Student Receives the CSE Douglas W. Hood Pathways Scholarship
Monday, November 28, 2022
A part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) initiative, the scholarship
helps students overcome the costs of transferring into Computer Science.
HackJam Fall '22
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Students compete in a series of complex coding and design challanges for awesome prizes!
Corporate Partners of USF take a look at Students' Resumes
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
A resume Review event for CSE Studends, hosted in cooperation with Amazon Pay, CAE,
JPMorgan & Chase, Raymond James
The Computing Partners Program (CPP) enables students to attend national conferences
September 10, 2022
In the past few months, funding from the CPP has enabled nearly 50 students to attend
three top conferences, DEFCON, TAPIA, and Grace Hopper.
CSE Alumna Ghada Alzamzmi (PhD, 2019) was awarded the National Library of Medicine
(NLM) Board of Regents award.
September 13, 2022
CSE Alumna Ghada Alzamzmi (PhD, 2019) was awarded The Regents Award for Scholarship
or Technical Achievement at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Board of Regents
Let's Talk: by JP Morgan and Chase Co., a CPP member
September 12, 2022
Nearly 200 students attended the event introducing the Software Engineering Program
(SEP) used by JP Morgan and Chase Co. to hire students and interns.
CSE graduates Ausmita Sarker (PhD, 2022) and Ruchitha Chinthala (MS, 2022) get two
of the four 2022 USF Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards
October 13, 2022
Ausmita Sarker, advised by Professor Mehran Mozaffari Kermani, wrote her PhD dissertation
on "Secure Hardware Constructions for Fault Detection of Lattice-based Post-quantum
Cryptosystems," and Ruchitha Chinthala, co-advised by Professor Srinivas Katkoori
(CSE) and Carmen S. Rodriguez (Nursing), wrote her MS thesis on "An Internet of Medical
Things (IoMT) Approach for Remote Assessment of Head and Neck Cancer Patients."
With funding from NSF, Sriram Chellappan (Computer Science and Engineering) and Ryan
Carney (Integrative Biology) created the Global Mosquito Observations Dashboard to
surveil mosquito-borne diseases with automated mosquito identification. The dashboard
uses data from other apps that use citizen scientists to capture photos of mosquitoes.
The approach offers international data at scale without the associated prohibitive
expense and logistics.
USF features Prof. Sriram Chellappan’s multiple patents in 2021 involving image processing
techniques to classify mosquitoes based on images in a news article on innovation.
Based on the 92 new patents secured during the 2021 calendar year, USF is 11th among
American public research universities and 23rd among all universities worldwide in
generating new patents. On a global scale, this is the 10th year USF has ranked in
the top 25.
Tampa Bay Inno featured Sebastian Rivera as a young entrepreneurial trendsetter making
their mark in the Tampa Bay area in their list of “25 under 25. Sebastian is the founder
of JsonPDF, a SaaS developer tool startup. While freelancing for a company, he has
always had a business mindset and found a way to streamline creating PDFs to render
them more quickly for developers. He is a member of the USF Student Innovation Incubator.
Located at the USF Research Park, under the USF CONNECT program, the incubator assists
students in any stage of business development.
University of South Florida researchers have launched a mosquito-tracking dashboard
driven by citizen science – a scalable solution proven effective in a recent USF study.
Ten CSE students awarded Amazon Cybersecurity Scholarship
June 6, 2022
Ashley Burinski, Brooke Gregory, Dalyla Nguyen, Flavio Velecela, Jadon Jackson, Jason
Ryan Rodriguez, Joaquin P. Merida, Kayley Burinski, Pari Patel, and Trang Do (shown
in the picture) were each awarded a $3000 scholarship made possible by a generous
donation from Amazon Pay.
Yu Sun featured on Robohub Podcast
May 21, 2022
Yu Sun was featured on the Robohub podcast, “Robotics Grasping and Manipulation Competition
Spotlight,” on May 21.
New brain-painting method developed at USF being tested for ADHD treatment
May 20, 2022
Imagine focusing on one thing so well that you can control its movement. Now, imagine
mentally selecting colors and shapes to create an abstract image – a brain painting.
CSE Graduate Adriana Ladera awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
May 05, 2022
The oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Graduate Research Fellowship Program aims to support the vitality and diversity of
the human resource base of science and engineering in the U.S.
USF CSE Students Lead Team to Second Place at 2022 National Centers of Academic Excellence
NSA Cyber Exercise
April 13, 2022
Team USF took second place at the 2022 National Centers of Academic Excellence NSA
Cyber Exercise on April 11-13, 2022, beating 19 other schools, including Carnegie
CSE To Introduce New Pathway To Computing Graduate Certificate Program
April 13, 2022
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is introducing a new online graduate
certificate program this Fall for college graduates with non-computing degrees.
CSE Students win Hackabull 2022
March 27, 2022
Four USF CSE students won the Hackabull 2022 hackathon with their project titled ‘Vote.io.’
CSE Computing Partners Program Resume Review Event was a Success
March 23, 2022
On March 23 multiple CSE student organizations, including WiCSE, SCP, and ACM, hosted
a resume review event for Computing Partners Program (CPP) member companies.
CSE Students Compete at regional 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest
March 05, 2022
Visiting Assistant Professor Mauricio Pamplona Segundo led 30 CSE students and members
of the CSE student organization Society of Competitive Programmers (SCP) in the 2022
International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Division 2 regional phase on March
5, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
Attila A. Yavuz receives third Cisco Research Grant
February 1, 2022
Associate Professor Attila A. Yavuz was awarded a $98,985 Cisco Research grant for
his project “Trustworthy Digital Forensics for Heterogeneous Internet of Things.”
CSE Alumni Ransford Hyman receives 2021 Adobe Founders Award
January 21, 2022
CSE Alumni (’11) Ransford Hyman, Ph.D., is recipient of the 2021 Adobe Founders Award.
Six USF faculty members recognized with Excellence in Innovation Awards
January 21, 2022
Six USF researchers with innovations ranging from artificial intelligence that can
detect and predict suicidality, to encrypting and protecting sensitive information
from cloud servers, to disinfecting and recharging masks for safe multiple use, are
recipients of this year’s USF Excellence in Innovation Award.
CSE Alumni Nitesh Chawla named IEEE Fellow
January 12, 2022
CSE Alumni (‘02) Nitesh Chawla has been named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to
learning from imbalanced data and heterogeneous graphs.
Alessio Gaspar receives 2020/21 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
December 10, 2021
Associate Professor Alessio Gaspar received the 2020/21 Outstanding Undergraduate
Srinivas Katkoori and collaborators receive best paper award at IFIT IoT 2021
December 9, 2021
CSE Associate Professor Srinivas Katkoori and collaborators S. Abdullah, A. Priyasha,
S. R. Patri, from NIT Warangal, India, received the best paper award at IFIT IoT 2021
for their paper “Smart Agriculture using Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Vehicles (FWMAVs).”
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
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
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).
College of Engineering students win first place at IEEE BigData Cup 2021
September 12, 2021
CSE PhD students Minh Pham, Jennifer Adorno, Long Dang, and EE PhD student Hung Nguyen
won first place at IEEE BigData Cup 2021: RL based RecSys, a competition in machine
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
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
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, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
CSE Alumna, Ghada Zamzmi, Selected as One of 10 MIT Technology Review Innovators Under
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.