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New Faculty

Vladimir Jojic is an assistant professor doing research in bioinformatics, computational biology and machine learning, and an associate member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He joined the department in August. Vladimir earned his Ph.D. in computer science in 2007 from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the department, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford.

New Staff

Joe Ping-Lin Hsiao joined the department in May 2011 as a research engineer working with Russ Taylor and the CISMM group.

Jodie Turnbull joined the department as Student Services Manager in May 2011. Previously she had served as the administrative manager in the Department of Marine Sciences.

Visiting Researchers and Faculty

Wenxi Liu is a Visiting Scholar from the City University of Hong Kong visiting Dinesh Manocha from September 1 - November 30, 2011.


Edgar Lobaton, postdoctoral researcher working with Ron Alterovitz, left the department in August 2011. He is now an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Herman Towles, senior research associate, left the department in July 2011.

Jur van den Berg, postdoctoral researcher working with the GAMMA group, left the department in May 2011. He is now an assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah.

Greg Welch (Ph.D. 1996), research professor, has accepted a joint position in the Institute for Simulation & Training and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. Greg is maintaining a part-time appointment at UNC as he continues to collaborate with faculty and students here. The move offers a great opportunity to pursue ideas he has for “physical-virtual reality,” in the context of simulation, training, and education.


Faculty and Staff

Jan-Michael Frahm was named an assistant professor, tenure-track, in July 2011.

A paper co-authored by Postdoctoral Researcher Adrian Ilie (Ph.D. 2010) and Research Professor Greg Welch (Ph.D. 1996) received second prize in the Best Paper Awards at ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras 2011. The paper was titled “On-Line Control of Active Camera Networks for Computer Vision Tasks.”

Catherine Perry, accounting manager, celebrated 35 years of continuous state service on August 31, 2011.


Ketan Mayer-Patel is local arrangement chair for the ACM Multimedia Systems (MMSys) 2012 conference, to be held in Chapel Hill on February 22-24, 2012.


Automatic Quantitative Analysis of MR Images of the Knee in Osteoarthritis. PI: Marc Niethammer. National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin Disease.

CSR: Small: A Comprehensive Framework for Real-Time Multiprocessor Synchronization. PI: Jim Anderson, Co-PI: Sanjoy Baruah. National Science Foundation.

EAGER: Automatic Reconstruction of Typed Input from Compromising Reflections. PI: Jan-Michael Frahm, Co-PI: Fabian Monrose. National Science Foundation.

Genome Dynamics: Evolution, Organization and Function. PIs: Wei Wang and Leonard McMillan. Jackson Laboratory.

III: Small: Supporting US-Based Students to Attend the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2011). PI: Wei Wang. National Science Foundation.

NSF Support for the 2011 USENIX Security Symposium, Financial Aid; August 2011; San Francisco, Calif. PI: Fabian Monrose. National Science Foundation.

SDCI NET: Development of an Ultra-high Speed End-to-end Transport Stack based on the Packet Design Paradigm. PI: Jasleen Kaur Sahni, Co-PI: F. Don Smith. National Science Foundation.

SDCI Sec: New Software Platforms for Supporting Network-wide Detection of Code Injection Attacks. PI: Fabian Monrose, Co-PI: Montek Singh. National Science Foundation.

SHB:Small:Computing Robot Motions for Home Healthcare Assistance. PI: Ron Alterovitz, Co-PI: Dinesh Manocha. National Science Foundation.

STTR-Interactive Acoustic Simulation in Urban and Complex Environments. PIs: Dinesh Manocha, Ming Lin. Impulsonic, Inc.

TC: Small: Server-side Verification of Client Behavior in Distributed Applications. PI: Michael Reiter. National Science Foundation.

Travel Support for Workshop on Modeling, Simulation and Visual Analysis of Large Crowds. PI: Dinesh Manocha. National Science Foundation.

Women in Bioinformatics Initiative at ACM BCB 2011 - Conference Support. PI: Wei Wang. National Science Foundation.