Research Mentors

The BIGDatA REU site will be guided by a team of twelve research mentors, with diverse research expertise. In research layer (L1), the research expertise lies in energy-efficient computing (Jin), reliable storage (Zheng), and GPU computing (Pontelli). In (L2), we have  research expertise in machine learning and data mining (Cao, Boucheron), multi-agent systems (Yeoh, Pontelli, Tran), and network analysis (Xu, Cao, Misra). Expertise in (L3) will be provided by Toups (visualization, training) and Pontelli (accessibility, assistive solutions). Drs. Ranade and Brahma have expertise in power system modeling and control, power system protection, and renewable energy.

Dr. Huiping Cao (PI) received her PhD in Computer Science in 2007 from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). She is an Assistant Professor in the CS department at NMSU. Dr. Cao’s research expertise is in the general area of data mining and databases. Her research includes time series mining, graph (e.g., social networks, power systems) mining, graph search, and data integration.
Dr. Satyajayant Misra (Co-PI) received his PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University in 2009. He is an Associate Professor in the CS department at NMSU. His research interests include algorithm and protocol design for security, privacy, reliability, and efficiency in wireless and wired networks, online social networks, cyber-physical systems, and in high performance computing.
Dr. Laura E. Boucheron received her BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from NMSU in 2001, and 2003, and her PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2008. Her research interests include image analysis, signal and image processing, pattern classification, and applications of signal and image processing.
Dr. Sukumar Brahma received his Bachelor of Engineering from L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad in 1989, Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1997, and PhD from Clemson University in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. He is presently the William Kersting Endowed Chair Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP) at NMSU. His research interests include Power System Protection and Power System Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis.
Dr. Jing Chen received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology and MS in Industrial Engineering in 2015 from Purdue University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering Psychology at NMSU. Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on investigating the fundamental principles of human performance and decision-making, and applying these principles to cybersecurity and human-automation interaction problems.
Dr. Satish Ranade received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1981 from University of Florida. He is PNM Chair Professor and Head of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU where he currently directs the EUMP. Dr. Ranade’s expertise is in Electric Power Systems and his current research interest is the development of the Energy Delivery paradigm.
Dr. Talayeh Razzaghi received her PhD in Industrial Engineering in 2014 from the University of Central Florida. She is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering department at NMSU. Before joining NMSU, Dr. Razzaghi worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Computing at Clemson University. Dr. Razzaghi’s main research interests are data mining and machine learning, pattern recognition, and predictive models using massive and imbalanced data.
Dr. Zachary O. Toups earned his PhD in Computer Science in 2010 from Texas A&M University in the Interface Ecology Lab and his BA in Computer Science from Southwestern University in 2003. He is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NMSU. Dr. Toups’ research is focused on human-computer interaction and game design, with specializations in wearable computing and mixed reality. His research includes development of zero-fidelity simulation games for education, primarily to educate disaster responders in effective team coordination.
Dr. Son Cao Tran received his PhD in Computer Engineering in 2000 from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been a full professor in Computer Science at NMSU since 2010. Dr. Tran’s research expertise is in artificial intelligence, namely knowledge representation and reasoning, logic programming, automated planning, intelligent agents, and multi agent systems.
Dr. William Yeoh received his PhD in Computer Science in 2010 from University of Southern California. He is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at NMSU. Before joining NMSU, Dr. Yeoh worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and as a Research Scientist at Singapore Management University. Dr. Yeoh’s research expertise is in the general areas of multi-agent systems and planning under uncertainty.
Dr. Mai Zheng received his PhD in Computer Science in 2015 from Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at NMSU. Dr. Zheng’s research expertise is in the broad area of computer systems, including storage systems, parallel and distributed systems, and operating systems.