Saad Mneimneh is an associate professor in computer science and a core member of CoSSMO and an associate member of the interdisciplinary center CTBR at Hunter college. His research focuses on the application of
mathematical modeling and algorithmic techniques to various problems,
including scheduling, load balancing, and more recently, computational biology with a strong interest in RNA interaction and
combinatorial problems inspired by it. He received a BE in Computer
and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut
in June 1995, and MS and PhD from MIT in June 2002. He joined Southern
Methodist University in 2003 and was visiting Professor at the City
University of New York (CUNY) from 2006 to 2011, when he received the
Cecile Insdorf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He joined CUNY in
2012. He is a recipient of a number of research Awards from industry,
NSF, and private research foundations. Here's a CV. Professor Mneimneh is a doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center of CUNY and works with
the following members of his group (all PhD candidates in Computer
Science at the Graduate Center of CUNY).
Alexey has a
background in Physics. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moscow State University in 2008. He received an MS
degree in physics from Clarkson University New York in 2011.
He is interested in studying various
systems using mathematical and probabilistic models. He worked on
probabilistic evolutionary models and genetic algorithms for protein
secondary structure to understand the origin of the probability
distribution of hydrophobic, hydrophilic, and breaker amino-acids.
He is also exploring the use of simulation and game theory to develop
metric functions that assess team strength is social networks, with
applications to code management, wikipedia, and other domains. The
work combines graphs theory (and more generally simplicial complexes),
heuristics, simulation, and game theory.
Email: a(last name) at gradcenter dot cuny dot edu
Ali obtained his Bsc degree in Computer Science in 2009 from the Lahore
University of Management Sciences. His research focuses on
Computational Biology. In particular, he develops algorithms for the
Multiple RNA Interaction problem using various combinatorial
formulations and approaches. In addition, he
makes use of random sampling and Monte Carlo methods to obtain different
sub-optimal solutions that
better describe the spectrum of biological structures in RNA
interaction. He is currently developing a computational
formulation/model for RNA interaction that accounts for dependece
among different parts of the interaction. His research interests generaly revolve
around approximation and optimization algorithms. Now at Google.
Email: s(last name)3 at gradcenter dot cuny dot edu
Saman graduated with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Sharif
University of Technology in 2013.
He is interested in the application of
mathematics to various problems. He worked on load balancing such as
chairman assignment/carpool problems. He recently started exploring
the connection between some topics in mathematics and musical scales,
as well as algorithmic composition. He is currently working on
approximation algorithms for general classes of RNA interaction
problems. Saman will be on leave during the academic year 2016-2017,
but we hope he will come back sooner to pick up the research.
Email: s(last name) at gradcenter dot cuny dot edu
Leafy graduated from a local
flower shop in NYC. She was the first member of the group. She started
on a desk and had her own old computer, screen, and keyboard. Despite
an accidental drought, she survived. Now she makes sure that there is
always someone working in the lab and maintains a watering
schedule. She's a valuable member, and while she almost never conveys
her ideas, she is very inspiring.