PhD Students

  • Xian Su (Fall 2019 - present)

Xian is currently a second-year master student in computer science at the Florida International University. He spent four wonderful years in the Ocean University of China and received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in June 2016. He is going to seek for Ph.D. degree in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Fall 2019.

During his bachelor and master life, he maintained good academic performance, participating many science and technology competitions. He won the first prize in the 4th National Marine Vehicle Design and Production Competition in China with the design of a bionic whale navigation system for gathering and processing marine drifting debris. He also joined the research team of Jun in Florida International University and participated in research work about erasure code and distributed matrix multiplication.

Xian enjoys traveling, snorkeling and doing crafts in his leisure time. He loves the natural beauties, especially the ocean.

  • Xiaodi Fan (Fall 2018 - present)

Xiaodi is currently a Ph.D. student at the Florida International University. He received his B.S. degree in Communication Engineering at the Hangzhou Dianzi University on July 2018 and participated one-year exchange program in Computer Science at the University of California, Riverside under the supervision of Vagelis Hristidis.

His major research interest is on using erasure Code to tolerate stragglers in large scale distributed matrix multiplication and machine learning, implementing algorithms on optimizing performance with large scale machine learning algorithms on the cloud platforms. During his time in UC Riverside, he focused on crawling data monthly from online websites by writing code in Jsoup and Selenium and analyzed collected data to discover a relationship between housing price and factors like distance to famous restaurants.

He enjoys playing basketball and hiking in his leisure time. Rap songs are his favorite.

  • Pedro Soto (Fall 2018 - present)

Pedro is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University. He received his B.S. degree in Mathematics at the Florida International University in July 2016 and was part of a one-semester research program at the University of Notre Dame that year where he performed research in extremal combinatorics, graph theory, and infinitary combinatorics under the guidance of Dr. David Galvin.

His major research is on the application of coding theory towards distributed computing with a particular interest in the use of erasure codes towards fault tolerance and straggler mitigation in distributed matrix multiplication and distributed machine learning algorithms. In the past, he has been interested in the use of information theory in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, quantum information theory, the relationship between representation theory and computational aspects of matrices and tensors, combinatorial-style problems in network information theory and coding theory, and Ramsey theory.

He enjoys recreational mathematics and puzzles; listening to jazz, classical, rap, and R&B music; playing the guitar; and getting quiet-time outdoors by hiking, fishing, and hunting.

Master Students

  • Dan Xi (Spring 2019 - present)

  • Ipsita Acharya (Spring 2018 – Summer 2018)

  • Zhongzhou Li (Summer 2018 – Fall 2018)

Visiting Scholars

  • Xiaomei Zhong (East China Jiao Tong University, April 2019 - April 2020)

  • Yan Wang (East China Jiao Tong University, April 2018 - April 2019)

Undergraduate Students and High School Students

  • Jesus Vento (M-DCPS Summer Youth Internship Program, 2018)

  • Christopher Del Rey (M-DCPS Summer Youth Internship Program, 2018)