Research Facilities


Bioinformatics Research and Development Group (BRDG)

Mission: The Bioinformatics Research and Development Group (BRDG - pronounced BRiDGe) at UTSA is committed to develop state-of-the-art data-analytical algorithms and tools to make complex and massive biological data more understandable and useful. Our research combines data mining, machine learning, and graph theoretical methods and we collaborate frequently with biologists for applications on real data addressing important biomedical research problems.

Investigator: Jianhua Ruan

Location: NPB 2.202


CLOUDSys: Cloud Systems Lab

Mission: The CLOUDSys Lab aims to conduct transformative research on the Cloud ecosystem, and develop innovative technologies to efficiently solve Big Data and Big Compute problems of today and the next generation.

Investigator: Palden Lama

Location: NPB 2.210


Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS)

Mission: At CIAS, Dr. Greg White and his group are conducting research in two main areas: cyber security infor-mation sharing and incident detection/response in communities. They have implemented the concept of a Honey-Community as part of this research. The CIAS also hosts cyber security train-ing programs and cyber defense competitions for industry professionals and college/high school students.

Investigator: Greg White

Location: NPB 3.138

Cybersecurity Education and Gaming Lab (CEAGL)

Mission: CEAGL is dedicated to the development of methods to provide cybersecurity training and education. In particular, the lab is exploring methods to utilize games and gaming technology to enhance the cybersecurity training and education experience.

Investigator: Greg White

Location: NPB 2.236


Data Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Mission: Our mission is to advance the research on data management and data mining.

Investigator: Weining Zhang

Location: NPB 2.232


Institute for Cyber Security (ICS)

Mission: At the ICS, Dr. Ravi Sandhu and his team conducts basic and applied research in partnership with academia, government, and industry. ICS research leaders bring a deep knowledge of cyber security models, architectures, mechanisms and protocols, as well as cyber technol-ogies to their research. ICS has built and operates two world-class academic research laboratories dedicated to studying current and emerging cyber security issues.

Investigator: Ravi Sandhu

Location: NPB 3.122


Laboratory for Cybersecurity Dynamics (LCD)

Mission:The mission of the Laboratory for Cybersecurity Dynamics is to systematically explore the notion/abstraction of Cybersecurity Dynamics as the Foundation for the ultimately-wanted Science of Cyber Security. We believe Cybersecurity Dynamics is the right abstraction because it not only can deepen our understanding/knowledge, but also can guide the practice of cyber defense operations (including quantitative risk-management and decision making).

Investigator: Shouhuai Xu

Location:NPB 2.246


Laboratory For Systems Research (LSR)

Mission: Our research interests are in Storage Systems, Networks, Security, Multimedia Systems and Databases. We investigate emerging problems typically spanning multiple systems research areas.

Investigator: Ali Tosun

Location:NPB 2.242


LArge-scale System Optimization Research Lab (LASOR)

Mission: The goal of Dr. Wei Wang's lab is to make future large-scale data-intensive systems faster and greener. Their research falls in the intersections of Cloud Computing, system software, computer architecture and software engineering. Their current investigations include redesigning data centers with novel energy-efficient hardware, improving hardware management and data man-agement in system software, and inventing new software development techniques to help users write and execute large-scale applications efficiently on Clouds.

Investigator: Wei Wang

Location:NPB 2.220


Multimedia and Vision Lab

Mission: Our research interests are in computer vision and multimedia computing. We are especially interested in large-scale image/video indexing and retrieval, visual object detection and recognition, image segmentation and classification, person re-identification and face recognition.

Investigator: Qi Tian

Location:NPB 2.230


Next Generation Networks Laboratory (NGNL)

Mission: To study next generation wireline and wireless networks.

Investigator: Turgay Korkmaz

Location:NBP 2.238


Programming Architecture Lab (PALAB)

Mission: The Programmable Architecture Lab (PALAB) at UTSA is conducting research at the intersection of computer architecture, compiler and programming model. We are designing novel software and hardware features so that programmers can write high performance and correct code. Our target is both sequential and parallel code. We are also conducting research using novel and exciting programming platforms like neuromorphic architecture and approximate programming. We collaborate frequently with compiler and circuit experts.

Investigator: Abdullah Muzahid

Location: NPB 2.204


Real-Time and Embedded Systems (RTES) Lab

Mission: We study efficient usage of computing system resources to better serve the various needs of timing constrained applications through system modeling, design of scheduling algorithms, and performance analysis and evaluations. The ultimate objective of our research is to make the right use of computing resources for the right application at the right time!

Investigator: Dakai Zhu

Location: NPB 2.234


San Antonio Geometry Algorithms (SAGA) Lab

Mission: SAGA develops cutting edge techniques and algorithms and techniques for upcoming and long-standing problems in computational geometry.  We provide geometric solutions to problems that are motivated by important applications such as medical image segmentation, building surveillance, and cloud computing.

Investigator: Matthew Gibson

Location: NPB 2.240


San Antonio Virtual Environments (SAVE) Lab

Mission:The SAVE lab conducts research in augmented, mixed, and virtual reality (VR) and applies this technology to real world applications such as, medical training, education, rehabilitation, and exercise. The goal is to create new human-computer interfaces, immersive games, and simulations that will have a positive impact on the world.

Investigator: John Quarles

Location:NPB 2.110


Security, Privacy, Trust, and Ethics in Computing (SPriTE) Laboratory

Mission: At the Security, Privacy, Trust and Ethics in Computing (SPriTE) lab at UTSA, Dr. Jadliwala and his team conducts basic and applied research in all areas related to systems and network security and privacy. Our current research investigations primarily span one (or more) of the following four areas: (1) security of networking protocols and applications, (2) security and privacy of cyber and cyber-physical systems and applications, (3) privacy quantification and metrics, and (4) usable security and privacy. Besides graduate research and education, an important mission of UTSA SPriTE lab is to involve undergraduate and high-school students (esp., minority and under-represented students) in security and privacy research by means of specialized camps and research opportunities.

Investigator: Murtuza Jadliwala

Location: To be determined


Software Engineering and Formal Methods Laboratory

Mission:The laboratory focuses on developing mathematically rigorous specification and verification techniques (formal methods) to improve software dependability.

Investigator: Jianwei Niu

Location: NPB 2.228


Software Evolution, Reliability, and Security Laboratory

Mission:The laboratory focuses on advancing techniques to support software evolution, reliability, and security.

Investigator: Xiaoyin Wang

Location: NPB 2.244


Software Research Group (SRG)

Mission: Improving safety, reliability and performance of different types of software systems.

Investigator: Tongping Liu

Location: NPB 2.248


Systems and Networks Laboratory (SNL)

Mission: Under the direction of Dr. Raj Boppana, the SNL lab conducts research on the performance analysis, security, and design of high speed computer systems and networks. SNL focuses on analytical models of perfor-mance validated by experiments and simulations and enhancing security of computer systems and networks by redesigning hardware support and communication protocols.

Investigator: Raj Boppana

Location: NPB 2.206


UTSA Visualization and Modeling Laboratory (VML)

Mission: Our goal is to understand the world through data. We combine visualization, machine learning, various modeling techniques, and advanced data infrastructure to look at problems in new ways.We build tools that integrate a variety of techniques with usable interfaces to make new analysis accessible.

Investigator: Kay Robbins

Location: NPB 2.108



Research Institutes and Centers