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Ali Shokoufandeh

Professor & Senior Associate Dean of Research and Operations

Computer Science

Ali Shokoufandeh's research interests revolve around the design and analysis of algorithms for combinatorial and geometric problems and their applications to generic object recognition, shape representations as hierarchical graphs and inexact graph indexing and matching. He currently serves as professor and senior associate dean of research at the College of Computing & Informatics. He has held affiliations with the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania (visiting assistant professor, 1999-2002), The Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania (visiting assistant professor, 2003-2005). He currently serves on the editorial boards of Pattern Recognition Letters and IET Computer Vision. Shokoufandeh received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Tehran University in 1989, and both master of science and doctoral degrees in computer science from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in 1996 and 1999, respectively.

Education

  • PhD, Computer Science, Rutgers University
  • Diploma Certiļ¬cate in Cognitive Science, Rutgers University
  • MS, Computer Science, Rutgers University
  • BS, Computer Science, University of Tehran

Research/Teaching Interests

Theory of algorithms, graph theory, combinatorial optimization, computer vision

Select Publications

  • D. Bespalov, B. Bai, Y. Qi, and A. Shokoufandeh, “ Sentiment classification based on supervised latent n-gram analysis”, Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2011, Glasgow, United Kingdom, October 24-28, 2011, 375-382.
  • K. Aryafar, A. Shokoufandeh, “Music genre classification using explicit semantic analysis”, Proceedings of the 1st international ACM workshop on Music information retrieval with user-centered and multimodal strategies, MIRUM 2011, Scottsdale, AZ, USA, November28- December01, 2011, 33-38.
  • D. Bespalov, A. Lindbjerg Dahl, B. Bai, A. Shokoufandeh, “On Inferring Image Label Information Using Rank Minimization for Supervised Concept Embedding”, Image Analysis -17th Scandinavian Conference, SCIA 2011, Ystad, Sweden, May 2011,103-113.

Grant Awards

  • U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). SPRUCE: Software-Intensive Systems Producibility Initiative. PI: Spiros Mancrodis, Co-PI: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $399,000.
  • U.S. Army Research, Communications and Electronics research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Night Vision. Study of Compression Algorithms for the Airborne Infrared Cameras. PI: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $150,000.
  • Office of Naval Research. ONR-N00014-08-1-0925. Dentification of Canonical Subsets and their Role in Simplification of Complex Patterns. PI: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $305,549.
  • National Science Foundation. The 3D Colonial Philadelphia Project Digital Restoration of Thin-Shell Objects for Historical Archaeological Research and Interpretation. PI: Fernand Cohen’ Co-PIs: Ali Shokoufandeh, Ko Nishino, Patrice Jeppson, and Glen J. Muschio. Total Award Amount: $737,737.
  • National Science Foundation. Digital Engineering Archives. PI: William Regli, Co-PIs: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $480,000.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. SURF Program. PI: Ali Shokoufandeh, Student: Craig Schroeder. Total Award Amount: $5,950.
  • National Science Foundation. Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering. PI: Wei Sun, Co-PIs: Ali Shokoufandeh, and M. Lievschner. Total Award Amount: $1,000,000.
  • Office of Naval Research. ONR-N000140410363. Indexing and Matching Relational Structures for Image Interpretation. PI: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $213,057.
  • National Science Foundation. ITRM/M-EIA-02-05178. New Modeling of Dynamic Brain Images for Indexing and Retrieval. (Joint with Rutgers University). Rutgers PI: Paul Kantor. Drexel PI: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $128,400.
  • Nissan Motor Company. An Integrated Approach to Tracking Driver Cognitive State. PI: D. Salvucci, Co- PI: Ali Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $60,000.
  • State of Pennsylvania. Automated Histological Grading of Breast Cancer. Joint PIs: S. McKinney, A. Shokoufandeh, A. Ghosh, F. Garcia. Total Award Amount: $197,969.
  • National Science Foundation. ITR: Representation and Design of Heterogeneous Structures. PI: W. Sun, Co-PIs: A. Shokoufandeh, W. Regli. Total Award Amount: $490,806.
  • National Science Foundation. SGER: Algorithmic Infrastructure for Knowledge Management. PI: Ali Shokoufandeh, Co-PI W. Regli. Total Award Amount: $50,000.
  • National Science Foundation. MRI: Acquisition of a Complete Whole Arm Manipulator (WAM) Robot System, PI: J.P. Desai, Co-PIs: B.C. Chang, H.G. Kwatny, C.T. Laurencin, A. Shokoufandeh. Total Award Amount: $182,177.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best of CHI Award. ACM CHI Conference, 2009.
  • Outstanding Reviewers Award for CVPR 2008. IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2009.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award. Drexel University College of Engineering, 2006.
  • DIMACS Graduate Award. The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science.
  • DIMACS Graduate Award. The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science.
  • Annual Scientific Award for Best Undergraduate Research Project.