Before starting dissertation research, you must have a major advisor who agrees to supervise your work. In addition, you and your advisor will select members for your dissertation committee, subject to approval by the Program Chair and the Dean, and you must successfully defend your proposal (at which time you are admitted to candidacy). You and your advisor must mutually agree on the advising agreement and the research topic.

To select the best advisor, you might meet with all the faculty members of your program and talk with other graduate students in the program about the qualities of the faculty members eligible to direct dissertations.

Peter Brusilovsky
Research interests: Adaptive Web systems, Social Web, adaptive hypermedia, user modeling, adaptive information systems, intelligent tutoring systems, e-learning, information visualization, digital libraries, and human-computer interaction.

Marek Druzdzel
Research interests: Decision support systems, strategic planning, decision making under uncertainty, decision-theoretic methods in intelligent information systems.

Rosta Farzan
Research interests: Social computing, online communities, social information seeking, socio-technical systems, citizen science, community modeling, and human computer interaction.

Daqing He
Research interests: Information retrieval and interactive retrieval-system design; user-modeling and adaptive Web-search system design and analysis; computational-linguistics and natural-language processing.

Stephen Hirtle
Research interests: Spatial information, cognitive science, geographic information systems, information visualization, cluster analysis, data mining.

James Joshi
Research interests: Advanced Access control, Distributed and Multimedia systems security, Systems and Network survivability, IPv6 and mobile Security, Secure Information Sharing.

Hassan Karimi
Research interests: Geoinformatics (Geospatial Information Systems, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Remote Sensing), navigation, location-based services, mobile computing, computational geometry, parallel/distributed/grid computing, spatial analysis algorithms.

Michael Lewis
Research interests: Human Factors; human-computer interaction; visualization; CSCW; virtual environments; software agents; human error; negotiation and e-commerce.

Paul Munro
Research interests: Connectionist systems; neural information processing; image processing; modeling and simulation; cognitive science; models of learning; visualization; genetic algorithms/artificial life.

Vladimir Zadorozhny
Research interests: Networked information systems, complex adaptive systems, query optimization in resource-constrained distributed environments, wireless and sensor data management, scalable architectures for wide-area environments with heterogeneous information servers.