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Katz School Names Founding Chair of Computer Science Department

Dr. Honggang Wang has been appointed founding chair of the Computer Science Department at the Katz School.

Dr. Honggang Wang, a computer scientist with deep expertise in artificial intelligence and its applications to digital health, 5G/6G communications and cybersecurity, has been named founding chair of the graduate Computer Science Department at the Katz School of Science and Health.

An IEEE Fellow and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Wang has received research grants totaling over $5 million from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Dr. Wang is an exceptional researcher who will chart the course for our new Computer Science Department,” said Dr. Paul Russo, dean of the Katz School and vice provost at Yeshiva university. “He is doing impactful work in wireless health and wearable tech, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity and communications, and his expertise is a perfect complement to the work our current faculty are doing in these areas. He is leading a dream team.”

As a senior faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Dr. Wang focused his research on the field of Internet of Things (IoT). One of his discoveries was a portable, lightweight “intensive care unit,” which includes a wearable biosensor system incorporating a wireless body area network that monitors remotely the physiology of infants to anticipate life-threatening events, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He is also developing autonomous vehicle navigation algorithms for detecting hazardous road situations to make cars safer.

He received an Outstanding Researcher Award from the IEEE Communications Society and served as chair of both the IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Communications and IEEE e-Health Technical Committee. He also served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE’s peer-reviewed Internet of Things Journal. His book, Wireless Health, published by Springer, was one of the first in the field.

Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.S. in computer science and engineering and a B.E. in electrical engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China.