Contact Information

Tempestt J. Neal, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, ENB310
Tampa, FL 33620

Office Phone: (813) 396-9353
Email: tjneal [at] usf [dot] edu

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of South Florida. I received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from South Carolina State University. Broadly, my research interests are biometric systems on mobile devices, human-centered behavior recognition and modeling in online domains, and applied machine/deep learning. In line with these interests, I direct the Cyber Identity and Behavior Research Lab.

Research Opportunities

I am currently looking for some enthusiastic and inquisitive undergraduates with interests in mobile app development, ubiquitous sensing, IoT devices and authentication, and biometric recognition. Undergraduate volunteers should have strong backgrounds in math and programming, and a general curiosity about research. Graduate students skilled in machine/deep learning, pattern recognition, NLP, and/or computer vision are also welcomed to reach out to me about research opportunities. Please submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and a two-paragraph statement briefly describing your specific research interests and detailing related projects in which you participated to ciberatusf [at] gmail [dot] com for consideration.


  • Khadija Zanna will be joining IBM during Summer 2019 for an internship. Khadija is working on her Master's degree in Computer Engineering, and is a member of the Ciber Lab. Congrats, Khadija!

  • I am serving as the Local Arrangements Chair for BTAS 2019. BTAS will be held from September 23-26 this year in the beautiful city of Tampa, FL.

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