Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Texas at El Paso
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Phone: 747-5883

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I am an Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas at El Paso. I joined the department in Fall 2017. Before that, I was a Research Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of CyberShare Center of Excellence at UTEP.

My research interests include information retrieval and integration, data analytics, and cyber-security.

I am looking for multiple highly motivated graduate students. Please email me if you are interested to know more about my research on any of these areas:
  • Information retrieval integration (with a focus on data analytics and privacy-preserving data analytics),
  • Characterizing, analyzing, and predicting software vulnerabilities. and
  • Digital game and gamification.

I graduated with a PhD from the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. My thesis on integrating online community in information management systems was co-advised by Professors Clifford A. Shaffer and Edward A. Fox. I received my MS from Montana State University-Bozeman in Computer Science and BS from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Computer Science and Engineering.

Recent News

  • Roberto's paper on Tracking the Evolution of Words with Time-reflective Text Representations was accepted in IEEE Big Data 2018 in the 4th Special Session on Intelligent Data Mining. (Accepted version)

  • Mark's paper on Analyzing Evolving Trends of Vulnerabilities in National Vulnerability Database was accepted in IEEE Big Data 2018, International Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Cyber Intelligence and Defense. (Accepted version)

  • An article on A Collaboration Pipeline for Cybersecurity Research, Analytics, and Tools , in Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC) journal, 2018.

  • A paper on Sol y Agua: A Game-based Learning Platform to Engage Middle-school Students in STEM in 48th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference 2018. (Accepted version)

  • A paper on Dysgu: A Mobile-Based Adaptive System to Redesign Out-of-class Activities in 48th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference 2018. (Accepted version)

  • Recent Fundings

  • The CS4HS (Special Topics) grant to introduce computing concepts to students in several El Paso area middle schools in El Paso, using a game-based learning platform named Sol y Agua.
    • We offered the workshop in collaboration with Region 19 in Spring 2019.

  • Support from the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce (MLCIC) for investigating border health information exchange (BHIX) in Fall 2018.

  • Co-PI on exploreCSR Google Grant a Pilot Program for Undergraduate Computer Science Research workshop led by Dr. Martine Ceberio in Fall 2018.

  • An NSF IUSE proposal (Collaborative Research: Active Learning for Out-of-class Activities to Improve Student Success), in collaboration with the Winston-Salem State University, was awarded funding in Fall 2017.

  • Past Activities

  • NSF SUPPLEMENT through CyberShARE and the Digital Library Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech to investigate recommendation systems and the management of essential metadata and relationships needed to integrate and analyze information collected from disparate sources.

  • Our paper on using disparate scholarly data to identify potential member for Interdisciplinary research groups was accepted at IEEE IRI 2017. (Accepted version)

  • A short paper on Comprehensive Data Analytics for Threat Detection in HICSS Symposium on Cybersecurity Big Data Analytics, 2017.

  • Our paper on using linked open data to connect disparate data sources was accepted in RUMOUR, a workshop held in conjunction with JCDL 2017.

  • SolyAgua students secured the First place at ERN 2017 video contest.

  • Christian Murga placed First in Poster Presentation on the Computer Science and Information Management section ERN 2017 Oral and Poster Presentation.