Robert H. Hacker

Adjunct Professor

Robert Hacker is the Co-founder and Director of StartUP FIU, where he focuses on commercializing faculty research in emerging technologies and curriculum innovation. He is a professor in the Honors College at FIU and he previously taught at MIT Sloan. He teaches courses in social entrepreneurship, mental frameworks in decision making and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He previously was the COO/CFO of One Laptop per Child, an international social venture started at the MIT Media Lab. He also built a billion dollar publicly-traded company in Indonesia. He is the author of two books on entrepreneurship. See more about Prof. Hacker…

Niki Pissinou


Augmented Reality based Networks, Internet of Things Dr. Pissinou has published over two hundred and fifty research papers in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books chapters on networking, telecommunications, distributed systems, mobile computing, security and aspects of nontraditional data management including co-editing over four texts in the area of mobile and wireless networking and systems and over fourteen IEEE and ACM conference volumes. Widely cited in books and research papers, her research has been funded by NSF, DHS, NASA, DOT, DoD, state governments and industry. She has graduated over nineteen Ph.D. students who now hold positions in academia, federal…

Kemal Akkaya


IoT Security Dr. Kemal Akkaya is a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint courtesy appointment in the School of Computer and Information Sciences at Florida International University. Dr. Akkaya leads the Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) in the ECE Dept. His current research interests include security and privacy, internet-of-things, and cyber-physical systems. In this research he employs methods from machine learning to several specific problems. Mainly, machine learning and deep learning methods are used for digital forensics applications including multimedia and cryptocurrency forensics. Similar techniques are used for device fingerprinting such as…

Janki Bhimani

Assistant Professor

Applied Machine Learning Janki Bhimani’s primary research focus revolves around Flash-Based Storage Systems, Big Data Processing, Cloud Computing, High-Performance Computing, and Parallel and Distributed Computing. Her research interest also includes Performance Modeling, Resource Management, and Capacity Planning for various emerging inter-disciplinary research domains. With her extraordinary expertise and extensive experience in the field of new emerging flash-based storage systems and devices, she has made significant contributions to the data storage management community. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Research Award of 2019 from Northeastern University. She also received Best Paper Awards from flagship conferences. Her work is published…

Raju Rangaswami


Machine Learning  Raju Rangaswami is Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor at the Knight School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, FL where he directs the Systems Research Laboratory. He received his B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he worked on building real-time storage systems for streaming multimedia applications. Raju’s current research targets next-generation enterprise and cloud computing systems with a focus on building scalable storage and memory solutions for data-intensive workloads. Raju has served as Program Chair…

Cuong Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Machine learning, Artificial intelligence Cuong Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. Before joining FIU, he was an Applied Scientist at Amazon Web Services (AWS) from 2018-2021, working on machine learning with applications to computer vision and natural language processing. Before AWS, he was a postdoc at the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore from 2015-2016 and then at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University from 2016-2018. He received Bachelor and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the School of Computing, National University of Singapore in…

Agoritsa Polyzou

Assistant Professor

Dr. Agoritsa Polyzou is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU). Before joining FIU, she was a postdoctoral Fritz family fellow in the Massive Data Institute (MDI) of McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2020, and her Bachelor in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece. She is engaging in projects at the intersection of big data, machine learning, ethics, and fairness. Her research interests include…

Gregory Murad Reis

Assistant Teaching Professor

Aquatic Robots, Persistent Ocean Monitoring, Artificial Intelligence Dr. Gregory Murad Reis received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Florida International University in 2018, and his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Lavras, Brazil, in 2014 and 2012, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. as a Science without Borders fellow, sponsored by federal agencies NSF, ONR, CAPES, and LASPAU (Harvard University). With 19 years of experience in teaching, Dr. Reis has taught Mathematics and Computer Science courses for several undergraduate programs and schools. Moreover, he has experience in early, elderly and special education.…

Armano Barreto


Digital Signal Processing, Artificial Neural Networks, Image Processing, and Micro Processors  Armano Barreto Graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM ), in 1987. He obtained the M.S.E.E. Degree from Florida International University in August 1989 and the Ph.D. In Electrical Engineering from University of Florida , Gainesville, in May 1993. Then he spent one more year in Gainesville as a Post-Doctoral Associate with the Computational Neuro-Engineering Laboratory ( CNEL) / UF Brain Institute. Through his Ph. D. and Post-Doc studies he applied Spatio-Temporal DSP techniques to the real-time detection of specific…

Himanshu Upadhyay

Principal Scientist

Artificial Intelligence, Big data, Cyber Analytics/Visualization, Malware Analysis and Blockchain Dr. Himanshu Upadhyay is serving Florida International University’s Applied Research Center as Principal Scientist for the past 18 years, overseeing the Applied Artificial Intelligence / Cybersecurity / IT research group. He is also an adjunct professor in the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering teaching Applied Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity courses. See more about Dr.Upadhyay here: Himanshu Upadhyay (