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People

Prof. Duc A. Tran, PhD

Dr. Tran is Founder and Director of NISLab. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science at UMass Boston, where he joined in 2007, and a Senior Member of both the ACM and the IEEE. He was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton (USA) from 2003 to 2007. He received a PhD degree from the University of Central Florida (USA) in 2003 and a BS degree from Vietnam National University in 1996, both in Computer Science. More info.

Email: duc.tran@umb.edu

Members

Siyuan Gong, PhD Candidate

Siyuan is a PhD student in the Computer Science department. He joined NISLab in Spring 2013. He received a BS degree in Statistics from Fudan University (China) in 2011. He worked at Digi International, a leading M2M and IoT company in Boston as an engineering intern in summer 2016. Siyuan passed the PhD Qualifying Exam in 2016.

Email: siyuan.gong001@umb.edu

Quynh Vo, PhD Candidate

Quynh is a PhD student in the Computer Science department. He joined NISLab in Fall 2013. He graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam) with a BS degree in Mechatronic Engineering in 2012. Quynh passed the PhD Qualifying Exam in 2016.

Email: quynh.vo001@umb.edu

Thuy Do, PhD Student

Thuy is a PhD student in the Computer Science department. She joined NISLab in Fall 2016 after spending 15 years as a Lecturer at the University of Transport and Communications, Vietnam. She graduated from Vietnam National University with a BS degree in Computer Science (2001) and a MS degree in Computer Science (2006). 

Email: thuy.do001@umb.edu

Alumni

Ting Zhang, PhD

Ting is a former member of NISLab. She received a B.E. degree from Qingdao Technological University (China) in 2006 and a M.E. degree from Beihang University (China) in 2010, both in Mechanical Engineering. She  joined NISLab as a PhD student in Computer Science in Fall 2012. She defended her PhD dissertation, entitled "Query-Centric Storage Partitioning for Distributed Systems", under Prof. Tran's supervision and graduated in 5/2017. She accepted the offer to become a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Computer Science at McDaniel College, a private college in Maryland, starting in Fall 2017.

Pejman Ghorbanzade, MS

Pejman is a former member of NISLab. He joined NISLab in Fall 2014 as a research assistant under Prof. Tran's supervision after receiving a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology (Iran) in 2013. After his graduation in May 2016 from UMass Boston with a MS degree in Computer Science, he joined Carbon Black, Inc., a leading company in next-generation endpoint security, as a software engineer.

Cuong (Charlie) Pham, PhD

Charlie is a former member of NISLab. He joined NISLab in Spring 2008 as a PhD student after receiving his BS in Computer Science from Russia. He defended his PhD dissertation, entitled "Enabling Techniques for Surveillance Sensor Networks", under Prof. Tran's supervision. Immediately after his graduation in 12/2012, he accepted the offer to become a software engineer at Microsoft Corp. headquarter in Redmond, WA.

Khanh Nguyen, PhD

Khanh is a former member of NISLab. He joined NISLab in Fall 2007 as a PhD student after receiving his BS in Computer Science from Gettysburg College (USA) in Spring 2007. He defended his PhD dissertation, entitled "Socially Aware Data Replication", under Prof. Tran's supervision and graduated in 12/2012. His first job after his graduation was with Vietnam Investment Bank as a Technical Architect. He is now a Senior Solution Architect at Vietnam International Bank. 

Alex Dusenbury, MS

Alex is a former member of NISLab. He joined NISLab in Spring 2008 as a graduate student after receiving his BS in Computer Science from UMass Boston. He defended his MS thesis, entitled "Measuring and Modeling Investment Behavior in a Social Network", under Prof. Tran's supervision, and graduated in Spring 2012. He is now a data engineer at O'Reilly Media in Boston.

Phuong Nguyen, MS

Phuong is a former member of NISLab. He joined NISLab in Fall 2007 as a graduate student after receiving his BS in Computer Science from University of Cincinnati (USA) in May 2007. He defended his MS thesis, entitled "Evaluation of PUB-2-SUB, a Publish/Subscribe Technique for P2P Networks", under Prof. Tran's supervision and graduated in 8/2009. 

Salini Pamidimukkala, MS

Salini is a former member of NISLab. She joined NISLab in Fall 2005 as a graduate student when it was housed at University of Dayton (USA). She defended her MS thesis, entitled "Development of A Relevance-Feedback Image Retrieval System Based On Multiple-Instance Learning, under Prof. Tran's supervision and graduated in 5/2007. After graduation she accepted the offer to work at LexisNexus as a Software Engineer. 

Harish Raghavendra MS

Harish is a former member of NISLab. He joined NISLab in Fall 2003 as a graduate student when it was housed at University of Dayton (USA). He defended his MS thesis, entitled "Congestion Adaptive Routing in Wireless Mobile Ad hoc networks", under Prof. Tran's supervision and graduated in 5/2006. After graduation he accepted the offer to work at Intuit as a Software Engineer.   

Undergraduate Research Students

I have had the privilege to supervise many undergraduate students on funded research projects, including the following most recently
  • Vy Thuy Nguyen (NSF funded, Spring 2013, next move: Graduate study at Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Phong Truong (NSF funded, Spring/Summer 2013, next move: PhD study at Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Vy Thao Nguyen (NSF funded, Summer 2012, next move: Software engineer at Akiban Technologies)
  • Anna Gavrilman (UMass Boston Undergraduate Research Award, Spring 2012, next move: Software Engineer at MIT)

Visitors

Phuong Doan, MS

Phuong joined NISLab during academic year 2016-2017 as a guest from Vietnam National University. During this time he helped manage NISLab and set up a judge server system for the UMass Boston programing team. He received a MS and a BS, both in Computer Science, from Vietnam National University in 2006 and 2001, respectively. He was a lecturer in IT at Vietnam National University and recently joined the NSF-sponsored Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) as a System DevOps engineer. 

Holly DeBlois, MS

Holly was a guest member of NISLab during 2014-2016, working with Prof. Tran on sensor networks. She received a MS in Applied Math from Harvard University and currently is a PhD candidate in the Computer Science department at UMass Boston. She has more than  20 years as a professional software engineer.

Ken Ugo & Kwaku Farkye

Ken Ugo (2nd from left) and Kwaku Farkye (1st from left) worked at NISLab during Summer 2013, visiting as undergraduate students of Prof. Bridget Benson from California Polytechnic University  to work on an NSF-funded grant on Target Localization using Low-Cost Sensor Networks. They developed an Android App to collect Wi-Fi signal information and use it to locate mobile targets.

Shilpa Ghadge, PhD

Shilpa worked in NISLab for two years since Fall 2009 as a PhD student under Prof. Timothy Killingback's supervision after receiving a BS in Applied Statistics from IIT Bombay and a MS in Applied Math from University of British Columbia. She and Prof. Tran were part of a team with Prof. Killingback and Prof. Bala Sundaram researching on power-law graphs. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from UMass Boston in 2014, then pursued a Postdoc at Harvard Medical School and lately a researcher at MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research.
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