Faculty

Faculty

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John V Franco

Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

831 Rhodes Hall

513-556-1817

Prof. Franco is director of the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations at the University of Cincinnati.  The Center is a collaborative effort involving three university colleges, and two local major defense contractors for advanced training in cyber operations and cyber security.

Prof. Franco is editor-in-chief of the Journal on Satisfiability, Boolean Modeling, and Computation, and an editor of the Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence.  He is Vice Chair of the SAT Association and a member of the steering committee for the annual Internation Conference on the Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing.

Prof. Franco has been PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel on 18 grants and contracts from the ONR, AFOSR, EPA, NSA, and NSF. He spent 9 months sabbatical leave at Fort George G. Meade in Research and Engineering on Satisfiability research, was visiting scientist at FAW, Ulm, Germany for three summers, and visiting scientist at U. Paderborn for a summer.
 
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Vicki A Baker

Dir Cyber Research Initiatives , RES Strategic Implementation

1122 Crosley Tower

513-556-4244

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John Martin Emmert

Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

532 Engineering Research Cntr

513-556-2615

Dr. John (Marty) Emmert joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in 2018. He has six United States patents and has directed over $5M in research funding. In addition, he and colleagues have been awarded five phase II Small Business Innovative Research contracts from the Department of Defense. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and he has received the IEEE Harold Nobel Award and the AFRL Sensors Directorate James B. Tsui Award for best patent.
 
His research interests span various topics including: VLSI Design and Architectures, ASICs, FPGAs, Embedded Systems, Hardware Security and Trust, Reconfigurable Computing, Fault Tolerance for Integrated Circuits, Electronic Warfare, GPS, and Automated Tools for IC Design and Trust. 
 
His research has been funded by AFRL, DARPA, NSF, State of Ohio and various industries including EDAptive Computing Inc.
 
He also served on active duty and as a reservist in the United States Air Force from 1989-2015. In the Air Force he held positions from UAV pilot to reserve wing commander, and he retired after 26 years as a Colonel. He has been awarded the Air Force Legion of Merit and five Meritorious Service Medals.
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Boyang Wang

Asst Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

806A Rhodes Hall

513-556-4785

Boyang Wang is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2017, his Ph.D. in Cryptography and B.S. in Information Security from Xidian University, China, in 2013 and 2007, respectively. He worked for Bosch Research and Technology Center as a research intern in 2015. He was a visiting student at Utah State University from 2012 to 2013 and a visiting student at the University of Toronto from 2010 to 2012. His research interests include privacy-preserving technologies, applied cryptography, data privacy and network security. He is a member of IEEE. He received Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award from Xidian University in 2014 and Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship from Utah State University in 2014.
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Dharma P. Agrawal

Professor , CEAS - Computer Science

819D Old Chemistry Building

513-556-4756

I have published 671 papers, given 57 different tutorials and extensive training courses in various conferences in USA, and numerous institutions in Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, and India in the areas of Ad hoc and Sensor Networks and Mesh Networks, including security issues. I was appointed as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Central European Journal of Computer Science, Versita. I have graduated 72 PhDs and 63 MS students. I have also been named as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science (top 3 percent). I have received numerous awards from the IEEE Computer Society, including a Core Member and IEEE second Millennium Medal. I am a winner of 2008 Harry Goode Memorial award from the IEEE Computer Society and 2011 Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students, University of Cincinnati.
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Raj K Bhatnagar

Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

826 Rhodes Hall

513-556-4932

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Rashmi Jha

Assoc Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

385 Engineering Research Cntr

513-556-1361

Dr. Rashmi Jha is an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems Department at the University of Cincinnati. She worked as an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Toledo from 2008 to 2015. Before this, she worked as a Process Integration Engineer for 45 nm/32 nm High-k/Metal Gates based Advanced CMOS technology at Semiconductor Research and Development Center, IBM, East Fishkill New York between 2006-2008. She finished her Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2006 and 2003, respectively, and B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India in 2000. She has more than 13 years of experience in the areas of Solid State Electronic/Nanoelectronic Device Fabrication, Electrical Characterization, Data Analysis, and Device Modeling.  She has been granted 12 US patents and has authored/co-authored several publications in the areas of nanoelectronic devices. She has been a recipient of CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2013, IBM Faculty Award in 2012, IBM Invention Achievement Award in 2007, Materials Research Society's Graduate Student Award in 2006, Applied Materials Fellowship Award in 2005-2006, and the best student paper award nomination in IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in 2005. Her current research interests lie in the areas of Nanoelectronic Devices Enabled Future Neuromorphic Computing Systems, Resistive Random Access Memory Devices and other Emerging Memory and Logic Devices, Spintronics, Neuroscience and Cognitive Modeling, Neuroelectronics, Emerging Nanoscale Devices Enabled Cyber-Security Systems, Flexible/Invisible Logic and Memory Devices for Wearable Computing, Solid Oxide Battery Devices, and Energy Harvesting Devices.  
 
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Nan Niu

Assoc Professor , CEAS - Computing Sciences & Informatics

832 Rhodes Hall

513-556-0051

My current research interests focus on the information seeking strategies that developers use in software engineering. I take an ecological-evolutionary, foraging-theoretic approach to understanding and improving developers' search for relevant information in their daily activities, such as debugging, refactoring, and reuse. My research group investigates how the task environment and the information environment re-shape developers' behaviors, or more accurately, how the developers' behaviors and their environments co-evolve, each shaping the other in important ways. My CAREER project (see http://ceas.uc.edu/news-1415/niu-receives-nsf-career-award.html) links software developers' rational behaviors together with their social information foraging, learning, and co-creation.
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Carla Elizabeth Purdy

Associate Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

820 Rhodes Hall

513-556-1810

Prof. Carla Purdy has authored or co-authored over 80 journal and refereed conference papers in computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, mentoring, and teaching since 1975.  She has graduated four Ph.D. students and 90 M.S. students and has advised a number of M.Eng. and Senior Project students since joining the University of Cincinnati faculty in 1986.  She is a member of the standing committee for the International IEEE Symposium on Circuits and Systems and she co-chaired the symposium in 2005 and 2013.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a founding member of UC's WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Committee.  She is currently head of the EECS B.S. in Computer Engineering program.  Her up-to-date vita can be found on her webpage, eecs.ceas.uc.edu/~cpurdy
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Philip A. Wilsey

Professor , CEAS - Elec Eng & Computer Science

836 Rhodes Hall

513-556-4779

I am working in High Performance Computing, Data Science, Parallel and Distributed Simulation, Embedded Systems, and Point-of-Care medical devices.  I have been working with Random and Approximate Methods to improve the performance of Topological Data Aalysis (TDA), specifically persistent homology.  These studies have focused on partitioning and parallelism to decompose the problem into a collection of subparts that can be processed in parallel.  Because the TDA algorithms have exponentional complexity in both time and space, decomposing and partitioning the data into regional subspaces has dramatic impact on the overall performance.  In Big Data Clustering, I have been working to combine random projection hashing with locality sensitive hashing to implement high-performance, distributed privacy preserving data mining.  The projection and hashing approach permits us to perform clustering on distributed data sets by exchanging only hash keys between the distributed nodes.  The hash keys are produced by destructive transforms so that the original data in the distributed network remains fully protected.  We are promoting these techniques to enable clustering and nearest neighbor search across HIPAA protected medical databases.  In addition, I have been working extensively for many years to advance the field of Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PDES) using the Time Warp mechanism.  Most recently we have been studying the design of solutions for the pending event set problem for high performance simulation on multi-core and many-core platforms.  I have initiated studies to extract profile data from discrete event simulation models to obtain quantitative data that I plan to use to focus my algorithm development for parallel simulation.  Finally, I am working with the local BioSensors group and College of Medicine to develop point-of-care medical devices to assist patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring.

Affiliates

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Bilal Gonen

Asst Professor , CECH - School of Information Technology

250E Teachers College

513-556-6173

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Richard J Harknett

Department Head , A&S Political Science

1101 Crosley Tower

513-556-3314

Dr. Harknett is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department. He holds an afffilate faculty position with the Department of Information Technology at UC and a professorial lectureship at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Austria, where he served as Fulbright Professor in 2001. In 2017, he served as inaugural Fulbright Professor in cyber studies at Oxford University, UK and in 2016 as the first Scholar-in-Residence at United States Cyber Command and NSA. His publications and research interests focus on international relations theory and international security studies with his most recent work focused on cybersecurity. His government service has also included the State of Ohio's Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council through appointment by the Governor of Ohio.
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Chengcheng Li

Assoc Professor , CECH - School of Information Technology

238C Teachers College

513-556-5920

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Joseph L Nedelec

Assistant Professor , CECH Criminal Justice

660E Teachers College

513-556-5561

Professor Nedelec received his undergraduate degrees (criminology and psychology) and his Master’s degree (criminology) from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.  His doctoral degree (criminology) was received from Florida State University.  Dr. Nedelec’s primary research interests lie within biosocial criminology, with specific focus on evolutionary psychology, life-history theory, digit ratio, and behavioral genetics.  He has published articles on biosocial criminology and other topics in a variety of journals including Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Criminology, Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Intelligence, Journal of Criminal Justice, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS One, and others.  He has also incorporated topics related to cybercrime and cyber-security into his research agenda and has a secondary appointment with the School of Information Technology at UC.  Dr. Nedelec teaches in the areas of life-course/developmental criminology, cybercrime, research methods, statistics, and terrorism and homeland security.  He is also co-founder and current Vice President of the Biosocial Criminology Association (www.biosocialcrim.org).
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Hazem Said

Professor , CECH - School of Information Technology

250C Teachers College

513-556-4874

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Mark A. Stockman

Associate Professor , CECH - School of Information Technology

238H Teachers College

513-556-4227

Mark Stockman is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati serving as a faculty member in the School of Information Technology teaching networking, systems, and cybersecurity courses. His research interests include systems administration, server virtualization, cloud computing management, and IT pedagogy. With recent study of traditional criminology and crime prevention, his current research focusses on cybersecurity. Specifically, Mark is investigating the applicability of criminological theories in the digital realm or cybercrime science. Prof. Stockman is the former Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE), a community that has defined IT as an academic discipline; and is also now active in a similar effort for the cyber sciences, the Cyber Education Project (CEP). Prior to entering academia, Mark spent several years working as an IT professional and manager.
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Xuetao Wei

Asst Professor , CECH - School of Information Technology

250G Teachers College

513-556-5084