Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of robust deep/machine learning, text mining, data privacy, and information quality (and the related areas of Information/Data Science and Big Data).

Robust Deep Learning (Data, Papers, Demos)

  • Quantitatively evaluate how Two-Factor defective datasets impact deep learning robustness
  • Enhancing image classifier robustness based on algorithms
  • Using imperfective images for benchmarking deep learning networks.
  • Related Courses: Image Processing, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

Information Quality (Data, Papers, Demos)

  • Building data quality metrics on databases or images
  • Repairing/improving data quality through machine learning
  • Related Courses:Database, Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Data Governance

Analyzing Online Resumes through Text Mining (Data, Papers, Demos)

  • Using online resumes for analyzing potential career paths.
  • Better understanding professor skills and education background impact career paths.
  • Recommending training/educational plans to end-users.
  • Related Courses: Text Mining, Social Computing, and Information Retrieval

Data Privacy of Internet of Things (IoT) (Data, Papers, Demos))

  • Protecting data privacy of IoT
  • Using WiFi signals for tracking/analyzing people movement
  • Related Courses: Network, Data Privacy, Cyber Security, and Data Mining

Selected Awards and Grants


  • Excellence in Research Award in Information Science, 2017, UA Little Rock
  • The first place and the third place Research Awards at UALR Student Research and Creative Works EXPO in 2017, UA Little Rock
  • Honorable Mention Award at UALR Student Research and Creative Works EXPO, 2016, UA Little Rock


  • Industrial Awards in EIT Open House, 2017, UA Little Rock
  • Best IBM Customer Service Award in 2014;
  • IBM Excellent Instructor Prize in 2011 and 2012, respectively
  • IBM Outstanding Employee in 2009 and 2012, respectively
  • IBM South China Technical Talent Award in 2009, 2011, and 2012, respectively
AWARDED RESEARCH GRANDS • Google Company, Deep Learning Cloud Platform Credits Awards, $5,000 2019 • Nvidia Company, Nvidia GPU Research Grant 2015-2016 • TruckXi Company, Research Grant, $3,500 2015 • UA Little Rock, Academic Travel Awards, $1,000 2016-2018