Core Members

Executive Director

Prof. Felisa Vázquez-Abad (Hunter College)

I am currently Professor of Computer Science at Hunter College. My research lies at the intersection between mathematics, engineering and computer science. I am mainly interested in the optimization of complex systems under uncertainty, primarily to understand, control and/or build efficient self-regulated learning systems. I obtained a B.Sc. in Physics in 1983 and a M.Sc. in Statistics and Operations Research in 1984 from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In 1989 I obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. After four years doing postdoctoral research at Brown University and later at the INRS-Telecommunications in Montreal, Canada, I became a professor of computer science at Université de Montréal, Canada in 1993. In 2004 I became a professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, until 2009, when I moved to CUNY.

Lead for Outreach

Prof. Saad Mneimneh (Hunter College)

My research revolves around the application of mathematical modeling and algorithmic techniques to various problems, including scheduling, load balancing, and more recently computational biology, especially the problem of RNA interaction and combinatorial problems inspired by it. My work includes complexity analysis, approximation algorithms, game theory/optimal strategies, and lower/upper bounds.

Prof. Ioannis Stamos (Hunter College)

I am working in the areas of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Robotics. My current research interests are in the broad area of 3D processing, classification and identification from range and image data. I received my Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department of Columbia University (Robotics Laboratory) on 2001, my M.S. and M.Phil. from the same department and my Diploma of Engineering from the University of Patras (Department of Computer Engineering), Greece. I am a recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) by the National Science Foundation. Area Editor, Journal of Computer Vision and Image Understanding.

Prof. Lei Xie (Hunter College)

My research interests are to develop novel methods in data science as well as to apply artificial intelligence to advancing biomedicine. My immediate aims include i) developing new machine learning algorithms for singed network, high-dimensional sparse data, recommender system, and data integration; ii) developing a structural systems pharmacology framework to model drug actions and genotype-phenotype associations on a multi-scale from atomic details of biomolecular interaction to clinical outcomes, and bridging structure-based drug design and systems biology to realize personalized medicine; iii) applying integrated computational and experimental techniques to polypharmacology, drug repurposing, biomarker identification, and the prediction of drug side effects with the focus on drug-resistant bacterial infections, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancers.

Prof. Saptarshi Debroy (Hunter College)

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hunter College and a member of Doctoral Faculties at The Graduate Center in The City University of New York (CUNY). Before joining CUNY, I was a Post-doctoral Fellow at University of Missouri (Mizzou). I completed my Ph.D. (2014) in Computer Engineering from University of Central Florida (UCF). Prior to that, I received my Master of Technology (2008) from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India and Bachelor of Technology (2006) from Institute of Engineering and Management of West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India.

Prof. Raffi Khatchadourian (Hunter College)

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Hunter College and a member of the Doctoral Faculty of The Graduate School and University Center’s Ph.D. Program in Computer Science of the City University of New York (CUNY). My research is centered on techniques for automated software evolution, particularly those related to automated refactoring and source code recommendation systems. My goal is to ease the burden associated with correctly and efficiently evolving large and complex software. I am also interested in the automated analysis of Object-Oriented and Aspect-Oriented programs.

Affiliated Members

Research Supervisors

Prof. Matthew P. Johnson
(Lehman College)

Prof. Saad Mneimneh
(Hunter College)

Prof. Subash Shankar
(Hunter College)

Prof. Ioannis Stamos
(Hunter College)

Prof. Lei Xie
(Hunter College)

Prof. Katherine St. John
(Hunter College)

Ph.D. Students

Alexey Nikolaev

Bohyun Lee

Di He

Shuo Zhang

Yue Qiu

Yiming Tang

Minh Nguyen

Xiaojie Zhang

Research Associates

Qiao Liu



Post Docs

Yang Liu (2019)



Visiting Scholars

Prof. Daniel Dufresne (2014, 2015, 2017)

Xiaoru Sun (2016, 2017)



Masters Students

Oren Friedman



Research Internships

Paulina Toro-Isaza (UG internship), 2017

Tereza Manukian Shterenberg
(UG internship, 2014)

Daniel Fialkovsky
(UG internship, 2014)

Alison Wang
(UG internship, 2013)

Timothy Herman
(UG internship, 2013)


Research Assistantships

Laurent Barraud (RA, Summer 2015)

Past Students

Greg Dreyfus (Masters, 2015)

Alexandra Diamond (Masters)

Cynthiaann Bryant (Masters project), 2017-2018

Syed Ali Ahmed (PhD)

Saman Farhat (PhD)

Thomas Flynn (PhD)

Pinhus Dashevsky
(now at Columbia University)

Silvano Bernabel (Masters)