FACULTY

Program Co-Directors

Rosario Gennaro, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science
Director, Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS)

Dr. Gennaro received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and was a researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center before joining City College in the summer of 2012. His research focuses on cryptography and network security and more generally on theoretical computer science. His most recent works address the security of the cloud computing infrastructure, issues of privacy and anonymity in electronic communication, and proactive security to minimize the effects of system break-ins.

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Tarek Saadawi, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, Center of Information Networking and Telecommunications (CINT)

Dr. Saadawi received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980 and since then he has been with the Electrical Engineering Department at City College. His current research interests include telecommunication network security, high-speed networks, multimedia networks, mobile ad-hoc networks and transport layer protocols. He has published extensively in the area of telecommunications networks. He is a co-editor of the book "Cyber Infrastructure Protection," Strategic Study Institute, volume 1, May 2011, and Volume 2, August 2013, and co-author of the book, "Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks".

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Faculty

Peter Brass, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Brass studied Mathematics at Technical University Braunschweig and got his Ph.D. there in 1992. He joined the theoretical computer science group at the Free University Berlin in 1997, became Heisenberg Research Fellow of the German National Science Foundation (DFG) in 1998, and joined the City College of New York in 2002. His work includes a diverse range of topics, including quantum logics, digital halftoning, computational geometry, sensor networks, and robotics.

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Nelly Fazio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Fazio received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Her doctoral training also included research visits at Stanford University, at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France, and at Aarhus Universitet, Denmark. Her fields of interest include Cryptography and Information Security, with a focus on foundations (public-key and non-commutative cryptography) and applications (content protection, access control, and security in military scenarios). Before joining City College, Dr. Fazio was a postdoctoral fellow in the Content Protection group at the IBM Almaden Research Center and a visiting researcher in the Cryptography Research group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Her research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.K. Ministry of Defence, as well as by several CUNY research grants.

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Michael Grossberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Grossberg received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. His research in computer vision has included topics in the geometric and photometric modeling of cameras, and analyzing features for indexing. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Plank Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has authored and co authored papers that have appeared in ICCV, ECCV, CVPR. His current work involves applying machine learning and visualization techniques to science problems, particularly problems in medical imaging, remote sensing, and climate data analysis. He works with collaborators at the NOAA-CREST center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Ibrahim Habib, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Habib received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York. He joined the City College faculty in 1991. His expertise includes next generation network architecture, multicast VPNs, connection-oriented protocols including MPLS and GMPLS, quality of service management, traffic engineering in IP optical networks, cloud computing, and allocation of resources in wireless networks. He has worked with AT&T Labs and Telcordia Research Labs, where he participated in evaluating the added-value proposition of adopting IP optical networking technologies and services within carriers' networks.

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Akira Kawaguchi, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science
Department Chair

Dr. Kawaguchi received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Columbia University after working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo. His primary research interests center around database and transaction processing systems and he has developed ongoing collaborations with researchers at Columbia University, Bell Labs, IBM Research, and in various Japanese industries. He joined City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center in 1997, and he has been recognized as one of a small and invaluable class of scholars building intellectual bridges between communities in the U.S. and East Asia.

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Myung Lee, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from Columbia University. Dr. Lee’s recent research interests include mobile edge cloud computing, stochastic computing applications, secure vehicular communications, SDN, V2X, wireless sensor/ad hoc networks, and mobile wireless testbed beyond 5G. His research has been funded by government agencies and leading companies including the National Science Foundation, Army Research Laboratory, Bellcore, Samsung and the Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute in South Korea. Dr. Lee’s research group developed the first NS-2 simulator for IEEE 802.15.4, a standard NS-2 distribution widely used for wireless sensor network research.

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Stephen Lucci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Lucci received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the CUNY Graduate School. His work focuses on Artificial Intelligence and he co-authored a book in the field: Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century. He has also published in the areas of high-performance computing and has been co-investigator on education grants from NASA MU-SPIN.

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Abbe Mowshowitz, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Mowshowitz received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching at The City College of New York since 1984 and has also held academic appointments at the University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the Rotterdam School of Management. He started his research career in information theory and discrete mathematics, but later shifted to the organizational and social implications of computers. In recent years, his research has centered on virtual organization.

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Kaliappa Ravindran, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Ravindran received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science. His research includes work in fields such as distributed network systems, service-oriented computing, information assurance and fault-tolerance, embedded software systems, service-level network management, verification of distributed software, pervasive intelligence, and distributed collaboration paradigms.

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Samah Saeed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Saeed received her Ph.D. from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Her research interests include the security and the reliability of quantum circuits, hardware security, and testing VLSI circuits. She is the winner of the best paper award at IEEE VLSI Test Symposium, the Pearl Brownstein Doctoral Research Award by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and the TTTC's E.J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award at the IEEE International Test Conference.

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William Skeith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Skeith received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCLA. His research is centered mainly on theory of cryptography and cryptographic protocols.

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Yi Sun, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Sun received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research work has been in the modeling, parameter estimation, algorithm development, and performance analysis for various human-designed and biomedical systems by means of signal processing, image processing, probability and statistics, and information theory. One of his current graduate courses is Neural Networks and Deep Learning.

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Yingli Tian, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, City College of New York Media Lab

Dr. Tian received her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996 and joined City College in 2008. Before joining City College, Dr. Tian was a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and led the video analytics team. She received the IBM Outstanding Innovation Achievement Award in 2007 and the IBM Invention Achievement Award in every year from 2002 to 2007. Her research is focused on computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, assistive technology, medical imaging analysis, and remote sensing. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Highway Administration, Army Research Office, and multiple industry sponsors. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences and holds 29 issued patents.

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Phillip Tischler

Adjunct Lecturer of Computer Science

Phillip Tischler studied Computer Science at Cornell University, receiving his Bachelor of Science in 2013 and Master of Engineering in 2014. He began his affiliation with City College in 2020 as part of New York City's Tech-in-Residence Corps. Phillip has background in distributed and cloud computing and is currently a Staff Software Engineer at Google developing security products for the Google Cloud Platform. He is teaching Secure Cloud Computing at City College. Click here to view the course syllabus.

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M. Ümit Uyar, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, Computer Engineering Program

Dr. Uyar received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and previously worked at AT&T Bell Labs. He has been teaching at City College since 1998 and his research interests include Computational Biology, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Uyar has received numerous research grants from the U.S. Army and National Science Foundation.

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