Faculty mentors (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Byron J. Gao

Byron J. Gao received Ph.D. and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada, in 2007 and 2003 respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison before joining Texas State University - San Marcos in 2008. His research spans several related fields including data mining, databases, information retrieval, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Yijuan (Lucy) Lu


Dr. Yijuan (Lucy) Lu joined in Texas State University in 2008. She has conducted research in multimedia and computer vision for many years.  Her research interests include Multimedia, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Data Mining. Current research in her lab focus on exploring intelligent algorithms that perform visual perception and understanding tasks such as object recognition, image annotation, image understanding and image retrieval etc, that give rise to semantically meaningful interpretations of multimedia information (image and video). These information would be very useful in multimedia information retrieval, image, video understanding and other applications.

Dr. Mark McKenney


My research interests lie in the field of spatial databases. I am interested in finding new ways to model spatial and spatio-temporal information that incorporate both spatial and thematic aspects of data. I am also interested in finding new ways to integrate such models into database systems. This involves the investigation of spatial data management techniques, spatial query processing, and efficient algorithms for spatial operations and spatial data type verification. See my research page for more details.

Dr. Anne Ngu


I joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University-San Marcos in the Fall of 2002. I have many years of experience in research and development in IT with expertise in integrating data and applications, automating scientific and business processes on the web, service oriented computing, databases and object-oriented technologies. I have worked in different countries as a researcher, including Institute of Systems Science in Singapore, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Telcordia Technologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laborartory , and MCC in Austin, Texas. From 1992-2000, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW) where I specialized in the teaching and research in databases. I also hold an adjunct Associate Professor position at UNSW.

Graduate student mentor:

David C. Anastasiu

After working in the idustry for a number of years without a degree I came to Texas State University-San Marcos to get a Master of Science in Computer Science degree as a way to validate my experience and ensure promotion opportunities. I got so much more! Dr. Byron J. Gao and the rest of my professors introduced me to CS research and allowed me to pursue higher dreams than I ever dared imagine. Now, instead of going back to my old job, I am going on to a PhD at University of Minnesota and look forward to a life of research and teaching.