PhD Students

Rob Abbott, MBA

Ph.D. Student

rabbott5@uncc.edu
 
 
Rob Abbott is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte, under the guidance of Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic.  He received his B.S degree in Computing & Information Systems from the University of South Alabama in 1996 and his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2014.  His research interests include artificial cognition and the automated description of complex environments.  His specific area of interest is using AI techniques to learn and model the dynamics of complex systems.  He has over 27 years of experience working in industry and has one awarded U.S. patent for his work in computer security.  He is the Chief Data Scientist for Aquanomix, a company building a novel solution to save over a billion gallons of water a year and to reduce the health risks associated with the operation of large cooling tower systems.

 

 

Malak Abdullah, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

mabdull5@uncc.edu

Malak Abdullah is a PhD student at Complex Systems lab of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. Her supervisor is Prof. Mirsad Hadzikadic. She received her BS and MS degrees in computer science with excellent GPAs from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan. She worked as a full time instructor at JUST from 2007-2015. Her research interests lie in the area of programming languages, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligent. She is currently investigating the sentiment analysis of social media field. She is working on different projects of extracting people’s opinions from twitter data in English and Arabic languages.


Nazmiye Gizem Bacaksizlar, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

nbacaksi@uncc.edu

Nazmiye Gizem Bacaksizlar is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Computing and Informatics. Gizem received her bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul and her master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Her research interests include modeling and analyzing socioeconomic systems applying system dynamics methodology. She is also interested in complex adaptive systems as social movements and human interactions. Currently, she is a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic.



To find out more information about Gizem, please refer to her LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/ngizembacaksizlar


Yasaman Kamyab

Ph.D. Student

ykamyabh@uncc.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasamankamyab

Yasaman Kamyab is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. She received her Master's degree in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte with Networking concentration. Her research interests include complex adaptive systems, computational finance, machine learning and data science. Currently, she is a graduate research assistant of Dr. Hadzikadic, working on an Agent Based Computational Economics model to examine the parameters describing agent’s behavioral rules in shaping herds in financial markets.


Riyi Qiu, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

rqiu@uncc.edu

 

Riyi Qiu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. He received his bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics from Tianjin University, China and his master’s degree in Mathematical Finance from UNC Charlotte. His interest is applying data analytics and agent based modeling on financial markets and healthcare research.

 

Personal Website: http://rqiu50.wix.com/1233


Kara Mick Smythwood, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

ksmythwo@uncc.edu

 

Kara Mick Smythwood received a bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology at Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Information Technology from UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics.   His research interests include visual analytics, human computer interaction, and computational modeling of visual perception.  His current work uses eye-tracking technology to examine how icon characteristics such as visual complexity, aesthetic appeal, and emotional valence affect how users search for icons.


Narges Tabari

Ph.D. Student

nseyedit@uncc.edu

Narges Tabari is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. She received her bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. She is also a Masters's student in Mathematical Finance at UNCC. Her research interests include applying data science methods in financial markets. Currently, she is working on interactions of financial markets and social media.

 

Personal Website: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/narges-tabari/a2/179/a91


Anadin Tokmic, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

atokmic@uncc.edu

Anadin Tokmic is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. He received his bachelor's degree in Business Economics and International Business from Buena Vista University and his master’s degree in Economics from UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business. His research interests include modeling fraud behavior using a multi-model approach for fraud detection.

 

Personal Website: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/anadin-tokmic/12/814/aaa


Farah Tokmic, M.A.

Ph.D. Student

felmawas@uncc.edu

Farah Tokmic is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. She received her bachelor's degree in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s degree in Graduate Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine. Her research interests include designing and managing health care as a complex adaptive system and utilizing system dynamic methods to study the behavior of health systems. Currently, she is a graduate research assistant of Dr. Hadzikadic, working on the Stigma Index project that aims to quantify the impact of stigma towards the health quality of individuals suffering from behavioral health illnesses.

 

Personal Website: https://cci-hit.uncc.edu/people.html


Elizabeth von Briesen, B.S.

Ph.D. Student

evonbrie@uncc.edu

 

Elizabeth von Briesen is a PhD student in the Department of Software & Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. She has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia, and more than ten years of experience consulting and teaching in the IT industry. Her research involves computational modeling of genocide initially taking an agent-based approach, and subsequently evolving the model to implement a dynamic network. She also works as a teaching assistant in the College of Computing & Informatics.

 

Personal website: http://www.elizabethvb.com/