Research Opportunities

I am currently looking for some enthusiastic and inquisitive undergraduates with interests in ubiquitous sensing, IoT devices and authentication, and biometric recognition. Undergraduate volunteers should have a strong background in math, a reasonable skill set in 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.

Lab News

  • 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!

  • Sayde King will graduate this Spring with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science! Congrats, Sayde!

Current Team

Tempestt Neal, Ph.D.

Lab Director, Computer Science and Engineering
tjneal [at] usf [dot] edu
Dr. Neal is an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of South Florida. She obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. Her research interests span several topics, including behavioral biometrics, emotion recognition, computer vision, and machine/deep learning.

Asad Noor

Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering
noor3 [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu
Asad is a Ph.D student in the CSE department at USF. He completed a Bachelor in Science degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Before joining USF, he worked as a programmer in Research and Development for four years. He is currently developing techniques to visualize behaviors on smartphones for application of computer vision techniques for authentication.

Parush Gera

Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering
parush [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu
Parush is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering at USF. He completed a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Panjab Universty, India and Masters of Business Administration from Punjabi University, India. He is interested in the use of machine learning and NLP for early detection of cyberbullying on social networks.

Khadija Zanna

M.S. Student, Computer Engineering
khzanna [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu
Khadija Zanna is a graduate student at USF pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Engineering with an interest in utilizing physiological and behavioral measurements to understand differences in emotion between domestic and international students. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from USF, where she acquired skills in both software and hardware computer design through various research experiences.

Gurpreet Kaptan

M.S. Student, Information Technology
gskaptan [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu
Gurpreet is pursuing a Masters of Science in Information Technology at the University of South Florida. He has a Bachelors in Technology from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, India. His research interests are machine learning, system security, and algorithms. He is currently working on applying convolutional neural networks to a novel concept developed in the lab termed behavioral images to identify unique patterns of smartphone use.

Sayde King

Senior Undergraduate, Computer Science
saydeking [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu

Sayde is a Senior studying Computer Science with a minor in International Studies. Sayde aims to be a cybersecurity professional specializing in Cyber Forensics, working to uphold national security. She loves music and visits home to volunteer with the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches as an Alum. Her involvements on campus include being a USF Ambassador, a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Order of the Golden Brahman.

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