Guide to 14 Faculty Members of the New College of Computing Sciences:
With Interests Ranging From Algorithms to Bioinformatics

NEWARK, Oct. 9-- The faculty of the new College of Computing Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) includes specialists with wide-ranging interests and specialties ranging from algorithms to bioinformatics. Featured below is a closer look at the work of 14 faculty members. Contact the public relations department to set up interviews with these individuals or other faculty members whose expertise may better fit your current needs.

Hypermedia Research

Improving information access and comprehension is the goal of the hypermedia research conducted by Michael Bieber, Ph.D., associate professor of information systems and director of the Hypermedia Information Systems Research Laboratory. Bieber is developing a hypermedia system to provide navigation and annotation to scientific and technical computer applications in accounting, decision support systems and statistical tools. Bieber received his Ph.D. and M.A. in 1990 and his B.A.S. and B.S.E. in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Large Scale Computer System Simulation

Two computer science experts are finding ways to improve the simulation of large-scale computer systems. Associate professor of computer science James M. Calvin, Ph.D., and associate professor of computer science Marvin K. Nakayama, Ph.D., are accomplishing their goals by using more information than is found in standard approaches. They believe this approach will have a wide spectrum of applications and benefit industries such as manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications. The National Science Foundation funds the project. Nakayama received his M.S. in 1988 and his Ph.D. in 1991 from Stanford University and his B.A. in 1986 from the University of California at San Diego. Calvin received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Stanford University, both his A.B in 1978 and his M.S. in 1979 from Stanford University.

Enhancing the IT Workforce Through Secondary Education

Since 1996, associate professor of information systems and associate dean of the college Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D. has been leading an effort in New Jersey to develop computer science education guidelines for high school students. He is known for assembling a conference in New Jersey on computer science education and for establishing computer science curriculum standards for high schools. Deek has designed, developed and delivered several telecourses for the Cable Television Network of New Jersey (CTN). Deek has also developed five advanced software programs. His most recent one teaches novice computer programmers problem solving and planning skills. He is currently the project director and co-principal investigator for the $2.5 million New Jersey Information-Technology Opportunities for the Workforce, Education and Research project funded by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

Deek comes to his leadership roles in education with notable accolades. He has twice received three university-wide teaching awards. He received his B.S. in 1985, his M.S. in 1986 and his Ph.D. in 1997, all from NJIT.

Database For Distance Learning

Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Ph.D., distinguished professor of computer science and also a pioneer in distance learning, originated in 1986 the concept of the Virtual Classroom®. Hiltz currently leads a project helping college professors use the computer for instruction. With funding from the Sloan Foundation, she is building an educational database for the web. The base will improve the effectiveness of distance learning. Hiltz received her Ph.D. in 1969 and her M.S. in 1964 from Columbia University and her A.B. in 1963 from Vassar College.

Scheduling Algorithms

Joseph Leung, Ph.D., distinguished professor of computer science, studies scheduling problems in real-time systems; he developed the deadline monotonic scheduling algorithm, which is widely used in real-time systems. The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded Leung a grant to extend his deadline algorithm to other environments. Leung also studies complexity issues for various scheduling dilemmas, resolving a number of long-standing open problems. The most notable of them is how to minimize total tardiness on a single processor; he did this work jointly with his doctoral student, Jianzhong Du. Leung received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and his B.S. in 1972 from Southern Illinois University.

Algorithmic Graph Theory

James A. McHugh, Ph.D., a leading authority on algorithms, is the acting chair of the department of computer science. McHugh's research interests include algorithmic graph theory (an area in combinatorial mathematics), computer-aided problem-solving, web-based applications as well as data mining and learning systems. He is the author of Algorithmic Graph Theory (Prentice-Hall, 1989) and the co-author of Data Mining on the World Wide Web (Kluwer, 2001). He received his A.B. in mathematics from Fordham College in 1965 and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 1970.

Software Research

Ali Mili, Ph.D., professor of computer science, came to NJIT from the University of West Virginia, where he was a professor and senior research scientist at the Institute for Software Research. His research interests include software architecture and software reuse, as well as software engineering education. Mili has written over 140 academic papers for scholarly journals and five books. His most recent book is Reuse-Based Software Engineering (John Wiley, 2000). Mili received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1981 from the University of Illinois, his M.S. in computer science in 1977 from the National Polytechnic Institute and his B.S. in computer science in 1976 from the Universite Scientifique et Medicale de Grenoble, France.

Internet Stability

Teunis J. Ott, Ph.D., professor of computer science, was a senior scientist at Telcordia Technologies, the former Bellcore. His research involves the stability of the Internet and the performance of Internet protocols. He holds several patents that deal with solutions for traffic flow and routing in telecommunications networks. He received his Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Rochester in 1974, his M.A. in mathematics in 1970 from the University of Amsterdam, and his B.Sc. in physics, mathematics and chemistry from the University of Amsterdam in 1965.

Biomedical Engineering

Michael Recce, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering and the director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioengineering, is developing a virtual reality system for rehabilitating hand function in stroke patients. Recce’s system, run by a desk-top personal computer, uses two hand devices, a CyberGlove and a RMI force feedback glove, which allow users to interact with four rehabilitation exercises. The therapy program is semi-automated and personalized to encourage patients to improve. To further motivate the patient, screen displays resemble interactive games. Recce’s system is working: Preliminary studies have found substantial recovery of motor abilities in stroke victims. His collaborators on this project, funded by the New Jersey Commission for Science and Technology, include scientists from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Recce received his Ph.D. in 1994 from University College, London and his B.S. in 1982 from University of California-Santa Cruz.

Learning Technologies

Ricki Goldman Seagall, Ph.D., professor of information systems, brings to NJIT the knowledge that she acquired from creating and directing an ethnographic software laboratory at the University of British Columbia. In her laboratory, she studied how people-both young and old, and of different races, cultures, and genders--use computer-based text, sound and images. The lab also developed theories and tools for conducting inquiries using digital video technologies. Her research interests have included looking at how children think-- research that helps teachers understand different learning styles. Seagall is the author of Points Of Viewing Children’s Thinking: A Digital Ethnographer’s Journey (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998). Seagall received her B.A in English literature in 1969 from the University of British Columbia, her M.A. in education in 1983 from Hebrew University and her Ph.D. in arts and media technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1990.

RAID Technology

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a technology designed to prevent loss of data and improve access time in large computer systems. RAID 5 uses a group of disks that allows data on a failed disk to be accessed. The system automatically recreates the contents of a failed disk on a back-up disk. Alex Thomasian, Ph.D., professor of computer science, heads a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation focusing on the performance of mirrored RAID disks. Thomasian received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Auditory Interfaces

Marilyn Tremaine, Ph.D., professor of information systems, is an expert in the new technology of auditory interfaces. An auditory interface enables researchers to develop simpler hardware and software systems for people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities. Tremaine recently developed a virtual reality-based program to rehabilitate stroke victims. Tremaine received her Ph.D. in communications theory in 1980 and her M.S. in communications theory in 1978 both from the University of Southern California, and her B.S in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied French, math and physics.

Learning Technologies

Distinguished professor of information systems Murray Turoff, Ph.D., along with Hiltz, pioneered the concept of distance learning. Turoff, chair of the department of information systems, developed in 1976 the first computer-mediated communications technology known as the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES). Turoff co-authored two books: The Network Nation, an award-winning text that predicted the current explosion of electronic enterprise via the Internet, and Learning Networks, a guide for educators who want to learn how to teach on the web.

Turoff, again with the help of Hiltz, recently completed a project establishing a “Virtual University” at NJIT. The pair has worked on expanding computer-mediated course offerings; they include the humanities, the social sciences, management and engineering. Turoff and Hiltz have increased the enrollment at NJIT in Asynchronous Learning Network courses, which rose from 48 students in 1993 to almost 1500 in 2000.

His research interests include computer mediated communications; collaborative systems; the design of applications and interfaces; decision support systems; forecasting and planning methodologies and how computers affect society. Turoff received his Ph.D. in 1965 from Brandeis University and his B.A. in 1958 from the University of California.


Jason Wang, Ph.D., a professor of computer science, is working on an unusual project: Creating a search engine to simplify-by analysis and classification--huge amounts of biological data. With support from the National Science Foundation, Wang’s team, which includes researchers from the National Cancer Institute and Harvard University, is developing and testing a search tool for processing queries about information patterns in large databases. The search tool would facilitate drug design, protein evaluation and the classification of DNA sequences. Wang, received both his Ph.D. in 1991 and his M.S. in 1988 from New York University and his B.S. in 1980 from National Taiwan University.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a “perennially most wired” university.

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