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Three new faculty have joined the CIS Department for Fall 2013

  • Eduard C. Dragut, Assistant Professor
    Eduard C. Dragut completed his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in July 2010 at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been a Postdoctoral fellow and visiting faculty at Purdue University since his graduation.His main area of research is the integration of Deep Web sources that provide/sell similar products/services. Other projects he is actively pursuing include: online record linkage and fusion, large-scale entity disambiguation, creation of a sentiment lexicons and, recently, cyber-infrastructure for scientific research. His research interests include databases, information retrieval, managing unstructured data, information extraction, opinion mining and retrieval, and Web data management. His work has been published in leading publication venues such as VLDB, ICDE, CIKM and ACL. He has also co-authored the book Deep Web Query Interface Understanding and Integration.

    Shaojie Tang, Assistant Professor (Research)
    Shaojie Tang received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2012. His current research interests are cyber-physical systems, wireless networking, and mobile cloud computing. His key contributions include a number of theoretical results focusing on fundamental performances of wireless networks (such as the asymptotic capacity of large scale networks), several recognized practical wireless sensor networking systems that integrate systems, theory, and applications. He has published his research in premier journals and conferences, including the IEEE Transactions on Networking and ACM MobiCom. He has been serving as technical committee of many international conferences, such as IEEE ICPP, MASS, and BodyNets.


  • Ola Ajaj, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional)
    Ola Ajaj received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida in 2013. He holds a MS degree in Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, where he published numerous papers in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He gained teaching experience while completing his degrees at FAU. He has industry experience; he worked for Motorola, Inc., BlackBerry, Inc., (RIM before) and IBM, Inc. His current interests include cloud computing, web services, mobile development platforms, and software patterns









New Faculty Join CIS Beginning Fall, 2012
The CIS Department has added one new Tenure Track and a Non-Tenure Track Faculty.

Chiu C. Tan, Assistant Professor

Chiu Tan received his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in 2010. His research is in the area of cyber security, and his current research interests are in cloud computing security, smarthealth systems, and wireless network security (mainly 802.11, RFID, and sensor networks).

Dr. Tan's strong background in computer security has played an important role in several on-going projects, including an interdisciplinary project to design a wireless system for fetal health monitoring. He has published his research in leading journals and conferences, including the IEEE Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, INFOCOM, and ICDCS. He is the director for the NSF/DoD REU Site program at Temple.

Anwar Mamat, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional)

Anwar Mamat received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. His research interests are grid and cluster computing, high- performance computing, and real-time systems.

Dr. Mamat's primary research area is to provide assured Quality of Service (QoS) for Cluster and Grid Computing through the development of new real-time scheduling theory and algorithms. His research results have been published in top-tier journals and conferences, including the journal of Real-Time Systems, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), RTAS, and ECRTS. He has both industry work experience and teaching experience at the university level. Before joining the CIS department at Temple, he worked at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NIH, where he designed and developed non-SQL database systems.

Jie Wu named Carnell Professor

Jie Wu, chair and professor in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, has been named Laura H. Carnell Professor of Computer Engineering by President Ann Weaver Hart and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Temple University Board of Trustees. Wu will be the fifth Carnell Professor in the College of Science and Technology. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012

Prior to joining CST, Wu was a program director at the National Science Foundation. From 1989 to 2009, he held an appointment in the Department of Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University,where he rose to the rank of Distinguished Professor. His research interests include wireless networks, mobile computing, routing protocols, fault-tolerant computing and interconnection networks. Wu’s publications include more than 550 papers in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.

Established in 1985 by the Temple University Board of Trustees, Carnell professorships honor Temple’s first dean, Laura H. Carnell, who worked alongside founder Russell H. Conwell from 1893 until his death in 1925, most of that time as Temple’s chief administrator.

“I am honored to be included among such a distinguished and inspiring group of academics within the College of Science and Technology and across Temple University,” says Wu.

Computer and Information Sciences has 3 new full-time faculty that joined the department in the summer of 2010. Each of these faculty brings a strong teaching and research portfolio to enhance the departments programs.

Shan Lin Dr. Shan Lin has joined CIS as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, as of July 2010. Professor Lin received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 2010. He received an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 2007. In 2004, he received the B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Graduating #1 out of 113).
Professor Lin worked in the laboratory of his adviser, Jack Stankovic, contributing to system design in cyber physical systems, reliable wireless communication, and networked information systems. He received an SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) Scholar Research Award for his research project "Reliable Communication in Wireless Sensor Networks".

Shan Lin's primary research interests are in the areas of cyber physical systems, networked embedded systems, and wireless sensor networks. He has been investigating feedback control based approaches to networked system designs, including wireless networking and system composition. He is also involved in building wireless sensing systems for pervasive medical care and fire fighting.
His major papers have been published in ACM MobiSys, ACM SenSys, IEEE RTSS, IEEE INFOCOM, ACM TECS, and ACM IPSN. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

Abdallah Khreishah Dr. Abdallah Khreishah comes to the CIS department from Purdue University. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue in 2010 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Khreishah also received the B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Jordan University f Science and Technology in 2004. His appointment is as Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional) and brings a broad experience in teaching. His teaching interests and experiences are in networking, discrete mathematics, programming and databases.

Professor Khreishah is also an active in research, with major publications in network coding. His broader research interests include cloud computing, network security, and large scale database systems. Dr. Khreishah has publications in ACM/IEEE ToN, IEEE JSAC, and IEEE INFOCOM as well as other journals.

At Temple, Dr. Khreishah has taught courses in databases, digital mathematics and ad-hoc networking.

Chiu C. Tan Dr. C. Chiu Tan comes to the CIS department as a Research Assistant Professor from the College of William and Mary. He received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in 2010. He also received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and a B.A. in Economics (Honors) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004.
Professor Tan's research interests are in wireless networks, security and privacy and ubiquitous computing. Dr. Tan has papers published in IEEE and ACM Transactions as well as many conferences,
including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCS, and ACM MobiHoc.

This year, Dr. Tan has been teaching networks and communications at the undergraduate level and a graduate course in systems and information security.

Dr. Jie Wu joins the College of Science and Technology as Professor of Computer and Information Sciences and Chair of the department, effective July 1, 2009. An internationally respected researcher in a number of areas, including mobile computing and wireless networks, parallel and distributed systems, and fault-tolerant systems, Professor Wu’s goal as chair will be to develop the department into a center of excellence in computer and information science research and education.

Wu, formerly a Distinguished Professor at Florida Atlantic University, is the author of 148 journal articles, 294 conference papers, 2 books and 28 book chapters. He is an IEEE Fellow who serves on the editorial boards of many distinguished professional journals and has organized 50 professional conferences. His research has been continuously funded since 1990 by grants from industry, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army Research Office, and the National Science Foundation. He has served as Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Computer and Networking Systems since January 2007. Wu earned his PhD in computer engineering from Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Xiaojiang (James) Du joins the Computer and Information Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor on August 1, 2009. Dr. Du was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University, where he received the Excellence in Research Award from the College of Science and Math in May 2009.

Dr. Du's research interests are in wireless networks, security, computer networks and systems. He has published over 70 journal and conference papers in these areas, and has been awarded more than $1M in research grants from the National Science Foundation and Army Research Office. He serves on the editorial boards of four international journals. Dr. Du is the Chair of the Computer and Network Security Symposium of the IEEE/ACM International Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing (IWCMC) conference 2006 - 2010. He is a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member of several premier ACM/IEEE conferences such as INFOCOM (2007 - 2010), IM, NOMS, ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC, BroadNet, and IPCCC. Dr. Du is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.

2009 CIS ACM Awards Dinner and Alumni Reception

On Thursday April 16, the 2009 CIS ACM Awards Dinner and Alumni Recption took place. The CIS Department gave awards to students for Scholarship, Outstanding Achievements, Service and Leadership. The Student ACM organization also gave awards for Service.

  • Computer and Information Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award to a member of the graduating class who is in Computer Science or Information Science and Technology with the highest overall grade point average:

    Justin Roman (CS) and Ernest Wieczorek (IS&T)

  • Computer and Information Sciences Outstanding CIS 0835 Laboratory Assistant Award for outstanding service as a lab assistant for CIS 0835:

    Kaitlin Ziminiski

  • Computer and Information Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for outstanding teaching as a graduate teaching assistant:

    Shusha Li

  • Computer and Information Sciences Student Leadership Award to an undergraduate who has made a significant leadership contribution to the Computer and Information Sciences ACM organization and to the CIS department:

    Matthew Forero

  • Computer and Information Sciences Outstanding CIS 1055 Laboratory Assistant Award for outstanding teaching as a CIS 1055 laboratory assistant:

    Allison Wass

ACM Awards:

  • ACM Student Service Award to an ACM officer for outstanding service:

    Tim Henry

  • ACM Service Award to a staff member for outstanding service to the ACM organization:

    John Ikoniak

Yuhong Guo has joined the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and the Center for Information Science and Technology as Assistant Professor, as of January 2009
Dr. Guo has just completed a post-doctoral training in machine learning at the Australian National University. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta where she received her Ph.D. in 2007 while working in the laboratory of Prof. D. Schuurman. Before that, she obtained her Master and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science from NanKai University, China.

Dr. Guo is a recipient of the 2005 IJCAI Distinguished Paper Award (1323 papers submitted to this conference, of which 240 were accepted and 3 were honored with this award). Her primary area of research is machine learning and she is also interested in bioinformatics.



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Haibin Ling whose research interests are in Computer Vision, Medical Imaging, Human Computer Interaction, Machine Learning has joined the CIS Department.

Haibin LingProfessor Ling received the B.S. degree in mathematics and the MS degree in computer science from Peking University, China, in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and the PhD degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Computer Science in 2006. From 2000 to 2001, he was an assistant researcher in the Multi-Model User Interface Group at Microsoft Research Asia. From 2006 to 2007, he worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of California Los Angeles. After that, he joined Siemens Corporate Research as a research scientist. Since Fall 2008, he has been an Assistant Professor at Temple University. Dr. Ling's research interests include computer vision, medical image analysis, human computer interaction, and machine learning. He received the Best Student Paper Award at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in 2003.

CIS Student Awards

On Thursday April 12, 2008 the CIS ACM Students Awards Dinner was held. A number of awards were given for Scholarship, Outstanding Achievements, Service and Leadership. The following awards were presented:

The Aetna Information Services Scholarship: Tanisha Rankin   

Awarded to a deserving student in their junior year who demonstrates excellence in the field of computer and Information sciences or information science and technology.

Award for Outstanding Achievement:   Andrew Andrijiwskyj  and  Ulid Jirapatnakul

Awarded to the member of the graduating class who is concentrating in Computer and Information Sciences with the highest grade point average.

Award for Outstanding CIS55 Laboratory Instructor: Chris Pascucci

Awarded Annually for outstanding teaching as CIS 55 laboratory instructor.

Award for Outstanding CIS 55 Laboratory Helper/Consultant: Luke Bilger

Awarded annually for outstanding services as a helper/consultant for CIS  55.

Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Vishnuparasad Radhakrishnan

Awarded annually for outstanding teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Student Leadership Award:  Hector Castro and Bryan Palmer

Awarded to an undergraduate who has made a significant contribution to the Computer and Information Sciences ACM organization and to the CIS department.


ACM Awards

Outstanding Officer:      Rebecca Mackin

Outstanding Teacher:    Claudia Pine-Simon

New CIS Ph.D. Program Approved

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University is pleased to announce the approval of a new, streamlined Ph.D. program.  This program allows the well-prepared, research-oriented student to go from a bachelor’s degree to a doctorate in four years.  For students with a relevant master's degree, it is possible to obtain a Ph.D. in even less time.  Research begins in the first year of the program, and students begin publishing no later than the second year.  At the end of the four years, students will have both a Ph.D. and a fair number of publications, which will be a great advantage as they pursue employment possibilities. more...



Welcome, Alexander Yates




Dr. Alexander P. Yates has joined the CIS Department and the IST Center as Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington while working in the laboratory of Dr. Oren Etzioni. Dr. Yates' research interests include computational linguistics and artificial intelligence, specifically information extraction from the Web, entity resolution, natural language interfaces, parsing, machine learning, and probabilistic methods. Dr. Yates' Wachman 303A.

The ISTZORAN Group is the Winner at a Worldwide Biannual Competition of Protein Disorder Prediction

A meeting to evaluate the results of prediction experiments at CASP7 was held on Nov. 26-30, 2006 in Pacific Grove, California. The predictor of intrinsically disordered protein regions developed by the ISTZORAN group has been rated as the best model. An older version of this model was the best model at CASP6 (Gaeta, Italy, Dec. 4-8., 2004).


The members of the ISTZORAN group are: Zoran Obradovic, Keith Dunker, Kang Peng, Predrag Radivojac and Slobodan Vucetic. Prof. Obradovic and Prof. Vucetic are faculty members of the Temple University Center for Information Science and Technology and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Dr. Peng was their Ph.D. student when this work was performed (he graduated in summer 2006) and is now a research associate at Indiana University. Prof. Radivojac, a 2003 Ph.D. graduate from Computer and Information Sciences at Temple, is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Informatics. Prof. Dunker is Director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at  Indiana University School of Medicine.


CASP is a worldwide biannual competition aimed at obtaining an in-depth and objective assessment of protein structure prediction models. In these rigorous experiments, participants were asked to provide predictions about a set of proteins of unknown, but expected to be known soon, structure (so, it was not a “post-dictions” experiment made on already known structures). Prediction targets were contributed by crystallographers and NMR spectroscopists based on their current work, before the structure of these proteins had been determined experimentally. Prediction targets were made available through a web site and were assigned an expiration date such that predictions were accepted only before the structure had been experimentally determined and made public. The results in the disorder prediction category were evaluated by several independent assessors on 99 targets whose structures were experimentally determined after the prediction expiration date. At CASP 7 the predictor submitted by the ISTZORAN group was the best in all types of evaluations (ROC, accuracy, weighted accuracy).


Motivated graduate and undergraduate students with interest in the bioinformatics of protein disorders are invited to contact Prof. Obradovic at zoran@ist.temple.edu

(research assistantships are available).



Dr. Amber Salzman, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Development Operations , GlaxoSmithKline to be inducted into the Women’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Dr. Amber Salzman is Senior Vice-President of WorldWide Development Operations at GlaxoSmithKline.  She has direct oversight of the worldwide drug development portfolio and is responsible for optimizing the drug development process.  Prior to this position, Amber was responsible for Information Technology within GlaxoSmithKline’s Research and Development Organization.

During her 20+ years with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Research & Development and legacy companies, Amber established innovative management processes to support a transnational organization, optimized key business processes, delivered critical business applications, and established an effective global computing environment.  Amber has combined senior leadership and strategic capabilities along with consistent execution and delivery on a worldwide basis during her career at GSK.  She has held increasingly senior leadership positions demonstrating enterprise thinking, creativity and analytical skills in improving the organization’s effectiveness and delivering essential strategies to evolve GlaxoSmithKline's use of technologies and related sciences.  While world-wide head of IT for Research and Development of GlaxoSmithKline, nearly 1500 persons reported directly or indirectly to Amber.

In addition to her role at GlaxoSmithKline, Amber leads a medical research foundation taking an entrepreneurial approach to finding better therapies for people with Adrenoleukodystrophy by leveraging innovative technologies such as stem cells and gene therapy.

Prior to joining GSK, Amber worked at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  She holds a PhD in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and BA in Computer Science from Temple University.

After serving as world-wide head of IT for the Research and Development Division of GlaxoSmithKline, Amber moved into a completely different leadership role taking on Operational aspects of Drug Development. In this capacity, Amber looked at the overall Clinical Development process, drove cycle time reductions, established innovative platform capabilities, and increased efficiency accelerating delivery of medicines to patients. In her new organization, Worldwide Development Operations, nearly 1200 people report to Amber.

Amber set a very visible example of moving completely out of her "comfort zone" and taking on a new role and applying critical innovative thinking to enable success. Throughout her career, Amber has taken the initiative to institute change as core component of her management process. This has encouraged all of the people in her organizations to be innovative in their approach to identifying and finding IT solutions to developments in pharmaceutical research and development. Amber’s ‘lead by example’ approach is demonstrated by her moving from a secure, senior administrative position in the research and development  area of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to new challenges in applying IT methodologies to the clinical drug development process. Amber has not only improved IT methods and approaches, but has been looked to the eventual impact of the drug development process. Amber’s desire to ensure benefit from drug therapies has not only shaped her approach in research and development processes, but also has influenced her personal leadership in developing innovative therapies in a medical research foundation.

kontosDr. Despina Kontos, has been awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

Dr. Despina Kontos, a 2006 Ph.D. graduate from Computer and Information Sciences, has been awarded a Research Fellowship from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & Education Foundation. Despina completed her Ph.D.  working under Professor Vasilis Megalooikonomou. Her dissertation was entitled " Pattern Analysis for Regions of Interest In Spatial Data with Applications to Medical Images"

After obtaining her doctorate, Despina joined Dr. A.D.A. Maidment’s x-ray physics group in the Radiology Department of the University of Pennsylvania as a Postdoctoral Fellow.  Dr. Kontos’ Fellowship proposal was entitled: “Analysis of Parenchymal Patterns of Breast Tomosynthesis Images”. Her scientific mentors are Dr. A.D.A. Maidment and Dr. P.R. Bakic, both on the Radiology Department at the University of Pennsylvania.. Her work is currently focused on image analysis of digital breast Tomosynthesis. The application of this work is in breast cancer research.

As a student, Despina was a very important contributer to research and graduate study in CIS. She was also a charter member of the CIS Advisory Board.

Tomosynthesis is a novel 3D x-ray imaging technique in which 3D tomographic images of the breast are reconstructed from a small set of source projection images acquired at different angles of the x-ray tube. Tomosynthesis demonstrates superior visualization, avoiding tissue superimposition encountered in standard 2D projection mammography. There are a number of studies that have demonstrated a relationship between the risk of developing breast cancer and parenchymal patterns in mammograms. Dr. Kontos is currently investigating the relationship between breast cancer risk and parenchymal patterns in breast Tomosynthesis. The underlying hypothesis motivating this work is that 3D texture analysis of breast Tomosynthesis images can potentially yield measures of cancer risk that are more accurate and more precise when compared to conventional mammography. The ability to estimate breast cancer risk more accurately from Tomosynthesis images could provide a biomarker for customizing detection, and tailoring individual treatment and forming preventive strategies, especially for women associated with a higher risk.