Sep/01/2017

The faculty, staff, and students of the School of Computing and Information are incredibly excited as we kick-off the Fall 2017 term: it’s our first term as the new school and we are fortunate to be welcoming new leadership, faculty, and students. In addition, we have five more reasons to celebrate, as we announce the promotion of five of our founding faculty members.

New Dean
At new student orientation, our incoming class had the opportunity to meet the School of Computing and Information’s founding dean, Paul R. Cohen. For the past four years Dr. Cohen has designed and managed programs at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), on loan from the University of Arizona, where he started the School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts. Dr. Cohen holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science and Psychology from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, Education Informatics, Information Theory, and Machine Learning.

New Appointment
Effective today, September 1, Associate Professor Adam Lee will become Associate Dean for Academic Programs. In this role, Dr. Lee will work with the Dean and faculty to further enhance the outstanding academic reputation of our degree programs by exploring and building new programs that will prepare students for exciting and life-long careers as information and computing professionals.

Dr. Lee has been a faculty member with the Department of Computer Science at Pitt since 2008. He teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serves as an advisor for undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students. Dr. Lee’s research interests lie at the intersection of security, privacy, and distributed systems. He is particularly interested in trust negotiation and distributed proof construction approaches to authorization, which can be used to facilitate secure interactions across multiple security domains while still preserving each individual’s privacy and autonomy.

New faculty
The School of Computing and Information extends a warm welcome to four faculty members who have joined the school in the past two months.

Stacy Wood comes to Pitt as an Assistant Professor, and will be teaching graduate-level courses related to archives and information science. Wood recently completed her PhD at UCLA and her research focuses on the historical, legal, and theoretical foundations of information.

William Laboon was recently hired as a Lecturer/Assistant Instructor. He has been working with the Department of Computer Science at Pitt for the past two years as a Visiting Lecturer. Laboon teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and advises various student research projects. He received an MSIT from Carnegie Mellon University. He has extensive knowledge of software development and programming, and recently authored a textbook titled, A Friendly Introduction to Software Testing.

William Garrison has joined the school’s faculty as a Lecturer. He has spent the past two years with Pitt’s Department of Computer Science as a Visiting Lecturer. He teaches undergraduate courses in CS. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Pitt and his research interests include end-user web privacy tools and mobile malware risk estimation from structural properties of application packages.

Sherif Khattab was hired as a Lecturer. For the past eight years, Khattab has been a faculty member at Cairo University in Egypt. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Pitt. His research focuses on the systems aspects of cybersecurity as applied to cloud computing, Internet-of-Things, electronic voting, and Big Data.

Promotions
The school is proud to announce that five faculty members have been promoted─four to full professor and one to assistant professor.

Marek Druzdel was promoted to full professor. Dr. Druzdel has been a member of Pitt’s faculty since 1993 when he joined the School of Information Sciences. He teaches graduate level courses in the information sciences, is the lead faculty member of the Big Data specialization in the MSIS degree program, and is affiliated with the Intelligent Systems Program at Pitt. He earned his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and his research interests include decision support systems, strategic planning, decision making under uncertainty, and decision-theoretic methods in intelligent information systems.

Daqing He was promoted to full professor. Dr. He has been a faculty member since 2004, when he joined the School of Information Sciences. Dr. He teaches graduate-level courses in both the Master of Science in Information Science and Master of Library and Information Science degree programs. His research focuses on information retrieval, intelligent information exploration, collaborative information seeking, and scholarly collaborative behaviors.

Prashant Krishnamurthy was promoted to full professor. Dr. Krishnamurthy joined Pitt in 1999 when he became a faculty member of the School of Information Sciences. He has worked extensively to increase the school’s security and wireless networks curriculum. He is also a co-founder of the school’s Laboratory for Education and Research in Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS), which is a national Center of Academic Excellence. Dr. Krishnamurthy’s research interests include information and network security, wireless security, and wireless data networks.

Alexandros Labrinidis was promoted to full professor. Dr. Labrinidis has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 2002. He is a co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab) and is also an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Labrinidis’ research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data).

Robert Perkoski was promoted to Assistant Professor. Dr. Perkoski has been with the University since 1990, and currently serves as the director of the undergraduate information science degree program at the School of Computing and Information. He recently earned his EdD from Pitt. His research interests include human-computer interaction, distance learning, intelligent tutoring, and knowledge transfer and representation within formal and information groups.

Please join us in congratulating our faculty on these well-deserved accomplishments!