Omar Knio, KAUST professor of applied mathematics and computational science, has assumed the role of Interim Dean of the Computer, Electrical, Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division. Professor Knio succeeds former CEMSE Dean Professor Mootaz Elnozahy, who will now assume the role of Special Advisor to the KAUST President in the areas of open online learning and cybersecurity.
Konstantin Burlachenko holds a master’s degree in computer science from Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU), Russia. After graduating from BMSTU, he worked in several prominent Moscow companies, such as Huawei, NVIDIA, and Yandex. He joined KAUST in August 2020 as a Ph.D. candidate and member of Professor Peter Richtarik's Optimization and Machine Learning Lab.
Feng Liang is a computer science and engineering graduate who will join KAUST from the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China. Feng will join the University this fall as a M.S. candidate and member of the KAUST Nanovisualization Research Group under the supervision of Professor Ivan Viola.
Kilichbek Haydarov is a graduate student who will join KAUST from Uzbekistan. He will join KAUST as a M.S./Ph.D. candidate and member of the KAUST Computer Vision, Content AI research group under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Elhoseiny. Kilichbek obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from Sejong University, South Korea.
Kai Yi is a graduate from Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China, who will join KAUST in the fall of 2020. Kai will join KAUST as a M.S./Ph.D. candidate and member of the KAUST Computer Vision, Content AI research group under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Elhoseiny. KAUST's high reputation and Kai's interest in computer vision and machine learning prompted him to choose the University to further his academic career.
Xiaopeng Xu is a computer science graduate who will join KAUST in the fall of 2020. Xu obtained a master’s degree in computer science from KAUST, and a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, respectively. He will join KAUST in the fall of 2020 as a Ph.D. candidate and a member of the KAUST Structural and Functional Bioinformatics group under the supervision of Professor Xin Gao.
A novel KAUST-Stanford University research paper by Panos Achlioptas (Stanford), Ahmed Abdelreheem (KAUST), Fei Xia (Stanford), Mohamed Elhoseiny (KAUST) and Leonidas Guibas (Stanford) was accepted for presentation at the 16th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2020).
Zhenwen Liang, 22, is a computer science graduate from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China. Zhenwen will join KAUST in the fall of 2020 as a M.S./Ph.D. candidate and member of the Machine Intelligence and kNowledge Engineering research group under the supervision of Professor Xiangliang Zhang.
Xingdi Zhang is a computer science graduate from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of  China (UESTC), China. Xingdi will join KAUST in the fall of 2020 as a M.S./Ph.D. candidate and member of the KAUST High-Performance Visualization Group under the supervision of Professor Markus Hadwiger.
Runar Reve, a former KAUST Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP) student, recently received the International Society for Computational Biology’s (ISCB) Bio-Ontologies COSI – Best Talk Award at the 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2020.
Igor Sokolov, 23, is an applied mathematics and physics graduate who will join KAUST from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia. Igor first came to KAUST as a visiting student in 2019 and was highly impressed by the University's living and working facilities. It was this first impression that prompted him to pursue an M.S. at KAUST. Sokolov will join KAUST in the Fall of 2020 as an M.S. candidate under the supervision of Professor Peter Richtarik.