(Ph.D., Karlsruhe)
Associate Professor, and
Director UH Data Analysis and Intelligent Systems Lab (UH-DAIS)

Department of Computer Science
University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-3010.
Office: 573 Philip G. Hoffman (PGH)
Phone: (713) 743-3345 (leave message)
Fax: (713) 743-3335
Email: ceick at uh dot edu

Office Hours

Spring 2024: MO 4-5p WE 9-10a (until Monday, April 29; using MS Teams (or send an e-mail to and I call you back))
Exceptions: No office hours on Mo., April 15 and Monday, April 22; extra office hour 8:30-9:30a on Friday, April 19 and 26!


Areas of Expertise:

Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Evolutionary Computing
Data Science
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Artificial Intelligence

Recent and Planned Research Projects:

Spatial and Spatio-temporal Data Analysis Frameworks
St**2—Tools for Data Storytelling
Collocation Mining
Supervised and Traditional Clustering Algorithms
Knowledge Extraction from Social Media Posts and Happiness Analysis
Threshold-based Association Analysis for Continuous Variable
Disaster Computing
Computational Frameworks to Fight Modern Slavery


I have or had the privilege of conducting research with the following students in the last 18 months:

PhD Students: Steve Aigbe, Karima Elgarroussi, Md. Mahin, Raunak Sarbajna, and Janet Anagli.
Master Students: Aparna Budhavarapu, Anjana Kummari, Anusha Nemilidinne, Hoang Vo, Parth Sanghani and Akhil Talari.
Undergraduate Students: Max Broekhuis, Max Deniz Burduroglu, Lingwei Kong, Ashish Nare, Dwija Parikh and Tuyen Cao.
Visiting/Exchange Students: Riya Brahmbhatt, Haard Metha and Oumaima Mouali.
Contributing Alumni: Sujing Wang and Paul Amalaman.


Websites for Courses I teach:
Graduate Articial Intelligence (COSC 6368)
Undergraduate Articial Intelligence (COSC 4368; updated on January 15, 2024)
Data Science I (COSC 3337)
Undergraduate Data Mining (COSC 4335)
Graduate Data Mining (COSC 6335)
Graduate Machine Learning (COSC 6342)
Advanced Machine Learning (COSC 7362)
Evolutionary Programming (COSC 6367)

Recent and Current Service

2011-2013, I served as the Associate Chairman for the Department of Computer Science. I served on the Faculty Search Committee 2005-2006 and 2007-2010 and 2014-16. I also served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Computer Science Department from September 2001 to November 2004. In recent years I served on the program committee for the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining 2006-2013 and 2016-2023 (ICDM), for the International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems (ISMIS), the Transdisciplinary AI Conference and AAAI 2019 (took place in Honolulu, Hawaii end of January 2019).

2024 Travel
UH-DAIS Research
2019 NSM Lab Crawl Presentation
UH-DMML 2015 Slideshow
Irvine (ACM-GIS) Talk 11/06/2008
Bangalore Talk 6/29/2010
Chicago UrbanComp Talk 8/13/2013
Dallas ACM BigSpatial Talk 11/04/2014
Lyon ISMIS 2015 Talk 10/22/2015
Laguna Hills AIKE Talk 9/28/2018
Romita's Laguna Hills AIKE Talk 9/28/2018
Anusha's Rice Data Science Conference Talk 10/8/2018
Karima's Seattle Geo-AI Talk 11/6/2018
2022 Supervised Clustering Talk 3/3/22
Threshold Regression GeoAI Hamburg Talk 11/13/23
Old Publications

More about myself

last updated: March 31, 2024