News Archive 2020 - 2021

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
November 10, 2021
Sheikh Ariful Islam, Ph.D. (’20), received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from USF Office of Graduate Studies for his dissertation, Behavioral and RT-Level Synthesis of Secure Nano VLSI Digital ASIC Designs. Islam was a student of Associate Professor Srinivas Katkoori.

Lawrence Hall receives the 2021 IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award
October 13, 2021
Professor Lawrence Hall received the 2021 Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society for acceleration methods in fuzzy clustering and medical image interpretation.

Collaborative paper earns Best Paper award at Affective Movement Recognition Challenge and Workshop at ACII 2021
September 28, 2021
Assistant Professor Shaun Canavan, PhD student Saandeep Aathreya, undergraduate REU student Liza Jivani, and alumni Shivam Srivastava and Saurabh Hinduja earned the Best Paper Award at the Affective Movement Recognition Challenge and Workshop at the 9th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction for “Task-based Classification of Reflective Thinking using Mixture of Classifiers.”

Yicheng Tu Receives NIH Grant for Interdisciplinary Scientific Simulation Research
September 28, 2021
Yicheng Tu, professor of computer science and engineering and principal investigator, has been awarded a four-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), totaling $1,149,236 for “Data Management Molecular Simulations – A Throughput-Oriented Approach.”

Collaborative grant funded by NIDILRR/Administration for Community Living
September 21, 2021
Collaborative grant “Up To Me: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness on College Campuses” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR/Administration for Community Living).

Collaborative NSF grant will provide scholarships for USF CSE students
September 11, 2021
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) professors Ken Christensen and Rafael Perez are co-PIs on a $5M NSF grant to provide scholarships over five years to students with financial need who are majoring in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, or information technology

Two Doctoral Students Awarded 2021 Computing Innovation Fellowships
September 9, 2021
Two doctoral students in Computer Science and Engineering have received the 2021 Computing Innovation CI Fellowships sponsored by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) with the support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CSE PhD students win Duolingo Award
September 8, 2021
CSE PhD students Antonio Laverghetta Jr., Animesh Nighojkar, and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov have won the Duolingo Award for best student presentation at this year's International Meeting of the Psychometric Society (IMPS 2021) for presenting their paper “Predicting Human Psychometric Properties Using Computational Language Models.”

Collaborative team earns Distinguished Paper at SOUPS 2021
September 3, 2021
The paper co-authored by CSE PhD student Anwesh Tuladhar, CSE Professors Jay Ligatti and Xinming “Simon” Ou, and Anthropology collaborator Daniel Lende, "An Analysis of the Role of Situated Learning in Starting a Security Culture in a Software Company," was awarded Distinguished Paper at SOUPS 2021.

USF researchers launch social media campaign to identify risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Tampa Bay
August 20, 2021
USF researchers have launched a social media campaign that invites citizen scientists to upload images of mosquitoes found in the Tampa Bay region to the iNaturalist platform, a smartphone app. The app will automatically identify disease-carrying species such as Aedes aegypti, a known transmitter of Zika, dengue and yellow fever.

USF inventors post record patent numbers, ranking in the nation’s top 10 university producers
June 15, 2021
For the ninth consecutive year, University of South Florida inventors are among the most prolific producers of U.S. patents at universities worldwide, securing an institutional record 123 patents in 2020.

Nighojkar and Licato’s paper accepted at prestigious 2021 ACL-IJCNLP Annual Meeting
May 26, 2021
CSE PhD student Animesh Nighojkar and CSE Assistant Professor John Licato’s paper, “Improving Paraphrase Detection with the Adversarial Paraphrasing Task,” was accepted as a full paper in the main track for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Simon Ou featured in Tampa’s 83 Degrees Media online magazine
May 26, 2021
CSE Professor and cybersecurity researcher Simon Ou was featured in Tampa’s 83 Degrees Media online magazine May 25.

Ciampaglia and Licato Win Best Paper Award at 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Online Discourse Analysis
April 30, 2021
CSE Assistant Professors Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia and John Licato won the Best Paper Award at the 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Online Discourse Analysis.

Collaborative Paper Accepted at Wiki Workshop 2021
April 30, 2021
CSE Graduate Student Khandaker Tasnim Huq and CSE Assistant Professor Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia’s paper, Characterizing Opinion Dynamics and Group Decision Making in Wikipedia Content Discussions, was one of two long papers accepted at the Wiki Workshop, which had a record number of submissions this year.

CSE PhD Student Brooks Olney one of Research Category Winners in the USF graduate student research symposium
April 29, 2021
CSE doctoral student Brooks Olney was one of the Research Category Winners in the USF Graduate Student Research Symposium.

Tenex Software Establishes the Matthew Moreno Scholarship to Honor his Memory 
April 16, 2018
When USF computer science alum Matt Moreno ’14 passed away in January, his co-workers at Tenex Software Solutions in Tampa decided to create a scholarship to honor their friend and colleague so that his legacy can live on through future students.

Sudeep Sarkar Elected to Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida 
April 8, 2021
CSE Professor and Chair Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., was elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL) for his “distinguished contributions in computer vision and pattern recognition, perceptual organization and biometrics." 

Sudeep Sarkar named Distinguished University Professor 
April 8, 2021
Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering Professor and Chair, and Associate Vice-President for Special Programs at USF was named Distinguished University Professor.

New CSE student organization: Girls Who Code College Loop
April 7, 2021
Girls Who Code College Loop staged a booth at USF’s Bull Market event on March 7. Students visited to engage with members and learn about the organization.

CSE Student Delong Yang to be Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa
April 1, 2021
CSE undergraduate student Delong Yang will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States, during the Spring 2021 induction ceremony.

Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia Appointed to NASEM Committee 
March 24, 2021
CSE Assistant Professor Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia has been appointed to a committee at The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine (NASEM) tasked with identifying and addressing claims about biological threats that are perpetuated by the spread of inaccurate and misleading information.  

Collaborative Paper earns 2020 IET Biometrics Premium Award 
March 24, 2021
CSE Alumni Earnest Hansley, Ph.D. (‘18), CSE Postdoctoral Scholar Maurício Pamplona Segundo, and CSE Professor Sudeep Sarkar’s 2018 paper, “Employing Fusion of Learned and Handcrafted Features for Unconstrained Ear Recognition,” earned the 2020 IET Biometrics Premium Award.

Tempestt Neal and Shaun Canavan awarded $261,996 NSF grant
March 24, 2021 
CSE Assistant Professors Tempestt Neal (PI) and Shaun Canavan (Co-PI) and two faculty members from the University of Florida were awarded a two-year $261,996 grant for their project “Collaborative Research: SaTC: CORE: Medium: Toward Age-Aware Continuous Authentication on Personal Computing Devices.”  

CSE students win big at 2021 Hackabull
March 18, 2021
Hackabull, a Major League Hacking (MLH) sanctioned hackathon hosted by USF's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), took place March 13-14 over a full 24-hour period. 

CSE Graduate Student Qi Zheng Receives USF GSS Fellowship 
March 2, 2021 
CSE graduate student, Qi Zheng, received a Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellowship. This three-year fellowship, which recognizes Zheng’s academic abilities, includes a $10,000 stipend and tuition waiver.

USF CSE Alumna Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd Receives NSF CAREER Award 
March 1, 2021 
Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, Ph.D., is a two-time graduate of USF with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (2016) and a B.S. in Computer Science (2000).

CSE Instructor Zachariah Beasley selected as 2020/1 STEER Scholar
March 1, 2021
CSE Instructor Zachariah Beasley, Ph.D. has been selected as a STEER Scholar for 2020/21, which comes with a $2,000 award.

CSE PhD student Sameera Horawalavithana and collaborators win NASN 2021 Grand Challenge
Febuary 09, 2021
CSE PhD student Sameera Horawalavithana, in collaboration with Ravindu De Silva, Mohamed Nabeel, Charitha Elvitigala, Primal Wijesekara, and Adriana Iamnitchi won the NASN Grand Challenge for their paper titled "Malicious and Low Credibility URLs on Twitter during COVID-19."

CSE’s MSIT Program Ranked No. 12 By U.S. News & World Report
Febuary 1, 2021 
The 2021 U.S. News & World Report has ranked USF’s Computer Science and Engineering online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program no. 12 in the nation for best online programs.  

Cutting-edge innovations to fight disease, enhance learning win USF’s Excellence in Innovation Awards 
Febuary 1, 2021
USF faculty researchers who invented technology to combat a global shortage of COVID-19 testing swabs, created a surveillance system for mosquito-borne diseases, and turned captivating, augmented reality technology into a tool to help bilingual children have been selected for this year’s Excellence in Innovation Awards.

CSE PhD student Troi Williams receives Koerner Family Foundation research award
January 15, 2021
The Koerner Family Foundation (KFF) has selected two USF College of Engineering PhD students, John Cotter (Mechanical Engineering) and Troi Williams (Computer Science and Engineering), for a supplemental student stipend award of $10K each for their graduate research in microfluids and in agriculture and intelligent networks respectively for 2021.

CSE Alumna, Ghada Zamzmi, Selected as One of 10 MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 MENA
January 11, 2021
Ghada Zamzmi, Ph.D., has been selected as one of the 10 Innovators Under 35 MENA by MIT Technology Review Arabia for the year 2020. Zamzmi was selected for her innovative research focused on Computer Vision, Machine/Deep Learning, Mathematical Modeling, and Cognitive Computing.

Collaborative paper wins award at 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Smart Electronic Systems 
December 21, 2020 
CSE students Lakshmi Kavya Kalyanam and Vishalini Ramnath, in collaboration with advisors Srinivas Katkoori and Hao Zheng, were awarded the best paper award at the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Smart Electronic Systems (iSES) for their paper titled, “A Distributed Framework for Real-Time Object Detection at Low Frame Rates with IoT Edge Nodes.” Only three of 70 papers received this recognition.

Dr. Adriana Iamnitchi recognized as an ACM Distinguished Member
December 18, 2020
Prof. Adriana Iamnitchi has been named as one of the 2020 ACM Distinguished Members recognized for contributions that propel the digital age.

Fall 2020 Computer Science and Engineering Outstanding Graduates
December 11, 2020
Sofia Keane, David Medina, Jacob Kilgore, and Alexander Palasek are Computer Science and Engineering’s Outstanding Graduates for the Fall 2020 term.

Shamaria Engram makes CSE history
December 7, 2020
Shamaria Engram made USF (and CSE) history as the first Black woman to graduate with a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering.

Canavan and Uddin winners in IEEE FG 2020 EmoPain Challenge
December 3, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Shaun Canavan and PhD student MD Taufeeq Uddin won two tracks in the FG 2020 EmoPain Challenge.

CSE Ph.D. student MD Taufeeq Uddin won the grand prize for the PepsiCo Data Science Innovation Challenge 
December 1, 2020 
CSE Ph.D. student MD Taufeeq Uddin won a PepsiCo ML Challenge and earned a research internship for summer 2021.

Lawrence Hall elected to IEEE Board of Directors 
December 1, 2020
Prof. Larry Hall, Distinguished University Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, was recently elected to serve on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice-President of the Publications Products and Services Board for 2021.

Lawrence Hall gives keynote at 2020 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
18, 2020 
On October 12, 2020, Distinguished University Professor, Larry Hall, gave a keynote talk titled “Explorations in BIG Data and Small Data with Deep Learning” at the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics.

Sriram Chellappan’s paper receives ACM CSCW Honorable Mention Award
October 21, 2020
CSE Professor Sriram Chellappan co-authored a paper with Farhana Shahid, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology; Shahinul Hoque Ony, BRAC University; Takrim Rahman Albi, BRAC University; Alabi Mehzabin Anisha, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology titled “Learning from Tweets: Opportunities and Challenges to Inform Policy Making During Dengue Epidemic.”
Attila Yavuz receives USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award
October 12, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Attila Yavuz is one of 19 USF Faculty who have been recognized with the Outstanding Research Achievement Awards.
Simon Ou receives IEEE DSN Test of Time Award for “Using Bayesian networks for cyber security analysis”
October 5, 2020
CSE Professor Simon Ou, along with Peng Xie, Jason H. Li, Peng Liu, Renato Levy, received the Test of Time award for their project called “Using Bayesian networks for cyber security analysis.”
USF researchers win top prize in the Upscaling Euro Data Cube COVID-19 contest organized by the European Space Agency
October 1, 2020
Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, CSE postdoctoral researcher at the USF Institute for Artificial Intelligence + X, Cole Hill, CSE graduate student, and Sudeep Sarkar, CSE Professor and AI+X co-director, partnered up with Rodrigo Minetto, UTFPR Professor, Allan Pinto, UNICAMP postdoc researcher, and Ricardo Da Silva Torres, NTNU Professor to participate and win the COVID-19 Custom Script upscaling competition.
Attila A. Yavuz receives second Cisco Award for “Trustworthy and Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning Platforms”
September 29, 2020
Attila A. Yavuz, CSE Assistant Professor, Director of the Applied Cryptography Research Laboratory and the Co-Director of Center for Cryptographic Research at USF, received the Cisco Award for his research project entitled “Trustworthy and Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning Platforms”.
Paul Rosen awarded collaborative National Institutes of Health (NIH) R34 grant to test smartphone apps for self-management of adolescent asthma
September 24, 2020
Dr. Paul Rosen (MPI), in collaboration with Dr. Amy Alman (PI, COPH), Dr. Marisa Couluris (MPI, Pediatrics), Dr. Claudia Parvanta (Co-I, COPH), Dr. Sanghoon Park (Co-I, Education), and Dr. Henian Chen (Co-I, COPH) received an R34 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Sriram Chellappan investigator for National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes with smartphone
September 24, 2020
CSE Professor and Director of Social Computing Research Lab Sriram Chellappan is an investigator on project titled “SCH: INT: Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases through Automated Species Identification and Spatiotemporal Modeling.”
John Licato receives USF award for Blackness and Anti-Black Racism Research Grant
September 16, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor John Licato receives award for anti-racism efforts at USF. Licato is Primary Investigator on a project titled "Argumentation Games to Cognitively Inoculate Against Anti-Black Bias,” with co-PI David Ponton from the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies.
Yao Liu awarded $500,000 NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace grant
September 15, 2020
CSE Associate Professor Yao Liu received a $500,000 NSF grant from the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for the project "SaTC: TTP: Small: Creating Content Verification Tools to Protect Document Integrity.”
Computing Education Research & Evolutionary Algorithm Lab awarded $377,012 NSF grant
September 11, 2020
The USF Computing Education Research & Evolutionary Algorithm Lab (CEREAL) has been awarded an NSF grant from the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program to further study how evolutionary principles may be leveraged to improve teaching & learning.
Yu Sun and Dmitry Goldgof receive R21 collaborative grant from NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research
September 4, 2020
USF CSE Department and USF Health have received an R21 grant from the National Institute Of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of the research project titled "A Multimodal Approach for Monitoring Prolonged Acute Pain in Neonates."
Marvin Andujar Awarded $80,205 NSF EAGER award
August 11, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar received the NSF EAGER award for his research project titled "EAGER: Immersive Brain Painting for College Students with ADHD."
CSE Researchers Design AI Algorithms to Automate Vector Surveillance
August 3, 2020
CSE doctoral student Mona Minakshi and her advisor Sriram Chellappan co-authored a paper that is accepted for publication in Nature Scientific Reports.
Sudeep Sarkar Awarded Collaborative National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to build computer vision/AI algorithms that understand events from videos
June 23, 2020
CSE Professor Sudeep Sarkar is the lead of a collaborative NSF grant for the project “Understanding Events from Streaming Video – Joint Deep and Graph Representations, Commonsense Priors, and Predictive Learning.”
Sylvia Thomas (EE), Tempestt Neal (CSE), Graphaware, Inc. Awarded $200,000 NSF Grant
June 1, 2020
USF Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Sylvia Thomas (PI) and Computer Science, Engineering Assistant Professor Tempestt Neal (Co-PI), with Alessandro Negro (Co-PI) from Graphaware, Inc. were awarded a one-year $200,000 NSF grant
Tempestt Neal Awarded $25,000 Grant as Part of USF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Effort
May 29, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Tempestt Neal received a grant for a project titled “Exploring Racial Disparities in the Treatment, Perceptions, and Tracking of COVID-19 Through Automated Stigma Detection and Sentiment Analysis of Social Media Data.”

Sudeep Sarkar Awarded $24,925 Grant as Part of USF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Effort
May 29, 2020
CSE Professor Sudeep Sarkar received a grant for a project titled “COVID-19 Economic Recovery Markers from Satellite Imagery for City-Scale Decisions.”

AI+X researchers win COVID-19 Custom Script Contest from the European Space Agency
May 21, 2020
Dr. Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, Dr. Rodrigo Minetto, and Dr. Sudeep Sarkar, and co-director of AI+X Institute, were the sixth week’s winners of the COVID-19 Custom Script Contest launched by the European Space Agency (ESA).
CSE graduate students Dante Tezza and Sarah Garcia receive the Generation Google scholarship
May 21, 2020
CSE graduate students Dante Tezza and Sarah Garcia each received the Generation Google Scholarship. Tezza and Garcia are Ph.D. students working with Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar in the Neuro-Machine Interaction lab.
Sarah Garcia receives SMART scholarship
May 20, 2020
CSE graduate student Sarah Garcia received the SMART scholarship. This scholarship was “established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers.”
Hunter Morera receives Alfred P. Sloan scholarship
May 20, 2020
CSE graduate student Hunter Morera received a scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) program.
Robert Karam, Srinivas Katkoori, and Mozaffari Kermani Awarded $500,000 NSF Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace Education Grant
May 6, 2020
CSE faculty Robert Karam (PI), Srinivas Katkoori (Co-PI), and Mehran Mozaffari Kermani (Co-PI) have been awarded a $500,000 NSF Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace Education grant for their project SaTC: EDU: Improving Student Learning through Competitive Embedded System Security Challenges.
Mozaffari Kermani awarded $500,000 NIST Grant
May 6, 2020
USF Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Mehran Mozaffari Kermani is the Principal Investigator (PI) for a 4-year, $500,000 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) federal agency grant.
CSE Student Blanche Pinto receives AfterCollege Engineering & Tech Student Scholarship and Golden Bull Award
May 6, 2020
CSE graduate student Blanche Pinto recently received the AfterCollege Engineering & Tech Student Scholarship as well as the Golden Bull Award.
USF CSE chosen to be a BRAID affiliates institution
May 4, 2020
USF CSE is one of a handful of computing programs chosen to be an BRAID
Affiliates Institution in 2020.

CSE Students Alexander Palasek and Jody Rutter Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa
May 1, 2020
CSE undergraduate students Alexander Palasek and Jody Rutter were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States, during the Spring 2020 induction ceremony.

USF CSE Alum, Cindy Bethel, gets appointed to the Computing Research Association
April 24, 2020
Cindy Bethel, Ph.D., a USF CSE alumna (‘09), has been appointed to the Computing Research Association Board of Directors for term 2020-2023.

CSE student Willie McClinton receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award
April 23, 2020
CSE undergraduate student Willie McClinton received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award. This program recognizes outstanding graduating seniors and graduate students in NSF-supported STEM who are pursuing research-based degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

Dr. Jing Wang was awarded the 2020 WLP Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award
March 9, 2020
Jing Wang, PhD, instructor of computer science and engineering, was awarded the 2020 WLP Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award.

CSE student organizations participate in Engineering Expo 2020
March 9, 2020
The College of Engineering held its annual Engineering Expo on February 21-22, inviting K-12 students from more than 10,000 schools to USF to learn about different aspects of STEM.

CSE Students Akash Singh and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov named MLH Top 50 Hackers for 2020
February 10, 2020
Major League Hacking named CSE students Akash Singh and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov two of the top 50 hackers.

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