Center for Computer Systems Research (CCSR)

ACIA Research Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)


The mission of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems at Michigan Tech is to promote research and learning experiences in the areas of mobile computing, cybersecurity, cyber physical systems, and cyber human systems for the benefit of Michigan Tech and the computing society.


The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) is the research arm of the Alliance of Computing, Information and Automation (ACIA) at Michigan Tech. It leads and promotes the research mission of ACIA. The objectives of ICC are to: 1) bring faculty and students across the campus together to discover innovative new knowledge in the field of computing, 2) foster interdisciplinary collaborations and enable faculty to develop multidisciplinary proposals and conduct impactful research which otherwise would not be possible, and 3) improve ACIA external visibility and create a platform for broad sets of national and international collaborations to make valuable contributions to the field.

Proposed Activities 

The proposed activities include:

  • Establishing an ICC Distinguished Lecture Series to bring the most eminent scholars and creative professionals in the field of computing to the campus to exchange state-of-the-art research results and discuss future research directions;
  • Attracting support from federal and private sources by inviting program directors, entrepreneurs, and alumni to visit the Institute and university and showcase cutting-edge research projects;
  • Working with sister institutes across the campus in organizing workshops and research seminars to assist ICC members and other faculty members on campus to develop research proposals;
  • Providing opportunities for junior faculty to network with research leaders in the field and providing resources for students, especially students from underrepresented groups, to conduct research in computing;
  • Organizing and sponsoring national and international conferences and workshops to increase Michigan Tech’s visibility.

ICC Members

  • Laura E. Brown, research interests are centered on the topics of artificial intelligence and machine learning with a focus on variable selection methods, Bayesian networks, and application of these topics to other domains;
  • Bo Chen, research interests include agent technology, smart grid, and cyber-physical systems;
  • Ali Ebnenasir, research interests include software dependability, formal methods, fault-tolerant distributed computing and self-stabilizing network protocols. He is also working on the development of software for autonomous and self-adaptive systems and resilient cyber physical systems that are deployed in harsh environments;
  • Timothy Havens, research areas include machine learning, signal processing, computer vision, and computational intelligence;
  • Shiyan Hu, research interests include cyber-physical systems, smart home, cyber security, and computer aided design for VLSI circuits;
  • Philart Jeon, research focuses on human-computer interaction and human-robot interaction;
  • Scott Kuhl, research interests include immersive virtual environments, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and human perception;
  • Soner Onder, research interests include computer architecture and micro-architecture for mobile devices, program representations, programming languages and compilers, processor simulation and validation;
  • Sumit Paudyal, research interests include optimization for power distribution network and building technology;
  • Min Song, research interests include wireless networking, wireless sensor networks, vehicular networks, network security, cyber-physical systems, and mobile computing;
  • Ye Sun, research interests include wireless portable electronics, wireless health care and human factors;
  • Jinshan Tang, research covers wide areas related to image processing and imaging technologies;
  • Chee-Wooi Ten, research areas include power infrastructure cybersecurity and future control center framework;
  • Leo Ureel, research interests include Computer Science Education, Interactive Learning Environments, and CyberLiteracy;
  • Zhenlin Wang, research interests include optimizing compilers and high performance architectures, memory system architecture, data locality, programming languages, automatic memory management, dynamic optimization, parallel computing, virtualization, machine learning, datacenter resource management, and cloud computing;
  • Xinli Wang, research interests include network security and distributed systems;
  • Zhaohui Wang, research interests include underwater communications and communication networks;
  • Xiaohua Xu, research interests include cyber security, sensor networks, and wireless networking.