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Director

Prof. Felix Hamza-Lup Felix G. Hamza-Lup, Ph.D.
Felix interested in developing novel 3D simulations and interactive distributed Human Computer Interfaces that use the human somatosensory system. His research is at the frontiers of cognitive science and human computer interaction with applications in simulation, gamification, training and data acquisition/3D visualization. He enjoys working with an interdisciplinary team of talented students and colleagues that share similar research interests. In his spare time Felix enjoys reading, playing tennis, scuba diving and bicycling. Visit his homepage and e-mail if interested in any project.
Prof. Ionut Iacob Ionut E. Iacob, Ph.D.
Ionut is a mathematician focusing on data processing, specifically data mining, machine learning, algorithm complexity and discrete mathematics. He has degrees in Mathematics as well as in Computer Science. He is the main software architect of the Electronic Beowulf designed to compile and provide in electronic format more than two thousand 18th century text restorations, and editorial emendations.
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Graduate Research
Sushmita Khan
Sushmita is a first year Master's student in Mathematics at Georgia Southern University. She is interested in machine learning and natural language processing. Sushmita wants to continue her graduate studies with a Ph.D. after she finishes her Masters.
Sushmita Khan
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Undergraduate Research

Coby Wissing, Computer Science
Coby is a Computer Science student interested in sensor systems and networking. Graduating in May 2020 with a B.S. in Computer Science, his is involved with the software development of a 3D sensor data visualization system. He is passionate about wireless adhoc sensor networks and their applications in everyday life. He presented his sensor 3D Visualization project at TechFest 2019, Savannah (more info soon ...)
Coby Wissing
Parker D. Towery, Computer Science and Information Technology
Parker is from Newnan, GA and is pursuing a BS degree in Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science. Parker has an interest in Software Engineering, particularly archive, compression and 3D/2D media data structures as well as reverse engineering software. He also has a hobbyist passion for all fields of 3D design. Parker is involved in the X3D Temperature and Humidity room sensor project, specifically coding the X3D design and implementing the X3D functions to the sensor data.
Parker Towery
Brian Colon, Information Technology
Bryan is currently pursuing a BS degree in Information Technology with a drive to complete a certification in cyber security after graduating. With a current graduation date December 2019, he has been highly interested in X3D and how the current implementations of X3D can be beneficial for the local economy. Bryan is currently involved with the development and implementation of a web-based application that utilizes 3D development programs such as Blender, in conjunction with X3D and OpenStreetMap in order to create an innovative user interactive application. He is currently involved in the Web-based 3D Tours of Savannah project.
Brian Colon
Tosha Schmid, Information Technology
Tosha is originally from Richland, Michigan but has lived in Wisconsin and Tennessee, before she moved to Georgia in 2014. She is graduating from Georgia Southern University in December of 2019 with a Bachelor of Information Technology with Cyber Security. She is currently a Salesforce Certified Administrator working to achieve the Salesforce Advanced Administrator Certification. A current project she is working on is 3D development and implementations with web-based platforms utilizing tools such as Blender and OpenStreetMaps.She is currently involved in the Web-based 3D Tours of Savannah project.
Tosha Schmid
Darrell Grant, Information Technology
Darrell Grant is from the Bronx, New York and served in the United States Army for 20 years. He is graduating in May of 2019 with a degree in Information Technology. His goals are to work in web-development, create innovative web applications and teach. He is an excellent team-player and very hard-working. He is currently involved in the Web-based 3D Tours of Savannah project.
Darrell Grant
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Alumni

Steven Finnell
Received a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with minors in Cyber Security and Computer Science from Armstrong State University and is currently working as a Programmer/Developer II for the University of South Carolina. He strongly believes in the motto to work smarter not harder and because of that, he is interested in exploring avenues where technology can improve peoples lives or make their jobs easier. Eventually Steven hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Science to further his knowledge and understanding of technology.
Steven Finnell Thomas Swanson, Computer Science
Thomas Swanson is from Long Island, New York, and he has been living in Georgia for 8 years. He is currently a graduating senior at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong pursuing a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Thomas has also studied for a year at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur with a focus in Game Art and Design. Thomas is involved with 3D Smart City modelling and programming using X3D.
Thomas Swanson


Kyle Bergeron, Computer Science
Kyle Bergeron is a Computer Science major with a minor in mathematics studying at Georgia Southern University. He graduated in Fall 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree. He is interested in software engineering design and implementation, human computer interaction, AR/VR, haptic devices, brain computer interfaces, and game development. He enjoys playing video games, card games, creating new games, running, and playing soccer.
Kyle Bergeron Daniel Newton, Computer Science
Daniel graduated from Georgia Southern University in Fall 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Personal hobbies include: video games, technology, programming, playing ukulele, fashion, and eSports. He has a passion for creating user-friendly software that can provide entertainment/benefits to users. He is interested in developing gaming, musical, or medical software for mobile, web-based, and wearable interfaces.
Daniel Newton


Faith-Anne L. Kocadag, Computer Science
Faith-Anne was born in Los Angeles, California, but has spent half of her life in the Savannah area. She has traveled around California, Georgia, Washington State, and Germany. She has a background in Physics and Real Estate, and has found a love of Computer Science that can only be described as "obsessive." Her hobbies/interests include figure skating, dancing and travelling. Immediate goals include finding outlets for her creativity and inspiring more women to try Computer Science. She joined the group in 2011 and is currently part of the Savannah in 3D team.
Faith-Anne Kocadag Shane A. Farrar, Computer Science
Finished a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Armstrong and started a Master's Degree. He has a passion for encouraging excellence in himself and, more importantly, those around him. Shane has had an interest in Computer Science since middle school, and is excited to expand his understanding of the field's concepts. Shane's areas of interests and study include virtual reality, embedded systems, and functional programming.Other interests of his include taking long walks, fishing, and swimming. He is currently working and pursuing a Master degree in CS and Georgia Tech.
Shane Farrar


Gunpreet Kaur, Computer Science
received Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Punjab Technical University, India. The ever growing field of Information Technology has motivated Gunpreet to pursue and complete a Masters degree in Computer Science. She is currently working with X3D and haptic devices as a Graduate Assistant at the NEWS Lab. Her future goal is to become an application developer with a focus on real-world problems.
Gunpreet Kaur Eckard "Andy" Cabistan, Computer Science
Andy was born in Athens, Georgia, and raised in his parents' homeland of Costa Rica. As a teenager, Andy started developing a strong interest for computer graphics, which inspired him to move back to America to pursue a career in Computer Science. Andy is a strong believer that through innovative ideas, technology can make a difference in people's lives. In his free time he enjoys doing outdoor activities like running, soccer, and tennis. He joined the group in 2011 and is currently an alumni of the NEWS lab and part of the Savannah in 3D team.
Eckard -Andy- Cabistan


Benjamin Page, Computer Science
received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Audio Production from Webster University in St. Louis in 1998. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science while working full time as a Cyber Security Analyst at AASU's Cyber Security Research Institute. As part of his graduate research, he is working with a team to simulate gyroscopic forces with haptic devices. Ben is especially interested in open source computing, and maintains several Linux servers. In his free time, Ben collects obscure techno records.
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Ben Page Tony Lucento, Computer Science
is an IT professional returning to college as a computer science student after several years in the industry. He worked in various IT and software development positions in industries such as electronic payment processing, manufacturing, and government. Tony's professional interests include OO design patterns, web services, remote database management systems, and human-computer interaction. He joined the group in 2008 and was part of the Neuro Pathways team.
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Tony Lucento


Michael Brundage, Information Technology
is an Information Technology major with plans for a Masters in Computer Science. He has spent the last few years designing Printed Circuit Boards for Automated Circuit Design, in Texas. During his time here, he helped design circuit boards for companies such as Intel and Hewlett-Packard. Michael is interested in computer graphics and other computer applications. His future goals are to get involved with the research and protection of endangered animals through the use of technology.
Michael Brundage Elizabeth Murrell, Computer Science
is a Georgia native. She joined the NEWS group in 2008 Elizabeth completed her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. She is interested in haptics technology and its applications in simulation.
Elizabeth Murrell


Eric Davis, Computer Science
has joined the group in 2009. He plans on pursuing a Master degree in computer science. His areas of interests are in hand-held devices, ubiquitous systems, and human computer interaction. Eric has been involved with the ACM programming competition for three years. He is currently working at the Haptic Precession project.
Eric Davis Jazmine Carpenter, STEP Student
Jazmine Carpenter is a native of Savannah, GA. As a child Jazmine was always fascinated by computers and attracted by the unique way they operate. With the help of the STEP program, Jazmine has gotten a head start towards her goal of pursuing a career in Information Technology.
Jazmine Carpenter


James LaPlant, Computer Science
moved from Arizona in 2004 and graduated with a bachelor degree in Computer Science at AASU in 2008. He is interested in all aspects of software system design and programming and is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Computer Science. He is part of the HaptEK-16 and the BACH research teams.
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James LaPlant Ivan Sopin, Computer Science
is originally from Syktyvkar, Russia. He is in AASU since August 2005. As a research assistant at NEWS Lab, Ivan investigates new interaction models for 3D web interfaces. He is a team member of the (3DRTT) project, a real-time web-based 3D graphical simulator aiming at improving cancer treatment. He has created the univero project, and has done the development for the VIEW and Neuro Pathways projects. Ivan enjoys music and arts and plays guitar. Visit Ivan's homepage.
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Ivan Sopin


Jonathan Norman, Computer Science
is a native from Savannah. He joined the research group in 2008. He is interested in Networking, specifically Quality-of-Service definition for haptic data distribution.
Jonathan Norman Simona Clapan, Computer Science
is an international graduate student from Romania. She joined the research group in 2008. Her experience includes software development for Monster Technologies, Czech Republic, and Softhouse International, Romania. She is interested in haptics research and interactive web applications development and is currently part of the Neuro Pathways and the BACH research teams. In her free time she likes to travel and dance.
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Simona Clapan


Benjamin M. Lambeth, Information Technology
has been at AASU since 2004. He graduated in Spring 2009. Benjamin started his own business and he is still involved with the research we are doing through the BACH Project.
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Markus Lambeth Carlos Sanchez, Mechanical Engineering
joined the group from Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. He started his studies in engineering in 2005 at the Abraham Baldwing Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Carlos is interested in 3D modelling. He modelled various components of radiation therapy equipment for the 3DRTT project and the VIEW project. He is currently pursuing his engineering studies at Georgia Tech.
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Carlos Sanchez


Donna Bryant, Computer Science & Mathematics
earned her M.A. in Mathematics from Western Kentucky University and worked as a programmer/analyst before coming to AASU. As an independent consultant, her speciality was the IBM I-series system and RPG programming. She was involved with the DICOM-RT image processing for the 3DRTT project. Donna is now working as a business/systems analyst for Gulfstream in Savannah, GA. She is an excellent tennis and team player.
Donna Bryant Michele Adams, Computer Science
graduated in December 2007 with a Master degree in Computer Science. During her involvement with the NEWS research group Michele has gained advanced expertise in Multimodal environments and e-Learning. She lead the development and assessment of the HaptEK-16 project. Michele plans to open her own business in educational technology.
Michele Adams


Eric Freeman, Computer Science
studied in the Computer Science program at AASU and was involved in the development of the HaptEK-16 project. He moved with his family to Atlanta and is currently studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Eric Freeman
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