Alessio Gaspar

Alessio Gaspar

Associate Professor

ENB 343E | 813-974-2932

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Dr. Alessio Gaspar is an Associate Professor with the University of South Florida’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering where he leads the USF Computing Education Research & Evolutionary Algorithms Lab (CEREAL). He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2000 from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France). Before joining USF, he worked as visiting professor at the ESSI polytechnic and EIVL engineering schools (France), then as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg’s Computer Science department (Switzerland). Dr. Gaspar is an ACM SIGCSE, SIGITE and SIGEVO member, regularly serves as reviewer for international journals & conferences, and serves as panelist for various NSF programs (CCLI, AISLE, IUSE). His research interests include Evolutionary Computation and Computing Education Research, with applications to Computer Assisted Teaching and Learning. His work has been so far funded by the National Science Foundation under programs such as CCLI, IUSE, and ATE. His technology interests include Linux System Administration, Programming (e.g., C,  Java, JavaScript, Python), Web Development (e.g., Flask), and open source technologies in general.

Research Interests

Evolutionary Algorithms, Computing Education Research, Computer Assisted Learning, Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Teaching Interests

Programming (Java, C, Python, JavaScript…), Linux Technologies, Operating Systems, Web Technologies (JavaScript, Flask…)


PhD in Computer Science, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (2000)
MS in Computer Science, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (1995)
DUT in Computer Science, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (1993)

Honors and Awards:

  • USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award (2021)
  • USF STEER’s STEM Excellence in Teaching award (2017)