Noboru Matsuda, Director

Dr. Noboru Matsuda is Associate Professor of Computer Science.  His primary research interest is in an intersection of artificial intellicence and learning science.  Dr. Matsuda has received his PhD in Intelligent Systems from University of Pittsburgh in 2004.  He is a big fun of DIY with a particular interest in woodcrafted furniture. 

Yancy Vance Paredes, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Yancy is interested in in the areas of educational assessments, adaptive educational systems, and learning analytics, primarily in the field of computer science education. Previously, he developed an educational technology that leverages summative assessments to help students identify and address their misconceptions. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University in 2023. 


Dmitri Droujkov, PhD CSC

Dmitri joined IEC in the Spring of 2022, working at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Sciences, and Education. Dmitri is experienced with all aspects of the software development lifecycle. He is interested in the ways AI can help make mathematics more accessible in kind ways. His primary focus is developing adaptive online courseware in STEM disciplines..

Tasmia Sharhiar, PhD CSC

Tasmia joined IEC in Fall 2018 and has been working on the SimStudent project. Her primary focus is to make interactive teachable agents to facilitate tutor learning in any problem-solving domain. Her research area is focused on AI in education, Human-computer interaction, specifically, on combining natural language processing to facilitate human learning.

Machi Shimmei, PhD CSC

Machi Shimmei joined IEC in Fall 2018. Her work mainly focuses on advancing Artificial Intelligence for education. Her research includes theoretical analysis of deep-neural network models for natural language processing, educational data mining, and learning engineering for online courseware. She has been working on the Rafine and Quadl projects. 

Fardin Saad, PhD CSC

Fardin joined IEC in the Fall of 2023. His research interests are at the confluence of Human-Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, and Education. Fardin is interested in making education pervasive and ubiquitous by applying HCI and NLP. His primary focus is language prompt generation to elicit learning, which falls under the SimStudent project.  

Subodh Suryakant Gujar, MS CSC

Subodh has 3 years of experience in system development and designing microservices architecture on cloud. His research interest lies in Neural Network & Deep Learning areas. He is currently managing development and deployment of the SimStudent project on a local server.

Deep Mehta, MS CSC

Deep joined IEC in Fall 2022. Deep is a full stack software developer with 3+ years of industry experience, with his most recent experience at Microsoft. His research interest lies in Software Engineering, Cloud and DevOps. He is currently working on development and deployment of the Cyberbook project at the IEC Lab.

Kathryn Lu, BS CoE class of 2025

Kathryn joined IEC in the Fall of 2021 when she started her Computer Science undergraduate degree at the NSCU College of Engineering. She is interested in Human-Computer Interaction and mobile computing. She is a member of a joint collaboration project with Dr. Xiaolin Duan, Professor of History at NCSU, where we are developing an interactive map application for history education