I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University and am part of the Kno.e.sis Research Center. My research interests are in developing statistical network modeling, deep learning, and modern clustering methods to understand, model, and make sense of data generated from complex systems. Application areas of interest include logical and physical Web systems analysis, geospatial processes, computational learning methods, and social computing. My research is supported by NSF, AFRL, ORISE, and the Ohio Federal Research Network.

I received the 2015-2016 College of Engineering and Computer Science Early Career Award and the 2016-2017 University President's Award for Early Career Achievement.

Before Wright State I was an Interim Researcher at ABB Corporate Research and a visitor of the Dependable Distributed Systems and Networks lab at National Taiwan University as an NSF EAPSI Fellow. I am also a twice summer alumnus of Bell Labs. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut.


Graduate Students
Ning Xie (PhD)
Mahdieh Zabihimayvan (PhD)
Jace Robinson (MS)
Matthew Maurice (MS)
Matthew Piekenbrock (MS)
Lakshika Balasuriya (MS)
Kyle Brown (MS)

Undergraduate Research Students
Logan Rickert
Ethan Wolfer
Scott Duberstein

Previous Students
Samir Yelne
Nathan Rude
Nripesh Trivedi

MS, 2016
MS, 2016
BS, 2015
Position Following Graduation
Data Scientist, Cisco Systems
Software Engineer, LexisNexis Special Services
PhD Student, UC Riverside

Highlights (Updated April 2017)

Please see the Web and Complex Systems (WaCS) research lab webpage for more updates!

New Book: My brief monograph on Network Role Mining and Analysis! Open Resource: EmojiNet: A Machine Readable Sense Inventory for Emoji (see our ICWSM 2017 paper here!)
Undergraduate Projects: CS 3250, Spring 16
(Fig c/o DOTAlytics)
NSF #1464104 Project Site: Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of Web Robot Traffic


  • CS 2200: Discrete Structures and Their Algorithms (Sp17)

  • CS 3250: Foundations of Data Science (Su15, Sp16, Fa16) [Student Project Sites]

  • CEG 4100: Introduction to Software Engineering (Fa14, Fa15, Fa16)

  • CS 7210: Network Science (Sp15, Sp16, Sp17)


  • University President's Award for Early Career Achievement, Wright State University
  • Early Career Achievement Award, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Wright State University
  • Best Teaching Paper Runner-up Award, SIGDSA Business Analytics Congress
  • Best Paper Award (Industry Track), ACM/IEEE Intl. Conf. on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining
  • CISE Research Initiation Initiative Award, National Science Foundation
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut
  • Best Paper (3rd place) Award, Intl. Conf. on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Intl. Conference on Machine Learning and Applications
  • Graduate Research Award, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
  • East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship, National Science Foundation
  • Best Student Paper Nominee, IEEE Intl. Symposium on Network Computing & Applications
  • New England Scholar, University of Connecticut

Professional Service

Editorial Board, Social Network Analysis and Mining
Editorial Board, International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology
Editorial Board, Software Networking Journal

Referee for:
  • Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery
  • Social Network Analysis and Mining
  • Computers & Security
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Computer Networks
  • Information Systems Frontiers
  • International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology
  • Software X
  • EURASIP Journal on Information Security
  • ECMLPKDD 2015
  • 2015 NSF Conference on Big Data and Ubran Informatics
  • NetMob 2015
  • CAMAD 2015
Program Committee Memberships:
  • [ASONAM] ACM/IEEE Intl. Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, 2017
  • [SEKE] Intl. Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 2017, 16, 15
  • [ICCVIA] Intl. Conference on Computer Vision & Image Analysis 2017, 14
  • [IJCAI] Intl. Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016
  • [AAAI] AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2015
  • [ISWC Workshop] Diversity++ Workshop at International Semantic Web Conference 2015
  • [HST] Intl. Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security 2015
  • [VisionNet] Intl. Symposium on Computer Vision and the Internet 2015
  • [ICITCS] Intl. Conference on IT Convergence and Security 2015
  • Global Summit on Computer and Information Technology 2014