology, chemistry, math-       prepare students for employment in academia and in the
 ematics, and statistics, computing and informatics, and       biotechnology sector, where the need for knowledgeable
 engineering. The degrees include additional training          life scientists with quantitative and computational skills
 and demonstrated competence in both life sciences and         has exploded in the past decade.
                                                                     Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
 provide students with the skills and knowledge to de-         is pending approval.
 velop, evaluate, and deploy bioinformatics and computa-

     Financial Services Informatics
                                                    -           “One example of our partnership with UNC
 ates for the 21st Century needs of the Charlotte area           Charlotte is the annual Cyber Security
                                                           -     Symposium, which gathers industry leaders
 ing and Informatics (CCI) will offer a Financial Services       from around the globe to discuss novel
 Informatics (FSI) program. This innovative and cut-             approaches to our growing and mutual
 ting-edge approach to curriculum, conceived by the              concerns about application security.”
 College along with Bank of America, Wachovia, a Wells
                                                                Chad Renfro,
 Fargo company, and TIAA-CREF, will offer CCI students
                                                                Global Information Security Executive
 a new degree concentration in order to provide highly          BANK OF AMERICA

38   College of Computing and Informatics
                                                                                                CURRICULUM AND

trained graduates who can immediately address the              trained graduates into the local IT workforce where
                                                                     Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in
The joint development of this program again empha-             Financial Services Informatics is planned for 2011 pend-
sizes the commitment of the College to place our highly        ing approval.

   Healthcare Information
   Technology                                                       HEALTHCARE INFORMATION
                                                                    TECHNOLOGY WILL:

      UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and
Informatics and the College of Health and Human
Services have collaborated on a groundbreaking
curriculum that trains students to meet the 21st
Century needs of the healthcare industry. The presi-
dent of the American Medical Informatics Associa-
tion estimates that at least 200,000 new health IT
professionals will be needed to support the National            Professional Science Master’s degree in Health
Electronic Health Records initiative.                           Informatics is pending approval.

    Applied Technology Program
  Bank of America and UNC Charlotte have engaged in                                                                     -
a strategic partnership that involves students perform-
ing work for the Bank and participating in career-orient-        who are always eager to understand how their aca-
ed study while pursuing their undergraduate degrees.             demic learning impacts the business world and actively
                                                                 pursue coursework that enhances their job prospects,
WHAT IS THE VALUE TO STUDENTS?                                   the ATP offers a real-world work and study experience
  The Applied Technology Program (ATP) provides real-            that greatly enhances the quality of their education and
                                                           -     their marketability after graduation.
dents will develop a key understanding of technology as

                                                                                     College of Computing and Informatics   39

       Smart Grid and
       Envision: Charlotte
     The College of Computing and Informatics is teaming                                                                -
 with Duke Energy on a number of projects centering          tion, games, security, data analytics, mobile interfaces
 around analyzing, effectively using, getting customers      and sensing, and other areas are partnering with Duke
 to understand, and developing security for the Smart        to reach this goal, and to make the smart grid and its
 Grid. The biggest of these projects center around Envi-     advantages understandable to the public at large.
 sion: Charlotte, the thrust led by Duke Energy to make
 Charlotte a national center in energy research and tech-    “We have had the opportunity to present to
 nology and energy sustainability. Dean Deng is on the       student organizations, recruiting programs
 Steering Committee for Envision: Charlotte, which is a      in classrooms, and develop relationships
 partnership among Duke Energy, UNC Charlotte, Cisco,        with students and faculty. We consistently
 several major businesses, and community organizations.      hire sound talent from UNCC and are
 Envision: Charlotte has just been selected as a project     pleased with our continuing partnership.”
 under the Clinton Global Initiative. A major component
                                                             Mike Sutton, Manager IT Workforce Programs,
 is Smart Energy Now, which will use smart grid technol-
 ogy and building automation to reduce energy con-
                                                             DUKE ENERGY
 sumption by the major buildings in Center City by 20%

      Business Partners Program
         The Business Partners Program (BPP) provides a      PARTNER FOR GROWTH
 unique opportunity for the College, its faculty, and stu-         The purpose of the Business Partners Program is
 dents, and the corporate partners to collaborate in ways    to provide the College and its corporate partners with
 that promote on-going interaction and communication.
 Monies generated through these collaborations will help     experiences by remaining current with rapidly changing
 mold the future of the College as it strives to meet the    technology while learning in both academic and busi-
 demands of the 21st Century and to be the recognized        ness settings.
 leader for competitive, innovative, and market-responsive
 computing and informatics education. Partners will have     FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
 an opportunity to participate at many different levels,     Olin Broadway 704-687-8638
 which will afford them access to cutting-edge technology,
 and world-class researchers.

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                                                             ADVISORY BOARD

Magdy Attia                  Ted Claypoole               Joseph Guy                         Dave Jones
Johnson C. Smith Univer-     Womble Carlyle              Mariner                            Peak 10
sity, Chair of the Council   Sandridge & Rice, PLLC,     COO and Co-founder                 President and CEO
of Deans and the Dean        Attorney at Law
College of STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics)

Marjorie Benbow              Terry Cox                   Kathy Harris                       Gary Lancaster
North Carolina Biotech       Business Innovation and     Gartner Corporation,               IBM
Center Director, Greater     Growth Council, President   VP and Distinguished               IBM Managing Director
                             and CEO                     Analyst

Jane Brown                   Dwayne Edwards              Guenther Hartfeil                  Peter Mihaltian
Duke Energy                  TIAA-CREF                   BB&T Exec. VP, Director of         Southeast Consulting,
Managing Director, Plan-     Director IT Operations      Client Insight and                 President
ning, Architecture, and                                  Innovation, Marketing
Information Mgmt.                                        Division

Ronnie Bryant                Tom Fisher                  Chris Higgins                      Bob Morgan
Charlotte Regional Part-     Success Factors             Bank of America,                   Charlotte Chamber of
nership, President and       CIO and VP,                 General Auditor for                Commerce, President
CEO                          Cloud Computing             Global Technology and

                                                                                 College of Computing and Informatics   41

Peter Murphy                  Theresa Payton            Dave Sakaluk               Todd Wilkes
                              Fortalice, LLC            Wachovia, A Wells Fargo    Premier, Inc.
                              Owner                     Company                    VP of Informatics Tech-
                                                        VP Director: Technol-      nology and Applications
                                                        ogy Integration Project    Development team

Joan Myers                    Craig Richardville        Roger Shaul
Applied Research As-          Carolina Health Systems   Preferred Medical Mar-
sociates, Director, Cyber     CIO                       keting Corporation
Technologies                                            CEO

Onyeka Nchege                 Ken Russell               Stephen Sorenson
Coca Cola Bottling            CISCO                     Microsoft
Company Consolidated          Director, Advisory        Director of Global Esca-
IT Director, Technology       Services Enterprise       lation Services
Services                      Strategist and Customer

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                            AWARDS RECEIVED

Prestigious National Science                       Chancellor’s Diversity Fund
Foundation CAREER Awards:                          Challenge Grant

1. Tiffany Barnes, Ph.D., Department of                Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D., Department
   Computer Science (2009)                             of Computer Science
2. Jun-Tao Guo, Ph.D., Department of
   Bioinformatics and Genomics (2009)              2010 Graduate Dean’s Distinguished
3. Xintao Wu, Ph.D., Department of                 Dissertation Award
   Software and Information Systems,
                                                       Ted Carmichael, Ph.D.,
                                                       Department of Software and
4. Srinivas Akella, Ph.D., Department of
                                                       Information Systems
   Computer Science (2001)

Prestigious Department of
                                                   Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT)
Energy CAREER Award:
                                                   international conference
   Aidong Lu, Ph.D., Department of
                                                   1. Anita Raja, Ph.D., Department of
   Computer Science (2006)
                                                       Software and Information Systems
                                                   2. CCI Ph.D. student Shanjun Cheng
Bonnie Cone Fellowships

1. Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department of             Best paper Honorable mention at
   Bioinformatics and Genomics                     Conference on Human Factors in
2. Jessica Schleuter, Ph.D., Department            Computing Systems
   of Bioinformatics and Genomics
                                                   1. Heather Lipford, Ph.D., Department
3. Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D.,
                                                       of Software and Information Systems
   Department of Computer Science
                                                   2. CCI Ph.D. student Andrew Besmer

                                                   Best Student Paper Runner-up at 13th

                                                   Discovery and Data Mining

                                                   1. Xintao Wu, Ph.D., Department of
                                                       Software and Information Systems
                                                   2. SIS Ph.D. student Xiaowei Ying

The Bonnie Cone Fellowships are made possible through the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE, which
seeks to create an institutional environment to support the recruitment, retention, and academic
success of women faculty, especially those in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM) disciplines.

                                                  College of Computing and Informatics             43

Title: BPC-AE: The STARS Alliance: A          Title: DAT: A Visual Analytics Approach       Title: UNC Charlotte GAANN Fellowship
Southeastern Partnership for Diverse          to Science and Innovation Policy              for Computing
Participation in Computing                    PI: Ribarsky, William                         PI: Dahlberg, Teresa
PI: Dahlberg, Teresa                          Co-PI: Chang, Remco; Yang, Jing               Co-PI: Xiao, Jing; Gibas, Cynthia; Ribarsky,
Co-PI: Barnes, Tiffany                        Sponsor: National Science Foundation          William
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Period: 7/1/09 – 6/30/12                      Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Period: 2/1/08 – 1/31/11                      Award Value: $746,571                         Period: 8/15/09 – 8/14/12
Award Value: $ 3,009,870                      Title: Career: Educational Data Mining for    Award Value: $525,000
                                              Student Support in Interactive Learning
Title: Biophysical Optimization of            Environments                                  Title: User-Designed Dynamic Adaptable
Oligonucleotide Microarrays                   PI: Barnes, Tiffany                           Super-Scalable Intelligent Entities for
PI: Gibas, Cynthia                            Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Simulation Training
Co-PI: Weller, Jennifer                       Period: 7/1/09 – 7/30/14                      PI: Youngblood, Michael
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health        Award Value: $ 646,982                        Sponsor: DOD
Period: 8/1/05 – 7/31/11                                                                    Period: 6/13/08 – 12/31/10
Award Value: $1,690,614                       Title: UNC Charlotte GAANN Fellowships        Award Value: $488,862
                                              for Computing
Title: Carolina Cyber-Defender                PI: Dahlberg, Teresa                          Title: High Performance Computing in
Scholarship                                   Co-PI: Xiao, Jing; Chen, Keh-Hsun;            Computational Biology
PI: Bill Chu                                  Hodges, Larry                                 PI: Livesay, Dennis
Co-PI: Xintao Wu                              Sponsor: US Department of Education           Co-PI: Gibas, Cynthia; Shin, Min;
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Period: 3/15/07 – 8/31/11                     Baumketer, Andriy; Price, Charles; Jacobs,
Period: 9/1/2008 -8/31/2013                   Award Value: $645,275                         Donald; Deng, Shaozhong; Cai, Wei
Award: $1,342,346                                                                           Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
                                              Title: Arabidopsis 2010: Visualization        Period: 4/1/10 – 3/31/11
Title: Annotating the CIS-Regulatory          Software and Data Server for Arabidopsis      Award Value: $474,288
Binding Sites in Sequenced Prokaryotic        PI: Loraine, Ann
Genomes                                       Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Title: Automated Image analysis for
PI: Su, Zhengchang                            Period: 7/1/08 – 6/30/11                      discovering motion Behavior in Video
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Award Value: $600,000                         PI: Shin, Min
Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/13                                                                    Co-PI: Clemens, Mark; Schneider, Stanley
Award Value: $ 1,202,998                      Title: S-STEMS: STRS Leadership Corps         Sponsor: National Science Foundation
                                              Computing Scholars: Pathways from             Period: 5/15/08 – 5/31/11
Title: Proposal to Establish a Center for     Community College to Graduate School          Award Value: $440,341
Excellence for Command, Control, and          thru Technology
Interoperability                              PI: Dahlberg, Teresa                          Title: Career: Towards Privacy and
PI: Ribarsky, William                         Co-PI: Chu, Bill; Chen, Keh-Hsun; Ribarsky,
Co-PI: Fan, Jianping; Kosara, Robert; Raja,   William                                       PI: Wu, Xintao
Anita; Yang, Jing                             Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor: Purdue University                    Period: 3/1/10 – 2/28/14                      Period: 1/1/06 – 12/31/10
Period: 7/1/09 – 8/31/14                      Award Value: $600,000                         Award Value: $439,700
Award Value: $1,200,000
                                              Title: Collaboration with Department          Title: Semi-automated 3D Geo-coding of
Title: Career: A Structure Based              of Homeland Security (DHS) Center             Large Urban Structures for Development
Approach to transcription Factor binding      of Excellence for Natural Disasters,          of Effective Emergency Response and
Site Prediction                               Coast Infrastructure and Emergency            Communication
PI: Guo, Jun-Tao                              Management.                                   PI: Ribarsky, Bill
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          PI: Ribarsky, William                         Co-PI: Subramanian, KR
Period: 7/15/09 – 7/30/14                     Co-PI: Lu, Aidong; Wartell, Zachary           Sponsor: Department of Justice
Award Value: $ 765,392                        Sponsor: UNC Chapel                           Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/11
                                              Period: 7/1/08 – 5/31/14                      Award Value: $399,995.00
Title: Dance Draw: Embodiment as Input        Award Value: $591,429
for Collaborative, Creative Expression
PI: Latulipe, Celine
Co-PI: Wilson, David; Husky, Sybil
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Period: 7/1/09 – 6/31/12
Award Value: $ 762,372

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                                                                           ACTIVE GRANTS

Title: REU-Site: Socially Relevant            Title: Collaborative Research: BPC-DP:       Title: NeTS: Small: Collaborative
computing Research: Visualization,            Improving Minority Student Participation     Research: An Integrated Environment-
Virtual Environments, Gaming &                in the Computing Career Pipeline with        Independent Approaches
Networking                                    Culturally Situated Design Tools             PI: Wang, Yu
PI: Dahlberg, Teresa                          PI: Barnes, Tiffany                          Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Co-PI: Barnes, Tiffany                        Sponsor: National Science Foundation         Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/12
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Period: 1/1/07 – 12/31/10                    Award Value: $ 149,991
Period: 5/1/09 – 4/30/12                      Award Value: $219,109
Award Value: $393,561                                                                      Title: Eager: Topology Design in Socio-
                                              Title: SHF: Small: Collaborative Research:   Temporal Evolving Wireless Networks
Title: RI-Medium: Collaborative Research:     Constraint-Based Generation of Database      PI: Wang, Yu
Real-Time Continuum Manipulation              States for Testing Database Applications     Sponsor: National Science Foundation
PI: Xiao, Jing                                PI: Wu, Xintao                               Period: 9/1/10 – 8/31/12
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Sponsor: National Science Foundation         Award Value: $149,154
Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/13                      Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/12
Award Value: $351,874                         Award Value: $203,729                        Title: Investigations of next-generation
                                                                                           Network Reconnaissance Attack
Title: III-CST: Enabling Automated Digital    Title: CSR-DMSS, SM: Conveal:                techniques and Limitations
                                              Automated Testing of Security                PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab
ans Screening                                                                              Sponsor: National Science Foundation
PI: Akella, Srinivas                          Networks                                     Period: 9/1/10 – 8/31/12
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab                           Award Value: $ 145,000
Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/11                      Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Award Value: $331,260                         Period: 9/1/10 – 8/31/13                     Title: Eager: Link Free Graph
                                              Award Value: $212,940                        Visualization for Exploring Large Complex
Title: NOSS Topology and routing Design                                                    Graphs
for Three-Dimensional Sensor Networks:        Title: Pilot: Game2 Learn: Creative          PI: Yang, Jing
Geometric Approaches                          Computing Education                          Co-PI: Fan, Jiangping
PI: Wang, Yu                                  PI: Barnes, Tiffany                          Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor: National Science Foundation          Sponsor: National Science Foundation         Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/11
Period: 7/27/07 – 8/31/11                     Period: 6/15/08 – 5/31/11                    Award Value: $ 144,444
Award Value: $265,142                         Award Value: $200,000
                                                                                           Title: Securing Dynamic online Social
Title: Representations and Metrics for        Title: Deriving and applying Cognitive       Networks
Time-varying Terrain Surfaces                 Principles for human/Computer                PI: Shehab, Mohamed
PI: Wartell, Zachary                          approaches to Comp                           Sponsor: Arizona State University
                                              PI: Ribarsky, Bill                           Period: 9/1/08 – 8/31/11
Period: 5/6/09 – 5/4/12                       Co-PI: Chang, Remco                          Award Value: $124,294
Award Value: $259,969                         Sponsor: Department of Homeland
                                              Security                                     Title: FODAVA: Spectral Analysis for
Title: Career Development Grant -             Period: 5/1/09 – 12/31/10                    Fraud Detection in Large-Scale Networks
Advanced Data Analysis and Visualization      Award Value: $200,000                        PI: Wu, Xintao
PI: Tolone, William J.                                                                     Co-PI: Lu, Aidong
Co-PI: Fan, Jianping; Kosara, Robert; Raja,   PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab                           Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Anita; Ribarsky, William; Yang, Jing          Sponsor: National Science Foundation         Period: 8/1/10 – 7/31/11
Sponsor: Georgia Institute of Technology      Period: 1/1/10 – 7/31/11                     Award Value: $100,000
Period: 6/18/09 – 9/29/11                     Award Value: $192,602
Award Value: $237,163                                                                      Title: Collaborative Research: Hands-on
                                              Title: CT-ER: Privacy and Spectral           Exercise on DETER Test bed for Security
Title: TRPGR SoyMap II: Leveraging            Analysis in Social Network Randomization     Education
untapped genetic diversity in Soybean         PI: Wu, Xintao                               PI: Kang, Brent
PI: Schlueter, Jessica                        Sponsor: National Science Foundation         Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor: Purdue University                    Period: 10/1/08 – 9/30/11                    Period: 9/15/09 – 8/31/11
Period: 3/1/10 – 2/28/13                      Award Value: $ 186,147                       Award Value: $98,627
Award Value: $222,393

                                                                                           College of Computing and Informatics       45

Title: DOD I Carolinas Cyber-Defender       Title: Collaborative Research:             Title: ACM CCS 2010 Student Travel
Scholarship Program                         Enhancing Teaching of Grid Computing       Sponsorship Award
PI: Chu, Bill                               to Undergraduate Students by using a       PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab
Co-PI: Lipford, Heather; Shehab,                                                       Sponsor: Department of Defense
Mohamed                                     PI: Wilkinson, Anthony                     Period: 8/5/10 – 8/4/11
Sponsor: Department of Defense              Sponsor: National Science Foundation       Award Value: $10,000
Period: 8/24/09 – 11/24/10                  Period: 7/1/08 – 6/30/11
Award Value: $87,484                        Award Value: $60,711

Title: Bridging security Primitives         Title: PLC Signal Analysis
and Protocols: A Digital LEGO Set for       PI: Akella, Srinivas
International Assurance Courses             Sponsor: Duke Energy Corporation
PI: Wang, Weichao                           Period: 4/30/10 – 2/11/11
Sponsor: National Science Foundation        Award Value: $48,300
Period: 12/17/07 – 2/28/11
Award Value: $78,460                        Title: Complex Adaptive Systems and the
                                            Threshold Effect: views from the Natural
Title: Post Doctoral Fellow                 and Social Sciences
PI: Mostafavi, Taghi                        PI: Hadzikadic, Mirsad
Sponsor: Carolina Medical Center            Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Period: 8/1/08 – 8/31/11                    Period: 10/1/09 – 9/30/11
Award Value: $ 78,000                       Award Value: $ 48,060

Title: Smart Grid Analyzer                  Title: Collaborative Research: RCN:
PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab                          Integrative Pollen Biology
Co-PI: Wang, Weichao                        PI: Loraine, Ann
Sponsor: Duke Energy Corporation            Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Period: 4/30/10 – 2/25/11                   Period: 5/1/10 – 4/30/11
Award Value: $74,919                        Award Value: $46,907

Title: The Department of Defense (DoD)      Title: Automatic Indexing of Polyphonic
Carolinas Cyber-Defender Scholarship
Program                                     PI: Ras, Zbigniew
PI: Chu, Bei-Tseng                          Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Co-PI: Lipford, Heather; Shehab,            Period: 5/1/10 – 4/30/11
Mohamed                                     Award Value: $ 35,934
Sponsor: DOD
Period: 8/24/09 – 11/30/10                  Title: NASA Graduate Student
Award Value: $73,158                        Researchers Program - Developing Smart
                                            Phone Applications for Earth Science
Title: Biophysical Optimization of          GSRI
Oligonucleotide Microarrays                 PI: Barnes, Tiffany
PI: Gibas, Cynthia                          Sponsor: NASA
Sponsor: Sponsor: National Institutes of    Period: 6/1/10 – 5/31/11
Health                                      Award Value: $30,000
Period: 9/29/09 – 2/28/11
Award Value: $69,768                        Title: Tools for Focused and Deep
                                            Analyses of a Unique NSF Data Collection
Title: A Global Living Laboratory           PI: Yang, Jing
for Cyber Infrastructure Application        Co-PI: Ribarsky, Bill
Enablement                                  Sponsor: National Science Foundation
PI: Deng,Yi                                 Period: 5/18/10 – 10/31/10
Co-PI: Dahlberg, Teresa                     Award Value: $ 24,899
Sponsor: Florida International University
Period: 11/19/09 - 8/31/12
Award Value: $61,360

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                                                                                                    CCI STAFF

Yi Deng, Ph.D.                   Cheryl Ring                          Richard A. Lejk, Ph.D.             Jing Xiao, Ph.D.
Dean                             Executive Assistant                  Associate Dean for Undergraduate   Associate Dean for Research
                                 to the Dean                          Programs and Administration        and Graduate Programs

Olin Broadway                    Pat Sinclair                         Marjorie Bray                      Maria Soliman
Executive in Residence           Business Manager                     Director of Development            Post Awards Administrator

Clark Curtis                     Christopher Eichelberger             Jeff Rabon                         Nancy Clarke
Director of Communications       Director of Software Solutions Lab   Director of Technology Services    Marketing Assistant

Kathy Edwards                    Trish Artis                          Karen Bean                         Steven Blanchard
Grant Accounting                 Budget Coordinator, Department       Program Coordinator, Diversity     Systems Analyst, Department of
Specialist                       of Bioinformatics and Genomics       in Technology Institute            Bioinformatics and Genomics

Doralyn (Dora) Bradley           Pearl Brown                          Deepthi Chaturvedi                 Kim Davis
Graduate Students Support        Administrative Assistant,            Research Specialist,               Administrative Assistant,
Specialist, Department of Com-   Department of Software and           Department of Bioinformatics       Department of Bioinformatics
puter Science                    Information Systems                  and Genomics                       and Genomics

                                                                                                 College of Computing and Informatics     47

     Dee Ellington                   Timothy Hamp                   Elise Marshall                 Tam Nguyen
     Support Associate and           Research Specialist,           Graduate Coordinator,          System Administrator,
                                     Department of Bioinformatics   Department of Bioinformatics
     of Computer Science             and Genomics                   and Genomics

     Greta Nothnagel                 Mark Olson                     Lynne Osborne                  Audrey Rorrer
                                     Research Associate,            Department Administrator,      Research Associate,
     of Software and Information     Software Solutions Lab         Department of Computer         Diversity in Information
     Systems                                                        Science                        Technology Institute

     Wei Sha                         David Wood                     Scott Wood
     Research Associate,             Research Associate,            Unix Systems Administrator,
     College of Computing            Software Solutions Lab
     and Informatics

48     College of Computing and Informatics

Srinivas Akella                    Tiffany Barnes                        Bill Chu                             Xiuxia Du
Position: Associate Professor      Position: Associate Professor         Position: Department Chair           Position: Assistant Professor
Computer Science                   Computer Science                      ware and Information Systems         Genomics
Education: Ph.D. Robotics;         Educaiton: Ph.D. Computer Sci-        Education: Ph.D. Computer Sci-       Education: Ph.D.; Washington
Carnegie Mellon University         ence; NC State University (2003)      ence; University of Maryland,        University in St. Louis (2005)
Research Areas: Robotics           Research Areas: AI; Algorithms        College Park (1988)                  Research Areas: Bioinformatics
                                   and Complexity; Bioinformat-          Research Areas: Application De-
                                   ics; Computer Based (Education,       velopment; Enterprise Integration
                                   Knowledge Modeling, and Assess-       and Security; and Multi-Agents.
                                   ment); Data Mining; and Intelligent

Ehab Al-Shaer                                                                                                 Jianping Fan
Position: Associate Professor                                                                                 Position: Associate Professor
and Director of Cyber Defense
and Network Assurability Center                                          Teresa Dahlberg                      Computer Science
(CyberDNA)                         Diane Cassidy                         Position: Professor                  Education: Ph.D.; Chinese Acad-
                               -   Position: Senior Lecturer                                                  emy of Sciences (1997)
ware and Information Systems                                      -      Education: Ph.D. Computer            Research Areas: Multimedia:
Education: Ph.D. Computer Sci-     puter Science                         Engineering; North Carolina State    Multimedia Analysis, Retrieval,
ence; Old Dominion University,     Education: Pace University (1985)     University (1993)                    and Security.
Norfolk, VA (1998)                                                       Research Areas: Ad Hoc and
Research Areas: Network                                                  Sensor Networks and Computer
Security and Networking                                                  Networks

                                   Keh-Hsun Chen                                                              Anthony Fodor
                                   Position: Professor and                                                    Position: Assistant Professor
                                   Associate Chair                       Yi Deng                                                              -
                                                                         Position: Dean & Professor           formatics and Genomics
                                   Computer Science                                                           Education: Ph.D.; University of
                                   Education: Ph.D.;                     and Informatics                      Washington (1998)
                                   Duke University (1976)                Education: Ph.D.; University of      Research Areas: Algorithm Analy-
                                   Research Areas: AI; Algorithm         Pittsburgh (1992)                    sis and Design; and Bioinformatics.
                                   Analysis and Design,;Algorithms       Research Areas: Software Engi-
                                   and Complexity; Computer Go;          neering, Knowledge Engineering,
                                   Heuristic Search; and Intelligent     Applied Informatics.

                                                                                                      College of Computing and Informatics          49

     James Frazier                        Jun-tao Guo                         Anthony Kombol                        Lorrie Lehman
     Position: Assistant Chair & Direc-   Position: Assistant Professor                                       -     Position: Lecturer
     tor of Freshman Programs                                             -   ware and Information Systems
                                     -    formatics and Genomics              Position: Lecturer                    of Computer Science
     puter Science                        Education: Ph.D Molecular and       Education: University of Iowa
     Education: JD; UNC Chapel Hill       Cellular Biochemistry; University   (1980)
                                          of Kentucky (2001)
                                          Research Areas: Bioinformatics;
                                          Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and
                                          Computational Biology; Compu-
                                          tational Biology; Gene Regulatory
                                          Network Prediction; Molecular
                                          (Protein) Modeling; and Protein
                                          Structure Predition.

                                                                                                                    Richard Lejk
                                                                                                                    Position: Associate Professor
                                                                                                                    and Associate Dean
     Cynthia Gibas                                                            Robert Kosara
     Position: Associate Professor                                            Position: Assistant Professor         Computer Science
                                     -                                        Education: Ph.D.; Vienna              Education: Ph.D.; Texas A&M
     matics and Genomics                                                      University of Technology (2001)       University (1967)
     Education: Ph.D Biophysics and                                           Research Areas: Graphics; Scien-
     Computational Biology; University
     of Illinois (1996)                                                       and Visualization.
     Research Areas: DNA Microarray       Mirsad Hadzikadic
     Analysis; DNA Microarray Experi-     Position: Director, Complex
     ment Design; and Genomics.           Systems Institute
                                          ware and Information Systems
                                          Education: Ph.D.; Southern Meth-
                                          odist University (1987)
                                          Research Areas: Adaptive Com-
                                          plex Systems; Data Mining and
                                          Knowledge Discovery; KDD.

                                                                                                                    Heather Lipford
                                                                                                                    Position: Assistant Professor

                                                                              Celine Latulipe                       and Information Systems
                                                                              Position: Assistant Professor         Education: Ph.D.; Georgia Institute
     Cloyd Goodrum                                                                                              -   of Technology (2005)
     Position: Lecturer                                                       ware and Information Systems          Research Areas: Human-
                                  -                                           Education: Ph.D.; University of       Computer Interaction
     puter Science                                                            Waterloo (2006)
     Education: M.S; UNC Chapel Hill                                          Research Areas: Collaborative
                                                                              Systems; Computers’ Impace on
                                                                              Society; Creativity Support Tools;
                                                                              Embodied Interaction; Human-Com-
                                          Richard Ilson                       puter Interaction; Visualization.
                                          Position: Lecturer
                                          Education: M.S; MIT (1980)

50     College of Computing and Informatics

Dennis Livesay                          Aidong Lu                             Taghi Mostafavi                      Anita Raja
Position: Associate Professor           Position: Assistant Professor         Position: Professor                  Position: Associate Professor
                                  -                                      -                                  -                                   -
formatics and Genomics                  puter Science                         puter Science                        ware and Information Systems
Education: Ph.D.; University of Illi-   Education: Ph. D. in Electrical and   Education: Ph.D.; Oklahoma State     Education: Ph.D. Computer Sci-
nois at Urbana-Champaign (2000)         Computer Engineering; Purdue          University (1986)                    ence; University of Massachusetts
Research Areas: Bioinformatics;         University (2005)                     Research Areas: Bioinformatics/      Amherst (2003)
Bioinformatics, Biophysics and          Research Areas: Graphics; and         Biomedical Information Systems;      Research Areas: AI; Adaptive
Computational Biology; Biophysi-        Visualization.                        Biomedical Instrumentation Lab,      Complex Systems; Adaptive
cal Chemistry; Biophysics and                                                 Ovarian Cancer; Computer System
Computational Biology; Compu-                                                 Engineering; Computer and            Intelligence Research (DAIR) Lab;
tational Biology; Protein Design                                              Parallel Architecture; Genomics;     Emerging Distributed Systems;
Software; Protein Electrostatics;                                             Image Analysis; Medical Imaging      Intelligent Information Systems;
Protein Folding; Protein Functional                                           and Embedded Systems; Medi-          Intelligent Systems; and Multi-
Site Prediction; Protein Stabil-                                              cal Instrumentation; Microarray      Agents.
ity/Flexibility Relationships; and                                            Data Generation, Cleansing and
Protein Structure Prediction.                                                 Analysis; Microarray Design and
                                                                              Analysis; Parallel Programming;
                                                                              and Translational.

                                        Lawrence Mays
                                        Position: Professor and Chair
                                        formatics and Genomics
                                        Education: Ph.D.; University of
                                        Virginia (1973)
                                                                                                                   Zbigniew Ras
                                                                                                                   Position: Professor and Director
Bruce Long                                                                                                         of KDD Lab
Position: Assistant Chair
and Director of Undergraduate                                                 Jamie Payton                         Computer Science
Programs                                                                      Position: Assistant Professor        Education: D. Sc. Computer
                                                                                                            -      Science; Polish Academy of
and Information Systems                                                       puter Science                        Sciences (2004)
                                                                              Education: D. Sc. Computer Sci-      Research Areas: Data Min-
                                                                              ence; Washington University in St.   ing and Knowledge Discovery;
                                                                              Louis (2006)                         Multi-Agents; Multimedia; Music
                                                                              Research Areas: Ad Hoc and           Information Retrieval; Privacy
                                                                              Sensor Networks; Application         Preserving Database Mining and
                                                                              Development; Computer Net-           Application Testing.
                                        Susan Medlin                          works; Emerging Distributed
                                        Position: Part-Time Lecturer          Systems; Middleware; Networking;
                                                                              Networking Research Laboratory;
                                                                              Software Engineering Pervasive
                                                                              Computing Formal Methods; Ubiq-
                                                                              uitous Computing; and Wireless

Ann Loraine
Position: Associate Professor
matics and Genomics
Education: Ph.D. Molecular and
Cell Biology; UC Berkeley (1996)

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     Gyorgy Revesz                        Jessica Schlueter                    Mohamed Shehab                         Zhengchang Su
     Position: Professor Emeritus         Position: Assistant Professor        Position: Assistant Professor          Position: Assistant Professor
                                                                          -                                      -                                    -
     Education: Ph.D. Mathematics;        formatics and Genomics               tion Systems                           formatics and Genomics
     Eotvos Lorand University of Buda-    Education: Ph.D. Genetics; Iowa      Education: Ph.D. in Computer           Education: Ph.D Department of
     pest (1968)                          State University (2006)              Engineering; Purdue University         Physiology and Biophysics; Uni-
                                          Research Areas: Bioinformatics;      (2007)                                 versity of Alabama at Birmingham
                                          Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and      Research Areas: Security               (2000)
                                          Computational Biology; Compu-                                               Research Areas: Algorithm Analy-
                                          tational Biology; Data Mining;                                              sis and Design; Bioinformatics;
                                          Differentially Expressed Genes;                                             Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and
                                          Evolution of Biological Pathways;                                           Computational Biology; Cluster
                                          Evolutionary Computation; Genet-                                            Computing; Data Mining; Evolution
                                          ics; Genomics; and Plant Biology,                                           of Biological Pathways; Genomics;
                                          Molecular Evolution, Comparative                                            Grid Computing; Parallel Program-
                                          Genomics.                                                                   ming; and Sequence/Structure/
                                                                                                                      Function Relationships.

     William Ribarsky
     Position: Department Chair, Bank
     of America Endowed Chair in                                               Min Shin
     Information Technology at UNC                                             Position: Associate Professor
     Charlotte                                                                                                  -
                                      -                                        puter Science
     puter Science                                                             Education: Ph.D. Department of Com-
     Education: Ph.D. Physics; Univer-                                         puter Science & Engineering; Univer-
     sity of Cincinnati (1974)                                                 sity of South Florida (Aug 2001)
     Research Areas: Bioinformatics;                                           Research Areas: Biomedical Im-
     Date Warehousing; Multimedia         Sara Scott                           age Analysis; Computer Vision;
     Analysis, Retrieval, and Security;   Position: Lecturer                   Image Processing; and Medical          Kalpathi Subramanian
                                      -                                    -   Imaging and Embedded Systems.          Position: Associate Professor
     alization; Virtual Reality; Visual   puter Science                                                                                              -
     Analytics; Visualization.            Education: M.S.; Georgia State                                              puter Science
                                          University                                                                  Education: Ph.D; University of
                                                                                                                      Texas at Austin (1990)
                                                                                                                      Research Areas: Bioinformatics;
                                                                                                                      Bioinformatics/Biomedical Infor-
                                                                                                                      mation Systems; Biomedical Infor-
                                                                                                                      mation Processions, Biomedical
                                                                                                                      Computing, and Neural Networks;
                                                                                                                      Breast Cancer; Computer Gaming;
                                                                                                                      Computer Vision; Graphics; Im-
                                                                                                                      age Processing; Medical Imaging
                                                                                                                      and Embedded Systems; Medical

                                                                               Richard Souvenir                       Information Visualization; Visual-
                                                                               Position: Assistant Professor          ization.
                                          Susan Sell                                                         -
                                          Position: Professor and Associate    puter Science
                                          Dean (Graduate School)               Education: D.Sc. in Computer
                                                                               Science; Washington University
                                          Genomics                             (2006)
                                          Research Areas: Bioinformat-         Research Areas: Biomedical Im-
                                          ics; Bioinformatics, Biophysics,     age Analysis; Computer Vision;
                                          and Computational Biology; and       Image Analysis; and Medical Imag-
                                          Genomics.                            ing and Embedded Systems.

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William J. Tolone                     Yongee Wang                               Zachary Wartell                        Barry Wilkinson
Position: Associate Professor         Position: Associate Professor             Position: Assistant Professor          Position: Professor
                                  -                                  -                                          -                                      -
ware and Information Systems          ware and Information Systems              puter Science                          puter Science
Education: Ph.D.; University of Il-   Education: Ph.D. Computer sci-            Education: Ph.D.; Georgia Institute    Education: Ph.D.; University of
linois Urbana-Champaign (1996)        ence,; University of Heidelberg,          of Technology (2001)                   Manchester (1974)
Research Areas: Collaborative Sys-    Germany (1996)                            Research Areas: 3D HCI; Graph-         Research Areas: Cluster Comput-
tems; and Enterprise Integration.     Research Areas: Algorithm Analy-                                                 ing; Grid Computing; and Parallel
                                      sis and Design; Algorithms and            Visualization; Virtual Reality; and    Programming.
                                      Complexity; Applied Cryptogra-            Visualization.
                                      phy; Computer Networks; Cryptog-
                                      raphy; Cytoskeleton; Data Privacy;
                                      Network Security; Networking;
                                      and Security.

Weichao Wang
Position: Assistant Professor                                                                                          Dale-Marie Wilson
                              -                                                 Jennifer Weller                        Position: Assistant Professor
ware and Information Systems                                                    Position: Associate Professor                                          -
Education: Ph.D. Computer sci-                                                                                   -     puter Science
ence,; Purdue University (2005)                                                 formatics and Genomics                 Education: Ph.D. Computer Sci-
Research Areas: Ad Hoc and            Yu Wang                                   Education: Ph.D.; University Of        ence; Auburn University (2006)
Sensor Networks; Computer             Position: Assistant Professor             Montana (1990)                         Research Areas: Human-Com-
Networks; Information Assurance;                                                Research Areas: Bioinformatics;        puter Interaction; and Intelligent
Network Security; Security; Wire-     Education: Ph.D. Computer science;        Cancer; Complex Diseases and           Systems.
less Networks; and Wireless and       Illinois Institute of Technology (2004)   Gene by Environment Iterations
Network Security.                     Research Areas: Ad Hoc and Sen-           in Eukaryotic Systems; DNA Mi-
                                      sor Networks; Algorithm Analysis          croarray Experiment Design; Data
                                      and Design; Algorithms and Com-           Mining; Database System, Data In-
                                      plexity; Computer Networks; and           tegration, and Service Computing;
                                      Wireless Networks.                        Differentially Expressed Genes;
                                                                                Gene Regulatory Network Analy-
                                                                                sis; Genomics; Host-Pathogen
                                                                                Interactions; Marker; Microarray
                                                                                Data Generation, Cleansing, and
                                                                                Analysis; and Microarray Design
                                                                                and Analysis.


     David Wilson                          Xianto Wu                               Michael Youngblood
     Position: Associate Professor         Position: Associate Professor           Position: Assistant Professor
                                   -                                        -
     ware and Information Systems          ware and Information Systems            Education: Ph.D. Computer Sci-
     Education: Ph.D.; Indiana Univer-     Education: Ph.D. Information Technol-   ence and Engineering; University
     sity (2001)                           ogy; George Mason University (2001)     of Texas at Arlington (2005)
     Research Areas: AI; Adaptive Sys-     Research Areas: Data Mining; Data       Research Areas: AI; Computer
     tems; Application Development;        Privacy; and Date Warehousing.          Gaming; Data Mining and Knowl-
     Collaborative Systems; Computer                                               edge Discovery; Games + Learning
     Based Education, Knowledge Mod-                                               Lab; Human-Computer Interac-
     eling, and Assessment; Computer                                               tion; Intelligent Systems; Multi-
     Gaming; Computers’ Impact on                                                  Agents; Multimedia; Robotics; and
     Society; Data Mining; Data Mining                                             Simulation.
     and Intelligent Systems; Data
     Mining and Knowledge Discovery;
     Data Privacy; Database Systems,
     Data Integration, and Service
     Computing; Haptics; Human-Com-
     puter Interaction; Image Analysis;
     Image Processing; Intelligent
     Information Systems; Intelligent
     Systems; KDD; Multi-Agents; Multi-
                                           Jing Xiao
     Visualization; and Visualization.     Position: Professor
                                           puter Science
                                           Education: Ph.D. Computer, Infor-
                                           mation and Control Engineering;         Yuliang Zheng
                                           University of Michigan (1990)           Position: Professor
                                           Research Areas: AI; Haptics;                                             -
                                           Multimedia; and Robotics.               tion Systems
                                                                                   Education: Ph.D. Electrical and
                                                                                   Computer Engineering; Yokohama
                                                                                   National University (1991)
                                                                                   Research Areas: Applied Cryp-
                                                                                   tography; Cryptography; Data
                                                                                   Privacy; Enterprise Integration
                                                                                   and Security; Information Assur-
     Wensheng Wu                                                                   ance; Network Security; Privacy
     Position: Assistant Professor                                                 Preserving Database Mining and
                                                                                   Application Testing; Security; and
     Education: Ph.D.; University of Il-                                           Wireless and Network Security.
     linois Urbana-Champaign (2006)
     Research Areas: Data Mining; Da-
     tabase System, Data Integration,
     and Service Computing; and KDD.       Jing Yang
                                           Position: Assistant Professor
                                           puter Science
                                           Education: Ph.D. Computer Sci-
                                           ence; Worcester Polytechnic
                                           Institute (2005)
                                           Research Areas: Information Vi-
                                           sualization; Visual Analytics; and

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