Exceptional Alumni

The School of Computing Science is proud of all of our alumni! This is a list of some of our exceptional alumni who have followed their interests into extraordinary careers. If you find that any information here should be updated, or if anyone is missing, please don't hesitate to contact us at: csweb @ sfu.ca

Graduated 2011

Zhengzheng Xing
Applied Research Scientist, Amazon

Bin Jiang
Software Engineer, Facebook
Dissertation: Summarizing Certainty in Uncertain Data

Bin Zhou
Assistant Professor, Dept of Information Systems, University of Maryland
Dissertation: Keyword Search on Large-Scale Data: from Relational and Graph Data to OLAP Infrastructure

Graduated 2009

Brian Fraser
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing Science, SFU
Dissertation: STEPS-FIRST: A systematic inference system with facts and rules stored as activation patterns.
Nominated for CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Farahad Hormozdiari
PhD Candidate, University of California

Ming Hua
Engineering Director, Facebook
Dissertation: Ranking Queries on Uncertain Data.

Evgeny Skvortsov
Software Engineer, Google
Dissertation: Theoretical Analysis of Practical Heuristics for Satisfiability.

Yang Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Dissertation: Learning Structured Models for Human Actions and Poses.

Graduated 2008

Arash Afrooze
CTO & Co-Founder, Hire the World
FuEL Award Recipient

Omer Ishaq
Lecturer, Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, Air University, Pakistan
Dissertation: Algorithms for image analysis of corpus callosum degeneration for multiple sclerosis.

Alireza H Khodabakhshi
Data Scientist, Genomic Institute for Novartis Research Foundation (GNF)

Yabo-Arber Xu
Associate Professor, Sun Yat-sen University
VP of Technology, Summba Inc.
Dissertation: New models and techniques on privacy-preserving information sharing.

Xiaohong (Sharon) Zhao
Research Scientist, Siemens Research, Princeton
Dissertation: Haplotype Inferring via Galled-Tree Networks

Graduated 2007

Cagri Aksay
Microsoft
Dissertation: Non-coding RNA prediction and functional filtering using pentamer sequence motifs.

Alireza Entezari
Associate Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, University of Florida
Dissertation: Optimal Sampling Lattices And Trivariate Box Splines.

Benjamin Fung
Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University
Dissertation: Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing.

Byron Ju Gao
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Texas State University
Dissertation: Hyper-rectangle-based Discriminative Data Generalization and Applications in Data Mining.

Emre Karakoc
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Istanbul
Genome Sciences Department, University of Washington, Seattle
Dissertation: Computational studies on structure and functionality of biomolecular compounds.

Dan Wang
Associate Professor, Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dissertation: Continuous Data Collection In Wireless Sensor Networks.

Aaron Ward
Assistant Professor, Medical Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario.
Winner of NSERC POstdoctoral Fellowship. Holds the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Translational Imaging Science
Dissertation: Computational intelligence supporting anatomical shape analysis and computer-aided diagnosis.

Graduated 2006

Hao Jiang
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Boston College
Dissertation: Successive Convexification for Consistent Labeling.
Recipient of SFU's 2007 Governor-General's Gold Medal.

Cheng Lu
Senior Imaging Engineer, Itel Corporation
Dissertation: Removing Shadows from Color Images.

Graduated 2005

Alma Barranco-Mendoza
Technology Executive, Academic and Entrepreneur, Canadian Space Society, Infogenetica Solutions Ltd. 
Dissertation: Stochastic and heuristic modelling for analysis of the growth of pre-invasive lesions and for a multidisciplinary approach to early cancer diagnosis.

Regan Mandryk
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan
Dissertation: Modeling user emotion in interactive play environments: A fuzzy physiological approach.
Award: Governor General's Gold Medal Award winner

Alison Meynert
Career Development Fellow, Medical Research Council, Edinburgh
Dissertation: Common Evidence Network: An Integrated Approach to Investigating Gene Relationships.

Zhong Zhang
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Lethbridge
Dissertation: Applications of visibility space in polygon search problems.

Graduated 2004

Yuanzhu Peter Chen
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dissertation: Clustering mobile ad hoc networks using graph domination.

Florian Ciurea
Principal Imaging Scientist, Emergent VR, San Francisco
Dissertation: Colour constancy theories in the real world.

Melanie Tory
Senior Research Scientist, Tableau Research
Dissertation: Combining 2D and 3D views for visualization of spatial data.

Manuel Zahariev
Founder, s2x = SQL to Anything
Dissertation: Automatic expansion of acronyms.
Award: Dean of Graduate Studies Medal Award winner

Graduated 2003

Diana Cukierman
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing Science, SFU
Dissertation: A formalization of structured temporal objects and repetition.

Philip Fong
Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Calgary
Dissertation: Proof linking: A modular verification architecture for mobile code system.

David Gerhard
Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Regina
Dissertation: Computationally measurable differences between speech and song.

Adrian Moise
Founder and CEO, Aequilibrium, Vancouver
Dissertation: Designing better user interfaces for radiology interpretations.

Reza Naserasr
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Carleton University
Dissertation: Homomorphisms and bounds.

Jeffrey Orchard
Associate Professor, School of Computing Science, University of Waterloo
Dissertation: Simultaneous registration and activation detection: Overcoming activation-induced registration errors in functional MRI.

Chenchen (Jessie) Zhu
Principle Software Engineer Manager, Microsoft, Seattle
Dissertation: Parsimony with General Character Evolution.

Graduated 2002

Graduated 2001

Lyn Bartram
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU
Dissertation: Enhancing information visualization with motion.

Morten Irgens
Chairman of the Board of Directors at Center for Welfare & Labour Research, Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Dissertation: Heuristics characteristics: The satisfiability case.

Tim Lee
Associate Professor, UBC / Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency
BC Cancer Agency
Dissertation: Measuring border irregularity and shape of cutaneous melanocytic lesions.

Snezana Mitrovic-Minic
Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics, SFU
Dissertation: The dynamic pickup and delivery problem with time windows.

Melissa O'Neill
Professor, Department of Computing Science, Harvey Mudd College
Dissertation: Version stamps for functional arrays and determinacy checking: Two applications of ordered lists for advanced programming languages.

Anthony Kum Hoe Tung
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore
Dissertation: Constrained clustering on spatial databases.