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Applied and Computational Mathematics

Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACM) will launch its new course, Theory of Machine Learning (625.742). This course covers the mathematical underpinnings of popular methods in machine learning.

Faculty updates:

Beila Leboeuf has been appointed the director of global public policy at Walmart.

Cetin Savkli received a multi-year award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to work in the area of probabilistic analysis on networks. Savkli and his team will evaluate new approaches for securing digital identity against advanced cyber and IO threats to Department of Defense personnel that leverage or target personal information.

James Spall organized an invited session on the theme, “Estimation and Learning in Stochastic Systems,” for the 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS 2021), held March 24 to 26.

ACM student Stephen Porter presented his paper entitled “2D Point Set Registration via Stochastic Particle Flow Filter” at the Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition portion of the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference.

The ACM faculty is active in advancing the state of the art in applied math and allied areas. Below are some recent publications:

Anwar, A. H., Leslie, N. O., Kamhoua, C. A., & Kiekintveld, C. (2020). A game theoretic framework for software diversity for network security. In GameSec 2020: 11th Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security. Springer.

Jiang, S. and Spall, J. C. (2021), “Comparison between Expected and Observed Fisher Information in Interval Estimation,” Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, 24−26 March 2021.

Leslie, N. O. (2021). Ensemble Clustering for Network Intrusion Detection. In Proc. 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS).

Leslie, N. O., Kamhoua, C. A., Nelson, F. F. (2020). Proactive Adversarial Modeling of Autonomous Intelligent Cyber-defence Agents (AICA). In NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) – AICA International Working Group (IWG) Virtual Technical Workshop. 

McGrath, R., Bodt B., Sergi, F. “Robot-Aided Training of Propulsion During Walking: Effects of Torque Pulses Applied to the Hip and Knee Joints During Stance.” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 30 Nov 2020, 28(12): 2923-2932. PMID: 33232239. DOI: 10.1109/tnsre.2020.3039962

Pemy, M. “Optimal extraction and taxation of strategic natural resources: a differential game approach,” Journal of Energy Markets, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 63-83, 2020.

Pemy, M. “Optimal VWAP Strategies Under Regime Switching,” Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, 24−26 March 2021.

Schell, K., Lyons, D. Bodt, B. “Orthostatic Hypotension and Falls in Hospitalized Older Adults” Clin Nurs Res. 10 Jan 2021. PMID: 33426904 DOI: 10.1177/1054773820986682

Sorokina, T. and S. Zhang. “Conforming harmonic finite elements on the Hsieh-Cough-Tocher split of a triangle,” International Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling, 2020, Vol 17(1). pp. 54–67.

Sorokina, T. and S. Zhang. “An inequality involving a triangle and an interior point and its application,” Mathematical Inequalities and applications, 2020, Volume 23 (2). pp. 713-717.

Sun, S. and Spall, J. C. (2021), “Comparing Stochastic Optimization with Diagonal Hessian Estimates against Natural Gradient Methods,” Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, 24−26 March 2021.

Wang, L. and Spall, J. C. (2021), “Model-Free Optimal Control using SPSA with Complex Variables,” Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, 24−26 March 2021.

Applied Physics

Beginning last spring, the Applied Physics program began offering a new course taught by Dave Clader entitled Quantum Information Processing (615.781). The innovative topic of this course is getting quite a bit of attention and great student reviews. The course provides an introduction to the rapidly developing field of quantum information processing.

Amir-Homayoon Najmi won the 2021 Outstanding Instructor Award based on his high ratings and exceptional student feedback, effective teaching strategy of connecting theory with practical applications, and authoring a book for each course he taught.

Artificial Intelligence

The Artificial Intelligence program announces its newest online course: Values and Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (705.612). This course, taught by Nathan Bos, will prepare professional engineers and developers to thoughtfully engage with the moral, ethical, and cultural aspect of artificial intelligence.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Beginning this fall, the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program will offer Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering in Practice (545.673). The course will be taught in-person and will make students aware of the needs and opportunities for chemical reaction engineering in industry.

Computer Science

Last November, Computer Science instructor Ross Young started a Podcast called, CISO Tradecraft. The podcast provides a weekly discussion lasting approximately 45 minutes where he and co-host G. Mark Hardy discuss how to become the next generation of cyber executives.

Since its launch, the podcast has continued to expand its fanbase each month, ranking as a top 200 technology podcast within the U.S. by Apple Podcast.

A list of episodes can be found here.

Examples of technical topics include:

Recent student publications include:

  • Anthony Kelly, Marc Anthony Johnson, “Investigating the Statistical Assumptions of Naive Bayes Classifiers,” Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, March 24-26, 2021.
  • Jamal Mahboob and Joel Coffman, “A Kubernetes CI/CD Pipeline with Asylo as a Trusted Execution Environment Abstraction Framework,” Proceedings of the 11th AnnualIEEE Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC ’21), January 2021.
  • Lauren Courtney, Xiang Li, Rongzuo Xu, and Joel Coffman, “Data Science Techniques to Detect Fraudulent Resource Consumption in the Cloud,” Proceedings of the 11th Annual IEEE Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC ’21), January 2021.
  • Jason Kuo and John Sheppard, “Tournament Topology Particle Swarm Optimization,” to appear in Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), Krakow, Poland, July 2021.
  • Stephen Boisvert and John Sheppard, “Quality Diversity Genetic Programming for Learning Decision Tree Ensembles,” to appear in Proceedings of the 24th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP), Seville, Spain, April 2021.


Thomas McGuire is serving as a mentor to undergraduate students in the Bioengineering program on the Homewood campus, offering technical advice on hardware and coding for Hydrogene, a project aimed at providing localized delivery of gene therapy for patient’s suffering from liver-based monogenic hereditary disorders. Tom is assisting Team 15 with design issues, understanding hardware constraints, and better developing code for a real-time medical device that will be used by clinicians to deliver therapy to their patients in a safe and effective manner.

The Cybersecurity program is offering a new online course: Covert Channels (695.722). Taught by Lanier Watkins, the class will survey covert channels and information leakage (side channel) with hands-on investigations into building and defeating covert channels.

Data Science

The Data Science program announces its newest online course: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (625.240). This course, taught by Tony Johnson and Ian McCulloh, provides an introduction to probability and statistics with applications. Topics consist of combinatorics, random variables, probability distributions, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and linear regression.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Coming September 2021, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) instructors Andrew Adams and Daniel Chew will publish their new book, Wireless Coexistence: Standards, Challenges, and Intelligent Solutions. It is a comprehensive introduction to the mathematical principles and algorithms in statistical signal processing and modern neural networks and is an expanded version of a graduate course on advanced signal processing offered at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School. The new book delivers a thorough exploration of the sharing of wireless infrastructure, including the multiple standards and key requirements driving the current state of wireless technology. The text discusses cognitive radio in the context of spectrum coexistence and provides a comparison and assessment of using artificial intelligence in place of, or in addition to, current techniques. It also considers applications to communication theory learning algorithms for passive wireless coexistence strategies, spectrum situational awareness, and active wireless coexistence strategies, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

ECE instructor David Jansing published a graduate-level textbook entitled Introduction To Synthetic Aperture Radar: Concepts And Practice. This book is the culmination of Jansing’s teaching work over several years as taught in Synthetic Aperture Radar (525.748). He plans on using the book in future offerings of the course.

Nasser Nasrabadi co-authored the paper titled, “PF-cpGAN: Profile to Frontal Coupled GAN for Face Recognition in the Wild,” that won the best paper award at the IEEE 2020 conference.

Ashutosh Dutta was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by his alma mater, National Institute of Technology in Rourkela, India on March 21 at the institute’s annual convocation, which was presided over by the President of India.

Amir-Homayoon Najmi won the 2020 Outstanding Instructor Award based on his high ratings and exceptional student feedback, effective teaching strategy of connecting theory with practical applications, and authoring a book for each course he taught.

Ashutosh Dutta co-authored a paper titled, “5G Security Challenges and Opportunities: A System Approach,” that was published in 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum.

Cleon Davis was named a program manager in the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab space exploration sector in September 2020.

Ramsey Hourani was appointed as the group supervisor for the Space Science Electronics Group (SRX) at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in recognition of his leadership skills and experience in designing and developing space instrumentation.

Information Systems Engineering

The Information Systems Engineering program (ISE) welcomes David Silberberg as the new chair. Silberberg is a principal professional staff member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and is the research director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA). He has conducted extensive research and development in the areas of leading-edge AI and machine learning algorithms, including graph analytics, distributed and large-scale architectures, intelligent access to distributed and heterogeneous database systems, and semantic graph query languages. He led the Large-scale Analytics group at APL that applies machine learning and AI-based algorithms to perform descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics on large and complex data. He also served as chief architect for the deep archive of NASA mission data and for the Hubble Space Telescope data archive. Silberberg received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Congratulations, David!

As a member of the first cohort for the JHU Doctor of Engineering program, Jeffrey Chavis successfully defended his dissertation, “Toward Assurance and Trust for the Internet of Things”. He was the first student of the program to defend his dissertation and was co-advised by Lanier Watkins. Congratulations, Jeffrey!

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program announces the addition of a thesis option. Students pursuing a Master of Engineering degree can now choose between taking 10 or eight courses, plus a thesis. Students who pursue the thesis option will work with an advisor on a topic that expands the body of theoretical or applied knowledge in field of their chosen focus area. Advisors can be current full-time faculty members in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, a research staff member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or an active instructor affiliated with the Engineering for Professionals’ Mechanical Engineering program. With a research topic selected, approved by the program chair, and the eight courses completed, students can dedicate two or more semesters to completing the thesis. After the thesis is reviewed and approved by a committee of experts in the field, it’s off to graduation!

Beginning this fall, the Mechanical Engineering program will offer a new online course taught by Darrell Zinn, entitled Mechanical Packaging for Electronics Systems (535.638). In this course, students will learn to perform the analyses and trade-off studies that lead to critical decisions in the mechanical design of these systems. Ultimately, students complete a mechanical packing project of their choosing, from end to end. Electronics packaging engineers are responsible for assuring the operation of electronics systems since packaging electronics into enclosures so that they survive vibration, shock, acceleration, temperature, and other conditions is a specialized field within mechanical engineering.

Space Systems Engineering

The Space Systems Engineering program is proud to announce that two instructors have won the following annual awards from Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals: