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Stefan Robila

Professor, Computer Science

Center for Computing and Information Science 327K
BS, University of Iasi (Romania)
MS, Syracuse University
PhD, Syracuse University
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Jan 2018: Dr. Stefan Robila is currently on leave from MSU while he serves as Program Director for the National Science Foundation.

Stefan Robila is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Montclair State University (MSU), Montclair, NJ. His main research interests are in computational sensing. Specifically, he has worked extensively with collection and analysis of hyperspectral data, as well as the development and implementation of computationally efficient feature extraction algorithms that use high performance computing. This work has now expanded into more general research and applications for large data sets. More recently, he has also started working on greening the computing infrastructure by designing and deploying a network of sensors that monitors environmental and system utilization of the MSU’s data center, and uses the generated data for visualization as well as input for the creation of an expert system aimed to assist IT staff in reducing energy and equipment costs. Stefan has published over 70 publications (journal and conference papers) including in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, International Journal of Remote Sensing, SIGMOD, ICDM and IGARSS.

Stefan Robila has extensive organizer experience managing as PI NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates and Major Research Instrumentation Grants, SPIE Educational grants, and a HP Technology for Teaching Grant. The 2006 HP grant brought to MSU tablet computers for use in computer courses, and allowed Robila and other faculty the opportunity to investigate tablet technology at an early stage. In addition to NSF, SPIE and HP, Robila’s work has received support from PSEG, Sun Microsystems, New Jersey Council for Humanities and MSU. Robila is actively involved in the dissemination of knowledge related to undergraduate research. Involving CS faculty from eight different universities, he organized two panel discussions on undergraduate research presented at computing conferences, in addition to presenting on multidisciplinary research. Dr. Robila external funding surpasses $2M.

Dr. Robila's teaching experience spans the Computer Science and IT undergraduate and graduate curriculum and includes all introductory computing courses (taught in Pascal, C, C++, Java and Python), discrete mathematics, operating systems, computer organization, computer security, robotics, pattern recognition, high performance computing, and theory of programming languages.

Stefan completed his M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2002) in Computer Science at Syracuse University and his B.S. (1997) at the University of Iasi (Romania). He joined MSU in 2003 following a one-year appointment as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans. He has also held visiting appointments at University of Oxford (UK) and Uppsala University (Sweden).

Dr. Robila is an ACM and IEEE senior member and IEEE Region I award recipient.


Remote Sensing
Hyperspectral Sensors and Data
Computer Security
Distributed Processing of Remote Sensed Data
Information Hiding in Images
Information Assurance
Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
Computational Sensing
Computer Science Education