CS Department Welcomes Two New Faculty Members


The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce two new hires from its faculty search during the 2007-2008 academic year. Dr. Habib M. Ammari and Dr. Xiang Fu will join the department as tenure-track faculty this fall.
Dr. Habib M. Ammari

Dr. Habib M. Ammari is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at Hofstra University and is the founding director of the Wireless Sensor and Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (WiSeMAN) Research Laboratory. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in May 2008 and the M.S. degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University in December 2004. He also received the Doctorat de Specialite and the Diploma of Engineering degrees in Computer Science from the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia, in 1996 and 1992, respectively. His main research interests lie in the areas of wireless sensor and mobile ad hoc networking, and multihop mobile wireless Internet architectures and protocols. In particular, he is interested in coverage, connectivity, energy-efficient data routing and information dissemination, fault tolerance, and security in wireless sensor networks, and the interconnection between wireless sensor networks, mobile ad hoc networks, and the global IP Internet.

Dr. Ammari received the Computer Science and Engineering Outstanding PhD Student Award from UTA in 2008. He was a recipient of the TPC Best Paper Award from EWSN 08 and the Best Contribution Paper Award from IEEE PerCom 08 Google PhD forum. He was also an ACM Student Research Competition (ACM SRC) nominee at ACM MobiCom 05. He was selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of Whos Who in America and the 2008-2009 Honors Edition of Madison Whos Who Among Executives and Professionals. He serves as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile Communications. He is also on the Program Committee for EWSN 09 and the Program Co-Chair of IQ2S '09. He has served as a reviewer for several international journals (IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, International Journal of Sensor Networks, Computer Communications, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Information Sciences, International Journal of Computer and Applications, and Data and Knowledge Engineering Journal) and conferences and symposia (ACM MobiCom, IEEE Infocom, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE SECON, IEEE MASS, IEEE GlobeCom, IEEE ICC, HiPC, ACM MSWiM, DISC, IEEE VTC, and IEEE ISCC). He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.

Dr. Xiang Fu

Dr. Xiang Fu received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, and his B.S. in Computer Science from Fudan University, P.R. China, in 1999. From 2004 to 2008, he was an assistant professor with the School of Computer and Information Sciences, Georgia Southwestern State University. At present, he is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science, Hofstra University.

Dr. Fu's research lies in the general area of software engineering, with an emphasis on automated verification and testing. The purpose of his research is to develop theories and techniques for verifying and validating the functionality, reliability, and security of software systems. His interests include but are not limited to model checking, symbolic execution, realizability analysis, predicate abstraction, automated testing, study of asynchronously communicating state machines, Web Services, and Workflow systems. Recently, his primary focus has been the application of static analyses to automated scanning of Web application vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting attack, and AJAX security holes. Dr. Fu's work appeared in journals such as Theoretical Computer Science, IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering, and IEEE Internet Computing. He also publishes in top software engineering and Web engineering conferences such as Computer Aided Verification (CAV), International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA), International World Wide Web Conference (WWW).

Dr. Xiang Fu is the recipient of the GSW Vice President Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2007), GSW Distinguished Professor Grant (2005, 2007). He served on the program committees of ICWS, WWW, WAIM, ICIW, ICE-B, APSEC. He is a reviewer for ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE).