Message From Leadership

Dr. Sam Chung, Dean of School of Technology and Computing (STC)

Happy new year!  

We start a new semester and a new year – Winter 2022!  

A new year is like a blank book, and you are the author.  

Thank you all for making 2021 a successful year for CityU and the School of Technology and Computing (STC).  

I read the book “Being the boss” during the winter break. (Hill, & Lineback, K. (2011). There are three imperatives for becoming a great leader. Harvard Business Review Press). Hill and Lineback proposed three approaches to be an effective manager – manage yourself, your network, and your team.   

I have managed our STC team to make STC strong, sustainable, and smart. STC has two divisions – the cybersecurity center and the academic division. Ms. Morgan Zantua is the Executive Center Director (ECD) for the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (C4CyI). Ms. Zantua will focus on Cybersecurity-related professional workforce development for STC, CityU, and community. STC’s academic division consists of two programs – undergraduate and doctoral/graduate programs. I consolidated the Program Director positions for Doctoral and Graduate programs. Dr. Brian Maeng is the Doctoral and Graduate Program Director (DGPD) for five-degree programs with one doctoral program – DIT and four master programs – MSAI, MSCS, MSCY, and MSDS. Dr. Ali Khamesipour is the interim Undergraduate Program Director (UDP) for six programs – BSAI, BSAPC, BSCY, BSDS, BSIS, and BSIT.  

This leadership team is not just a group of people who work together. We are a real team that defines the STC future, is clear about how our team works, understands our team members are individuals, and manages through our daily work. The team serves our program managers, program managers support their faculty and student assistants, and the faculty mentors the students in their course 

Please feel free to check the STC organization chart. 

May 2022 be a strong, sustainable, and smart year for you. 


Check out the New Human Centered Artificial Intelligence (HCAI) Research Group 

Meeting Schedule:  Every Monday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST (Weeks 2 – 9 of each quarter)

Why Join Us?  The demand for AI jobs jumped 75% in four years and will continue for decades. HCAI research group members will learn AI tools, select topics of interest, identify capstone topics, and work on publishing and presenting papers. 

Research Topics will be added or deleted based on students’ interests. 

  • Deep Learning & Neural Networks (CNN, VGG, RNN, LSTM, ResNet) 
  • Adversarial Learning (GAN – using your model to train another model 
  • Natural Language Processing (Transformer, BERT)  
  • Reinforcement Learning (MDP) 
  • Edge AI 
  • Blockchain & AI 
  • AI and robotics/ robot rights  
  • Computer Vision  
  • AGI algorithms (Artificial General Intelligence)  
  • AI trustworthiness – HITL (Human In The Loop)  

AI Technologies & Tools 

  • PyTorch 
  • Jupyter Notes 
  • Azure AI workloads 
  • Google Colab 

Check us out! We meet Monday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM at HCAI TEAMS 

Scholarship Opportunities: 

Attend the info session Friday, January 14th to learn about this scholarship for service.  You don’t have to major in cybersecurity to qualify. All applicants are entered into the database. Even if you are not selected for a scholarship DoD hiring managers and third party contractors access your resume.  

DoD CySP The Department of Defense Scholarship is a Scholarship For Service Program and selected applicants receive full-tuition, books, and a laptop. A summer internship with the sponsoring DoD agency is required.  A stipend of $27,000 per year for undergraduates and $32,000 for graduates is provided.  In return, candidates must work for the sponsoring agency for the length of time they were in school. 

Candidates must be US Citizens or Green card holders. Positions pay well, a security clearance is provided, and relocation may be required.  

Information Session: Friday, January 14  2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Click here to join.

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club
We are excited to announce that Professor Darron Johnson will be presenting at this week’s club meeting! The topic is physical security. This is a really important subject in information security. See all of you there and let us know if you have any questions! You can join the meeting HERE. 
  • Data Science Club

The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PST. You can join our meetings using the link here or by scanning the QR code on the right. In addition to an Invited Talk, AI-900 Certification Workshop, and Research Symposium, we’ll be covering various topics this quarter including Feature Engineering, Data Visualization, and AI Ethics!

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