Research News

Dr. Javed I. Khan, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Computer Science is awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Javed Khan is the Principal Investigator in an NSF grant awarded recently which "aims at designing a 'frictionless data movement' super speed network infrastructure for advancing big-data movement across the globe." This project will create the capability for science researchers to significantly speed up access "to and from their data silos and supercomputing centers." Co-PIs on the project are Phil Thomas of KSU's Information Services Division, and Mark Fullmer of the Ohio Academic Resource Network. The grant title is CC* Networking Infrastructure:  Network for Data Driven Science in Allied 21st Century Smart Multi-Campus System:  A Use Case Design Through Kent State's Sharable Science De-Militarized Zone.  

Dr. Gokarna Sharma is awarded NSF grant

Dr. Gokarna Sharma has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for his project EAGER: Transactional Memory Foundations for Distributed Multiprocessor Systems. Dr. Sharma's current research interests include Parallel and distributed computing, emerging technologies, distributed sensor networks, and network, graph, and robotic algorithms. Dr. Sharma is currently (summer session, 2019) teaching the first course offered in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.

Dr. Ye Zhao is awarded new grant

Dr. Zhao was awarded a summer research grant by Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC for his project Full Stack Development for Scientific Data Analysis and Visualization. Dr. Zhao's current research interests are in the areas of computer graphics and visualization. He is the recipient of several previous grants, including National Science Foundation Grants, and is the author of numerous publications.


Areas of Ongoing Research

Distributed and Parallel Processing

This area covers a wide spectrum of research issues related to high-performance computing. Active research topics include parallel computational models, parallel and distributed algorithms, associative computing, parallelizing compilers, massively parallel computer architectures, interconnection networks, and cluster computing. The research in this area has been supported by NASA, ONR, NSF, and OBR.

Networking and Net-Centric Systems

The faculty in this area investigate research issues in high-performance computer communications networks. Major topics include adaptive routing protocols, high-speed switching and transmission techniques, multiple access protocols, multimedia networks, network algorithms, network management, programmable and active networks, traffic management and congestion control, and web-based computing. The research in this area has been supported by CAIDA, DARPA, ITEC, Internet2, NASA, CISCO, NSF, and OBR.

Computational Science and Visualization

The researchers in this area use high-performance computing and communications facilities to solve problems in other sciences and disciplines. In particular, numerical computing, scientific visualization, computational steering, virtual reality, and animation techniques are used to address problems in biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geology, and physics. The research in this area has been supported by NSF and OBR.


The faculty perform research with graduate and undergraduate students in the areas including, but not limited to; location-based privacy, mobile devices and social networks, privacy-aware database systems, digital forensics, cyber security, behavioral privacy, recommender systems, privacy in cloud computing, encryption, privacy preserving data mining in healthcare systems, de-identification of big data and modern security/privacy-aware access control models. For more information please refer to the Advanced Information Security & Privacy (AISP) Lab.


Active research areas include bioinformatics, database and data mining, evolutionary algorithms, graph algorithms and computational geometry, computational biology, hardware-software codesign, Internet-based mathematical computing, software engineering and visualization, symbolic and algebraic computation, and web-based and multimedia languages. The research in this area has been supported by NSF and OBR, NASA, and ONR.

Department Labs

  • Immersive Computing for Touch Lab - Dr. Kwangtaek Kim
  • Smart Communities and IoT (SCI) Lab - Dr. Jungyoon Kim
  • G.U.A.N.'S lab - Dr. Qiang Guan
  • Advanced Tele-Robotics Lab (ATR) -  Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim
  • Big Data Science Lab - Dr. Xiang Lian
  • Associative Computing Lab - Dr. Gokarna Sharma
  • Graphics and Visualization Lab - Dr. Ye Zhao
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing Lab - Dr. C.C. Lu
  • The Software Development Laboratory (SDML) - Dr. Jonathan Maletic
  • Advanced Information Security and Privacy (AISP) Lab - TBA
  • Networking and Communications Lab - Dr. Hassan Peyravi
  • Algorithmic Research Laboratory - Dr. Feodor Dragan
  • Distributed Systems Lab - Dr. Mikhail Nesterenko
  • Artificial Intelligence Lab - Dr. Arvind Bansal
  • Networking and Media Communications Research (MediaNet) Laboratory - Dr. Javed I. Khan