I am a Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. My research interests include Knowledge Graphs (involving their construction, Machine Learning, data mining, and applications of knowledge graphs), Semantic Web and SPARQL query processing, ontology engineering, ontology-aided text processing, bioinformatics, Web services, and workflow processes. I mentor and supervise Ph.D. and M.S. Computer Science graduate students who focus on research in these areas.

I usually teach graduate and senior-level courses on Mobile Software Development, Software Engineering, Enterprise Integration, and Compiler Construction. Occasionally, I teach an introductory course on software development.

I have been a faculty in the Computer Science Department since 1987. From 2002 to 2008, I served as the Department Head of Computer Science. Currently, I am the Associate Director in the School of Computing.

Recent Dectoral Students

  • Saber Soleymani, Ph.D., 2022. Saber is now a Temporary Assistant Professor at Georgia State Universtiy in Atlanta, GA.
  • Abbas Keshavarzi, Ph.D., 2021. Abbas is currently working on Knowledge Graphs and Machine Learning at Google.
  • Seyedamin Pouriyeh, Ph.D., 2018. Seyed worked on the framework for probabilistic topic modeling on RDF data sets. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA.
  • Mehdi Allahyari, Ph.D., 2016. After working as an Assitant Professor at Georgia Southern, Mehdi is now an AI/ML Tech Lead at Wells Fargo.
  • Shima Dastgheib, Ph.D., 2016. Shima is now a Technical Lead in Knowledge Graph and Semantic Technologies at Genentech/Roche.
  • Matthew Eavenson, Ph.D., 2015. After a few years at Booze Allen, Matthew is currently working at Catalytic Data Science, a bioinformatics company in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Amy Liu, Ph.D., 2014. Amy works at Disney Streaming Services, in New York, NY.

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