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 models, deep learning systems, and modern clustering methods to understand 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)
Kyle Brown (PhD)
Jace Robinson (MS)
Matthew Maurice (MS)
Matthew Piekenbrock (MS)
Lakshika Balasuriya (MS)

Undergraduate Research Students
Logan Rickert
Jameson Morgan

Previous Students
Scott Duberstein
Samir Yelne
Nathan Rude
Nripesh Trivedi

BS, 2017
MS, 2016
MS, 2016
BS, 2015
Position Following Graduation
Associate Engineer, Sensor Systems, Ball Aerospace
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!)
New: Also available on Kaggle!
New: Press article


  • CS 2200: Discrete Structures and Their Algorithms (Sp17, Fa17, Sp18)

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

  • CEG 4100: Introduction to Software Engineering (Fa14, Fa15, Fa16, Fa17)

  • CS 7210: Network Science (Sp15, Sp16, Sp17, Sp18)


  • 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

(Abridged) Referee Service:
  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
  • Entropy
  • Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery
  • Social Network Analysis and Mining
  • Computers & Security
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Computer Networks
  • Sensors
  • Information Systems Frontiers
  • Software X
  • Journal on Information Security
(Abridged) Program Committee Service:
  • [WWW] Intl. World Wide Web Conference 2018
  • [ASONAM] ACM/IEEE Intl. Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining 2017
  • [ISWC] Intl. Semantic Web Conference 2017
  • [SMC] IEEE Intl. Conference on Sysems, Man, and Cybernetics 2017
  • [IJCAI] Intl. Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016
  • [SEKE] Intl. Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 2017, 16, 15
  • [AAAI] AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2015
  • [HST] Intl. Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security 2015