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CyberLab Director

Ali Jafari, Ph.D. is Professor of Computer Information Technology and Director of the CyberLab at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Dr. Jafari is renowned for his research and expertise in smart learning environments, having founded and co-developed several high-profile technology solutions and systems for education, including Indiana University’s Oncourse CMS (now Sakai), ANGEL Learning (acquired by Blackboard in May 2009), Epsilen Environment, and most recently CourseNetworking.  He has edited three books on portals, Course Management Systems, and ePortfolio, has presented in more than one hundred national and international conferences and published in professional and scholarly journals on a variety of subjects in information technology as it relates to teaching and learning.  Dr. Jafari’s research interests include user interface design, agent-based learning environments, intelligent user interfaces, and distance learning.

Email: jafari@iupui.edu

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Research Associate, Project Coordinator

Mengyuan (Alice) Zhao is a Research Associate and the Project Coordinator of the CyberLab at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Mrs. Zhao has a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and Language Education from Beijing Normal University. For the current CourseNetworking project, Mengyuan brings her expertise in instructional design and educational technology to facilitate the improvement of the CN system as well as the design and development of MOOC courses using CN. She also has experience teaching K-12 courses, conducting educational research and evaluation, designing curriculum and courses, and producing instructional multimedia.

Email: zhaomeng@iupui.edu

Graduate Research Assistants

Hossein Karimy

Software Developer

Hossein Karimy is working towards a Master's Degree in Computer Science at IUPUI with an interest in machine learning, intelligent algorithms, and robotics. He has worked around designing and developing database related desktop applications for more than 12 years. He has three honors awards for tobotic competitions and one patent. He's currently working on clustering Big Data by using Deep Learning and Neutral Network methods as his thesis. He is also an advisor for Web Accessability for the CyberLab, specifically the CourseNetworking project. Specialties include: software designing and developing, machine learning, learning algorithms, and database designing.

Email: https://www.thecn.com/HK100

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Software Developer

Maziar Bouali is an Electrial and Computer Engineering graduate student at IUPUI. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in IT Engineering from the University of Tehran. Currently, Maziar is especially interested in large web databases, NoSQL, Go language and software project management. Maziar enjoys biking, singing, and hanging out with friends in his spare time.

CN page: https://www.thecn.com/MB218

Ravi Shah

Software Developer

Ravi Shah is a Computer Information Science graduate student at IUPUI. He is working as a Software Engineer intern, working specifically in iOS app development. Before coming to IUPUIf or his studies and working in the CyberLab, Ravi had 3 years of development experience in the field of app development. He loves software engineering because he is able to help create applications that help people world wide. In his free time Ravi enjoys playing crickett, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.

Email: imrvshah@gmail.com

Zahra Khakpour

Research Fellow

Zahra Khakpour is working towards her Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran in 2012. She is studying social network and social engagement aspects of the CN as a research fellow in the CyberLab. Her intrests include robotics and artificial intellegence.

CN Page: https://www.thecn.com/ZK13

Kumud Bhat

Research Fellow

Kumud Bhat is working towards her Master's Degree in Computer and Information Science at IUPUI. She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the CyberLab. Her project deals with developing algorithms to intelligently search the most useful and relevant online learnign content for individual learners. Before coming to IUPUI, Kumud finished her undgergrad majoring in Computer Science at UVCE, Bangalore University in India. She worked as a young graduate software developer at Societe Generale for 1 year. Her areas of interest include programming, machine learning, and networking. In the future Kumud wants to be a software developer or a data analyist. In her free time, she likes to hit the gym, listen to music and explore places.

Email: kumbhat@umail.iu.edu

Student Interns

The CyberLab provides paid and for-credit internship opportunities to students at IU and IUPUI. Currently, the CyberLab is recruiting interns in the areas of graphic design, multimedia production, information system safety, and computer programing. These internships offer potential opportunities for full-time positions. 

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Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Allie Wigginton is a sophomore and studies Public Relations Journalsim at IUPUI. She serves as the CyberLab’s Social Media and Marketing Intern, where she helps promote CourseNetworking (CN) at IU campuses and around the world. Allie also manages the CN Collection, the official blog for the CN, as well as CN social media sites. She has been interested in PR since she became the editor of her high school yearbook. Allie is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, PRSSA and Delta Zeta sorority at IUPUI. Aside from school activies, she enjoys playing soccer, time with friends and family and traveling.

Email: allie.wigginton@gmail.com

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Graphic Designer

Joseph Hofmeister is a senior at IUPUI majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. He is currently working as a Graphic Design Intern for the CyberLab where he creates graphics for CN. His main expertise is in web development but he also loves illustrating and motion graphics. His experience in web development started during his junior year of high school in a web design class at Ben Davis High School. In his free time, Joseph loves to play music, and go to hockey games with his girlfriend. He has been playing guitar for about 9 years. He can play a variety of other instruments, including piano, bass guitar and ukelele. His primary focus is on bass guitar.

CN Page: https://www.thecn.com/JH198

Jaskarn Lalli

Graphic Designer

Jaskarn Lalli is a senior at IUPUI majoring in Computer Graphics Technology with a specialization in networking. He is currently working as an intern in the CyberLab. Where he works on adapting the web version of the CN onto moblie devices, as well as the conceptual and graphic design of the CN app. He is also a TKE alumni, as he was initiated into the Gamma Theta chapter at the University of Southern Indiana. Jaskarn is also the manager at Lalli Inc., his family's corperation. There, he oversees multiple small businesses and rental properties. In his free time, Jaskarn loves to watch and play soccer, basketball and football. He also loves to spend time with family and friends. His interests include travel, cars, and new technology.

CN Page: https://www.thecn.com/JL282

For more information about internship opportunities at the CyberLab or to apply for an internship, contact the CyberLab, at cyberlab@iupui.edu, or call 317-274-3463.


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