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Michael Bronzini

Department Chair and Dewberry Chair Professor of Civil Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

Expertise: marine transportation and inland waterways, freight transportation, transportation education and training

Conducting research on transportation systems since 1970, Bronzini is continuing his career in research and teaching, with a focus on innovative solutions to complex multi-modal transportation systems problems. Prior to coming to Mason, Bronizi was director of the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, overseeing an interdisciplinary transportation research program with annual expenditures of $12.5 million. He is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the Transportation Research Board, where he has served on numerous committees and panels.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Gerald Cook

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Automatic control sytems, Robotics, Estimation and Identification, Landmine detection

Cook is the Earle C. Williams Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Life Fellow of IEEE, a former President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and a former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. His areas of interest include automatic control systems and robotics as well as signal processing. He has performed numerous research projects in these and other areas with well over 100 refereed publications. Recent research has been in the area of sensor-bearing vehicles used for remote sensing. Emphasis is on control and navigation of the vehicle, and geo-registration of the sensed objects of interest. Military applications include search for landmines and other types of strategic targets and may involve airborne as well as ground vehicles. Other potential non-military applications include search for survivors in disaster areas as well as exploration of various types in areas inaccessible to humans.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Kenneth De Jong

Professor of Computer Science

Expertise: Genetic algorithms, Evolutionary computation, Machine learning, Artificial intelligence, Complex adaptive systems

De Jong came to Mason in 1984. He is head of the Evolutionary Computation Laboratory and associate director of the Krasnow Institute. His research interests include genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation, machine learning, and adaptive systems. He also is interested in experience-based learning in which systems must improve their performance while actually performing the desired tasks in environments not directly in their control or the control of a benevolent teacher. Support for these projects is provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Research Laboratory. A member of the evolutionary computation research community, De Jong has been involved in organizing many of the workshops and conferences in this area. He is the founding editor in chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation and a member of the board of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation.

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Zoran Duric

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Expertise: Computer vision, Video image processing, Human-computer interaction, Information hiding

The central theme of Duric's computer vision research is understanding the motions of humans and of vehicles driven by humans. Application areas for this research include smart rooms, video surveillance and monitoring, human-computer interaction, secure driving/ intelligent highways, and video coding.

In his work he has been applying techniques from such domains as theoretical kinematics and dance notation to analyze physical and geometrical constraints on the motions of humans and vehicles. This research will result in methods that significantly improve on currently available techniques for computing human-generated motions of objects.

In his previous work he developed the Frenet-Serret and Darboux motion models to describe physically possible motions of tools and vehicles. In his current workhe is extending this research to understanding human motions. In particular Duric is investigating how dance notation can be used to describe human motions in such domains as gestures and sports.

In the domain of human motion understanding Duric is interested in gestures and simple activities performed by small numbers of humans. In the gesture domain a single human is viewed by one or more cameras. The human uses upper body gestures such as posture, head pose (nods, etc.), shoulder movements (shrugs, etc.), hand and arm movements, palm facings, finger pointings, and so on to convey a message. In the domain of "general'' human motions and sports Duric is interested in simple movements that are performed in an approximately upright position, such as walking, running, etc.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Donald Gantz

Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Information Technology

Expertise: Information technology, Forensics, Computer simulation, Handwriting analysis

Gantz has taught courses  on basic statistics, probability, stochastic systems, computer simulation, case studies in applied statisticsat the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests are mathematical economics, applied statistics, flight test analysis, computer performance engineering and capacity planning, computer simulation and management decision systems.

He is an active researcher and practitioner in the application of geographic information systems, modeling systems and decision support systems to transportation demand management and traffic mitigation. Throughout his years as an applied statistician, he has been involved with survey design, analysis and reporting. He has considerable experience in the development of management decision systems and in litigation related analyses. He has done research, published papers and made presentations about the relationship between tuberculosis and demographic and socioeconomic factors in Northern Virginia.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Laurlyn Harmon

Assistant Professor of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Expertise: Using technology in natural environments, Social psychological perspectives of person/place relationships

Harmon is an assistant professor in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, in the School of Recreation, Health & Tourism at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D in Leisure Studies at Penn State with a minor in Social Psychology. Her research interests include the social psychological connections people have with the natural world (i.e. place attachment), technology and how it can be used to relate to the natural world, and recreation land planning.

Harmon has been working with underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the effect they have on our understanding of and interaction with underwater resources. Her research also includes assessment of experiential learning outcomes in non-formal settings. She currently teaches Research Methods, Human Behavior in the Natural Environment & People & Nature but has also taught courses in Recreation Facilities Planning, Recreation Facilities Management, and Golf Course Design.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Kenneth Hintz

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Image processing, Information based sensor managment, Computer engineering, Marine science and engineering

Hintz received his PhD in electrical engineering in 1981 from the University of Virginia for his development of a new theory of information-based sensor management. In 1987, Hintz joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason. His research is in the areas of information-based sensor management and image and ground-penetrating radar signal processing. He has several issued patents, pending applications, a book published by McGraw-Hill, and he recently conducted funded research on information-based sensor management for the next generation of sensing platforms. His current research is in landmine detection and modeling of improvised explosive device force interaction.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

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Bijan Jabbari

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Broadband communications, Wireless cellular networks, Video communications

Jabbari is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at George Mason University and an affiliated faculty with ENST- Paris, France. He has held industrial positions with major communications service providers and networking equipment organizations developing data communications products. Jabbari founded innovative laboratories for Internet and wireless communications research and is conducting research through funding provided by National Science Foundation and other funding organizations.


Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

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Sushil Jajodia

Professor of Information Technology; Director, Center for Secure Information Systems

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Expertise: Information Systems Security, steganography, digital watermarking, virtual machines, malicious software protection, information assurance, voice over IP (VOIP), intrusion detection, attack modeling

Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor of Information Technology and the director of Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University. He served as the chair of the Department of Information and Software Engineering from 1998-2002. Jajodia joined Mason after serving as the director of the Database and Expert Systems Program within the Division of Information, Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation.

The scope of his research interests encompasses information secrecy, privacy, integrity and availability problems in military, civil and commercial sectors. He has authored six books, edited thirty books and conference proceedings and published more than 350 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Dmitri Klimov

Associate Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Expertise: Computer Simulations of Molecular Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dmitri Klimov uses computer simulations to study Alzheimer’s disease. His research focuses on the formation of starchlike protein assemblies that accumulate in body tissues called amyloid fibrils and their role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. He is also interested in the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He has published more than 57 papers and recently received a half-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of his research. Prior to joining Mason, Klimov worked as an assistant research scientist at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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