CS Faculty Mini Talks

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 17:30
TH 331
Anagha Kulkarni, Hao Yue, Dragutin Petkovic & Hui Yang

These talks are designed for our graduate students to get to know the faculty in the department. Each professor will give a short speech on what their specific area of expertise is on and what projects they have completed and what they have been working on currently.


Anagha Kulkarni has a PhD in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary research interests are in information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning. She is passionate about tackling the problems that arise when searching large volumes of data (say, a billion webpages) with limited computing resources (say, a handful processors).  She is part of the leadership of the PINC program which is designed to improve diversity in the field of computing. She serves regularly on the program committees of ACM conferences and journals in information retrieval.


Professor Yue received his B.E. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Xidian University, Xi'an, China, in 2009, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Florida in 2015. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at San Francisco State University. His research interests include Wireless and Mobile Networks, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Cybersecurity.


Dr. Petkovic obtained his Ph.D. at UC Irvine, in the area of biomedical image processing. He spent over 15 years at IBM Almaden Research Center as a scientist and in various management roles. His contributions ranged from use of computer vision for inspection, to multimedia databases and digital libraries. He is the founder of IBM's well-known QBIC (query by image content) project, which significantly influenced the content-based retrieval field. Dr. Petkovic received numerous IBM awards for his work and became an IEEE Fellow for leadership in the content-based retrieval area. Dr. Petkovic also managed and participated in several other projects while in IBM, among them User Ergonomics Research (involved in IBM's TrackPoint pointing device), and Foundations of Massively Parallel Computing. In the last few years, Dr. Petkovic had various technical management roles in Silicon Valley startups, the latest (VMware) involving virtual computing on Intel Platform. Some of the products Dr. Petkovic helped build won numerous awards and are widely used. He has also taught at Santa Clara University. Currently, Dr. Petkovic was the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University from 2003 till Spring 2015, and currently is Professor at SFSU CS Department and Director of SFSU Center for Computing for Life Sciences.


Hui Yang received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Ohio State University. She has been on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at San Francisco State University since 2006. Her main research interests are in the area of data mining and text mining, with a current focus on applications originated in the fields of biomedical and health informatics, education and social networks.