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Big Data, Cybersecurity & Software

Mehrdad Aliasgari head shot
Areas of expertise 
•  Information security
•  Cryptography
•  Cybersecurity education
Research focus
•  Secure computation
•  Secure outsourcing
•  Internet of Things security
•  Privacy-preserving mobile health
•  Security & privacy in data analysis

Mehrdad Aliasgari

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Dr. Aliasgari's research focuses on computer security and applied cryptography. He has published numerous papers on information security, and actively promotes cybersecurity education through courses, student projects, and competitions and local industry outreach. He joined the CSULB Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department in Fall 2013, after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Notre Dame.

Shadnaz Asgari
Areas of expertise
•  Signal processing/data mining
•  Mathematical and computational modeling
Research focus
•  Bioinformatics for neuro-critical care
•  Biomedical signal processing and data analysis
•  Clinical forecast of physiological events for brain disorders
•  Multimodality patient monitoring

Shadnaz Asgari

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Dr. Asgari holds a joint appointment in CSULB's Biomedical Engineering and Computer Engineering and Computer Science departments. In her research, she uses computational and mathematical modeling tools, advanced signal processing algorithms, and artificial intelligence to deliver practical solutions for biomedical applications. After earning her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA, she completed two years of postdoctoral training at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and multidisciplinary brain research in the UCLA Neurosurgery Department. The recipient of a UCLA Brain Injury Research Center Young Investigator Award and CSULB Early Academic Career Excellence Award, Asgari in 2016 was inducted into the CSULB National Academy of Inventors chapter.

Birgit Penzenstadler
Areas of expertise 
•  Software engineering
•  Sustainability
•  Requirements engineering 
•  Software quality assurance
Research focus
•  Sustainable software engineering
•  Artifact-based requirements engineering
•  Smart gardens
•  Open source software

Birgit Penzenstadler

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The recipient of Anita Borg Institute's 2015 Thelma Estrin Award for Interdisciplinary Research, Dr. Penzenstadler organizes the Intl. Workshop series on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems and is a co-founder of the Karlskrona Manifesto on Sustainability Design. She earned her PhD in requirements engineering at TU Munich, where she co-led research projects with BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Bosch, Lufthansa, and others. Before joining CSULB's Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department, she completed two years of postdoctoral training at TUM, and two more at University of California, Irvine, to deepen her knowledge of sustainability.

Oscar Morales Ponce
Areas of expertise
•  Distributed computing
•  Distributed robots
•  Wireless sensor networks
•  Social networks
•  Algorithms
Research focus
•  Geometric algorithms
•  Communication protocols
•  Fault-tolerant systems

Oscar Morales-Ponce

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Dr. Morales-Ponce employs algorithmic techniques to deliver practical cooperative robot applications. After earning his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carleton University, he completed one year of postdoctoral training at Carleton University and two years at Chalmers University of Technology, where he participated in a cooperative vehicles project funded by the European Union. Morales-Ponce joined the CSULB Computer Engineering and Computer Science department in 2015. He has published her work in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings.