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07/23/18
2:00 PM
PGH 550
Vibhu Sharma
Advisor: Dr. Rakesh Verma
M.S. Thesis: Trend Analysis on Phishing Email Data using Natural Language Processing
07/20/18
4:00 PM
PGH 550
Devin Crane
Advisor: Dr. Rakesh Verma
M.S. Thesis: Automatic Feature Extraction for Phishing Email Detection
07/20/18
2:30 PM
HBS 315
Dinesh Majeti
Advisors: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Dissertation: Cross-disciplinary Dynamics and Scalable Visualization of Academic Careers
07/18/18
2:00 PM
HBS 302
Ashik Khatri
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Dissertation: Biofeedback Arrests Sympathetic and Behavioral Effects in Distracted Driving
07/16/18
11:00 AM
PGH 550
Carlos Alberto Rincon Castro
Advisor: Dr. Albert M.K. Cheng
Ph.D. Dissertation: Real-time Systems Scheduling and Information Theory: From Uniprocessors to Multiprocessors
07/10/18
11:30 AM
PGH 550
Priyal Prasanna Kulkarni
Advisor: Dr. Christoph F. Eick
M.S. Thesis: Design of a System for Multiple Route Selection in the Presence of Flooding
06/28/18
3:00 PM
PGH 362
Qian Qiu
Advisor: Dr. Christoph F. Eick
M.S. Thesis: PS-MWC: A scalable, distributed maximum weight clique algorithm using Apache Spark
04/30/18
12:00 PM
MREB 205B
Dainis Boumber
Advisor: Dr. Ricard Vilalta
Ph.D. Proposal: Multi-Domain Adaptation and Generalization using Deep Adversarial Models
04/27/18
2:00 PM
PGH 501D
Manvi Saxena
Advisor: Prof. Edgar Gabriel
M.S. Thesis: Evaluation of mpi4py for Natural Language Processing Scenarios
04/27/18
11:00 AM
HBS 317
Xiang Xu
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Proposal: Face Recognition in the Presence of Facial Expressions and Accessories
04/27/18
10:30 AM
MREB 222
Farinaz Pisheh
Advisor: Dr. Ricard Vilalta
Ph.D. Proposal: Feature Selection in Classification Tasks
04/27/18
9:30 AM
HBS 317
Nikolaos Sarafianos
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Proposal: Person Search Using Identity Attributes
04/26/18
3:00 PM
PGH 550
Calvin Raines
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Huang
M.S. Thesis: Attribute Selection and Machine Learning Algorithms for Intrusion Detection
04/24/18
4:00 PM
PGH 550
Irteza Nasir
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
M.S. Thesis: A Study Of Visual Attention on Gestures and Motion During Infancy
04/24/18
2:30 PM
PGH 550
Prashanth Reddy Basani
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah & Dr. Xuqing Wu
M.S. Thesis: Online Multi Object Tracking using Reinforcement Learning
04/23/18
2:00 PM
PGH 550
Kinjal Kotadia
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
M.S. Thesis: Extracting Social Network Groups from Video Data Using Motion Similarity and Network Clustering
04/23/18
1:00 PM
PGH 550
Sidharth Sadani
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
M.S. Thesis: Analyzing Notions of Artistic Style Using Computer Vision Techniques
04/20/18
2:30 PM
PGH 362
Arjun Subramanyam Varalakshmi
Advisor: Dr. Christoph F. Eick
M.S. Thesis: Transforming Point Data into Proximity Graphs
04/20/18
11:00 AM
PGH 550
Sarthak Sharma
Advisor: Dr. Omprakash Gnawali
M.S. Thesis: Device-Free Activity Recognition Using Ultra-Wideband Radio Communication
04/18/18
1:30 PM
PGH 501D
Ryan Long
Advisor: Dr. Jaspal Subhlok
M.S. Thesis: Development of a Video Analytics Suite for Indexed, Captioned and Searchable Videos
04/18/18
11:30 AM
PGH 501D
Prasha Shrestha
Advisor: Dr. Thamar Solorio
Ph.D. Dissertation: Authorship Attribution for Realistic Scenarios
04/18/18
10:00 AM
PGH 501D
Suraj Maharjan
Advisor: Dr. Thamar Solorio
Ph.D. Dissertation: Stylistically Aware Representations of Books
04/18/18
9:00 AM
HBS 350
Kamil Khanipov
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis & Dr. Yuriy Fofanov
Ph.D. Dissertation: Using Computational Analysis of Frequencies and Genomic Locations of 6-8 Nucleotide Long Sequences to Improve Quality of DNA Amplification
04/16/18
3:00 PM
PGH 550
Kaoji Xu
Advisor: Dr. Guoning Chen
Ph.D. Proposal: Hexahedral Mesh Generation, Processing, and Structure Analysis
04/13/18
2:00 PM
PGH 550A
Akshay Bhavani Kumar Kulkarni
Advisor: Dr. Thamar Solorio, Dr. Christoph Eick, Dr. Fabio Gonzalez
M.S. Thesis: Early Detection of Depression
04/11/18
11:00 AM
HBS 302
Georgios Panagopoulos
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
M.S. Thesis: Forecasting Markers of Habitual Driving Behaviors Associated with Crash Risk
04/09/18
9:00 AM
PGH 501D
Arko Barman
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
Ph.D. Dissertation: Consensus-Based Decision-Making for Improving Person Re-Identification & Similar Systems
04/04/18
9:00 AM
PGH 550
Yaser Karbaschi
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
M.S. Thesis: Design and Implementation of Different Interaction Techniques for Object Rotation in Mobile Virtual Reality Applications
04/02/18
3:00 PM
PGH 501D
Nacer Khalil
Advisor: Dr. Omprakash Gnawali
Ph.D. Dissertation: Occupant Detection and Tracking in Smart Buildings using Unobtrusive Sensing
03/26/18
3:00 PM
PGH 550
Nafisa Jassani
Advisor: Dr. Weidong (Larry) Shi
M.S. Thesis: Blockchain Application for Education
03/26/18
11:00 AM
PGH 550
Mahmut Unan
Advisor: Dr. Nikolaos V. Tsekos
Ph.D. Dissertation: 3D Reconstruction of Tubular Structures Using MRI Projection Images
03/19/18
10:45 AM
HBS 317
Mengjun Leng
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Proposal: Towards Improving Set-Based Face Recognition System
02/28/18
3:00 PM
PGH 501D
Gandhimathi Velusamy
Advisor: Dr. Jaspal Subhlok, Dr. Omprakash Gnawali, Dr. Edgar Gabriel, Dr. Ricardo Lent
Ph.D. Proposal: Cost Delay Aware Web Request Routing
02/26/18
11:00 AM
PGH 550
Shengrong Yin
Advisor: Dr. Omprakash Gnawali
Ph.D. Dissertation: Heterogeneous Wireless and Visible Light Communication for the Internet of Things
02/26/18
9:30 AM
PGH 501D
Hessam Mohammadmoradi
Advisor: Dr. Omprakash Gnawali
Ph.D. Proposal: Robust Indoor Asset Tracking using UWB Wireless Technology
02/23/18
11:00 AM
HBS 314
Yuhang Wu
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Proposal: Robust 3D Model Registration Based Compact Face Template Learning for Pose-Invariant Face Recognition
12/11/17
1:00 PM
HBS 302
Ashik Khatri
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Proposal: Biofeedback for Controlling Distractions in Transitional Vehicle Technology
12/11/17
11:00 AM
HBS 315
Dinesh Majeti
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Proposal: Scalable Visualization of Scientific Careers and Cross-disciplinary Dynamics
11/29/17
3:00 PM
PGH 501D
Mohammad Tanvir Rahman
Advisor: Dr. Edgar Gabriel, Dr. Jaspal Subhlok
Ph.D. Dissertation: Performance Models for Parallel Applications Under Failures
11/27/17
3:00 PM
PGH 550
Yue Cao
Advisor: Dr. Christoph F. Eick, Dr. Shishir Shah, Dr. Jian Chen
M.S. Thesis: Design and Implementation of a DAG-based Water Level Prediction Approach
11/27/17
10:00 AM
PGH 550
Carlos Alberto Rincon Castro
Advisor: Dr. Albert M. K. Cheng
Ph.D. Proposal: Real-Time Systems Scheduling and Information Theory: From Uniprocessors to Multiprocessors
11/20/17
12:30 PM
PGH 550
Yongli Zhang
Advisor: Dr. Christoph F. Eick
Ph.D. Proposal: A Density-Contour Based Framework for Spatio-temporal Clustering and Event Detection
11/16/17
4:00 PM
PGH 550
Zhimin Gao
Advisor: Dr. Weidong Shi
Ph.D. Dissertation: Performance Analysis in Blockchain and Smart Contracts
10/31/17
10:30 AM
PGH 575
Yiqun Zhang
Advisor: Dr. Carlos Ordonez
Ph.D. Dissertation: Multidimensional Aggregations in Parallel Database Systems
10/25/17
10:15 AM
HBS 317
Lingfeng Zhang
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Dissertation: Towards Improving Single Label and Hierarchical Multi-Label Classification
10/13/17
9:00 AM
HBS 302
Kamil Khanipov
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Proposal: Using Computational Analysis of Frequencies and Genomic Locations of 6-8 Nucleotide Long Sequences to Improve Quality of DNA Amplification
10/11/17
1:00 PM
PGH 501D
Santosh K C
Advisor: Dr. Arjun Mukherjee
Ph.D. Proposal: Anomalous Behavior Analysis in Social Networks and Consumer Review Websites
09/25/17
11:00 AM
HBS 314
Pengfei Dou
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Dissertation: Single/Multi-View 3D Face Reconstruction for Pose-Robust Face Recognition
09/06/17
10:30 AM
PGH 550
Xin Liu
Advisor: Dr. Nikolaos V. Tsekos
Ph.D. Dissertation: A Novel Transmission Mechanism for MRI Compatible Surgery Robot
08/09/17
9:00 AM
PGH 501
Olga Datskova
Advisor: Dr. Weidong Shi
Ph.D. Dissertation: Detection and Analysis of Operational Instability within Distributed Computing Environments
07/25/17
1:00 PM
PGH 563
Boris Chernis
Advisor: Dr. Rakesh Verma
M.S. Thesis: Machine Learning Methods for Software Vulnerability Detection
07/25/17
12:00 PM
PGH 550
Seyyedeh Qazale Mirsharif
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
Ph.D. Dissertation: A Computational Study of Visual Attention on Objects and Gestures During Infancy
07/21/17
1:30 PM
PGH 501D
Mohammad Tanvir Rahman
Advisor: Dr. Edgar Gabriel, Dr. Jaspal Subhlok
Ph.D. Proposal: Performance Models for Parallel Applications Under Failures
07/21/17
12:00 PM
HBS 302
Muhsin Ugur
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Dissertation: Integrating Mobile Psychometrics with Wearable Physiological Sensing in Longitudinal Studies: Design, Testing, and Clinical Benefits
07/19/17
10:00 AM
PGH 550
Behrang Mehrparvar
Advisor: Dr. Ricardo Vilalta
Ph.D. Dissertation: Conceptual Domain Adaptation Using Deep Learning
06/22/17
10:00 AM
PGH 550
Xingliang Zou
Advisor: Dr. Albert M. K. Cheng
Ph.D. Dissertation: Schedulability, Response Time Analysis and New Models of P-FRP Systems
06/12/17
1:00 PM
PGH 550
Lei Zhang
Advisor: Dr. Guoning Chen
Ph.D. Dissertation: Flow Visualization and Analysis: From Geometry to Physics
05/05/17
11:00 AM
PGH 501D
Prasha Shrestha
Advisor: Dr. Thamar Solorio
Ph.D. Proposal: Cross Domain and Open Set Authorship Attribution
04/28/17
1:30 PM
PGH 550
Zhimin Gao
Advisor: Dr. Weidong Shi, Dr. Stephen Huang, Dr. Guoning Chen, Dr. Lei Wu
Ph.D. Proposal: Shared-Ledger - Possibility and Improvement
04/28/17
10:00 AM
PGH 550
Shengrong Yin
Advisor: Prof. Omprakash Gnawali
Ph.D. Proposal: Building Reliable and Robust Wireless System
04/25/17
4:00 PM
PGH 362
Karthik Bibireddy
Advisor: Dr. Christoph F. Eick, Dr. Nouhad Rizk
M.S. Thesis: Design and Implementation of Real-time Student Performance Evaluation and Feedback System
04/25/17
2:30 PM
HBS 317
Mohammad Mainul Islam
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
M.S. Thesis: An Augmented Reality Application for Visualizing Anatomical Data
04/25/17
1:00 PM
PGH 362
Thibault Kensicher
Advisor: Dr. Nikolaos V Tsekos
M.S. Thesis: Towards MRI-Guided and Actuated Tetherless Milli-Robots
04/25/17
11:00 AM
PGH 362
Mahmut Unan
Advisor: Dr. Nikolaos V. Tsekos
Ph.D. Proposal: 3D Reconstruction of the Tubular Structures Using MRI Projection Images
04/24/17
11:00 AM
PGH 520
Sonia Shirwadkar
Advisor: Dr. Edgar Gabriel
M.S. Thesis: An Evaluation of Key-value Stores in Scientific Applications
04/20/17
4:00 PM
PGH 550
Xi Lu
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Huang
M.S. Thesis: Malicious Apps May Explore a Smartphone’s Vulnerability to Detect One’s Activities
04/20/17
11:00 AM
PGH 516
Chen Shen
Advisor: Dr. Edgar Gabriel
M.S. Thesis: A Strategy for Mapping Threads to GPUs in a Directive-Based Programming Model
04/13/17
1:00 PM
PGH 550
Arko Barman
Advisor: Dr. Shishir Shah
Ph.D. Proposal: Consensus-based Decision Making for Improving Person Re-identification Systems
04/11/17
10:00 AM
PGH 501D
Shweta Jha
Advisor: Dr. Edgar Gabriel
Ph.D. Dissertation: Performance Tuning and Modeling of Communication in Parallel Applications
04/05/17
10:30 AM
PGH 550
Behrang Mehrparvar
Advisor: Dr. Ricardo Vilalta
Ph.D. Proposal: Conceptual Domain Adaptation using Deep Learning
03/30/17
3:00 PM
HBS 302
Muhsin Ugur
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis
Ph.D. Proposal: Integrating Mobile Psychometrics with Wearable Physiological Sensing in Longitudinal Studies: Design, Testing, and Clinical Benefits
03/30/17
10:00 AM
PGH 550
Wellington M. Cabrera Arevalo
Advisor: Dr. Carlos Ordonez
Ph.D. Dissertation: Optimized Algorithms for Data Analysis in Parallel Database Systems
03/24/17
1:00 PM
HBS 350
Pengfei Dou
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Proposal: Single/Multi-View 3D Face Reconstruction for Pose-Robust Face Recognition
02/22/17
10:00 AM
PGH 550
Nacer Khalil
Advisor: Prof. Omprakash Gnawali
Ph.D. Proposal: Occupant Identification and Navigation Using Ultrasonic Sensing
01/10/17
9:00 AM
HBS 317
Lingfeng Zhang
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
Ph.D. Proposal: Towards Improving Single Label and Hierarchical Multi-Label Classifications

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