Saeid Belkasim is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. His research examines pattern recognition and digital image processing, with a specific focus on shape retrieval from large databases. He has published more than sixty-five refereed journal and conference papers that have received more than 1100 citations. These papers cover many aspects of research dealing with image segmentation, image enhancement, image description, biological image processing, and embedded system design. The National Institute of Health has funded Dr. Belkasim’s research projects.
Louis-Alexandre Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Political Science. His research examines the causes and consequences violent conflict and crime in developing countries, as well as the impact of foreign aid on state formation. His current book project, entitled Security after War: Intervention and the Politics of State Building examines efforts to restructure police and military forces in war-torn countries, based on field work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor Leste. He has published research on urban violence and organized crime in Latin America and West Africa, and on the development of the rule of law and justice system institutions. Dr. Berg was previously a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jennings-Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Presidential Management Fellow. He has served as an adviser to the World Bank, USAID, the U.S. State Department and the UN Development Program.
Rengin Firat is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Sociology, and Neuroscience. A sociologist by training, her research focuses on the social psychological mechanisms underlying inter-group conflict and civic behavior, with a particular emphasis on group identities, ethnic cognition and moral values. She combines social scientific survey methodologies with neurological experimental techniques in her studies. Dr. Firat’s research has been published in Social Science Research, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Social and Political Psychology and Advances in Group Processes and has received funding from the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Defense. She is also an associate researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Science Research at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russian Federation.
Anthony (Tony) F. Lemieux is Associate Director of the Global Studies Institute and Associate Professor of Communication. He is author of more than forty referred articles and reports on topics that include the relationship between music and violence, social and political motivations for violence, terrorist propaganda, and health behavior change. He is also an investigator with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a DHS Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland. The NSF, the Office of Naval Research, DHS, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues have funded his research. Dr. Lemieux is a frequent blogger and media commentator on terrorism.