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Debzani Deb

Position: Associate Professor/Founding Director, Center for Applied Data Science (CADS) Department: Department of Computer Science

Contact Info

Office: 3211, Elva J. Jones Computer Science Building Phone: 336-750-2496 Fax: 336-750-2499


Debzani Deb (BS’96 SUST, Bangladesh; MS’01 University of Adelaide, Australia; PhD’08 Montana State University, Bozeman) is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Winston-Salem State University. She is also the founding director of Center for Applied Data Science (CADS) at WSSU. Previously she also worked as an assistant professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA and as a visiting faculty at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. She authored and coauthored over 40 referred journal and proceeding articles and has been awarded over 2.6M of federal funding as PI and Co-PI. She has over 15 years of experience in Higher Education as faculty member in three different countries such as USA, Australia and Bangladesh.

Dr. Deb is a regular reviewer for journals including Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), conferences including ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), and IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE), and workshops including EduPar and EduHPC. She served as the program chair of EduHPC workshops at SC18 and SC19

Dr. Deb leads the iBigCloud research team at WSSU. Additionally, She is significantly involved as Co-PI or senior personnel in the following projects

Educational Background

  • PhD, Montana State University Bozeman, Montana, USA, 2008
  • MCompSci, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 2001
  • MS, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • BS, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Research and Project Interests

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Computer Science Education

  1. UNC Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) Award, PI, "Winston-Salem State University Center for Applied Data Science (CADS)", $1,498,625, 2020-2023. UNC System Awards Three ROI Grants for 2021-2023.
  2. NSF, Co-PI, "Collaborative Research: Excellence in Research: Computational Framework and Data Science for Identification", Award Number: 1900087, $299,962, 2019-2022.
  3. NSF, Co-PI, "Targeted Infusion Project: "Integrating Data Science into the Urban Studies and Sustainability Program", Award Number: 1912214, $249,825.00, 2019-2022.
  4. NSF, Senior Personnel, "Collaborative Research: Cybertraining: Conceptualization: Planning a Sustainable Ecosystem for incorporating parallel and distributed computing into undergraduate education", Award Number: 2002649, $423,921, 2019-2021.
  5. NSF, PI, "Improving Research and Education of Big Data and Cloud Computing at Winston-Salem State University", Award Number: 1600864, $307,802, 2016 – 2019.
  6. UNC Collaboration Grant, Senior Personnel, "Research Cyberinfrastructure, A collaboration within WSSU, UNCG, and UNCW", $3000, 2017-2018.
  7. WSSU, PI, RIP Award: "Utility-based Resource Provisioning of Big Data Applications on Cloud Environment", $9,690, 2016 – 2017.
  8. WSSU Office of Science Initiatives (OSI) Teaching Innovation Award, PI, "Using Peer Instruction to Improve Student Engagement", $2,500, 2016 – 2017.
  9. Google Community Tech Grant, Co-PI, "Increase awareness of computer science and technology among the under-resourced community of East Winston-Salem", $83,000, 2016 – 2017.
  10. TCPP/NSF, PI, "CDER Center Early Adopter Award for Curriculum Initiative on Parallel and Distributed Computing", $2500, 2015-2016.
  11. NSF, Co-PI, "Targeted Infusion Project: Use of Mobile Application to Improve Active Learning and Student Participation in the Computer Science Classroom", Award Number: 1332531, $235,091, 2013-2017.
  12. Indiana University of Pennsylvania(IUP) senate Fellowship Grant, PI, "Preliminary Investigation on Utilizing smart phones in Higher Education", $12,000, 2010-2011.