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CAE Certificate Ceremony, Tuesday May 7, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fordham University School of Law, Constantino Room
Hosted by Professor Thaier Hayajneh
View the evite.

Google @ LC
RSVP for Event
Tuesday, March 12th 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
McMahon Hall 109, Lincoln Center 

Join us for a talk by Google Engineer James Apfel (FCRH '17) as he gives us a peek behind the curtain at some of the Math and Computer Science that makes Google tick! All years, majors, and degree levels welcome! 

GSAS Futures / Office of Career Services
Presents a Conversation on Careers in Data Science and Cybersecurity
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Lincoln Center Campus |
Lowenstein South Lounge

Data analysis and information security analysis are two of the most in-demand skill sets of the twenty-first century. In today’s information economy, a growing number of organizations and corporations are relying on team members with the capacity for data visualization and analysis to drive strategic decision-making and actions. In addition, organizations and companies in a range of industries are calling for cybersecurity specialists to plan and implement security measures to protect their information systems and networks from vulnerabilities.

GSAS Futures and the Office of Career Services invite all students in the GSAS community to join a panel of data scientists and cybersecurity specialists for a special conversation on career opportunities in these fields. The panel event is pertinent to both students actively enrolled in computer science-based disciplines and those in outside fields with an interest in data analysis and information security. Panelists will reflect on their professional journeys, their day-to-day routines as data professionals, and strategies for interviewing effectively and landing jobs in data science and cybersecurity.

Panel participants include Fordham alumni and influential professionals in the New York City metropolitan region. They include:

  • Rocco Grillo, Managing Director, FCRH ‘89, Global Cyber Risk Services, Alvarez and Marsal
  • Krystin Vitale, GSAS ’16, Data Scientist at Consolidated Edison
  • Matias Berretta Magarinos, GSAS ‘19, Data Scientist at Health First

Note: A limited number of internship opportunities are available at Alvarez and Marsal in the summer of 2020. This event is an excellent opportunity for interested students to become acquainted with current employees from the well-regarded cybersecurity firm.

The panel will be moderated by Yijun Zhao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director, M.S. Data Analytics. Lunch will be served.

RSVP here.


Added November 9, 2018

Data Incubator Fellowship

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries.

Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

Apply for the fellowship for next session which will run from 2019-04-01 to 2019-05-24.

Added October 2, 2018

IT Seminar/Cyber Security
From Victim to Victor: Best Practices to Protect Your Business and Yourself Personally
Wednesday October 10, 2018 | 3 - 5 p.m.
Fordham University
113 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023
Location: LL South Lounge

Ileana Van Der Linde, Executive Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management (AWM) Cybersecurity Awareness Global Program Lead

Ileana leads AWM’s Cybersecurity Awareness Program – educating clients and employees globally on how to better protect themselves and those they work with from increasing cybersecurity threats. Ileana’s team develops timely cybersecurity education materials on various topics  to help address the needs of wealthy individuals, family offices, businesses and others, so they are better prepared to deal with the reality of cyber threats. Ileana has a Bachelors degree from Georgetown University, and MBA from Columbia Business School.

Thaier Hayajneh
Director, Fordham Center of Cybersecurity
University Professor, Computer Science
Program Director, M.S. in Cybersecurity
Thaier Hayajneh, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Fordham Center for Cybersecurity, University Professor of Computer Science, program director of MS in Cybersecurity at Fordham University, New York. He served on several NSF Cybersecurity review panels and serves as a CAE reviewer and mentor for NSA. His research focuses on cybersecurity and networking, including wireless security, applied cryptography, blockchain and cryptocurrency. He published over 70 conference and journal papers and serves as editor, associate editor, guest editor and reviewer for several prestigious journals.

Added September 17, 2018

Clavius Distinguished Lecture Comets, Craters, and Calendars: Christopher Clavius, S.J. (1538 - 1612)
Monday, October 1, 2018 | 1 p.m.
Bepler Commons | Faber Hall
Rose Hill Campus

In this year marking the 480th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Clavius, S.J., it seems appropriate for this lecture series, named in his honor, to focus on his life and legacy. That legacy ranges from the Gregorian calendar, which is the calendar that we all use today, to the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It ranges from popular textbooks to worldwide curricular reform. And it ranges from the history of science in China to the Vatican Observatory, which Pope Gregory XIII established in 1580 to help confirm and refine astronomical observations made in support of Clavius’ reform of the Gregorian calendar. Paul Mueller, S.J., who serves as vice director of the modern-day Vatican Observatory, will explore Clavius’ life and work in their early-modern context and illuminate his enduring legacy for modern science, religion, and culture.

Google @ Fordham
Join us for our Google at Fordham event, this talk will help students gain insights on the hiring process and how to pass technical interviews at Google and throughout the tech industry!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Keating 3rd Floor Auditorium
4 - 6 p.m.

Added August 28, 2018

2018 CAE Virtual Career Fair

Last year the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity hosted the first Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by CyberWatch West and the National Science Foundation, for the students and alumni of CAE designated institutions. A total of 637 students/alumni and 69 employers participated in the career fair with initial survey data indicating the event was well perceived by students/alumni and employers.

This year the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity is hosting the second CAE Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by Cyber Watch West and the National Science Foundation, on October 5, 2018, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT. The job fair will connect students from CAE designated schools with employers looking to fill internships, part-time positions, and full-time positions. Each student will be required to upload a resume before attending the CAE Virtual Career Fair. Students in Cyber Security degrees from schools designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security (CAE-C), Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Cyber Operation (CAE-CO) are invited.

Added May 11, 2018

Central Jersey Technology Job Fair

May 15, 2018
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bell Works
101 Crawfords Corner Rd

Join us for the 2018 Central Jersey Technology Job Fair coming to Bell Works on Tues., May 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Employers will be accepting resumes and conducting on-site interviews for open technology positions, including project management, cybersecurity, IT, software development, help desk technicians and more. This event is free and registration is not required.

More details.

Distinguished Lecture Speaker: Prof. Yike Guo

Big Data for Better Science
Founding Director of the Data Science Institute (DSI), Imperial College London, UK
Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: 12th Floor Lounge, Corrigan Conference Center, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center Campus

FinTech Conference

The Fordham FinTech Network's 2nd Annual FinTech Conference gathers college and graduate school students, faculty and professionals across New York City to celebrate and learn more about the innovation and evolution of the converging financial technology industry.

Join us as we explore the future of the fintech industry on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 5 - 9 p.m..

The event will take place at Fordham University – Lincoln Center (113 W 60th St. New York, NY 10024) in Pope Auditorium.

Topics to be discussed include emerging technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital payments, capital markets, and regulation.

Welcome Remarks by Donna Rapaccioli, Dean of the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University.

Applications of Behavior-based Authentication in the Business World

This talk will look at the applications of behavior-based authentication in the business world and how it has been affected by research. We’ll look at the field as a whole, and also at the vision for us at TwoSense, and demonstrate that this is a problem that is insoluble without the application of machine learning. We will then take a deeper look at the machine learning challenges that must be overcome, and a few novel solutions from our labs. We will then look at some of the lessons learned from deploying behavioral biometrics in the wild in product settings. From there, we will look at some research methodology issues that we’ve come across and conclude by proposing a few best practices for the behavioral biometrics community.
Speaker: Dawud Gordon, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder at TwoSense, NYC
Date: April 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Leon Lowenstein (LL) 305
View a description of the talk.

Blockchain Disruptor Conference, Skadden Conference Center at Fordham Law School (April 28-29)

Do you want to learn the basics of blockchain? Do you want to meet Fordham alumni who are leaders in the space? Do you want to hear from CEOs, COOs and CTOs of top blockchain companies from around the world?

The Blockchain Disruptor Conference is purposely scheduled on the weekend (April 28-29) so attendees do not have to face the trade-off of fulfilling work/school responsibilities and trying to learn about a technology that is going to change the world. Day 1 of the conference is "Blockchain for Beginners" and will break down all the jargon to help beginners grasp the language of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Topics includes: Why Bitcoin Matters (Beyond its Market Price) | Hashing 101 | What is Consensus and How Does It Work? | Cryptography & Security | Smart Contracts | Internet of Things (IoT) | Permissioned vs. Unpermissioned Blockchains | The Five Roles of Tokens/Cryptos in Blockchain | Investing in the Blockchain Space (Cryptos & Otherwise). There will be a reception on Saturday evening (the end of Day 1) that is open for any registered participant across Days 1 and 2.

Day 2 is "Blockchain for Disruptors" and will entail various industry-specific panel sessions:

  • How Blockchain is Juicing Energy Markets
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Efficiencies through Blockchain
  • How Blockchain is Changing Healthcare
  • Digital Marketing and Blockchain
  • Blockchain and the Financial System
  • Can Blockchain Save Content Creators (Publishing, Music, Film & Visual Arts)?
  • Value Creation and Appropriation in Identity and Privacy Markets
  • Blockchain for Humanitarian Efforts

Fordham CIS students may register for the conference at an 80% discount (only $40 per day):

Discount Code: CIS80
Expiry: April 29, 2018 (midnight)

The Fordham Computer Science Society Workshop

Join The Fordham Computer Science Society and Dennis Egan, a Fordham alum and data scientist at Alpha Vertex for an intro to machine learning workshop. Also an intern recruitment opportunity!
WHEN: Thursday, April 19
TIME: 7 - 8 p.m.

Women in Cybersecurity: A CAREERS SUMMIT

Employers are looking to fill jobs in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. It offers high salaries, career security, and promotion opportunities, and yet has a talent gap and a diversity gap, with women and minority groups underrepresented. Join us as industry executives and members of the FBI’s Cyber Branch hold a panel discussion on the leading role women can play in the cybersecurity field, with an emphasis on cyber careers in the FBI. View the flyer.
Date: MONDAY | APRIL 16, 2018
Time: 1 – 2:30 P.M.

Office of Career Services is hosting a STEM Career Fair on April 10 at Rose Hill, 2 - 4 p.m.

To view the list of employers attending, students can log into their Handshake accounts -> Click Events tab. A few that are attending include: NYU Langone, FBI, and The Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

What: STEM Career Fair
When: Tuesday April 10, 2 - 4 p.m.
Where: McGinley Ballroom
View the 2018 STEM Career Fair flyer.

Adversarial-Resilience Assurance for Mobile Security Systems

Wei Yang, Ph.D. candidate University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date: Thursday March 15, 2018, Thursday, 1 -2 p.m.
Room: JMH 342
View a full description of the talk.

Exploring the Power of Source Reliability in Information Integration

Houping Xiao, Ph.D. candidate, SUNY Buffalo State
Date: Wednesday March 14, 2018, 1 -2 p.m.
Room: JMH342
View a full description of the talk.

Individual Differences in Deception and Deception Detection in Spoken Dialogue

Sarah Ita Levitan, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University
Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018, 2 - 3 p.m.
Room: LL601
View a full description of the talk.

Spring 2018 CIS Faculty Research Talk Series

Download the Spring 2018 Schedule and Description of All of the Talks.

Option Implied Volatility Prediction by Integrative Learning with Dr. Henry Han.
Date: Wednesday February 28, 2018,
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Room: JMH342

Smartphone and Smartwatch-based Activity Recognition and Biometrics with Dr. Gary Weiss
Date: Wednesday April 25, 2018
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Room: JMH342

Spring 2018 CIS Distinguished Lecture Series

Download the Spring 2018 Schedule

Cyber Intelligence and Counterterrorism within the NYPD: A View from the Inside

Presented by Mitch D. Silber, Principal and Founder, The Guardian Group, Former Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: The University Club
1 West 54th Street, New York City
Cost: $25 for alumni, but free for students, faculty, and staff, who can email Annelice Morales

Please join the Gabelli School of Business and Sander Flaum, chair of the Fordham Leadership Forum, for this Flaum Leadership Lecture Series event featuring cyber intelligence expert Mitch D. Silber.

A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
Business attire is strictly enforced by the University Club.


On the Design of an Industrial IoT Device 

(IEEE members are eligible to apply for 0.1 CEU/ 1.0 PDH credit)  
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Location: Fordham University - Leo Loweinstein, Room: LL 306
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

The session will provide introduction on the beginning of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution that eventually could be deployable worldwide, and on how to realize a simple inexpensive IIoT method with large scalability. The speaker will explain the methodology from two aspects. The first part addresses the market and practical considerations required prior to product definition and development, including the reasons behind choice of a Boat Area Network (BAN) networking scheme, the final MCU chip selection, Internet access gateways and standards involved required to provide for retrofit with existing wired networks, or for new installations. The second part is a description of the architecture of the first IIoT product resulting from this development and lessons learned. 

Warner SharkyManaging Principal, iOTA World Inc. BSc EE, Electrical, Royal Military College, Kingston, ON Canada BSc EE, Communications-Electronics, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada Graduate work, Systems Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA Professional: Life Senior Member of IEEE  Senior past Chair- IEEE Communications Society NYC Chapter ;  Member , American Water Works Association (AWWA)  Warner has done engineering work for major entities, countries, cities, companies and regional– in the United States, Canada, India and China. Warner's experience includes technical consulting, embedded micro-controllers, LAN and WAN network design, wireless network design, complete 9-1-1 system design, QA/QC reviews, complex system design and budgeting, contract review, implementation and project management

Contact Information: 
Dr. Yun Ye, Email:
Dr. Frank Hsu, Email: 


The Hour of Code is here!  Volunteer here:

Members of IEEE-NY Computer Society are supporting Computer Science Week's Hour of Code event that runs from Dec. 4-10 each year in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper's birthday on Dec. 9th. The goal of this event is to teach children coding skills using material provided by Hour of Code. 

Humanitarian Blockchain Summit
November 10, 2017

The Humanitarian Blockchain Summit will bring technology experts, scholars, and humanitarian practitioners together for dynamic discussions about the future of blockchain technology in humanitarian operations and in pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The summit is designed for those interested in using blockchain for tangible humanitarian impact. Breakout sessions will focus on overcoming challenges to using blockchain, as well as identifying the best ways to develop humanitarian-friendly blockchain platforms, among other topics. The sessions will also include collaborative exercises and presentations about how some organizations are using blockchain.

The goal of the event is for participants to recommend policies for using blockchain in specific humanitarian interventions.

Integrative Neuroscience Poster

Thursday October 12, 2017
Concordia College New York
171 White Plains Road, Quad | Bronxville, NY, USA 10708

Dialogues on the Quad 2017: The Conversation Continues

Artificial Intelligence Panel Tech Fluency for the 21st Century

Panel Liaison/Moderator:

Mr. Charles Frank Director of Off-Site Programs, Concordia College New York


Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann, Assistant Professor of Theology, Chair of the Theology Department, Concordia College New York

Dr. Damian M. Lyons, Professor of Computer Science, Fordham University, Director of Fordham's Robotics and Computer Vision Laboratory

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Mentis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science,The United States Military Academy at West Point

Dr. Rocio Ng, Senior Data Scientist, Kickwheel Co.

Maria Rachelle, CEO and Founding Member at Living Leadership Today, LLC

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

-Stephen Hawking

Amazing advances in technology known as “AI,” artificial intelligence, have generated a surge of interest, but what do these tech evolutions mean for us? The purpose of this panel is to facilitate a campus-wide conversation on the topic of artificial intelligence and its impact on what it means to be human.

These dialogues will include discussion of the following questions:

  • What is AI?
  • What are the benefits and dangers of AI?
  • Which industries will benefit the most from AI?
  • What does the future hold for humanity’s interface with AI?

Fall 2017

CIS Faculty Research Talk Series
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Venue: John Mulcahy Hall (JMH) 342

September 27, 2017
Investigating Connected k-Coverage in Two-Dimensional Wireless Sensor Networks: Are We Done Yet?
Habib M. Ammari

October 18, 2017
Ranking and Scoring for Big Data Analytics
D. Frank Hsu, Clavius Distinguished Professor of Science

November 1, 2017
Computational Robotics
Damian Lyons, Graduate Program Director

December 6, 2017
Research in Computational Neuroscience
Daniel Leeds, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Fordham IBM Blockchain Workshop

At this inaugural university workshop, IBM presented a blockchain demo, and speakers from Fordham and several government, finance, technology, and law firms offered their thoughts on how students and other members of academia can play a role in advancing this technology in a wide variety of professions and fields.


1/26/2016: Seminar on "Visual object representations in the human cortex: Dissimilarity analysis for model comparison" by Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel D. Leeds at 12PM in JMH312(RH)

2016 Fordham/IBM Symposium on Cyber Security, Data Analytics and Mobile Systems
1 - 10 p.m.
Lowenstein 12th Fl. Lounge,
E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center, Lincoln Center