Tempestt Neal



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Dr. Tempestt Neal is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is the director of the Cyber Identity and Behavior Research (CiBeR) Lab, where research efforts focus on the intersection of identity intelligence, cyber behavior analytics, and mobile sensing technologies. Her primary interests are behavioral biometrics, mobile biometrics, and applied machine learning, with additional interests in authorship attribution, computer vision, and soft biometric classification. She received her PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and BS in Computer Science from South Carolina State University.

Research Interests

Scalable biometrics; mobile biometrics; computer vision; authorship attribution; human-centered authentication; soft biometric classification; emotion recognition

Teaching Interests

Biometrics; object-oriented programming; computer vision; machine learning


PhD in Computer Engineering, University of Florida (2018)
MS in Computer Science, Clemson University (2014)
BS in Computer Science, South Carolina State University (2012)

Honors and Awards

Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award (2018)
NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Recipient (2017)
Best Poster Award, Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research Conference (2017)

Key Activities

Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Computing Systems
Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security, and Behavior Analysis