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School of Computing Seminar Schedule

Seminars are typically held each Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 in McAdams 114. Due to COVID-19, seminars this semester will be remote via Microsoft Teams. For an abstract and specific info about a seminar, please click the details link following the title.

Spring 2021


Paris Stringfellow
Paris Stringfellow
Clemson University

CyManII: The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Dr. Stringfellow is the Vice President for TrustWorks-aaS for the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) and an Associate Research Professor in Clemson’s Department of Industrial Engineering. She holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and is also the Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Clemson University. Her research and interests focus on reducing risk and improving resiliency of communities and organizations through human-centered design and data analytic approaches. Topics include cybersecurity for advanced manufacturing and supply chains, education and workforce development for working professionals, human factors and user-centered design approaches, product development and entrepreneurship, and risk reduction through behavioral-based design in a variety of domains.


Frank Vahid
Frank Vahid
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, Riverside
zyBooks Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer

Intro CS: Recent improvements in student learning, teacher time, and cheating, both in-person and online

Frank Vahid is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, since 1994, and the co-founder and chief learning officer of zyBooks (acquired by Wiley in 2019). His research focus is on improving college-level CS/CE/STEM education, and previously (and still) on embedded systems. He is author of textbooks from Wiley, Pearson, and zyBooks on topics including C++, C, Java, data structures, digital design, computer organization, embedded systems, computing technology, introductory math and algebra, and more. He has received several teaching awards, including UCR Engineering's Outstanding Teacher award and UCR's Innovative Teaching award. In recent years, he has spoken on CS/CE education at over 50 universities across the country. His work has been supported by the NSF (university and SBIR Phase I/II grants), the SRC, the U.S. Dept. of Education (university and SBIR Phase I grants), and companies such as Google and Intel. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.


Kenton Murray
Kenton Murray
Research Scientist
Human Language Technology Center of Excellence
Johns Hopkins University

Learning Hyperparameters for Neural Machine Translation [details]

Kenton Murray is a Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Human Language Technologies Center of Excellence. He did a Postdoc with Benjamin Van Durme at JHU’s Center for Language and Speech Processing and received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame where he worked with David Chiang. His work focuses on Cross-Lingual Natural Language Processing, with a particular emphasis on Low Resource Languages and Machine Translation. He is interested in why neural methods work, as well as exploring where they fail – especially on Non-English language tasks.


Chad A. Steed
Chad A. Steed
Senior Research Staff and VISTA Data Exploration Lab Director
Computer Science and Mathematics Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Interactive Data Science Tools: Design Perspectives and Practical Scientific Applications [details]

Dr. Chad A. Steed is a senior staff researcher in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division and the Director of the Visual Informatics for Science and Technology Advances (VISTA) Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He holds multiple joint faculty appointments with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before joining ORNL in 2010, he was a computer scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory for over nine years. Chad has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Mississippi State University where he studied data visualization and computer graphics. He also received his B.S. in Software Engineering with a minor in Fine Art and his M.S. in Hydrographic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Chad’s research spans the full life cycle of data science including interactive data visualization, statistical analytics, machine learning, visual perception, databases, and user-interface design. His work is currently focused on helping developers achieve graphical excellence in web-based analytical applications and developing visual analytics techniques that combine automated learning algorithms with interactive data visualizations to enhance human exploration and comprehension of complex data. More information about Chad’s work is available at


Dawn M. Sarno
Dawn M. Sarno
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

Reeling You In: Exploring the Human Side of Phishing [details]

Dr. Sarno received her Ph.D. in Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2020. Her research broadly centers around applied visual cognition, cyberpsychology, aging, and training.


Franck Cappello
Franck Cappello
Argonne National Laboratory

Cooking the perfect reduction or how to shrink science data while keeping its substance [details]

Cappello received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris XI in 1994. He joined CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research in 1995 and Inria in 2003, where he holds the position of permanent senior researcher. He created and directed the Grid’5000 project to help researchers in parallel and distributed systems to run experiments at large-scale in a controlled and reproducible way (https://​www​.grid5000​.fr). Grid’5000 is still in used nearly 20 years later and supported hundreds of researchers to publish more than 1500 research publications. In 2009, Cappello became visiting research professor at the University of Illinois. He created with Marc Snir the Joint laboratory on Extreme Scale Computing (JLESC: https://​jlesc​.github​.io) gathering seven of the most prominent research and production centers in supercomputing: NCSA, Inria, ANL, BSC, JSC, Riken CCS and UTK. Over his 12 years tenure as the director of theJLESC, Cappello has helped hundreds of researchers and students to share their research and collaborate to explore the frontiers of supercomputing. From 2008, as a member of the executive committee of the International Exascale Software Project, he led the roadmap and strategy efforts for projects related to resilience at the extreme scale. In 2016, Cappello became the director of two Exascale Computing Project (ECP: https://​www​.exas​calepro​ject​.org/) software projects related to resilience and lossy compression of scientific data that will help Exascale applications to run efficiently on Exascale systems. Through his 30 years of research career, Cappello has directed the research and development of several high-impact software tools, including XtremWeb, one of the first Desktop Grid softwares, the MPICH-V fault tolerance MPI library, the Fault Tolerance Interface (https://​github​.com/​l​e​o​b​a​g​o/fti), the VeloC multilevel checkpointing environment, SZ lossy compressor for scientific data (https://​exas​calepro​ject​.org/​w​p​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​u​p​l​o​a​d​s​/​2​0​1​9​/​1​1​/​V​e​l​o​C


School of Computing Graduate Student, Faculty, and Staff Community Building Event
School of Computing Graduate Student, Faculty, and Staff Community Building Event

Join us for a virtual School of Computing community-building event! [details]


Krishna Kavi
Krishna Kavi
Regents Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of North Texas

Computer Systems Research at UNT [details]

Dr. Krishna Kavi is currently a Regents Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. He also served as the Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Net-Centric and Cloud Software and Systems (NCSS I/UCRC), and as the Chair of CSE department at UNT. Prior to joining UNT, he held an Endowed Chair Professorship in Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and on the faculty of the University Texas at Arlington. He was an NSF program manager between 1993-1995. He served on several editorial boards and program committees. He published more than 200 technical papers, received more than $10M in extramural funding and graduated 20 PhDs. He received his BS in Electrical from the Indian Institute of Science and PhD from Southern Methodist University.