Faculty mentors (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Byron J. Gao

Byron J. Gao received Ph.D. and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada, in 2007 and 2003 respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison before joining Texas State University - San Marcos in 2008. His research spans several related fields including data mining, databases, information retrieval, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Heping Chen


Dr. Heping(Fred) Chen received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering department from Michigan State University in 2004, the Master degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1999 and the Bachelor degree Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1989. His research areas include Smart Grid, Electronic Robotics, Mobile Industrial Manipulators, Industrial Robotics, Nano Robotics.


Dr. Yijuan (Lucy) Lu


Dr. Yijuan (Lucy) Lu joined in Texas State University in 2008. She has conducted research in multimedia and computer vision for many years. Her research interests include Multimedia, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Data Mining. Current research in her lab focus on exploring intelligent algorithms that perform visual perception and understanding tasks such as object recognition, image annotation, image understanding and image retrieval etc, that give rise to semantically meaningful interpretations of multimedia information (image and video). These information would be very useful in multimedia information retrieval, image, video understanding and other applications.


Dr. Anne Ngu


I joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University-San Marcos in the Fall of 2002. I have many years of experience in research and development in IT with expertise in integrating data and applications, automating scientific and business processes on the web, service oriented computing, databases and object-oriented technologies. I have worked in different countries as a researcher, including Institute of Systems Science in Singapore, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Telcordia Technologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laborartory , and MCC in Austin, Texas. From 1992-2000, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW) where I specialized in the teaching and research in databases. I also hold an adjunct Associate Professor position at UNSW. Dr. Ngu wasone of the recipients of NCWIT Undergraduate Research mentoring Award in 2013.


Dr. Rodion Podorozhny

Rodion Podorozhny received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 2004 and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1997. He joined Texas State University - San Marcos in 2004. Rodion Podorozhny's research interests are in the area of software engineering, in particular in software process and formal methods. In addition, he has done some work in analysis of multi-agent systems and application of the multi-agent technology to software process enactment.

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