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


  • [Role: PI] Southeast Missouri State University (Internal), Robust Aerial Image Processing for Soybean Breeding: A Seed Grant, Total Award: $3,795. Project Period: May 2020 – December 2021. Collaborators: Andrew Chronister (SEMO)
  • [Role: PI] Google Company , Deep Learning Cloud Platform Credits Awards, Total Award: $5,000. Project Period: November 2019 – December 2020. Collaborators: Pengyin Chen (University of Missouri-Columbia)
  • [Role: PI] Southeast Missouri State University (Internal), A Self-Defense Web Application with Informed Caches, Total Award: $500. Project Period: October 2019 – December 2020
  • 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



    • 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