Ani Nahapetian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Computer Science Department
California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8281
Office: Jacaranda 4423
Tel: (818) 677-3545
Fax: (818) 677-7208
Email: ani @


Ani Nahapetian is an Assistant Professor with the CSUN Computer Science Department. She is currently serving as the Department's Graduate Coordinator and is a co-Director of the CSUN Graphics and Mobile Computing (GMC) Lab. She received her Ph.D. and her M.S. in Computer Science and her B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA. She has been affiliated faculty with the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a visiting researcher at the Micrel Lab at the University of Bologna. She is currently an Associate Editor with the ACM Wireless Networks journal, and has served on numerous technical program and organizing committees in her field. She has over 45 peer-reviewed publications, 3 US patents, a DAC best paper nomination, and a MobiCASE Best Paper award. Her research interests include hardware security, mobile and wireless health systems, and algorithm design for embedded systems.


Fall 2014: Comp 595MC/L Mobile Computing
Spring 2014: Comp 380/L, link
Fall 2013: Comp 595MC/L Mobile Computing, link
Spring 2013: Comp 380/L,
Fall 2012: Comp 380/L
Spring 2012: Comp 110/L, Comp 380/L
Fall 2011: Comp 110/L, Comp 380/L

Recent Service:

Associate Editor - ACM/Springer Wireless Networks, 2011-present, link
Conference co-Chair - CCSC Southwestern Region Conference, 2014, link
TPC Member - ACM/IEEE DATE 2012, 2013, 2014 link
TPC Member - IEEE HOST 2014 link
Publicity co-Chair & TPC Member - IEEE BSN 2014 link
TPC Member - ACM BodyNets 2014 link

Poster/Demo Chair - ACM BodyNets 2013 link
TPC Member - IEEE MobiCASE, 2012, link
General co-Chair - IEEE MobiCASE, 2011, link
Proceedings co-Chair - ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium (IHI), 2012, link
TPC Member - ACM/IEEE ASP-DAC, 2010, 2011, link

CSUN Society of Women Engineers Faculty Advisor, 2013-present, link

CSUN Reading Matters Initative Committee Member, 2012-present, link

Research Group: (If you are a current student interested in doing research, send me an email.)

Ryan Debbiny (M.S. Student) - New Mobile Health Platforms
Arvin Foroutan (M.S. Student) - Wi-Fi-based Localization
Jeremy Bonner (M.S. Student) - Gate-Level Characterization for New Technologies
Daniel Semel (M.S. Student) - Auto-geocoding

Michael Briseno (B.S. Student) - Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Systems
Dina Najeeb (B.S. Student) - Health Monitoring Games
Armand Saroghlanian (B.S. Student) - Mobile Computing Security


Nipun Gupta - ECG and Wearable Computing for Drowsiness Detection (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2014, now at Medtronic)
Ranjitha Kashyap - Tweet Health: Big Data Analysis for User Health Tracking (M.S. in Software Engineering, Spring 2014, now at Rubicon Project)
James Pan - In-field Processor Failure Prediction Using Gate Level Characterization (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2014, now at J. Paul Getty Trust)
Arsen Papisyan - Ambient and Infrared Light Sensing for Body Position Monitoring (M.S. in Software Engineering, Spring 2014, now at CrownPeak Technologies)
Matthew Newbill - Software for Microfluidics Tools (Presidential Scholar 2013-2014, now at Rinsoft)
Antonio Grass - EEG Signal Processing (Visiting Student Researcher 2014, now at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)
Erik Chang - Sound Monitoring in Mobile Systems (Student Researcher 2013, Now at Curtiss-Wright)
Andranik Tonoyan - Big Data Visualization (Undergraduate Student Researcher 2013, Now at Riot Games)
Shant Mandossian - YouSpeak: Classroom Interaction System (B.S. in Computer Science, ELA Scholar 2012-2013, now at Red SchoolHouse Software)
Matthew Hamersky - GeoLit: Text Analysis and Visualization Software (Undergraduate Student Researcher 2012-2013)
Vinh Tran - Remote Coach: Mobile Health Monitoring System Development (M.S. in Computer Science, Fall 2012, now at Medtronic)
Davit Stepanyan - There Is No Ball: Smart Phone Enabled Paddle Board (M.S. in Software Engineering, Fall 2012, now at JPL)
SiewDon Sia - Algorithms for Energy Harvesting Systems (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2012)

Research Areas:

  • Hardware-Based System Security - Circuit characterization in the presence of variability, hardware security countermeasures, hardware metering technology
  • Mobile Computing and Wireless Health Systems - Wearable computing, mobile computing infrastructure, wireless medical devices, end-to-end health sensor system design and development
  • Algorithm Design for Embedded Systems - Energy minimization techniques for emerging technologies, reliability techniques for real-time embedded systems, scheduling for reconfigurable and heterogeneous systems

Publications: link

Released Software:

YouSpeak: Mobile and web-based classroom interaction system, link

GeoLit: Mapping literary references in medieval literature, link