Mohammad Azhar

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Associate Professor
Computer Information Systems

EMAIL: mazhar@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: F-930L

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1477

Dr. Azhar is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at CUNY BMCC.

Dr. Azhar’s current research includes human-robot collaboration for assistive robotics, cybersecurity education, and educational robotics. Dr. Azhar has been involved in organizing and teaching numerous teacher training workshops for Educational Robotics programs, after-school robotics clubs, and robotics competitions for students over a decade. He is passionate about getting undergraduate as well as K-12 students involved in solving robotics problems, taking part in robotics research, and competitions that help them realize where they could go with robotics in the real world. His dream is to get students involved in robotics and Cyber Security so they can excel in problem-solving and join teams someday that are designing next-generation robots and secured digital world to make our lives better.

Expertise

Human-Robot Collaboration, Assistive Robotics, Artificial Intelligence,  Educational Robotics, and Cyber Security Education.

Personal Web page

Degrees

  • Ph.D. Graduate Center, The City University Of New York, Computer Science,

Courses Taught

CIS 455 (Network Security)

Research and Projects

Research Projects:

  • Assistive Robotics
  • Educational Robotics
  • Cyber Security and Cybersecurity Education
  • Computer Science Education

 Grant Projects:

  • Technology Oriented Learning Communities to deliver a 21st Century Education in an UrbanHSI Community College, 2020 GANAS Mini-grant,PI, (2020)
  • CUNY Course Innovation Grant, Collaboration with IBM, PI (2019-2020)
  • CyberSecurity in Robotics, PSC-CUNY Award, PI (2019-2020)
  • BMCC Gateway Initiative III: Teaching As Research, PI (2018-2019)
  • BMCC Make-a-thon Academy, Computer Information Systems Department, BMCC Perkins Sub Grant (2019)
  • Women in Technology Grant, Co-PI,  2018-2019.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program Title III, BMCCDigital Pathways Project, Co-Activity Outreach Director, 2016-2021.
  • NSF Fostering Student Success in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Co-PI, NSF ATE Award #1601401, 2016- 2020.
  • Minority Science Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP): Institutional Project Retentionand Improvements in STEM Education (RISE), Co-PI, 2015-2018.
  • CS4HS Google Grant, College of Staten Island, The City University Of New York, Senior Personnel, Summer 2013

Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Mohammad Q. Azhar, Weida Jiang, and Natan Schattner-Elmaleh. 2021. Collaboration EducationSuite for Children with ASD. In Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’21 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA
  • Sumya Hoque, Stacey Rodriguez, Mohammad Azhar. 2021. COVID-19 Mental Health AI and RobotAssistant. In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education(SIGCSE ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA,
  • Jillian Powers and Mohammad Azhar. Preparing Teachers to Engage Students in ComputationalThinking through an Introductory Robot Design Activity. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching 39, no. 1: pp. 49-70. 2020.
  • Ankur Chattopadhyay, and Mohammad Q. Azhar. Program Cozmo to EnhanceCS0/CS1 Learning of Secure Coding. In Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2020.
  • Mountrouidou, Xenia, David Vosen, Chadi Kari, Mohammad Q. Azhar, Sajal Bhatia, Greg Gagne, Joseph Maguire, Liviana Tudor, and Timothy T. Yuen. ”Securing the Human: A Review of Literature on Broadening Diversity in Cybersecurity Education.” In Proceedings of the Working GroupReports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.
  • Mohammad Q. Azhar, Sajal Bhatia, Greg Gagne, Chadi Kari, Joseph Maguire, Xenia Mountrouidou, Liviana Tudor, David Vosen, and Timothy T. Yuen. Securing the Human: Broadening Diversity in Cybersecurity. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA,
  • Mohammad Q. Azhar, Janet, Esquirol, BMCC HSI STEM Success Lab, CUNY CUE Conference,2018.
  • Mohammad Q Azhar and Elizabeth I Sklar. A study measuring the impact of shared decision-making in a human-robot team. International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol 36, No 5-7 2017.
  • Mohammad Q. Azhar and Elizabeth I. Sklar, ”Analysis of empirical results on argumentation-based dialogue to support shared decision making in a human-robot team,” 2016 25th IEEE InternationalSymposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), New York, NY, 2016
  • Elizabeth I. Sklar and Mohammad Q. Azhar. Argumentation-based dialogue games for shared control in human-robot systems. Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, Vol 4, No 3: Special Issue on Shared Control, pages 120-148, 2015

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • MATLAB Technical Award, Robocup HomeRobotEDU 2018, Luis Marcano, Treeshan Yeadram, Marco Santana, Mentor: Dr. Azhar
  • Best Paper Award, Sixth International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI), 2018 for Sklar, E. I., & Azhar, M. Q. (2018, December). Explanation through Argumentation. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (pp. 277-285). ACM.

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