Yong Pei

Computer Science
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Russ Engineering Center 340, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

◾ Graduate Program Director - Department of Computer Science and Engineering

◾ Director - Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program

◾ Director - SMART Lab 


Education History: 

Yong received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and his BS degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1996. He also received a Certificate of Technology Commercialization from The Ohio Department of Higher Education through the I-Corps@Ohio program in 2017. 




Yong teaches a broad portfolio of computer science and engineering courses that include entry-level computer programming courses on Java/C++, as well as advanced courses on distributed/mobile/cloud/sensory computing. He also participates in cross-disciplinary course offerings, such as applied business, technology entrepreneurship and graduate medical educations. Among his latest innovations in engineering and computer science education is the "Friday Project Cracking", an NSF I-Corps style project experience embedded in both undergraduate and graduate classes. (Watch sample video demo from the final pitch deck presentations of student teams: AR Story BookA-SL and DrummAR.)


Research statement: 

Yong directs the SMART Lab (Sustainable - Mobile - Autonomous - Real-time - Translational), and engages in both basic and applied researches in AI, AR/VR, IUX and human-AI teaming. He actively participates in transdisciplinary researches in Art, Aviation, Cyber, Education, Finance, Medicine, Smart Cities, Transportation, and etc. His researches have received media coverages in American Inno, NPR, US News & World Report, New York Times, Washington Post, VOA, ABC, CBS, NBC, Dayton Daily News, Dayton Business Journal, and etc.

Yong and his researches intend to help address real-world challenges through creative applications of technologies that provide effective, scalable and sustainable solutions. His ultimate goal is to bring real-world opportunities and experiences in various industries to help prepare and develop Computer Science and Engineering students into the first caliber problem solvers. Since 2016, his research produces over 100 semesters of GRA supports for Computer Science and Engineering students. In 2017, Yong led a student team to the Ohio Collegiate Venture Showcase, one of only 4 teams selected from universities across Ohio. In 2018, Yong is a top prize winner of Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, a world-wide competition for innovative technology ideas to fight the opioid crisis.  SMART Lab is also featured in two of the Top 10 Research Stories of 2018 at WSU.

Yong’s researches are sponsored by federal and state agencies such as HHS AHRQ, HHS CMS, HHS SAMHSA, DoD AFRL, NSF, Ohio Federal Research Networks, Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Dept. of Medicaid, Ohio Dept. of Higher Education, as well as industry sponsors. He actively participates in transdisciplinary research collaborations with research partners from, e.g., Boonshoft School of Medicine, WSU College of Nursing and Health, WSU College of Education and Human Services, WSU School of Music, The Eastman School of Music, The New World Symphony, Kettering Health Networks, Premier Health, Dayton VA Medical Center, AFRL, Dayton Entrepreneur Center and also with local industries.


Selected Active Research Projects at the SMART Lab (Spring 2020):

  • SDOH Sim: Medicaid Equity Simulation - improve the health services by addressing numerous social determinants of health through a virtual/augmented reality enabled interactive cultural proficiency training system for healthcare providers.
  • ReadMI: mobile and natural language understanding technology assisted motivational interviewing training.
  • C-CIMS: Collaborative Communication Interruption Management System.
  • O-FAST: Ohio Flight and System Test Consortium.
  • Autonomous/remote piloted personnel air vehicle system: enable “Uber Air” type of services.
  • BLOSSOM: Blockchain based subject matter expertise ecosystem.
  • Skills Lab: Surgical Skills Simulation Training.
  • Kinematechs KARE: Pain Management and Rehabilitations after surgery.
  • WrightCAP: live in-class captioning and inclusive environment for augmented learning experience.


Students Advised: 

Since 2016, over 40 students (MS/PhD thesis, MS Cyber projects, graduate independent studies, undergraduate research experience, and etc.) have graduated from the SMART Lab.  His students have started successful careers in various industry and government organizations, e.g., Amazon, AT&T, Cerner, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Sogeti, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Walmart Labs, WPAFB and etc.

Yong is currently (Spring 2020) advising over 20 students in their research efforts.


Recently directed dissertation, thesis and cyber projects:

  • Aman Ali Pogaku, “Leveraging blockchain to mitigate the risk of counterfeit microelectronics in its supply chain”, 2019
  • Lahari Surapaneni, "Design and Development of an Immersive Simulation for Social Determinants of Health Training”, 2019
  • Miteshkumar M. Vasoya, “Improving Operating Room Utilization through Distributed Scheduling Workflow and Automation”, 2019
  • Sankalp Mishra, “Use of Virtual Reality Technology in Medical Training and Patient Rehabilitation”, 2019
  • Saurabh Shukla, “Development of a human-AI teaming based mobile language learning solution for dual language learners in early and special educations”, 2018
  • Barry Pfaff, “Overwhelming the SAA System of Delivery UAVs by Drone Swarming”, 2018
  • Subhadra Tummalapally, “Augment the Multi-Modal Interaction Capabilities of HoloLens Through Networked Sensory Devices”, 2018
  • Soumya Chiday, “Developing a Kinect Based Holoportation System”, 2018
  • Glenn Sean Morrison, “Threats and Mitigation of DDoS Cyberattacks Against the U.S. Power Grid via EV Charging”, 2018
  • Swathi Pamidi, "Development of an iOS App for Learning Intonation of Wind Instruments", 2018
  • Yogesh Chavan, "Portable Motion Lab for Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Processes", 2017
  • Imen Mbarek Kasrani, "Development Of A Performance Assessment System For Language Learning", 2017
  • Anka Babu Billa, “Development of an Ultra-Portable Non-Contact Wound Measurement System”, 2017
  • Brian Eckerly, "Cyber Security of Interfaces between Smart Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid", 2017
  • Sowmya Pappu, "Development Of An Android Based Performance Assessment System For Motivational Interviewing Training", 2017
  • Ashutosh Shivakumar, "Smart EV Charging For Improved Sustainable Mobility", 2017
  • Andrew J. McNutt, “Model Preparation And User Interface Aspects For Microsoft Hololens Medical Tutorial Applications”, 2017.
  • Dhruvkumar Navinchandra Patel, "Miniatured Inertial Motion and Position Tracking and Visualization Systems Using Android Wear Platform", 2016
  • Rutvik Bharatkumar Patel, “Cost and Space Effective Range of Motion and Gait Analysis”, 2016
  • Megha Dattatrey Dalvi, “Customizable 3-D Virtual GI Tract Systems for Locating, Mapping and Navigation Inside Human Gastrointestinal Tract”, 2016
  • Krishna Chaithanya Mathi, “Augment HoloLens’ Body Recognition and Tracking Capabilities Using Kinect”, 2016
  • Chad M. Murphy, "Application Layer Firewall – Internet Calendaring and Scheduling", 2016
  • Steven B. Mahurin, "SMIMEEncrypt: Automatic Encrypting Mail Gateway Module", 2016
  • Purumandla Sai Harin Kumar Reddy, “GUI based Firewall Control”, 2016
  • Kristin Warren, "Reverse Engineering and Obfuscating Java Code", 2016
  • Jennafer Sparks, "Reverse Engineering and Obfuscating Java Code", 2016
  • Venkatamanikanta Subrahmanyakartheek Gokavarapu, “Computer Graphics and Visualization based Analysis and Record System for Hand Surgery and Therapy Practices”, 2016
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