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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.



CyberLab Associate Director

Mengyuan (Alice) Zhao is the Associate Director of the CyberLab. She obtains a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and Language Education from Beijing Normal University. In the current CourseNetworking project, Mengyuan is actively involved in the design and development of innovative teaching and learning functions. She also provides training and pedagogical support to new users. Besides CN, Mengyuan has diverse experience in teaching K-12 courses, conducting educational research and evaluation, designing curriculum and courses, and producing instructional multimedia.


Maziar New

Chief Technology Officer

Maziar Bouali is an Electical 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.

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Graduate Research Assistant

Marzie is a graduate student currently working towards her master's degree in Computer Engineering, from the Department of ECE in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Marzie earned her Bachelor of Applied Science (BSc) from Shiraz University of Technology in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and graduated as a Control Engineer. Presently, Marzie is a graduate research fellow working in the IUPUI CyberLab. She is focusing on research and development of an intelligent agent for CourseNetworking (, to help students learn more effectively and efficiently in academic, social networking environments. In her free time, Marzie enjoys traveling, singing, writing and reading poems, swimming, ice skating, and playing ping pong.


Graduate Research Assistant

Mahmood Hosseini (Matt) is a graduate student at IUPUI, majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a research assistant in the CyberLab, where he uses his professional experience in data analysis. His strength in software development helps him improve the CN. He is both driven and self-motivated, and is constantly experimenting with new technologies and techniques. Mahmood is an alumnus of National Exceptional Talents School and tries to push himself beyond his boundaries to aquire new skills and knowlege in order to succeed. Apart from research and academics, he also enjoys basketball, as he played during his high school and undergraduate careers. However, nowadays he enjoys going hiking and camping, playing Santour and photography in his spare time.




Marketing Communications and Social Media Coordinator

Allie Wigginton is a senior at IUPUI, majoring in Journalism with a Public Relations track and a minor in Business. She serves as the CyberLab’s Marketing Communications and Social Media Coordinator, where she helps promote CourseNetworking (CN) at IUPUI 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 the Director of Fundraising for IUPUI's PRSSA chapter, a Cox Scholar and a Delta Zeta sorority founding member. Aside from school activities, she enjoys playing soccer, time with friends and family, attending concerts, photography and traveling.


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Graphic Designer

Joseph Hofmeister graduated from IUPUI majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. He is currently working as a Graphic Designer for the CyberLab where he works on the UI of the CN. His main expertise is in web development but he also loves illustration 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 also enjoys playing a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, piano and ukulele.

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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.


Graphic Design and Multimedia Postproduction 

Shaikha Alsanad is a junior at IUPUI, majoring in Computer Graphic Technology. She serves as the CyberLab’s graphic designer and Multimedia production intern. She is into illustration, motion graphics and video production. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games, watching horror and Sci-Fi movies, attending concerts, and traveling.

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Quality Assurance and System Testing

Deshun Coomer is a junior majoring in Computer Information Technology at IUPUI. He is currently working as a Quality Assurance and System Testing Intern for the CyberLab where he helps improve the CN website by finding bugs and suggesting new ideas. Deshun has been interested in technology since he joined his high school's multimedia team. He is a member of ALD/PES and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor societies. Outside of school, Deshun enjoys playing and recording music with his keyboard.

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Josh Martin

Smart Learning Agent Project Team Member

Josh Martin is a sophomore studying Computer Engineering at IUPUI. He is designing a Smart Agent Avatar for CourseNetworking using Google TTS API. Josh became interested in computers at a young age, as he built his first website at the age of 13. However, Josh did not seriously start programming until his junior year of high school. He is a member of both the Filipino Student Association (FSA) and the Asian Student Union (ASU) at IUPUI. Aside from clubs, in his free time Josh likes to breakdance, travel to battles in the midwest, watch science videos, listen to music and audio books, crack jokes, hang out with friends and expore the downtown Indianapolis area. 

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Marketing and Sales

David Gomez is a senior at IUPUI, majoring in Marketing through the Kelley School of Business Honors Program. He is currently an intern at the CyberLab, assisting CourseNetworking with marketing and sales activities. His interest in business stems from a desire to pursue entrepreneurial ventures later on in his career. Here at IUPUI, David is a founding father of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, a Chancellor's Scholar, and an aspiring marketer following graduation. In his free time, David enjoys cooking, playing video games, and attending Indy Eleven games.


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

Research Fellows

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We currently have a vacant full-time Postdoctoral position in the area of social networks, machine learning, data mining, computing algorithm or related fields. The scholar will be working closely with Professor Ali Jafari and his team in designing and developing a smart learning agent that will maximize personalized learning experience based on user behavior and profiles on Candidates with strong computer programming background and experience will receive a higher consideration. To view details and apply for this position please click here