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Debzani Deb

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

Contact Info

Office: NSB 223, EJB 3211 Phone: 336-750-2496 Fax: 336-750-2499


Debzani Deb is the RJ Reynolds Endowed 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. She authored and coauthored over 50 referred journal and proceeding articles and has been awarded nearly $ 4 millions of funding from National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, University of North Carolina Research Opportunities Initiative (UNC ROI), Google, Mozilla Foundation etc. She is the recipient of 2021 Wilveria B. Atkinson Distinguished Research Award at WSSU. 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 experienced in applying data science and machine learning techniques and algorithms in solving user-inspired problems in different domains such as healthcare, cybersecurity, mobile computing, business, geospatial, and social sciences while leading and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams. Additionally, she is also involved in many research projects that are dedicated to improving the quality and inclusivity of data science and computer science education. 

Dr. Deb is a regular reviewer for journals including Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), IEEE transaction on Education, 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 Supercomputing conferences in 2018 and 2019.

Along with leading CADS research projects, Dr. Deb is involved in many other research projects and a few of them are listed as below

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
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Computer Science Education
  1. NSF, PI, "A data analytics certificate for non-computing majors," NSF IUSE CUE, Award #2245959, $409,799.00, 2023-2027 
  2. NASA, PI, "Institute for Multi-agent Perception through Advanced Cyber-Physical Technologies (IMPACT)," NASA MUREP/DEAP, $403,074.00, 2023-2026.
  3. Mozilla Foundation, PI, "Integrating AI Ethics Modules into interdisciplinary courses at an HBCU," Responsible Computing Challenge, $149,743.00, 2023 – 2024
  4. Google, PI, “TensorFlow Outreach Award” 10,000.00, 2022 – 2023.
  5. NSF, PI, "Capacity Building for Research at Minority-Serving Institutions: Infrastructure Research Readiness (CyBR-MSI: IRR).," ASEE/NSF, $3,000.00, 2023.
  6. NSF, Co-PI, “CISE-MSI: RCBP-RF: SCH: Mining Mobile Crowdsensing to Optimize Community Health Clinic Management”, Award Number: 2131100 $299,695.00, 2021-2023.
  7. HanesBrands, PI, "Research Award to CADS", $50,000.00, 2021-2025.
  8. Google, PI, “TensorFlow Outreach Award” 10,000.00, 2021 – 2022.
  9. 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.
  10. Google Cloud Research Grant, PI, $5000, 2020-2021.
  11. NSF, Co-PI, "Collaborative Research: Excellence in Research: Computational Framework and Data Science for Identification", Award Number: 1900087, $299,962.00, 2019-2022
  12. NSF, Co-PI, "Targeted Infusion Project: "Integrating Data Science into the Urban Studies and Sustainability Program", Award Number: 1912214, $249,825.00, 2019-2022
  13. NSF, Senior Personnel, "Collaborative Research: CyberTraining: Conceptualization: Planning a Sustainable Ecosystem for incorporating parallel and distributed computing into undergraduate education", Award Number: 2002649, $423,921.00, 2019-2021
  14. NSF, PI, "Improving Research and Education of Big Data and Cloud Computing at Winston-Salem State University", Award Number: 1600864, $307,802.00, 2016 – 2019
  15. UNC Collaboration Grant, Senior Personnel, "Research Cyberinfrastructure, A collaboration within WSSU, UNCG, and UNCW", $3000, 2017-2018
  16. WSSU, PI, RIP Award: "Utility-based Resource Provisioning of Big Data Applications on Cloud Environment", $9,690, 2016 – 2017
  17. WSSU Office of Science Initiatives (OSI) Teaching Innovation Award, PI, "Using Peer Instruction to Improve Student Engagement", $2,500, 2016 – 2017.
  18. 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.
  19. TCPP/NSF, PI, "CDER Center Early Adopter Award for Curriculum Initiative on Parallel and Distributed Computing", $2500, 2015-2016.
  20. 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.
  21. Indiana University of Pennsylvania(IUP) senate Fellowship Grant, PI, "Preliminary Investigation on Utilizing smart phones in Higher Education", $12,000, 2010-2011.