About Us

minasartipi2Dr. Mina Sartipi is a Program Leader for Urban Science & Technology at University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC). She is also a UC Foundation Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department, where she leads the Smart Communications and Analysis Lab (SCAL). She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2001 and her M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

In 2008, she was named UC Foundation Assistant Professor. This award was given to her based on her research activities and students evaluating her teaching. She was awarded the UTC Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Achievement award in 2016. She has also been awarded the best researcher in the Department of CSE and the college of CECS in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Dr. Sartipi is IEEE senior member since 2016.

Dr. Sartipi’s research interests are in the area of communications and data science, in particular advanced wireless communications and data analysis for smart healthcare and urban futures. She has served as the technical program chair of conferences in the areas of wireless communications and networking. Additionally, Dr. Sartipi has been called on to review several papers on data compression and error control coding for various IEEE, ACM, and EURASIP conferences and journals in the past several years.


Postdoctoral Scholar 


Dr. Zhen Hu received his bachelor degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, the master degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, USA, in 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively.

He currently works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Smart Communication and Analysis Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His research interests cover from radio science to data science.





Undergraduate Students 

Keith HollingsworthKeith Hollingsworth is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science: Data Science, with goals to get a master's degree in Data Science through UTC's Accelerated Masters Program. He spent his first two years at Middle Tennessee State University and majored in mathematics. Keith is also a student ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. 







Jose StovallJose Stovall is an undergraduate Computer Science student with a focus in Software Systems, expected to graduate in May 2018 and pursue his master's in Fall of 2018. He is currently focusing on the Connected Vehicles project using machine learning and computer vision. In his personal time he enjoys web development, video game mod development (mostly in Java), and various creative works such as video and photo editing.







Graduate Students 

Robert BarberRobert Barber, served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before earning his B.S. in Computer    Science: Information Assurance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Robert will be starting his Master's Degree in the Fall 2017, with hopes of graduating in the Spring 2019.








Jin ChoJin Cho is from South Korea and he lived in South Korea for 12 years. He is an graduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in Data Science. He earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science : Scientific Application at UTC. He is expected to graduate in December and will be starting his PhD program in the Spring. He joined the research lab late spring 2015, and his research topic is predictive data analysis, deep learning, and statistics.






Austin Harris

Austin Harris is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, who is expected to defend his thesis in the fall of 2017. He is currently working in the Smart Communications and Analysis Lab at UTC, his research is based around motion analysis and cooperative routing.

*Austin received the 2017 Outstanding Masters Student in Computer Science award. 







Hector Suarez is a graduate student and received his B.S. in physics from Tennessee Tech University. He has worked on securing SCAL's mStroke system and is now working on multi- vehicle cooperative routing. His hobbies include backpacking and mountain biking and spending time with family and friends.


"Working with Dr. Sartipi's research group has been great as we learn so much from each other's backgrounds".






Rebekah Thompson received her B.S in Graphic Communications Management from Georgia Southern University. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at UTC and expects to receive her M.S. Computer Science in Summer 2018. Her research interests include predictive data analysis, computer image processing, and mobile application development. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and playing video games.




Daniel Velasquez Daniel Velasquez is a Computer Science undergraduate at UTC. He joined SCAL in the fall of 2017. He is expected to graduate in May 2018 and will continue in the graduate program pursuing a Masters in Computer Science: Data Science. Daniel’s focus is on Cooperative Mobility Simulations for traffic congestion in Smart Cities. He is a 2017 CHATECH Scholar and enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.










Brandon Allen graduated with his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, research focused on motion analysis. Brandon received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in May 2015. He also won the prestigious Sigma Xi Graduate Student Award in April 2015. 







Brian WilliamsBrian Williams, originally from Connecticut, received B.AS. in Mathematics and Computer Science before moving to Tennessee. He Received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.