PhD Students

Songyang Han

Songyang Han received the B.Eng degree in automation from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, in 2015, and the M.S. degree in electronic science and technology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2018. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA. His current research interests include autonomous car, machine learning, optimization, and control theory.

Email: songyang.han[at]uconn[dot]edu

Tristan Pepin

Lynn (a.k.a. Tristan) Pepin graduated from the UConn School of Engineering in Spring 2018 and started PhD studies for C.S.E. in Fall 2018. He got into programming and computer science as a hobby, making games and cellular automata. As of the start of Fall 2018, He mainly works on machine learning for cybersecurity. He has also worked as a tutor for math and science courses, and as a TA for CSE 1729.

Email: lynn.pepin[at]uconn[dot]edu

Sihong He

Sihong He received her bachelor’s degree in Financial Mathematics from Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, in 2017, and her master’s degree in Statistics from the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA in 2019. She is currently a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA. Her current research interests include data-driven optimization, machine learning, optimal control, etc.

Email: sihong.he[at]uconn[dot]edu

Jiangwei Wang

Jiangwei Wang received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Xian JIaotong University, Xian, China, in 2018. He is currently a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA. Previously he worked on underwater wireless power and data transfer. His current research interests include cyber-physical system security and reinforcement learning.


Undergraduate Students

McNair Scholar and Fellow

I am a faculty mentor for the McNair Scholar and Fellow program. McNair Scholars are STEM majors who are first-generation college students, from low socioeconomic households, and/or self-identify as underrepresented racial or ethnic groups in higher education. The program provides year-round, academic and holistic support to help students establish undergraduate research projects early in their undergraduate career. The ultimate goals are to equip students with the tools to be competitively considered for graduate school admission, and to ensure retention and graduation from UConn.

Steven Santos

Steven Santos a senior McNair scholar pursuing a computer science degree concentrating in computational data analysis at UConn. My research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence. I enjoy exercising, listening to music and watching baseball.

Shihab Khalfalla

Shihab Khalfalla is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Engineering at UConn, as well as a McNair Fellow for Fall 2020. He is currently interested in researching machine learning and artificial intelligence in the future as well as learning more about theory of mind AI. His hobbies include watching NBA games, coding, and reading.


Keyur Shah

Keyur Shah participated research and finished his honored thesis in our group in the senior year of his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering at UConn. His degree specialization is in Computational Data Analytics, and his current research interests include autonomous vehicles and applied machine learning. Keyur also leads UConn's student consulting group and enjoys fencing, volunteering, and following NHL hockey.