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Institute Team

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

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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.

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

Research and Transition Committee

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.
Professor of 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)

Program Coordinator, Operations and Education and Workforce Development Initiatives

B-Dwyer-Head-Shot.jpg Barbara Dwyer

Manager, Communications/Operations

phil.png Philip Boedeker

Communication Liaison

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

Lead for Strategic Partnerships

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



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