S.S. Iyengar, Ph.D

ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow
Director and Ryder Professor
School of Computing and Information Sciences FIU.

S. S. Iyengar is a Distinguished Ryder Professor and Director of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, Miami. Dr. Iyengar is a pioneer in the field of distributed sensor networks/sensor fusion, computational aspects of robotics and high performance computing. He has published over 600 research papers and has authored/edited 22 books published by MIT Press, John Wiley & Sons, Prentice Hall, CRC Press, Springer Verlag, etc. These publications have been used in major universities all over the world.

He has many patents and some patents are featured in the World’s Best Technology Forum in Dallas, Texas. His research publications are on the design and analysis of efficient algorithms, parallel computing, sensor networks, and robotics. During the last four decades, he has supervised over 55 Ph.D. students, 100 Master’s students, and many undergraduate students who are now faculty at Major Universities worldwide or Scientists or Engineers at National Labs/Industries around the world. He has also had many undergraduate students working on his research projects. Recently, Dr. Iyengar received the Times Network 2017 Nonresident Indian of the Year Award—a presigious award for Global Indian leaders.

Arjuna Chala,

Sr. Director of Special Projects,LexisNexis, HPCC Systems.

Arjuna Chala is Sr. Director of Special Projects, HPCC Systems, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. With almost 20 years of experience in software design, Arjuna leads the development of next-generation big data capabilities including creating tools around exploratory data analysis, data integration, IoT and Blockchain. Arjuna strives to understand new technologies and bring innovative applications and design to the HPCC System platform.

Dedicated to development excellence, Arjuna served as a key member of the team to bring the HPCC Systems platform to the open source community. In his work with HPCC Systems community leaders and system integrator partners, Arjuna’s efforts have contributed to the spread of HPCC Systems technology into the enterprise domestically as well as the international markets of China, Brazil, Europe, and India.

Shu-Ching Chen, Ph.D.,

IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, SIRI Fellow
Associate Director
School of Computing and Information Sciences FIU.

Dr. Shu-Ching Chen is an Associate Director and an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), Florida International University (FIU), Miami. He has been a Full Professor since August 2009 in SCIS at FIU. Prior to that, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor in SCIS at FIU from 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998, and Master's degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering in 1992, 1995, and 1996, respectively, all from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

Dr. Chen was named a 2011 recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist Award. He received the best paper awards from 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration. He was awarded the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society's Outstanding Contribution Award in 2005 and was the co-recipient of the IEEE Most Active SMC Technical Committee Award in 2006. He was also awarded the Top Scholar Award from FIU in 2011 and 2012, Inaugural Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award from FIU in 2006, the University Outstanding Faculty Research Award from FIU in 2004, the Excellence in Mentorship Award from SCIS in 2010, the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from SCIS in 2004 and 2014, the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from SCIS in 2002, 2012, and 2017, and Director's Special Recognition Award from SCIS in 2016. He is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and SIRI.

Mark A. Finlayson,

Assistant Professor, FIU SCIS, Cognac Lab

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Patrick H. Winston. Following that, He was a Research Scientist in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for 2½ years. He received his S.M. in 2001 from MIT, and the B.S. in 1998 from the University of Michigan, both in Electrical Engineering. In 2018 he received an NSF CAREER Award from the NSF Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) and was named an FIU Top Scholar for Teaching and Mentoring. His works has funded by NSF, NIH, ONR, DARPA, and DHS.

Kalapriya kannan,

works @IBM Research in the AI Department

Her work involves developing AI platforms that delivers the AI solutions to developing algorithms that continuously improve the predictions. Her interest is in addressing research problems in large scale systems. With recent focus on AI systems the problems are more tuned to addressing issues in AI lifecycle management. She is recipient of numerous awards for delivering solutions that has business impact. She has authored about 45 international conference papers and has about 45 patent applications.