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Dr.Michael King 

Dr. Michael King joined Florida Institute of Technology’s Harris Institute for Assured Information as a Research Scientist in 2015 and holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Sciences with an emphasis in cybersecurity. 

Prior to joining academia, Dr. King served for more than 10 years as a scientific research/program management professional in the United States Intelligence Community. While in government, Dr. King created, directed, and managed research portfolios covering a broad range of topics related to biometrics and identity to include: advanced exploitation algorithm development, advanced sensors and acquisition systems, and computational imaging. He crafted and led the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Biometric Exploitation Science and Technology (BEST) Program to transition technology deliverables successfully to several Government organizations.

Recognized as an expert in biometrics and identity intelligence, he has been invited to brief the Director of National Intelligence, Congressional staffers and science advisers, Defense Science Board, and Intelligence Science Board. He also served as Intelligence Community Department Lead to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management (2005 – 2012).

Dr. King received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2001 and has research interests in the areas of biometrics, cyber identity, and machine learning.

Graduate Students

Krishnapriya Kokkatal Sugathan | Ph.D. Candidate 

Krishnapriya is a Ph.D. student at the Florida Institute of Technology. She received the B.Tech. degree from SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, India, in 2014, and the M.Tech. degree from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, India, in 2016, both in Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the Florida Institute of Technology, USA. She worked for one and a half years as an Assistant Professor at Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology, India. Her research interests include biometrics, pattern recognition, and machine learning.

Kushal Vangara | Ph.D Student 

Kushal Vangara is a Ph.D. student at the Florida Institute of Technology. He received the Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, in 2014 and the M.S. degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from the Florida Institute of Technology, in 2018. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in computer science at Florida Tech. His research interests include biometrics, computer vision, data science, and deep learning.

Aishwarya Adikesavalu | M.S Student 

Aishwarya is pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. She completed her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College. She has had experiences as an engineering intern in Telecommunication and media. Her interests include machine learning and data science. Her interests are not limited to software, she had created multiple projects on Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Her hobbies include painting on canvas and reading novels.

Innocente Gbekevi | M.S Student  

Innocente Afi Gbekevi is currently pursuing her second Master's degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at FIT.She is currently working on a biometric research project that focuses on Error correlation between face analytic and face recognition related to skin tone.She did her bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and System Administration in Togo, followed by a Master's degree in Security and Network Administration at the University of Reims in France.She worked as a IT Technician for four years (2014 -2019) at the Togolese Office of Revenue (West Africa).She enjoys playing capture the flag competition to strengthen her cybersecurity skills. She likes to talk and spread awareness about cybersecurity, help companies with risk assessment, and provide education for end-users about cybersecurity culture in the work environment. Apart from these, She like travels and photography, read, write and spend time at the beach are part of her hobbies.

Paloma Vela Achu | M.S Student   

Paloma is a Mater’s Student at the Florida Institute of Technology. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, in May 2020. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Science. She worked for half a year as a Graduate Assistant for the College of Engineering and Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. Her research interests include biometrics, machine learning, and data mining.

Kay Michel | Ph.D (2020) 

Dmitri Piquero | M.S (2020) 

Rosalin Dash | M.S (2020) 

Giordano Benitez Torres | M.S  (2019) 

Katarina Borovina | M.S (2019) 

Prasad Garapati | M.S  (2018) 

Praveen Kumar | M.S (2016)