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Center Team

The center is led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and professionals with expertise in a diverse range of areas.


Ionnis A. Kakadiaris Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, Ph.D.
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering

Executive Director

Ioannis Konstantinidis Ioannis Konstantinidis, Ph.D.

Thrust Leads

Maria G. Burns Maria G. Burns, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Info and Logistics Technology
Thrust Lead for Education and Workforce Development
Ioannis T. Pavlidis Ioannis T. Pavlidis, Ph.D.
Eckhard-Pfeiffer Professor of Computer Science
Thrust Lead for Transnational Flows of People (Technology)
Shishir Shah Shishir Shah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Thrust Lead for Transnational Flows of Goods
Luis R. Torres Luis R. Torres, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Partnerships
Graduate College of Social Work
Thrust Lead for Transnational Flows of People (Policy)

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

Lead for Communication

Lan Ni Lan Ni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communications

Lead for Strategic Partnerships

Larry Shi Larry Shi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Program Director, Operations

Program Director, Education and Workforce Development Initiatives

UH Liaisons

Mary Ann Ottinger Mary Ann Ottinger, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UH System
Associate Vice President for Research, University of Houston
Beverly A. Rymer Beverly A. Rymer
Executive Director, Office of Contracts and Grants, University of Houston