Dr. Hesham H. Ali
- Director - Bioinformatics Program at the College of Information Science & Technology
- Computer Science, Professor
Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the college of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He is also the deputy director for computational sciences of the Nebraska Informatics Center for Life Center (NICLS), and a member of Nebraska Center for Biosecurity. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988, and his BS and MS from the University of Alexandria, in 1982 and 1985, respectively, all in Computer Science. He has published a large number of articles in various areas of Computer Science including scheduling, distributed systems, wireless networks, circuit design and, most recently, Bioinformatics. He has also published two books in scheduling and graph algorithms. He has been leading the IT components of a number of joint Bioinformatics projects between IT and Bioscience researchers, including a recently NIH funded grant for the construction of a Targeted Rhesus Macaque Microarray. He is currently serving as the PI or Co-PI of three projects funded by NSF, NIH and DoD in the areas of wireless networks and Bioinformatics. He has been leading a Bioinformatics Research Group at UNO that focuses on developing computational approaches used to identify and classify biological organisms, with the goal of complementing the current experimental approaches in predicting a wide range of events that range from potential virus outbreaks to bio-terrorism. He has also been leading a NSF funded project with the goal of developing secure wireless infrastructure.
Special Topics - Algorithms for Computational Biology
Introduction to VLSI Design
Graph Theory and Applications
Data Structures and Algorithms
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Over the last several years, the College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) has developed considerable expertise in the emerging discipline of bioinformatics. In addition to faculty and student resources, the College has invested heavily in the development of a robust computer infrastructure to support its programs in this area. A number of research projects conducted at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in the area of Bioinformatics has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). The majority of these projects are collaborative projects between the UNO Bioinformatics Research Group and various units from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
Dr. Ali has published many articles in the areas of algorithmic graph theory, scheduling, parallel computing and fault-tolerant networks. Other areas of research include the development of graph analysis and generation tools and the application of graph theory in parallel computing and VLSI design.