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CASCADE Leadership Team

Research Partners

JCI JCI is a partner in NSF Grant #1339835
EarlyWarning EarlyWarning is a partner in NSF Grant #1430144
Centurylink CenturyLink provides computation power for NSF Grants #1318788 and #1518939
Siemens Siemens is a partner in NSF Grant #1239093
Mayo and CASCADE partners in an NVIDIA GPU Research Center
RAI RAI is a partner of a UNITO/RAI-CRIT research agreement


Support for CASCADE comes from ASU OKED, Fulton Schools of Engineering, and CIDSE. CASCADE is also supported partially by NSF-IIP Grant #1464579.



Center DirectorK. Selçuk Candan, is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at ASU. He is also a founding member of ASU’s Information Assurance Center and a senior sustainability scientist at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), one of whose missions is to connect researchers with businesses and industry. Candan’s primary research interests are in the area of efficient and scalable management of heterogeneous (such as sensed and streaming media, web and social media, scientific, and enterprise) data and data clouds. He has published over 170 journal and peer-reviewed conference articles, one book on multimedia retrieval, and 16 book chapters. He has 9 patents. At ASU, he  led an effort to establish a “Big Data Systems” concentration for the CS MS Program. He has successfully served as the PI or co-PI of numerous grants, including from NSF (5 ongoing), AFOSR, Army Research Office, Mellon Foundation, HP Labs, and JCI. He also served as a Visiting Research Scientist at NEC Laboratories America for over 10 years.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. You can find more information at 


Hasan Davulcu

Co-DirectorHasan Davulcu,  is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He has done research in data mining and information assurance. His previous works in data and services integration were published at prestigious ACM and IEEE conferences. Prior to joining ASU, US DOD's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) funded his work in industry. The intelligent agent product that he developed, while at a software startup, was the recipient of a Long Island Software Achievement Award. Dr. Davulcu's research to improve situation-awareness, security and adaptability of service-oriented architectures has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) prestigious early CAREER award and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) MURI award. He is currently the PI for an NSF Partnership for Innovation : Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) grant “Fraud Detection via Visual Analytics: An Infrastructure to Support Complex Financial Patterns (CFP)-based Real-Time Services Delivery” in which he collaborates with PI, Candan, and Early Warning services LLC, to develop a platform to enable integration and enrichment of limited private financial data with larger publicly available data sets to detect fraud and reduce losses due to fraudulent transactions. His recent research in socio-cultural modeling and analysis is funded by a US Department of Defense (DOD) Minerva Award. You can find more information at



Co-Director, Gail-Joon Ahn, is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Arizona State University and a member of ASU’s Information Assurance Center.  Prof. Ahn is Director of Laboratory of Security Engineering for Future Computing (SEFCOM). He has authored more than 140 refereed research papers. His principal research and teaching interests are in information and systems security. His research foci include security analytics and big data driven security intelligence, vulnerability and risk management, access control, and security architecture for distributed systems. His research has been supported by NSF, NSA, DoD, ARO, ONR, DoE, Bank of America, Apriva, GoDaddy, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, Ahn serves in a leading role in the ACTRA (Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance) which is independent but closely affiliated with the FBI’s Arizona InfraGard Program and is the operational cybersecurity arm for Arizona InfraGard, and embedded in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Fusion Center (‘ACTIC’) representing Arizona’s private sector on the Executive Board. He is a recipient of Department of Energy CAREER Award and the Educator of the Year Award from the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA). Prior to ASU, he was an Associate Professor of College of Computing and Informatics and Founding Director of Center for Digital Identity and Cyber Defense Research (DICyDER) and Laboratory of Information Integration, Security and Privacy (LIISP) at UNC Charlotte. Also, he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). You can find more information at 


Dragan Boscovic

Technical Director, Dragan Boscovic, has 25 years of high tech experience acquired in an international set up (i.e. UK, France, China, USA) and is uniquely positioned to help data-driven technical advances within today’s global data intensive technology arena. He is a lateral thinker with broad exposure to a wide range of scientific methods and business practices and has a proven track record in conceiving strategies and managing development, investment and innovation efforts as related to advanced data analysis services,  user experience, and mobile and IoT solutions and platforms. Before joining CASCADE, he has lead a consortium of companies that brings together Data Analytics and Interactive Video Solutions, Security, and wireless SDN competencies and technology enablers to jointly address new business opportunities as related to Smart Cities, Smart Energy/Grid and Smart Health applications and services. You can find more information at 


George Colliat

Industry Liason.  CASCADE leadership team alsos includes, George Colliat, who recently retired from Oracle where he was recently Senior Vice President of CRM products and joined ASU as a Professor of Practice. He joined Oracle in January 2006 through its acquisition of Siebel, where he managed the development of CRM and Analytics products. In addition to his industry experience, he brings to the team his expertise in scalable data management applied to enterprise applications as well as his management experience in product development and the IT marketplace. You can find more information at


International Liaison, Maria Luisa Sapino, is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Arizona State University and a Professor of Computer Science at University of Torino, Italy.  Her initial contributions to computer science were in the areas of logic programming and artificial intelligence, specifically semantics of negation in logic programming and abductive extensions of logic programs, with applications to the challenges associated with database access control and with heterogeneous data management. Her current research interests are in the areas of heterogeneous (including multimedia) data management, with strong emphasis on tackling the so called "Big Data challenges", including aspects related to the development of efficient techniques for tensor based big data analysis, and on various aspects related to indexing, classification, and querying of a large spectrum of data types. She is currently active in multiple interdisciplinary projects, including building energy data management, epidemic data management, smart cities, and sustainable environments. You can find more information at

Support for CASCADE comes from ASU OKED, Fulton Schools of Engineering, and CIDSE. CASCADE is also supported partially by NSF-IIP Grant #1464579.