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Computer Science Faculty & Staff

Frances Bailie, Ph.D.

Chair, Computer Science Department

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113D
Phone: (914) 633-2335
Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Columbia University
MA, Mathematics, Fordham University
BA, Mathematics, College of New Rochelle in Mathematics

Dr. Frances Bailie teaches courses in programming, computer literacy, web design and programming, and educational technology. She is also the Computer Science Internship Coordinator, assisting students in securing credit and non-credit work experiences in computing. Her research interests include introductory programming, computer literacy, assessment, educational technology and women in computing.

Paolina Centonze, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Cyber Security Coordinator

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113H
Phone: (914) 633-2562
Degrees: Ph.D. in Mathematics, New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering
MS, Computer Science, New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering
BS, Computer Science, St. John's University

Dr. Paolina teaches courses in software security, web security, mobile security, cloud security, big data security and program analysis for security. Her research interests include language-based security, mobile computing and cyber security.
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Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D.

Game Development Coordinator

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113J
Phone: (914) 633-2342
Degrees: Ph.D., Computer Science
MS, Computer Science
BS, Computer Engineering

Dr. Lubomir Ivanov teaches a wide variety of courses ranging from mobile- and web applications development to computer organization and architecture, and parallel and scientific computing. He is the coordinator of the Game Development concentration, and teaches all game development and virtual reality course in the department. Dr. Ivanov's current research interests are in natural language processing, authorship attribution, as well as in applied virtual reality.
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Jongwook Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113E
Phone: (914) 633-2339
Degrees: Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
MS, Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
BE, Computer Science and Engineering, Korea University, Republic of Korea

Dr. Jongwook Kim teaches various courses related to theory of programming languages and compilers. His research interests include software refactorings, design patterns and software product lines.

Smiljana Petrovic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113I
Phone: (914) 633-2561
Degrees: Ph.D., Computer Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York
MS, Computer Science, Lehman College
BS, Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Dr. Smiljana Petrovic teaches courses in artificial intelligence, data mining, database and advanced database systems, software engineering as well as other undergraduate and graduate courses. Her research interests are in the development of machine learning techniques for authorship attribution and for solving constraint satisfaction problems. Her authorship attribution methodology was actively used for authorship of 18th Century political writing, with special attention to the work of Thomas Paine.
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Robert Schiaffino, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113G
Phone: (914) 633-2338
Degrees: Ph.D., Computer Science, Polytechnic University of New York
MS, Computer Science, Polytechnic University of New York
BA, Mathematics, Manhattan College

Dr. Robert Schiaffino teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses including data structures and algorithms, operating systems, computer organization and architecture, and programming languages. His research interests include text categorization, information retrieval, data mining and operating systems

Chia-Ling Tsai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Room 113C
Phone: (914) 633-2241
Degrees: Ph.D., Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BSc (Honors), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Dr. Chia-Ling Tsai teaches courses in image processing and software engineering. Her research interests include biomedical image analysis, computer vision, digital image processing, image registration, natural language processing and literacy education.

Faculty Emeriti

Antony Halaris, MS
Keitha Murray, Ph.D.
John Mallozzi, Ph.D.
Catherine Ricardo, Ph.D.

Computer Science Club Working on Drone Projects

Two Iona students enjoy flying a drone.

Iona's Computer Science Club is currently working on human-drone interaction projects (e.g., drones designed to navigate to people in emergency scenarios) using their new programmable drones. Students are not only learning valuable skills but are enjoying the experience as well!

Computer Science Club

Cultivating an Environment for Student Success through Research

Smiljana Petrovic Computer Science Professor, Smiljana Petrovic, Ph.D., is passionate about research in her chosen field – and under her guidance, her students garner that same passion and use it to flourish intellectually in the Computer Science program at Iona College.
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Computer Science Department News

Students Presented Research and Demoed a Drone Project at Iona Scholars Day 2019

On April 20, 2018, the Iona Computer Science Department held their traditional alumni, students and friends event.

The Computer Science Department held a ceremony for students inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) on April 20, 2018.

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The World is Waiting

Many of our students start ventures or have jobs before they even graduate. Recently, after completing our popular course in iPhone Application Development, two students co-founded a successful company that develops apps for clients in the New York metropolitan area––a year before they received their diplomas.