Meet Our Faculty

This list includes full-time and core faculty here at our Silicon Valley campus.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences 

Ricardo Baeza-Yates areas of expertise are information retrieval, web search and data mining, data science and algorithms. He is currently a Professor at Northeastern University, Silicon Valley campus, since August 2017. He is also CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California since June 2016. Before he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Sunnyvale, California, from August 2014 to February 2016. Before he founded and led from 2006 to 2015 the Yahoo labs in Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. Between 2008 and 2012 he also oversaw Yahoo Labs in Haifa, Israel, and started the London lab in 2012. He is part time Professor at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at the Dept. of Computing Science (DCC) of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. During 2005, he was an ICREA research professor at UPF. Until 2004 he was Professor and founding director of the Center for Web Research at Universidad de Chile.  He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. Before he obtained two masters (M.Sc. CS & M.Eng. EE) and the electronics engineer degree from the University of Chile in Santiago. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook, published in 1999 by Addison-Wesley with a second enlarged edition in 2011, which won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award.
He is also co-author of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures, Addison-Wesley, 1991; and co-editor of Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Data Structures, Prentice-Hall, 1992, among more than 600 other publications. Within ACM he was the Chilean site director of the regional ACM Programming Contest and member of the South American steering committee from 1998 to 2005. Later he was member of the ACM Publications Board from 2007 to 2009 and of the ACM European Council from 2010 to 2014. Finally, he was elected to the ACM Council from July 2012 to June 2016. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society. He has received the Organization of American States award for young researchers in exact sciences (1993), the Graham Medal for innovation in computing given by the University of Waterloo to distinguished ex-alumni (2007), the CLEI Latin American distinction for contributions to CS in the region (2009), and the National Award of the Chilean Association of Engineers (2010), among other distinctions. In 2003, he was the first computer scientist to be elected to the Chilean Academy of Sciences and since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow.

r.baeza-yates@northeastern.edu

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Abraham Bagherjeiran, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences

Abraham obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2007, specializing in statistical learning theory. An industrial practitioner and researcher, Abraham has worked art and advised top companies and startups in the industry.  Now at Amazon, his current research area extends artificial intelligence for online advertising.

a.bagherjeiran@northeastern.edu

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Suhabe Bugrara, Ph.D

Professor, College of Engineering Information Systems 

Dr. Suhabe Bugrara is a security researcher focusing on cryptocurrency and smart contract security. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in computer science and a B.Sc. from MIT. Previously, he was the founder of a healthcare machine learning startup that optimizes profitability at world-class hospitals.

s.bugrara@northeastern.edu

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Gao, Hechen

Professor, College of Engineering Information Systems 

Hechen Gao is a Northeastern Alumni. Currently working at Unity Technologies as Senior Software Engineer on Ads Serving team-leading multiple projects related to Ads Serving Infrastructure. Before Unity Technologies, I worked at Autodesk, Inc. as Senior Software Engineer focusing on Cloud Computing and Data Infrastructure. I also worked at MathWorks, and developed Matlab Connector to HDFS/Cassandra/MongoDB. I am passionate about solving industry problems with technology.

he.gao@northeastern.edu

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Matthew Goodwin, Ph.D

Professor, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Matt Goodwin obtained his Doctorate in Information Systems & Technology Management. He currently focuses on strategic data innovation, advanced business intelligence, analytics & business predictions, and anomaly detection solutions for Global 500 and Fortune 1000 organizations at Anodot. Matt is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has 12 years of enterprise & software experience, and is well-versed in the pitfalls of traditional data monitoring and business intelligence practices as it relates to A.I.

ma.goodwin@northeastern.edu

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Gust, Philip

Professor, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences 

Philip Gust has been working with computers for over 40 years. He learned to program while in high school for a science fair project to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars and return samples to earth. A NASA special award lead to a job during college, working on unmanned space crafts that have visited every planet in the solar system and beyond, including Mariner 10, Viking, and Voyager. He also taught computer science at the University of Arizona and wrote the textbook for one of the courses. Since then, he has worked at a number of companies, from large multinationals, to startups, including several on the founding team, and has developed dozens of software products. His publications include journal and magazine articles, and papers in conference proceedings. He has been active in professional societies for many years, including the ACM and the IEEE where he is a Senior Life member in both. He has served on boards of several commercial companies and non-profits. He is also an international award-winning costume designer and cosplayer, and editor of The Virtual Costumer magazine.

p.gust@northeastern.edu

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Ed Katz, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences

Prior to Northeastern, Edward Katz was a Visiting Associate Professor in Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University. He has also mentored Entrepreneurial Teams of M.S. students at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was both a Senior Systems Scientist and an Associate Professor of the Practice in Software Engineering at CMU SV. Previous to that, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (the corporate research facility of Hewlett-Packard Company). While at HP Labs, he was invited to be a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Computer Science Department’s Robotics Laboratory. He has published technical papers in international conferences and has been awarded two US Patents. His professional memberships include: Senior Member, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Senior Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His research interests include Computational Intelligence (primarily Fuzzy Logic), smart environments and robotic software systems (primarily autonomous mobile robotics), software agents, multi-agent systems, (rule-based, knowledge-based, and model-based) computation, and traditional Artificial Intelligence (GOFAI). Dr. Katz has earned the following degrees: B.S. Mathematics, Purdue University, M.S. Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

ed.katz@northeastern.edu

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Anurag Phardwaj, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences 

Anurag Bhardwaj is a Director of data science at eBay where he focuses on using Machine Learning to fight fraud and risk in eCommerce marketplace. Prior to eBay, he led machine learning efforts at Wiser - a bay area start-up where he worked on building a unified structured product catalog for retail. His research interests include Large Scale Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Deep Learning. He also teaches an online course "Text Mining" on statistics.com and just published a book titled "Deep Learning Essentials". Anurag received his PhD and MS from the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a B.Tech in computer engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India.

a.bhardwaj@northeastern.edu

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Prasad Saripalli, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences 

Prasad Saripalli teaches CS graduate courses at NEU Silicon Valley, including AI and Distributed Systems.  He serves as Vice President of Data Science at Edifecs, leading the building of Smart Decisions ML and AI Platform and App Store for Healthcare Payer and Provider.  Prior to joining Edifecs, he was CTO and VP of Engineering at Secrata.com, which provides military-grade cloud security solutions. Previously, he served as CTO and EVP at ClipCard and as Chief Architect for IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise and a member of IBM research, as GPM of Microsoft's Client Virtualization team, responsible for shipping  VM stack on Windows 7, and as a Dev Manager on the Citrix group that built Citrix Presentation Server (now Citrix XenApp).  Prasad has a Master’s in Computer Science from Washington, Doctoral training in engineering and computer science from the University of Florida and post-doctoral training from The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), the University of Texas at Austin.

k.saripalli@northeastern.edu

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Chuhua Zhong, Ph.D

Professor, College of Science 

Degree/Education
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge-Cambridge UK
M.S., Biochemistry, Yunnan University-Kunming China
B.A., Biology, Jiangxi University-Nanchang China

Area(s) of Expertise
Biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, protein chemistry, immunology, hematology, cancer biology, leukemia, protein and antibody engineering, immuno-oncology, CAR-T cell therapy, cell culture, process engineering.

c.zhong@northeastern.edu

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