Program Director

Dr.Zhan_New_picDr. Justin Zhan is the director of ILAB. He is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was previously a faculty member at North Carolina A&T State University, Carnegie Mellon University and National Center for the Protection of Financial Infrastructure in South Dakota State. His research interests include Big Data, Information Assurance, Social Computing, and Health Science. He is a steering chair of ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT), and ASE/IEEE International Conference on BioMedical Computing (BioMedCom). He is currently an editor-in-chief of International Journal of Privacy, Security and Integrity, International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems, and managing editor of SCIENCE Journal and HUMAN Journal. He has served as a conference general chair, a program chair, a publicity chair, a workshop chair, and a program committee member for 160 international conferences; and also as an editor-in-chief, an editor, an associate editor, a guest editor, an editorial advisory board member, and an editorial board member for 30 journals. He has published 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and delivered more than 30 keynote speeches and invited talks. He has been involved in a number of projects as a Principal Investigator (PI) or a Co-PI, which were funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, National Institute of Health, etc.

Academic Advisor

Dr.GewaliDr. Laxmi Gewali is the Chair of Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research interests include data structure, data analytics algorithm analysis, and computational geometry. He has extensive teaching, research and administrative experiences. He has been a referee for Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications, International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications, ORSA Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and Lecture Notes on Pure and applied Mathematics, etc. He was an editorial board member for IEEE Transaction on Computers.


 JimmyDr. Ming-Tai Wu (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Department of Computer Science, University Nevada, Las Vegas, USA) Dr. Wu, who is an Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. He has a PhD degree in Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. His research interests are focusing on Data Mining, Fuzzy Theory, Evolutionary Computation and Cloud Computing. He used to be a web chair and program committee member of ASE 2015 in Kaohsiung.


Dr. Jain-Shing Wu (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Department of Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, University Nevada, Las Vegas, USA). He received the B.S. degree in computer and information science in 2000 from Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, the M.S. degree in computer science and engineering in 2002 from the National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and the Ph.D. degree. degree in computer science and engineering in 2011 from the National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. His current research interests include big data, bioinformatics, evolutionary computing, Artificial intelligent and information retrieval.

MatinMrs. Matin Pirouz Nia is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Her current research work is in big data analytics, deep learning, network analysis, and graph theory. She received a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. degree in Information Technologies from European Regional Educational Academy (EREA) in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Her M.S. research area was in network programming and security. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, she was an instructor at Cisco Networking Academy for about four years where she taught various entry, associate, and professional-level courses. In March 2013, Mrs. Pirouz Nia successfully passed the Instructor Trainer Qualification and has been holding instructor-level courses since then. During her time at Cisco Networking Academy, she was presented with several national and regional awards and she taught a few dozen instructors and over a hundred students. She is currently a researcher in Big Data Hub – ILAB at UNLV where she is conducting research on graph theory, particularly Personalized Page Ranks on weighted graphs and network analysis. Her current certifications include Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing &Switching, Cisco Certified Design Associate, and CompTIA Project+. As part of her Master’s dissertation, she developed a Linux-based program for UCom, one of the top ISPs of Armenia. The software was written on Tool Command Language (TCL) and AWK Languages and was a secure interface that monitored customers’ network quality on predefined intervals.


Mr. Carter Chiu graduate student currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science at UNLV in 2016. He works under the guidance of Dr. Justin Zhan in the Big Data Lab at UNLV where his main research interests are big data analytics and deep learning. This is his second year serving as an instructor and mentor for the AEOP UNITE program, and he is excited to help make this year’s program an even greater success than its inaugural run last year.

shahabMr. Shahab Tayeb (B.Sc. Maxima Cum Laude ’08, M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude ’10, Ph.D. ’17 expected) is a research assistant in the Center for Information Technology and Algorithms and in the Big Data Lab at UNLV. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, minoring in Computer Science, where he has been awarded numerous national and international scholarships. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, he was the managing director and instructor at Cisco Networking Academy (2010-2016) where he taught various entry, associate, professional, and expert-level courses. In March 2013, he was recognized as the top 5% expert level instructors globally. He has been invited to deliver train-the-trainer courses in various countries around Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, ISOC, Teachers without Borders, and NSPE. He also holds several industry certifications CCIE R&S written, CCAI, CCD(A|P), CCN(A|P), and CCNA Security from Cisco; CNSS 4011 Recognition from NSA; TKT from Cambridge; and VMCA-DCV from VMware. He has authored/co-authored several refereed research papers and his research findings have been highlighted by National Science Foundation. His research interests span the areas of Internet of Things, Information Assurance, Cybersecurity, and Wireless Sensor Networks utilizing such tools as Deep Learning, Game Theory, and Big Data Analytics. He has served as a program committee member for several international conferences and a guest editor and reviewer for several international journals.

Mr. Ashish Tamrakar is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). His major focus is in the field of Data Mining, Big data analytics, and Graph Theory. He has received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He is currently the member of Big Data Hub-ILAB at UNLV where he is currently conducting research on high utility itemsets mining. He is also the Graduate Assistant in the Department of Computer Science at UNLV. Prior to starting his graduate studies, he has around 4 years of working experience as a Software Engineer at Leapfrog Technology Inc. and other various companies. He has experience with developing the different types of system with Agile development approaches such as auto-lender system, upgrading legacy systems etc. His responsibilities also included communicating with clients and supervising the junior team members.

me_officialMr. Payam Ezatpoor is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His main research topics are Cloud Computing, Network Security, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Big Data networking and Internet of Things (IoT). During the bachelor’s degree, he finished the degree by conducting research on Identity Management in Cloud Systems by providing analysis of Federated Single Sign-On and Attribute Aggregation approaches in regard to enhancing the Cloud Security and reviewing their corresponding methods including SAML, OpenID, and OAuth. Payam is one of the members of Big Data Hub – ILAB at UNLV where he is conducting research on traffic management, optimizing bandwidth consumption and load-balancing of Big Data networks. He is also the Systems and Data graduate assistant at the UNLV Graduate College which his responsibilities includes interpreting, analyzing and development of the data sets in addition to maintenance of the web application systems of UNLV. Prior to the masters, he has taught Cisco Networking topics (CCNA – Routing and Switching) as Network Lab Instructor during the bachelor’s and also while doing the internship, he was a member of the NoC Administration in the TCI Telecommunications Company which provides network services such as MPLS networks and leased lines to organizations and companies.

Sai_PhaniMr. Phani Parsa is a Master’s candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He has received the Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from Sree Nidhi Institute of Science and Technology, INDIA in May, 2014 with 83%. He is currently working under the guidance of Dr. Zhan in Big Data Hub- ILAB at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Previously, he was Systems Engineer at Infosys Limited, the IT bellwether of India. As Systems Engineer he provided IT support and services to five of many applications of Telstra Corporation, Australian Tele-communication giant. He served as a Single Point of Contact for these five applications from offshore and also along with these applications he provided support services to TIBCO EMS-BB tool, backbone for communication using which is used as a channel to transfer all the messages.


Mr. Elliott Ploutz holds bachelors degrees in philosophy and computer science. A recent graduate, Elliott will begin his master’s degree in computer science in the fall of 2016 with strong interests in artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, and big data. He was awarded the first place prize in computer science for his project in the senior design competition in the fall of 2015. In addition to his studies and research, Elliott will work in the Student and Enrollment Services department as a graduate assistant developer for UNLV.