About Us


Dr. Mina Sartipi is the Director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) and is also a UC Foundation Professor in 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 has been an IEEE senior member since 2016. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Center, Chattanooga, TN since 2017. Since 2013, Dr. Sartipi has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Variable, Inc., Chattanooga, TN.

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

Khashayar KotobiDr. Khashayar Kotobi received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2009, his M.S. in Telecommunication from Delft University of Technology in 2011, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 2017.

He is now a data science post-doctorial fellow in SCAL at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His research interests cover from wireless communication to data science and include cross-layer design in wireless networks and dynamic resource allocation using machine learning techniques in cognitive radio networks. He is a member of IEEE, and his personal website and publications can be found HERE.


Undergraduate Students

Keith HollingsworthKeith Hollingsworth is an undergraduate student in Computer Science: Data Science. He spent two years at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in mathematics. He currently works on the data and machine learning project with TVA.






Jeremy RolandJeremiah Roland is an undergraduate student in Computer Science. His motto is “efficiency is just clever laziness” and tries to finish things as quickly and efficiently as possible. He is currently working on researching predictive data analysis in regards to emergency services. Jeremiah is expected to receive his B.S. in Computer Science in December 2018, and will continue working toward his Masters degree here at UTC.





Katie RouseKatie Rouse is an undergraduate in Computer Science: Scientific Applications with a minor in Biology. She is expecting to graduate in August 2018 and in Fall 2018, she will begin UTC's masters program to earn her M.S. in Computer Science: Data Science. Katie spent her undergraduate time conducting research with Dr. Hong Qin in the Health & Biological Systems Lab and working for UTC Outdoors. If she's not in the office, you can find her hiking or climbing somewhere in Chattanooga.




Graduate Students

Jin ChoJin is a PhD student in Computational Science: Computer Science. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science: Scientific Application and M.S. in Computer Science: Data Science at UTC. He joined the SCAL late Spring 2015, and his research topic is predictive data analysis, machine learning, deep learning, and statistics. Jin is currently working on projects in the areas of Transportation (CDoT & Waze), Energy (TVA & Smart meter), and Health (TDoH & CMS).


*Jin received the Sigma Xi Graduate Research Student Award in April 2017



CristinaCristina del Real is studying a joint supervised PhD program between the University of Cádiz (Spain) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (USA) in Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the deployment of people-centric approach in the design of smart cities. She is currently working on the analysis of stakeholders' expectations, needs and threats perceived on smart city projects in USA and Spain. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from the University of Seville in 2015, and her M.A. in Criminal Justice and Safety Studies from the University of Cádiz in 2016.

*Cristina received the Exceptional Achievements Awards for both her Bachelor's and M.A. Degrees.


Jose StovallJose Stovall received his B.S. in Computer Science: Software Systems in May 2018 and is now perduing his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is currently focusing on the connected vehicles and urban mobility 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.







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.




Pete WayPete Way received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May2018 and is now pursuing his M.S in Computer Science at UTC. Currently, Pete is researching predictive data analysis in regards to emergency services.







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. 







Austin Harris

Austin Harris graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Fall 2017 with his M.S. in Computer Science. He his research at SCAL was based around motion analysis and cooperative routing. He is now an employee at Variable Inc.


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






Daniel VelasquezDaniel Velasquez graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with his B.S. in Computer Science in May 2018. He joined SCAL in the fall of 2017 and focused on cooperative mobility simulations and mobile applications for traffic congestion in smart cities. He is now an employee at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Chattanooga.


*Daniel was the recipient of the 2017 CHATECH Scholar award.





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.