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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 Research, Education, and Partnership

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

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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 informatics 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 technolmarketplace. Our team of highly competitive and productive faculty

1200 Students, including 130 Ph.D. students

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, Bioinformatics and Genomics)

ogy talent and future leaders. Our graduates are in high demand in the

es. We are becoming a key partner with industry and the community in the greater Charlotte region. This is just the beginning. As we move into the second decade of the 21st Century, major shifts are taking place in the economy and societal needs on a global scale. These, in turn, drive the changes in the job market, talent needs, and scientific research. The importance of

6 Research and education centers and institutes

8 Degree programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. levels

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 economy, from biotechnology to energy to financial services to healthcare. We want the College to be a stimulating environment for our students, not only to receive a first class education but also to start a successful 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.

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COMPUTING & INFORMATICS

for the 21st Century From Computing to Informatics: Computer Science, Information Technology, Bioinformatics, Financial Informatics, Health ,QIRUPDWLFVvT-Shaped Talent: Fundamental Knowledge, Cutting Edge Technology, Soft Skills, Diversity, Market-Orientation Cutting Edge Research: Computing, Data, Analytics, Informatics, ,QWHUDFWLRQ&\EHU6HFXULW\vUse-Inspired Discovery: Financial, +HDOWK%LRWHFKQRORJ\(QHUJ\+RPHODQG6HFXULW\vPartnership: Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Industry, Community


OVERVIEW OF

DEPARTMENTS

DEPARTMENT BIOINFORMATICS

DEPARTMENT OF SOFTWARE AND

DEPARTMENT 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-

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development, and software engineering.

ance, analytics, gaming, data warehous-

biomedicine. Faculty have active, federally-funded research programs in genomics,

ing, web services, biomedical informatics,

Research Areas

structural biology, molecular biophysics,

v Information security and privacy

systems biology, and biotechnology plat-

v Analysis, design, and modeling

form development. The Department plays a critical role in the development of a robust biotechnology industry in the Charlotte region through its Bioinformatics Service

healthcare, and energy.

Research Areas

of information systems

v Visualization and Analytics

and networks

v Game design and development

v Design of easy-to-use systems applications v Social, ethical, and policy

v Databases and Knowledge Discovery v $UWLoFLDOLQWHOOLJHQFH

Division at the North Carolina Research

issues related to information

v Robotics

Campus at Kannapolis, NC.

technology

v Wireless networking

Research Areas

Highlights

Highlights

v Plant genomics

v Winner of the 2006 National

v Metagenomics

Collegiate Cyber Defense

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v Proteomics and metabolomics

Competition.

U.S. supported and funded by

v Structural bioinformatics

v Annually hosts the premier secu-

v Molecular biophysics

rity conference in the region,

v Micro-array data analysis and

which addresses the latest is-

genomic visualization v High performance computing v Systems biology

sues surrounding cyber crime. v Since 2001, SIS has been the recipient of almost $6 million in

v The Charlotte Visualization

the Department of Homeland 6HFXULW\LQWKHJURZLQJQHZoHOG of visual analytics. v &6RIIHUVWKHRQO\FHUWLoFDWHLQ game design and development 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 graduation.

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CYBER SECURITY


CY B ER SECU R IT Y

“The face of cyber terrorism is ever changing, says Ehab AlShaer, 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 ďŹ nancial institutions.â€? EHAB AL-SHAER 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. 6HFXULW\DVVXUDELOLW\WKURXJKFRQoJXUDWLRQYHULoFDWLRQ research has determined that 65% of the vulnerability on the Internet is due to human (e.g., operator) errors and LQFRUUHFWFRQoJXUDWLRQRIQHWZRUNV\VWHPV7KHJRDO 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 calls, “Moving Target Defenseâ€?. His theory is that “we can stay ahead of the bad guys by making things move

E h a b A l -Sh a er, Ph .D. (on left of photo) Director, CyberDna Center, discusses S m ar t Grid security with CyberCorps student

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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 information. “It has always been a race between the bad guys

The Department of Software and Information Systems is graduating highly focused and technically skilled students equipped to deal with modern day threats

and the good guys,� says Dr. Al-Shaer. “If our research

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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

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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

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highest level of computer skills and ongoing education in emerging technologies and applications. Developing AL-SHAER PROFILE Education B.S., King Faud University of Petroleum Minerals M.S., Northeastern University, Boston Ph.D., Old Dominion, Norfolk

Dr. Wu says often times competing banks have great needs to share customer information or send 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

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mining techniques would be invaluable in helping to

against cyber terrorism.

protect the identity of the customers and preventing

Duke Energy will have a

privacy breaches during data sharing and data analysis.

restricted access security smart grid lab located in the Department and

research will focus on threat and risk analysis. SIS is also FUHDWLQJDVSHFLoFODEFRQGXFWLQJUHVHDUFKRQGHYHORSLQJ 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. XINTAO WU 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 Privacy Researc h Lab

Information Systems, and Director of the Data Privacy 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

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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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CY B ER SECU R IT Y

WU PROFILE Education B.S., University of Science and Technology of China M.E., Chinese Academy of Space Technology Ph.D., George Mason University Department of Software and Information Systems

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)

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by exploring spectral

As we evolve in this technology driven age,

spaces of underlying

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network topology,

and social networking will all be interconnected in ways

which eliminates the

that we have never imagined. Smart technology will

need for focusing on

allow individuals to conductt their

content. The developed

daily tasks and access

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. Ć”

Department of Software and Information Systems v7KH'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWZDUHDQG,QIRUPDWLRQ 6\VWHPVZDVRQHRIWKHoUVWLQWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVWR be designated a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance research and education by the National

Heather Lipford , Ph.D. (usable security) Mohamed Shehab, Ph.D. (DB and Web application security, access control) Xintao Wu, Ph.D. (data mining and privacy)

Security Agency. v1DWLRQDO&ROOHJLDWH&\EHU'HIHQVH&KDPSLRQV

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 Bill Chu, Ph.D.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D. Director, Complex Systems Institute

Chair, Department of Software and Information Systems (software security and educational program coordinator) WeiChao Wang, Ph.D. ZLUHOHVVVHFXULW\YHULoFDWLRQQHWZRUNFRGLQJ  Yongge Wang, Ph.D. (applied cryptography, authentication, and privacy) Anita Raja, Ph.D.

Collaborators from Other Disciplines Artie Zillante, Ph.D. (Economics Department-Micro-economics and Game Theory) Ram Kumar, Ph.D. (Belk School of Business - Risk Management)

(autonomous agents, AI, infastructure protection)

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VISUALIZATION and ANALYTICS


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 DQDO\WLFVHIIRUWLVVLJQLoFDQWLQWKDWZHFDQZRUNRQODUJH 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 DQGpRRGLQJRQSHRSOHLQKDUP VZD\DQGRQFRDVWDO infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, utilities, and EXVLQHVVHV7KLVLVRIPDMRUVLJQLoFDQFHWRWKH6WDWHRI

Wi l l i a m R i ba rs ky, Ph .D.

North Carolina due to the enormous coastal area of the

Director, Charlotte Visualization Center

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 Visualization Center includes the development of new

entire cities. 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

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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 Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

be able to research

Titles Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology Chair, Department of Computer Science Director, Charlotte Visualization Center

criminal activity around the world. CEO’s will be able to better understand how government regulation, ongoing situations, or global events could impact their businesses.

Some users may want to track media reports and the impact on extreme ideologies. Any area of interest or H[SHUWLVHFRXOGEHQHoW7KHIXWXUHLVQRZ

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Assistant Professor Zachary War tell de m onstrates a vir tual reality te rrain m ode l.


V ISUAL IZAT ION AND ANALY T ICS

“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 pa r t ic ipa te in Bio m e dica l Vi s u a liza t io n a n d A n a lysis resea rch .

The College of Computing and Informatics along with the Charlotte Visualization Center has positioned WKHPVHOYHVWRWDNHDQLQWHJUDWHGDSSURDFKWRoQGLQJ 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. Ɣ

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 Eric Sauda, M.Arch., College of Architecture

VisCenter Director Dr. William Ribarsky and Ph.D. student Remco Chang demonstrate the Probe-based U rban Growth De c ision Suppor t Syste m .

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

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HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION


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 and the ability to be expressive. Through collaboration

Cel i n e L a tu l i pe, Ph .D. Human Computer Interaction Lab 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 in real time. Often a dancer’s motion controls one or two objects individually, but the interaction becomes unique when all of the dancers’ motions combine to

LATULIPE PROFILE

“My Master’s in IT at UNC Charlotte prepared me for my career at Duke Energy, both from a technical acumen perspective as well as the

produce something

ability to work with different groups of people

more complex and

with varying backgrounds.”

interesting. Dr. Latulipe

Background Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D., University of Waterloo

and her colleagues

Jessica Bishop, Master’s information Technology, 2001 Director of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program

are also developing

DUKE ENERGY

Human Computer Interaction Lab is part of the Department of Software and Information Systems.

biometric sensing devices for audience 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

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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developing web-based interactive software to allow


HU M AN COM PU T ER INT ERACT ION

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 oQLVKHGSURGXFW “The compelling thing for me”, says Dr. Latulipe,

Human Computer 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.” Ɣ

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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BIOINFORMATICS


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. JESSICA SCHULETER “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 FKHPLFDODWWULEXWHVWKDWKXPDQVoQGVRXVHIXOy Dr. Schlueter’s research is focused around the soybean’s unique make-up. She is currently collaborating

Jessica Schulete r, Ph.D.

with United States Department of Agriculture researchers

A ss istant Professor, 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

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same traits, through breeders, to other soybean plants or

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legumes.

aluminum, and salt. This collaboration will hopefully discover which genes in the plant are responsible for

Other ongoing research involves Flavonoid Pathway 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

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are enormous and enormously complex requiring a

genes, determining SCHLUETER PROFILE Background B.S., Texas A&M University Ph.D., Iowa State University

what the original

sophisticated bioinformatics approach.� Dr. Fodor is particularly interested in the human

traits were, and how

microbiome, the microbes that live within us that impact

they have evolved. Dr.

nearly every area of human health and disease. “There

Schlueter’s ultimate

are something like ten times more microbial cells in the

goal is to improve

human body than human cells. We think of ourselves

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as being human and having a human genome, but really

pea and possibly apply those same traits to other plants. “The goal of any bioinformatics researcher is to

we are super-organisms. If you want to understand the 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. ANTHONY FODOR

A ss istant Professor 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

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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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B IOINFOR M AT ICS

“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 FRPPXQLW\y+HLVFRQoGHQWWKHUHVHDUFKZLOOOHDGWR 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.” Ɣ

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. Dr. Fodor is FODOR PROFILE Background Ph.D. University of Washington, Physiology and Biophysics Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

also involved with a

Collaborators Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

collaborative research

Shannon Schlueter, Ph.D.,

effort with UNC Chapel

Department of Bioinformatics

Hill, looking at the

and Genomics

impact of the microbial

Robert Kosara, Ph.D.,

communities in cancer

Department of Computer

patients and determining

Science

whether the presence of certain microbes in the human gut could be used as an “early warning” diagnostic indicating risk for cancer. Another collaboration with the North Carolina Research

Dennis Livesay, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

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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GAME RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT


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 VFLHQWLoFZD\yVDLG'U%DUQHVk,GLGQ WZDQWWRMXVW 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 H[SORUHVZD\VWRHPEHGDUWLoFLDOLQWHOOLJHQFHDQGGDWD 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 her research on controlled studies that compare teaching games students have created versus traditional methods

Ti ffa ny Ba rn es, Ph .D. Associate Professor Depar tment of Computer Science

of learning. Statistics show that students learn better in

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BARNES PROFILE Background B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., North Carolina State University

the gaming environment.

computing, and technology from kindergarten through

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.

most people play some

By promoting computer science, it encourages them to

sort of a game while on

complete their degrees and pursue graduate school.”

their computer and that humans are hard wired to learn while having fun. Dr. Barnes and her gaming students are also very

She says it is important for her students to be able to convey the message that people can make a difference 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. “Our students serve as the ambassadors, mentors,

In 2009, Dr. Barnes received a National Science 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

oYH\HDUJUDQWWRWDOLQJZLOODIIRUGUHVHDUFK

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. Ć”

on the current problem, or advice on new problems to practice. Using data to provide these capabilities is a revolutionary idea that can enable the rapid creation of individualized instruction to support learning in

“ My experience as a graduate student at UNC Charlotte was invaluable in preparing 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 ZRPHQLQWKHoHOGSDUWLFXODUO\EODFNZRPHQ,GLGORYHG 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 YLUWXDOKXPDQSDWLHQWWKDWZLOOUHSUHVHQWDVSHFLoF 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 the effect race plays in the interaction of a virtual human

illustrate whether the children relate and perform better when interacting with a virtual human of similar special

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needs. If so, the plan is to develop many virtual humans to improve the lives of these children. Dr. Wilson says the practical applications for her work are endless. She says that in many situations, where human-to-human interaction is necessary but not possible, virtual humans WILSON PROFILE Background B.S., New York University Master’s and Ph.D., Auburn University

ZLOOEHDEOHWRoOOWKDW void. She foresees a day when cars will have a virtual auto

Ryan Hefner, Bachelor’s Computer Science, 2007 Software Developer

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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“CCI prepared me to succeed in each role by teaching me the basic concepts. I have no doubts that my degree from CCI at UNC Charlotte helped me to not only secure fulltime employment in the IT field, but also helped me to achieve great success so far as a software developer!”

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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 WKHoHOGLQDQ\QXPEHURIVLWXDWLRQV 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.” Ɣ

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

College C Co oll lleg ege eg e of of Computing C Com ompu om puti pu ting ti ng and and Informatics Inf nfor orma or mati ma t cs ti

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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 beyond the classroom through practical applications,

Teresa Dahlberg, Ph.D. Divers ity in I nfo rmatio n Tec hno lo gy I n st itu te 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 students, along with local citizens. 4) Service and civic

Funded with $9 million in grants from the National 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

CISCO

WKHoUVWVL[DOOLDQFHVLQWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVWREH recognized for its leadership efforts in expanding diversity. The Alliance is a consortium of twenty colleges and universities and eighty-eight regional partners in the Southeast fostering broader

Computer Science Student Vicky Fowler he lps to bridge the digital d i v i d e wi th low incom e fam ilies.

participation in computing from kindergarten through graduate school. With recent funding, the Alliance will scale to 50 colleges and universities over WKHQH[WoYH\HDUV2QHRIWKHDOOLDQFHSURJUDPVWKH STARS Leadership Corps, is a nationwide corps of college students catalyzed to DAHLBERG PROFILE Background B.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.S. and Ph.D., North Carolina State University 10 years as IBM hardware and software development engineer Founding Director, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute and the Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) Alliance

recruit and develop students, encouraging the next generation of computing professionals. “Of the twenty participating schools, oYHDUH3K'JUDQWLQJ institutions who have been in the program for at least three years,� said Dr. Dahlberg. �From

2006-2008, enrollment in computing Ph.D. programs in WKHVHoYHXQLYHUVLWLHVLQFUHDVHGRQDYHUDJHE\ZKLOH the enrollment in computing Ph.D. programs nationally decreased on average by 2%.

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Dahlberg also served as principal or co-principal investigator for $14 million in grants to support a set of computing pipeline programs, including: v Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN ) Fellowship program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support eighteen IT PhD students, all U.S. citizens, primarily from under-represented groups. v Socially Relevant Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Visualization, Virtual Environments, Gaming, and Networking. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to prepare U.S. undergraduate students for entry into computing doctoral programs. v STARS Computing Scholars program. Funded by the NSF to prepare community college students for entry into UNC Charlotte to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computing. v A Global Living Laboratory for Cyberinfrastructure Application Enablement project. Funded by the NSF to provide international research experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.


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M embers of th e STARS A lliance reac h out to local middle school students.

Dr. Dahlberg says that CCI faculty are also 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. Ć”

Diversity in Information Technology Institute

Jamie Payton, Ph.D., Department of Computer 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

Karen Bean, Associate Director Aubrae Collins, Program Coordinator Emily Stark, Administrator

Participating Faculty who serve as student advisors or co-PI’s on grants Ken Chen, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Bill Chu, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Software and Information Systems Yi Deng, Dean, College of Computing and Informatics Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics Celine Latulipe, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems Heather Lipford, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems Aidong Lu, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems

Bioinformatics and Genomics Shannon Schlueter, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics Min Shin, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Richard Souvenir, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Weichao Wang, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems Yu Wang, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems Zach Wartell, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Jennifer Weller, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Jing Xiao, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Michael Youngblood, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science

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RESEARCH, EDUCATION, 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, and understand multiple-network interdependency

CURRENT PROJECTS 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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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 experiments and real-world studies in order to validate the results 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 QDQRSHUFHSWLRQLVFHUWDLQO\LQpXHQFHGE\WKHVFLHQFH itself, there are many other agents that have as much or more impact on the system. From military to commercial WRDHVWKHWLFLQWHUHVWVEURDGO\GHoQHGWKHSHUFHSWLRQRI 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

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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-

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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 communicating novel ideas. Hyperlocal Community Platform. The world is shrinking. Ease of travel, cheap communication, Internet connectivity: all have allowed us to broaden our worldview and interact globally as never before. Some believe this has led to a decline in local participation and engagement. Newspapers, once the glue that held a community together, are struggling, and the growth of interest-based social media seem to indicate that geography is no longer important. We believe, however, that geographic

CSI Principals Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D, Director, Department of Software and Information Systems

Ph.D., Director of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Humanities

Didier Dréau, Ph.D., Department of Biology

Marvin Croy, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy

Moutaz Khouja, Ph.D., Department of Operations Management

David Bashor, Ph.D., retired Associate Professor of Biology

Mark Pizzato, Ph.D., Theatre Department

Liz Johnson, Ph.D. student in public policy

William J. Tolone, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems

Chris Eichelberger, Director, Software Solutions Lab

James Walsh, Ph.D., Department of Political Science

Ted Carmichael, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems

Joseph Whitmeyer, Ph.D., Department of Sociology

Min Sun, Ph.D. student

community is as important now as ever before. It remains the center of our public life, and the quality of our local environment greatly impacts the quality of our lives. The goal is to: 1) build a web platform that will serve as local hubs for the community, encouraging the emergence of VHOIRUJDQL]HGJURXSVWKDWDUHGHoQHGE\JHRJUDSK\DV much as topical interest; and 2) use the tools of complex adaptive systems to model and study these emergent clusters, so that these local communities are transparent and understandable to the users, allowing for posiWLYHIHHGEDFNDQGLQpXHQFHWRZDUGVHYHQJUHDWHUORFDO engagement. Ɣ

Paul Youngman,

Bioinformatics Research Center The state-of-the art 94,000 g.s.f. Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC) is an institutional interdisciplinary research center. The BRC serves as a convening unit for basic and applied research activities in computational WHFKQRORJLHVDGGUHVVLQJVLJQLoFDQWELRORJLFDOSUREOHPV As a campus-wide center for bioinformatics technologies, the BRC involves and engages faculty, staff, and graduate students from the College of Computing and Informatics, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the William

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States Lee College of Engineering, and the College of Health

KEY RESEARCH AREAS

and Human Services.

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BIoinformatics Research Center Principals Lawrence Mays, Ph.D., Director BRC, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Dennis Livesay, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Jessica Schlueter, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Cory Brouwer, Ph.D., Director Bioinformatics Services Division, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Julie Goodliffe, Ph.D., Department of Biology

Ann Loraine, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Shannon Schlueter, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Ian Marriott, Ph.D., Department of Biology

Susan Sell, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Andriy Baumketner, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Optical Science Mark Clemens, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Research, Department of Biology Didier Dreau, Ph.D., Department of Biology Xiuxia Du, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics Anthony Fodor, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Alexander Gordon, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics and Statistics Valery Grdzelishvili, Ph.D., Department of Biology Jun-tao Guo, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics Don Jacobs, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Optical Science Ana Jofre, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Optical Science Joanna Krueger, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry Tim Lightfoot, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology

Taghi Mostafavi, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Pinku Mukherjee, Ph.D., Irwin Belk Endowed Scholar for Caner Research, Department of Biology James Oliver, Ph.D., Cone Distinguished Professor for Teaching, Department of Biology Christine Richardson, Ph.D., Department of Biology

Min Shin, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science Nury Steuerwald, Ph.D., Department of Biology ZhengChang Su, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics Jennifer Weller, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

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RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND PARTNERSHIP at the North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis,

molecular biology methods, and to translate the results

hiring several faculty with research interests at both

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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. Ć”

Ph.D. Program

Over 80% of Ph.D. students 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 Charlotte with over 130 doctoral students. The program is uniquely designed to train Ph.D. students in innovative, interdisciplinary research of societal relevance, centered on computing and informatics. The program is staffed with a strong multidisciplinary faculty of international stature, who offers opportuni-

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RESEARCH FOCI a. Data, knowledge, and visualization (CS) b. Perceptive, networked robotic, and intelligent systems (CS) c. Computer game design and development (CS) d. Information, network, and cyber security and privacy (SIS) e. Complex system modeling and analysis (SIS) f. Human computer interaction (SIS) g. Computational genomics (BiG) h. Computational proteomics (BiG)


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The College of Computing and Informatics focuses on balancing the fundamental science of computing with cutting edge technology. Graduate Programs Bioinformatics and Genomics v Ph.D. Information Technology, Bioinformatics Track v Professional Science Master’s in Bioinformatics v &HUWLoFDWHLQ%LRLQIRUPDWLFV7HFKQRORJ\ v &HUWLoFDWHLQ%LRLQIRUPDWLFV$SSOLFDWLRQV

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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.

VFLHQWLoFSURJUDPPLQJ7KHSURJUDPLVVWUXFWXUHGWR provide students with the skills and knowledge to de-

Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is pending approval.

velop, evaluate, and deploy bioinformatics and computa-

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“One example of our partnership with UNC Charlotte is the annual Cyber Security Symposium, which gathers industry leaders from around the globe to discuss novel approaches to our growing and mutual concerns about application security.� Chad Renfro, Global Information Security Executive

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sion: Charlotte, the thrust led by Duke Energy to make Charlotte a national center in energy research and technology and energy sustainability. Dean Deng is on the Steering Committee for Envision: Charlotte, which is a partnership among Duke Energy, UNC Charlotte, Cisco, several major businesses, and community organizations. Envision: Charlotte has just been selected as a project under the Clinton Global Initiative. A major component is Smart Energy Now, which will use smart grid technology and building automation to reduce energy con-

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sumption by the major buildings in Center City by 20%

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

an opportunity to participate at many different levels,

Olin Broadway OlinBroadway@uncc.edu 704-687-8638

which will afford them access to cutting-edge technology, and world-class researchers.

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ADVISORY BOARD

Magdy Attia Johnson C. Smith University, Chair of the Council of Deans and the Dean College of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Ted Claypoole Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Attorney at Law

Joseph Guy Mariner COO and Co-founder

Dave Jones Peak 10 President and CEO

Marjorie Benbow North Carolina Biotech Center Director, Greater &KDUORWWH2IoFH

Terry Cox Business Innovation and Growth Council, President and CEO

Kathy Harris Gartner Corporation, VP and Distinguished Analyst

Gary Lancaster IBM IBM Managing Director

Jane Brown Duke Energy Managing Director, Planning, Architecture, and Information Mgmt.

Dwayne Edwards TIAA-CREF Director IT Operations

Guenther Hartfeil BB&T Exec. VP, Director of Client Insight and Innovation, Marketing Division

Peter Mihaltian Southeast Consulting, President

Ronnie Bryant Charlotte Regional Partnership, President and CEO

Tom Fisher Success Factors CIO and VP, Cloud Computing

Chris Higgins Bank of America, General Auditor for Global Technology and Operations

Bob Morgan Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, President

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ADVISORY BOARD

Peter Murphy

Theresa Payton Fortalice, LLC Owner

Dave Sakaluk Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company VP Director: Technology Integration Project 0DQDJHPHQW2IoFH

Joan Myers Applied Research Associates, Director, Cyber Technologies

Craig Richardville Carolina Health Systems CIO

Roger Shaul Preferred Medical Marketing Corporation CEO

Onyeka Nchege Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated IT Director, Technology Services

Ken Russell CISCO Director, Advisory Services Enterprise Strategist and Customer Solutions

Stephen Sorenson Microsoft Director of Global Escalation Services

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Todd Wilkes Premier, Inc. VP of Informatics Technology and Applications Development team


AWARDS RECEIVED Prestigious National Science

Chancellor’s Diversity Fund

Foundation CAREER Awards:

Challenge Grant

1. Tiffany Barnes, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science (2009)

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

2. Jun-Tao Guo, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics (2009) 3. Xintao Wu, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems, (2006) 4. Srinivas Akella, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science (2001) Prestigious Department of Energy CAREER Award: Aidong Lu, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science (2006) Bonnie Cone Fellowships 1. Cynthia Gibas, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics 2. Jessica Schleuter, Ph.D., Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics 3. Dale-Marie Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science

2010 Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award Ted Carmichael, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems %HVWSDSHUoUVWSODFHDW,((( Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) international conference 1. Anita Raja, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems 2. CCI Ph.D. student Shanjun Cheng Best paper Honorable mention at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 1. Heather Lipford, Ph.D., Department of Software and Information Systems 2. CCI Ph.D. student Andrew Besmer Best Student Paper Runner-up at 13th 3DFLoF$VLD&RQIHUHQFHRQ.QRZOHGJH 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.

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ACTIVE GRANTS Title: BPC-AE: The STARS Alliance: A Southeastern Partnership for Diverse Participation in Computing PI: Dahlberg, Teresa Co-PI: Barnes, Tiffany Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 2/1/08 – 1/31/11 Award Value: $ 3,009,870 Title: Biophysical Optimization of Oligonucleotide Microarrays PI: Gibas, Cynthia Co-PI: Weller, Jennifer Sponsor: National Institutes of Health Period: 8/1/05 – 7/31/11 Award Value: $1,690,614 Title: Carolina Cyber-Defender Scholarship PI: Bill Chu Co-PI: Xintao Wu Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/1/2008 -8/31/2013 Award: $1,342,346 Title: Annotating the CIS-Regulatory Binding Sites in Sequenced Prokaryotic Genomes PI: Su, Zhengchang Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/13 Award Value: $ 1,202,998 Title: Proposal to Establish a Center for Excellence for Command, Control, and Interoperability PI: Ribarsky, William Co-PI: Fan, Jianping; Kosara, Robert; Raja, Anita; Yang, Jing Sponsor: Purdue University Period: 7/1/09 – 8/31/14 Award Value: $1,200,000 Title: Career: A Structure Based Approach to transcription Factor binding Site Prediction PI: Guo, Jun-Tao Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 7/15/09 – 7/30/14 Award Value: $ 765,392 Title: Dance Draw: Embodiment as Input 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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Title: DAT: A Visual Analytics Approach to Science and Innovation Policy PI: Ribarsky, William Co-PI: Chang, Remco; Yang, Jing Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 7/1/09 – 6/30/12 Award Value: $746,571 Title: Career: Educational Data Mining for Student Support in Interactive Learning Environments PI: Barnes, Tiffany Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 7/1/09 – 7/30/14 Award Value: $ 646,982 Title: UNC Charlotte GAANN Fellowships for Computing PI: Dahlberg, Teresa Co-PI: Xiao, Jing; Chen, Keh-Hsun; Hodges, Larry Sponsor: US Department of Education Period: 3/15/07 – 8/31/11 Award Value: $645,275 Title: Arabidopsis 2010: Visualization Software and Data Server for Arabidopsis PI: Loraine, Ann Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 7/1/08 – 6/30/11 Award Value: $600,000 Title: S-STEMS: STRS Leadership Corps Computing Scholars: Pathways from Community College to Graduate School thru Technology PI: Dahlberg, Teresa Co-PI: Chu, Bill; Chen, Keh-Hsun; Ribarsky, William Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 3/1/10 – 2/28/14 Award Value: $600,000 Title: Collaboration with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters, Coast Infrastructure and Emergency Management. PI: Ribarsky, William Co-PI: Lu, Aidong; Wartell, Zachary Sponsor: UNC Chapel Period: 7/1/08 – 5/31/14 Award Value: $591,429

Title: UNC Charlotte GAANN Fellowship for Computing PI: Dahlberg, Teresa Co-PI: Xiao, Jing; Gibas, Cynthia; Ribarsky, William Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education Period: 8/15/09 – 8/14/12 Award Value: $525,000 Title: User-Designed Dynamic Adaptable Super-Scalable Intelligent Entities for Simulation Training PI: Youngblood, Michael Sponsor: DOD Period: 6/13/08 – 12/31/10 Award Value: $488,862 Title: High Performance Computing in Computational Biology PI: Livesay, Dennis Co-PI: Gibas, Cynthia; Shin, Min; Baumketer, Andriy; Price, Charles; Jacobs, Donald; Deng, Shaozhong; Cai, Wei Sponsor: National Institutes of Health Period: 4/1/10 – 3/31/11 Award Value: $474,288 Title: Automated Image analysis for discovering motion Behavior in Video PI: Shin, Min Co-PI: Clemens, Mark; Schneider, Stanley Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 5/15/08 – 5/31/11 Award Value: $440,341 Title: Career: Towards Privacy and &RQoGHQWLDOLW\3UHVHUYLQJ'DWDEDVHV PI: Wu, Xintao Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 1/1/06 – 12/31/10 Award Value: $439,700 Title: Semi-automated 3D Geo-coding of Large Urban Structures for Development of Effective Emergency Response and Communication PI: Ribarsky, Bill Co-PI: Subramanian, KR Sponsor: Department of Justice Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/11 Award Value: $399,995.00


ACTIVE GRANTS Title: REU-Site: Socially Relevant computing Research: Visualization, Virtual Environments, Gaming & Networking PI: Dahlberg, Teresa Co-PI: Barnes, Tiffany Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 5/1/09 – 4/30/12 Award Value: $393,561 Title: RI-Medium: Collaborative Research: Real-Time Continuum Manipulation PI: Xiao, Jing Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/13 Award Value: $351,874 Title: III-CST: Enabling Automated Digital 0LFURpXLGLF%LRFKLSVIRU&RPELQDWRULDO ans Screening PI: Akella, Srinivas Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/11 Award Value: $331,260 Title: NOSS Topology and routing Design for Three-Dimensional Sensor Networks: Geometric Approaches PI: Wang, Yu Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 7/27/07 – 8/31/11 Award Value: $265,142 Title: Representations and Metrics for Time-varying Terrain Surfaces PI: Wartell, Zachary 6SRQVRU$UP\5HVHDUFK2IoFH Period: 5/6/09 – 5/4/12 Award Value: $259,969 Title: Career Development Grant Advanced Data Analysis and Visualization PI: Tolone, William J. Co-PI: Fan, Jianping; Kosara, Robert; Raja, Anita; Ribarsky, William; Yang, Jing Sponsor: Georgia Institute of Technology Period: 6/18/09 – 9/29/11 Award Value: $237,163 Title: TRPGR SoyMap II: Leveraging untapped genetic diversity in Soybean PI: Schlueter, Jessica Sponsor: Purdue University Period: 3/1/10 – 2/28/13 Award Value: $222,393

Title: Collaborative Research: BPC-DP: Improving Minority Student Participation in the Computing Career Pipeline with Culturally Situated Design Tools PI: Barnes, Tiffany Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 1/1/07 – 12/31/10 Award Value: $219,109 Title: SHF: Small: Collaborative Research: Constraint-Based Generation of Database States for Testing Database Applications PI: Wu, Xintao Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/12 Award Value: $203,729 Title: CSR-DMSS, SM: Conveal: Automated Testing of Security &RQoJXUDWLRQ(QIRUFHPHQWLQ'LVWULEXWHG Networks PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/1/10 – 8/31/13 Award Value: $212,940 Title: Pilot: Game2 Learn: Creative Computing Education PI: Barnes, Tiffany Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 6/15/08 – 5/31/11 Award Value: $200,000 Title: Deriving and applying Cognitive Principles for human/Computer approaches to Comp PI: Ribarsky, Bill Co-PI: Chang, Remco Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security Period: 5/1/09 – 12/31/10 Award Value: $200,000 7LWOH*OREDO9HULoFDWLRQ '\QDPLF PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 1/1/10 – 7/31/11 Award Value: $192,602 Title: CT-ER: Privacy and Spectral Analysis in Social Network Randomization PI: Wu, Xintao Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 10/1/08 – 9/30/11 Award Value: $ 186,147

Title: NeTS: Small: Collaborative Research: An Integrated EnvironmentIndependent Approaches PI: Wang, Yu Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/12 Award Value: $ 149,991 Title: Eager: Topology Design in SocioTemporal Evolving Wireless Networks PI: Wang, Yu Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/1/10 – 8/31/12 Award Value: $149,154 Title: Investigations of next-generation Network Reconnaissance Attack techniques and Limitations PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/1/10 – 8/31/12 Award Value: $ 145,000 Title: Eager: Link Free Graph Visualization for Exploring Large Complex Graphs PI: Yang, Jing Co-PI: Fan, Jiangping Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 8/1/09 – 7/31/11 Award Value: $ 144,444 Title: Securing Dynamic online Social Networks PI: Shehab, Mohamed Sponsor: Arizona State University Period: 9/1/08 – 8/31/11 Award Value: $124,294 Title: FODAVA: Spectral Analysis for Fraud Detection in Large-Scale Networks PI: Wu, Xintao Co-PI: Lu, Aidong Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 8/1/10 – 7/31/11 Award Value: $100,000 Title: Collaborative Research: Hands-on Exercise on DETER Test bed for Security Education PI: Kang, Brent Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 9/15/09 – 8/31/11 Award Value: $98,627

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ACTIVE GRANTS Title: DOD I Carolinas Cyber-Defender Scholarship Program PI: Chu, Bill Co-PI: Lipford, Heather; Shehab, Mohamed Sponsor: Department of Defense Period: 8/24/09 – 11/24/10 Award Value: $87,484

Title: Collaborative Research: Enhancing Teaching of Grid Computing to Undergraduate Students by using a :RUNpRZ(GLWRU PI: Wilkinson, Anthony Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 7/1/08 – 6/30/11 Award Value: $60,711

Title: Bridging security Primitives and Protocols: A Digital LEGO Set for International Assurance Courses PI: Wang, Weichao Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 12/17/07 – 2/28/11 Award Value: $78,460

Title: PLC Signal Analysis PI: Akella, Srinivas Sponsor: Duke Energy Corporation Period: 4/30/10 – 2/11/11 Award Value: $48,300

Title: Post Doctoral Fellow PI: Mostafavi, Taghi Sponsor: Carolina Medical Center Period: 8/1/08 – 8/31/11 Award Value: $ 78,000

Title: Complex Adaptive Systems and the Threshold Effect: views from the Natural and Social Sciences PI: Hadzikadic, Mirsad Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 10/1/09 – 9/30/11 Award Value: $ 48,060

Title: Smart Grid Analyzer PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab Co-PI: Wang, Weichao Sponsor: Duke Energy Corporation Period: 4/30/10 – 2/25/11 Award Value: $74,919

Title: Collaborative Research: RCN: Integrative Pollen Biology PI: Loraine, Ann Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 5/1/10 – 4/30/11 Award Value: $46,907

Title: The Department of Defense (DoD) Carolinas Cyber-Defender Scholarship Program PI: Chu, Bei-Tseng Co-PI: Lipford, Heather; Shehab, Mohamed Sponsor: DOD Period: 8/24/09 – 11/30/10 Award Value: $73,158

Title: Automatic Indexing of Polyphonic 0XVLF%DVHGRQ&DVFDGH&ODVVLoHUV PI: Ras, Zbigniew Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 5/1/10 – 4/30/11 Award Value: $ 35,934

Title: Biophysical Optimization of Oligonucleotide Microarrays PI: Gibas, Cynthia Sponsor: Sponsor: National Institutes of Health Period: 9/29/09 – 2/28/11 Award Value: $69,768 Title: A Global Living Laboratory for Cyber Infrastructure Application Enablement PI: Deng,Yi Co-PI: Dahlberg, Teresa Sponsor: Florida International University Period: 11/19/09 - 8/31/12 Award Value: $61,360

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Title: NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program - Developing Smart Phone Applications for Earth Science GSRI PI: Barnes, Tiffany Sponsor: NASA Period: 6/1/10 – 5/31/11 Award Value: $30,000 Title: Tools for Focused and Deep Analyses of a Unique NSF Data Collection PI: Yang, Jing Co-PI: Ribarsky, Bill Sponsor: National Science Foundation Period: 5/18/10 – 10/31/10 Award Value: $ 24,899

Title: ACM CCS 2010 Student Travel Sponsorship Award PI: Al-Shaer, Ehab Sponsor: Department of Defense Period: 8/5/10 – 8/4/11 Award Value: $10,000


CCI STAFF

Yi Deng, Ph.D. Dean

Cheryl Ring Executive Assistant to the Dean

Richard A. Lejk, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Administration

Jing Xiao, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Olin Broadway Executive in Residence

Pat Sinclair Business Manager

Marjorie Bray Director of Development

Maria Soliman Post Awards Administrator

Clark Curtis Director of Communications

Christopher Eichelberger Director of Software Solutions Lab

Jeff Rabon Director of Technology Services

Nancy Clarke Marketing Assistant

Kathy Edwards Grant Accounting Specialist

Trish Artis Budget Coordinator, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Karen Bean Program Coordinator, Diversity in Technology Institute

Steven Blanchard Systems Analyst, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Doralyn (Dora) Bradley Graduate Students Support Specialist, Department of Computer Science

Pearl Brown Administrative Assistant, Department of Software and Information Systems

Deepthi Chaturvedi Research Specialist, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Kim Davis Administrative Assistant, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

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Dee Ellington Support Associate and 2IoFH0DQDJHU'HSDUWPHQW of Computer Science

Timothy Hamp Research Specialist, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Elise Marshall Graduate Coordinator, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Tam Nguyen System Administrator, 2IoFHRI7HFKQLFDO6XSSRUW

Greta Nothnagel 2IoFH0DQDJHU'HSDUWPHQW of Software and Information Systems

Mark Olson Research Associate, Software Solutions Lab

Lynne Osborne Department Administrator, Department of Computer Science

Audrey Rorrer Research Associate, Diversity in Information Technology Institute

Wei Sha Research Associate, College of Computing and Informatics

David Wood Research Associate, Software Solutions Lab

Scott Wood Unix Systems Administrator, 2IoFHRI7HFKQLFDO6XSSRUW

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FACULTY

Srinivas Akella Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI Computer Science Education: Ph.D. Robotics; Carnegie Mellon University Research Areas: Robotics

Ehab Al-Shaer Position: Associate Professor and Director of Cyber Defense and Network Assurability Center (CyberDNA) $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D. Computer Science; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (1998) Research Areas: Network Security and Networking

Tiffany Barnes Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI Computer Science Educaiton: Ph.D. Computer Science; NC State University (2003) Research Areas: AI; Algorithms and Complexity; Bioinformatics; Computer Based (Education, Knowledge Modeling, and Assessment); Data Mining; and Intelligent Systems.

Diane Cassidy Position: Senior Lecturer $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Pace University (1985)

Keh-Hsun Chen Position: Professor and Associate Chair $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI Computer Science Education: Ph.D.; Duke University (1976) Research Areas: AI; Algorithm Analysis and Design,;Algorithms and Complexity; Computer Go; Heuristic Search; and Intelligent Systems.

Bill Chu Position: Department Chair $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D. Computer Science; University of Maryland, College Park (1988) Research Areas: Application Development; Enterprise Integration and Security; and Multi-Agents.

Teresa Dahlberg Position: Professor $IoOLDWLRQ&RPSXWHU6FLHQFH Education: Ph.D. Computer Engineering; North Carolina State University (1993) Research Areas: Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks and Computer Networks

Yi Deng Position: Dean & Professor $IoOLDWLRQ&ROOHJHRI&RPSXWLQJ and Informatics Education: Ph.D.; University of Pittsburgh (1992) Research Areas: Software Engineering, Knowledge Engineering, Applied Informatics.

Xiuxia Du Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ%LRLQIRUPDWLFVDQG Genomics Education: Ph.D.; Washington University in St. Louis (2005) Research Areas: Bioinformatics

Jianping Fan Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQW Computer Science Education: Ph.D.; Chinese Academy of Sciences (1997) Research Areas: Multimedia: Multimedia Analysis, Retrieval, and Security.

Anthony Fodor Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D.; University of Washington (1998) Research Areas: Algorithm Analysis and Design; and Bioinformatics.

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James Frazier Position: Assistant Chair & Director of Freshman Programs $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: JD; UNC Chapel Hill

Cynthia Gibas Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQW%LRLQIRUmatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D Biophysics and Computational Biology; University of Illinois (1996) Research Areas: DNA Microarray Analysis; DNA Microarray Experiment Design; and Genomics.

Jun-tao Guo Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry; University of Kentucky (2001) Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and Computational Biology; Computational Biology; Gene Regulatory Network Prediction; Molecular (Protein) Modeling; and Protein Structure Predition.

Robert Kosara Position: Assistant Professor Education: Ph.D.; Vienna University of Technology (2001) Research Areas: Graphics; ScienWLoFDQG,QIRUPDWLRQ9LVXDOL]DWLRQ and Visualization.

Lorrie Lehman Position: Lecturer $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQW of Computer Science

Richard Lejk Position: Associate Professor and Associate Dean $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI Computer Science Education: Ph.D.; Texas A&M University (1967)

Mirsad Hadzikadic Position: Director, Complex Systems Institute $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D.; Southern Methodist University (1987) Research Areas: Adaptive Complex Systems; Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery; KDD.

Cloyd Goodrum Position: Lecturer $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: M.S; UNC Chapel Hill

Richard Ilson Position: Lecturer Education: M.S; MIT (1980)

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Anthony Kombol $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Position: Lecturer Education: University of Iowa (1980)

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Celine Latulipe Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D.; University of Waterloo (2006) Research Areas: Collaborative Systems; Computers’ Impace on Society; Creativity Support Tools; Embodied Interaction; Human-Computer Interaction; Visualization.

Heather Lipford Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQW6RIWZDUH and Information Systems Education: Ph.D.; Georgia Institute of Technology (2005) Research Areas: HumanComputer Interaction


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Dennis Livesay Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000) Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Bioinformatics, Biophysics and Computational Biology; Biophysical Chemistry; Biophysics and Computational Biology; Computational Biology; Protein Design Software; Protein Electrostatics; Protein Folding; Protein Functional Site Prediction; Protein Stability/Flexibility Relationships; and Protein Structure Prediction.

Aidong Lu Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Purdue University (2005) Research Areas: Graphics; and Visualization.

Taghi Mostafavi Position: Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D.; Oklahoma State University (1986) Research Areas: Bioinformatics/ Biomedical Information Systems; Biomedical Instrumentation Lab, Ovarian Cancer; Computer System Engineering; Computer and Parallel Architecture; Genomics; Image Analysis; Medical Imaging and Embedded Systems; Medical Instrumentation; Microarray Data Generation, Cleansing and Analysis; Microarray Design and Analysis; Parallel Programming; and Translational.

Anita Raja Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D. Computer Science; University of Massachusetts Amherst (2003) Research Areas: AI; Adaptive Complex Systems; Adaptive 6\VWHPV'LVWULEXWHG$UWLoFLDO Intelligence Research (DAIR) Lab; Emerging Distributed Systems; Intelligent Information Systems; Intelligent Systems; and MultiAgents.

Lawrence Mays Position: Professor and Chair $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D.; University of Virginia (1973) Bruce Long Position: Assistant Chair and Director of Undergraduate Programs $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQW6RIWZDUH and Information Systems

Susan Medlin Position: Part-Time Lecturer $IoOLDWLRQ&RPSXWHU6FLHQFH

Jamie Payton Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: D. Sc. Computer Science; Washington University in St. Louis (2006) Research Areas: Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks; Application Development; Computer Networks; Emerging Distributed Systems; Middleware; Networking; Networking Research Laboratory; Software Engineering Pervasive Computing Formal Methods; Ubiquitous Computing; and Wireless Networks.

Zbigniew Ras Position: Professor and Director of KDD Lab $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI Computer Science Education: D. Sc. Computer Science; Polish Academy of Sciences (2004) Research Areas: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery; Multi-Agents; Multimedia; Music Information Retrieval; Privacy Preserving Database Mining and Application Testing.

Ann Loraine Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQW%LRLQIRUmatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology; UC Berkeley (1996)

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Gyorgy Revesz Position: Professor Emeritus $IoOLDWLRQ&RPSXWHU6FLHQFH Education: Ph.D. Mathematics; Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest (1968)

William Ribarsky Position: Department Chair, Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D. Physics; University of Cincinnati (1974) Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Date Warehousing; Multimedia Analysis, Retrieval, and Security; 6FLHQWLoFDQG,QIRUPDWLRQ9LVXalization; Virtual Reality; Visual Analytics; Visualization.

Jessica Schlueter Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D. Genetics; Iowa State University (2006) Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and Computational Biology; Computational Biology; Data Mining; Differentially Expressed Genes; Evolution of Biological Pathways; Evolutionary Computation; Genetics; Genomics; and Plant Biology, Molecular Evolution, Comparative Genomics.

Sara Scott Position: Lecturer $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: M.S.; Georgia State University

Susan Sell Position: Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate School) $IoOLDWLRQ%LRLQIRUPDWLFVDQG Genomics Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and Computational Biology; and Genomics.

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Mohamed Shehab Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ6RIWZDUHDQG,QIRUPDtion Systems Education: Ph.D. in Computer Engineering; Purdue University (2007) Research Areas: Security

Min Shin Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D. Department of Computer Science & Engineering; University of South Florida (Aug 2001) Research Areas: Biomedical Image Analysis; Computer Vision; Image Processing; and Medical Imaging and Embedded Systems.

Richard Souvenir Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: D.Sc. in Computer Science; Washington University (2006) Research Areas: Biomedical Image Analysis; Computer Vision; Image Analysis; and Medical Imaging and Embedded Systems.

Zhengchang Su Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D Department of Physiology and Biophysics; University of Alabama at Birmingham (2000) Research Areas: Algorithm Analysis and Design; Bioinformatics; Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and Computational Biology; Cluster Computing; Data Mining; Evolution of Biological Pathways; Genomics; Grid Computing; Parallel Programming; and Sequence/Structure/ Function Relationships.

Kalpathi Subramanian Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D; University of Texas at Austin (1990) Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Bioinformatics/Biomedical Information Systems; Biomedical Information Processions, Biomedical Computing, and Neural Networks; Breast Cancer; Computer Gaming; Computer Vision; Graphics; Image Processing; Medical Imaging and Embedded Systems; Medical ,QVWUXPHQWDWLRQ6FLHQWLoFDQG Information Visualization; Visualization.


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William J. Tolone Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D.; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1996) Research Areas: Collaborative Systems; and Enterprise Integration.

Weichao Wang Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D. Computer science,; Purdue University (2005) Research Areas: Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks; Computer Networks; Information Assurance; Network Security; Security; Wireless Networks; and Wireless and Network Security.

Yongee Wang Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D. Computer science,; University of Heidelberg, Germany (1996) Research Areas: Algorithm Analysis and Design; Algorithms and Complexity; Applied Cryptography; Computer Networks; Cryptography; Cytoskeleton; Data Privacy; Network Security; Networking; and Security.

Yu Wang Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ&RPSXWHU6FLHQFH Education: Ph.D. Computer science; Illinois Institute of Technology (2004) Research Areas: Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks; Algorithm Analysis and Design; Algorithms and Complexity; Computer Networks; and Wireless Networks.

Zachary Wartell Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D.; Georgia Institute of Technology (2001) Research Areas: 3D HCI; GraphLFV6FLHQWLoFDQG,QIRUPDWLRQ Visualization; Virtual Reality; and Visualization.

Jennifer Weller Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI%LRLQformatics and Genomics Education: Ph.D.; University Of Montana (1990) Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Cancer; Complex Diseases and Gene by Environment Iterations in Eukaryotic Systems; DNA Microarray Experiment Design; Data Mining; Database System, Data Integration, and Service Computing; Differentially Expressed Genes; Gene Regulatory Network Analysis; Genomics; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Marker; Microarray Data Generation, Cleansing, and Analysis; and Microarray Design and Analysis.

Barry Wilkinson Position: Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D.; University of Manchester (1974) Research Areas: Cluster Computing; Grid Computing; and Parallel Programming.

Dale-Marie Wilson Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D. Computer Science; Auburn University (2006) Research Areas: Human-Computer Interaction; and Intelligent Systems.

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David Wilson Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D.; Indiana University (2001) Research Areas: AI; Adaptive Systems; Application Development; Collaborative Systems; Computer Based Education, Knowledge Modeling, and Assessment; Computer Gaming; Computers’ Impact on Society; Data Mining; Data Mining and Intelligent Systems; Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery; Data Privacy; Database Systems, Data Integration, and Service Computing; Haptics; Human-Computer Interaction; Image Analysis; Image Processing; Intelligent Information Systems; Intelligent Systems; KDD; Multi-Agents; MultiPHGLD6FLHQWLoFDQG,QIRUPDWLRQ Visualization; and Visualization.

Wensheng Wu Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ&RPSXWHU6FLHQFH Education: Ph.D.; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2006) Research Areas: Data Mining; Database System, Data Integration, and Service Computing; and KDD.

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Xianto Wu Position: Associate Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI6RIWware and Information Systems Education: Ph.D. Information Technology; George Mason University (2001) Research Areas: Data Mining; Data Privacy; and Date Warehousing.

Jing Xiao Position: Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D. Computer, Information and Control Engineering; University of Michigan (1990) Research Areas: AI; Haptics; Multimedia; and Robotics.

Jing Yang Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI&RPputer Science Education: Ph.D. Computer Science; Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2005) Research Areas: Information Visualization; Visual Analytics; and Visualization.

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Michael Youngblood Position: Assistant Professor $IoOLDWLRQ&RPSXWHU6FLHQFH Education: Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering; University of Texas at Arlington (2005) Research Areas: AI; Computer Gaming; Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery; Games + Learning Lab; Human-Computer Interaction; Intelligent Systems; MultiAgents; Multimedia; Robotics; and Simulation.

Yuliang Zheng Position: Professor $IoOLDWLRQ6RIWZDUHDQG,QIRUPDtion Systems Education: Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering; Yokohama National University (1991) Research Areas: Applied Cryptography; Cryptography; Data Privacy; Enterprise Integration and Security; Information Assurance; Network Security; Privacy Preserving Database Mining and Application Testing; Security; and Wireless and Network Security.


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41 CCI Advisory Board 43 Awards 44 Active Research Grants 47 CCI Staff 49 CCI Faculty

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