Research Areas

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research aims to build systems and models that show intelligent behaviors. It includes diverse technologies ranging from machine learning, deep learning, deep neural networks, knowlege graphs, genetic programming, computer vision, robotics, natural language processing and so on. Led by the AI Institute, the AI research at UofSC has strengths in knowledge graphs, knowledge enhanced learning, deep learning, graph neural networks, reinforcement learning, computer vision, facial expression analysis, and evolutionary algorithms. We also specialize in diverse AI application research in areas such as robotics, public health, social good, manufacturing, education, neuroscience, epidemiology, autism, healthcare/nursing/medicine, materials discovery, AI for science, and disaster management.

Amit Sheth
Amit Sheth
Professor

Marco Valtorta
Marco Valtorta
Professor

Forest Agostinelli
Forest Agostinelli
Assistant Professor

Qi Zhang
Qi Zhang
Assistant Professor

Christian O'Reilly
Christian O'Reilly
Assistant Professor

Song Wang
Song Wang
Professor

Jianjun Hu
Jianjun Hu
Associate Professor

Yan Tong
Yan Tong
Associate Professor

Ioannis Rekleitis
Ioannis Rekleitis
Associate Professor

Pooyan Jamshidi
Pooyan Jamshidi
Assistant Professor

Jose M. Vidal
Jose M. Vidal
Professor

Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) research develops alorithms that train predictive models for systems to learn automatically from data and perform complicated tasks in vision, natural language processing and scientific discovery. ML Research at UofSC includes both theoretical understanding and diverse innovative applications in a variety of domains. The ML research strength at UofSC CSE includes ML systems, causal ML, reinforcement learning, deep learning, graph neural networks, genetic programming and genetic algorithms, and neuromorphic computing for ML. We are also featured by diverse ML applications in robotics, vision, facial expression analysis, security, materials informatics, bioinformatics and so on.

Jianjun Hu
Jianjun Hu
Associate Professor

Pooyan Jamshidi
Pooyan Jamshidi
Assistant Professor

Qi Zhang
Qi Zhang
Assistant Professor

Forest Agostinelli
Forest Agostinelli
Assistant Professor

Song Wang
Song Wang
Professor

Yan Tong
Yan Tong
Associate Professor

Jason Bakos
Jason Bakos
Professor

Ioannis Rekleitis
Ioannis Rekleitis
Associate Professor

Vignesh Narayanan
Vignesh Narayanan
Assistant Professor

Lisa Luo
Lisa Luo
Assistant Professor

Qiang Zeng
Qiang Zeng
Assistant Professor

Ramtin Zand
Ramtin Zand
Assistant Professor

Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, and Computational Biology

The availability of high-throughput sequencing genome and protein sequences data, protein structures, gene functions data, and E-health data is bringing unprecedented opportunities to uncover the secrets of life and to identify the fundamental mechanisms of diseases. This calls for developing efficient algorithms for genome sequence comparison analysis, constructing evolutionary histories, and predicting genome and protein structures and functions. Research at UofSC has produced state-of-the-art algorithms for NMR based protein structure determination, models for protein-DNA/RNA/Peptide interactions, peptide sequencing, chromatin architecture, phylogenetic analysis from genome rearrangement and sequence data, spatial and structural genomics. We also work on machine learning algorithms for big data health data and identification of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders using EEG data.

Homay Valafar
Homay Valafar
Professor

Jijun Tang
Jijun Tang
Professor

Jianjun Hu
Jianjun Hu
Associate Professor

John Rose
John Rose
Professor

Christian O'Reilly
Christian O'Reilly
Assistant Professor

Computer Vision and Image Processing

Computer vision focus on developing algorithms for detection and recognition of objects from static images or activities from videos. It has become one of the most active research areas in AI and is fundamental to modern self-driving cars and advanced imaging and medical imaging technology and many other applications. Research at UofSC CSE has focused on the development of advanced computational algorithms for natural image understanding, segmentation from medical MRI/CT and miscroscopic images, and recognizating objects from images and human activities from videos. We also work on deep learning algorithms for facial expression recognition, algorithms for histology image segmentation, and robotic visual perception.

Song Wang
Song Wang
Professor

Yan Tong
Yan Tong
Associate Professor

Jianjun Hu
Jianjun Hu
Associate Professor

Ioannis Rekleitis
Ioannis Rekleitis
Associate Professor

AI for Science, Material Informatics, Deep Generative Design

The discovery of new materials and molecular structures with superior functions is a fundamental research goal in chemistry, materials, and biology with potential to transform industries of billions of dollars such as battery materials for electrical vehicles and drug design in pharmeuceutical industry. Instead of relying on expert heuristic knowledge and traditional tinkering design process, modern AI and especially deep learning are enabling revolutionary progress in all fields of science from physics to chemistry and to materials science as proved by one of the biggest recent breakthroughs in biology: the AlphaFold algorithm for protein structure prediction. The research strength as UofSC CSE includes world's leading materials informatics research in AI-driven generative design of materials, graph neural networks based materials property prediction, state-of-the-art algorithms for crystal structure prediction, computational chemistry, computational medicine, and knowledge-fused AI for science.

Jianjun Hu
Jianjun Hu
Associate Professor

John Rose
John Rose
Professor

Amit Sheth
Amit Sheth
Professor

Homay Valafar
Homay Valafar
Professor

Robotics and Agents

Autonomous and smart robots are finding wide applications from manufacturing to entertainment, home, rehabilitation, search and rescue, and service applications. Robotics works on problems in many areas including hybrid systems, embedded systems, sensory fusion, distributed artificial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning, human-machine interaction, localization, planning, navigation, etc. Research strength on this topic at CSE includes underwater/marine robots, surface/ground/drone/space robots and algorithms for planning, motion, and multi-robot cooperation. We also work on multi-agent systems and learning algorithms for robots.

Jason Okane
Jason Okane
Professor

Ioannis Rekleitis
Ioannis Rekleitis
Associate Professor

Pooyan Jamshidi
Pooyan Jamshidi
Assistant Professor

Jose M. Vidal
Jose M. Vidal
Professor

Computing Hardware and Systems

Novel computing hardwares develop new and specialized computing devices that can achieve 100 times or more computing and inference speed for big data processing, real time communication, and AI inference. Research at UofSC has focused on heterogeneous computing, FPGA computing algorithms, neuromorgphic computing hardware, hardware for cryptography and blockchain, milli-meter wave communication, wireless systems and architectures, and machine learning systems.

Jason Bakos
Jason Bakos
Professor

Sanjib Sur
Sanjib Sur
Assistant Professor

Ramtin Zand
Ramtin Zand
Assistant Professor

Pooyan Jamshidi
Pooyan Jamshidi
Assistant Professor

Cybersecurity, Computer and Network Security

Cyber security research develops technologies to protect systems, networks, programs, devices and data from cyber attacks. It aims to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and protect against the unauthorised exploitation of systems, networks and technologies. Our research strength includes software and systems security including mobile security, IoT security, malware analysis, vulnerability analysis, information security, financial and legal analysis of cyber crimes, network intrusion detection, and wireless network security. We use a variety of techniques including AI, ML, deep learning, and modern language models.

Csilla Farkas
Csilla Farkas
Professor

Chin-Tser Huang
Chin-Tser Huang
Professor

Lisa Luo
Lisa Luo
Assistant Professor

Qiang Zeng
Qiang Zeng
Assistant Professor

Network and Mobile Computing

Networking and Mobile Computing work on designing efficient and secure communications protocols and architectures for exchanging data among computers and mobile devices. Research on this topic at UofSC CSE Department focuses on network security, network protocol design and verification, intrusion detection and wireless network and mobile security, wireless networking, internet routing. We also work on wireless systems and architectures, millimeter-wave communications and networks, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and security, and IoT sensing systems.

Chin-Tser Huang
Chin-Tser Huang
Professor

Sanjib Sur
Sanjib Sur
Assistant Professor

Lisa Luo
Lisa Luo
Assistant Professor

Qiang Zeng
Qiang Zeng
Assistant Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theory and Algorithms

We explore theoretical foundations of computing computability and computational complexity, especially quantum computing and information. We develop complex planning algorithms for autonomous robotics and phylogenetic tree reconstruction and develop causal AI algorithms for optimizing high performance machine learning systems

Jijun Tang
Jijun Tang
Professor

Jason Okane
Jason Okane
Professor

Pooyan Jamshidi
Pooyan Jamshidi
Assistant Professor

Computational Neuroscience

Biological neural networks inspired deep learning technology is making breakthroughs in many scientific fields from biology, to materials, and neuroscience. Howover, the idea source of modern AI, the biological brain mechanisms have never been exhausted. The secrets of memory, learning, planning, consciousness have yet to inspire development of next generation AI systems. Research on this topic at UofSC focuses on devloping novel ways to empower the study of neuroscience through AI and to empower AI through biologically inspired neural networks. We also work on algorithms, dynamics, and control analysis of neuron ensembles

Vignesh Narayanan
Vignesh Narayanan
Assistant Professor

Christian O'Reilly
Christian O'Reilly
Assistant Professor

Computational Humanities and IT

We study strategic and economic impacts of information technology (IT) such as IT value, software patent policy design, IT offshoring, and the social costs of information privacy. We also explore new approaches for goal-oriented, ethical, human-machine collaboration via natural interfaces using domain and user models, learning, and planning

Matt E. Thatcher
Matt E. Thatcher
Chair, Professor