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

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8281
Office: Jacaranda 4401
Tel: (818) 677-3545
Fax: (818) 677-7208
Email: ani @

Lab Website: link
Computer Science Graduate Programs Website: link


Ani Nahapetian is a Professor with the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Computer Science Department. She is currently serving as the Department's Graduate Coordinator and is the Director of the CSUN Mobile Computing Group. 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, research faculty with the UCLA Computer Science Department, and a visiting researcher at the Micrel Lab at the University of Bologna. She has served on numerous technical program and organizing committees in her field, along with serving as an associate editor for the journal Wireless Networks. She has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, a DAC best paper nomination, and a MobiCASE Best Paper award. Her research interests include mobile and hardware security, wearable computing, and algorithm design for embedded systems.

Research Areas:

  • Mobile Security - Smart phone side channel attacks, wearable device security vulnerabilities and countermeasures
  • Hardware-Based System Security - Circuit characterization in the presence of variability, hardware security countermeasures, hardware metering technology
  • Mobile and Wearable Computing - mHealth, 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

Selected Grants and Released Software:

AACU Helmesly Foundation supported TIDES@CSUN, link
CSUN Learning Habits Fellowship, link
YouSpeak: Mobile and web-based classroom interaction system, link

GeoLit: Mapping literary references in medieval literature, link


Fall 2020: COMP 482 Algorithm Design and Analysis, COMP 485 Human-Computer Interaction
Spring 2020: COMP 482 Algorithm Design and Analysis, COMP 485 Human-Computer Interaction
Fall 2019: Comp 528/L Mobile Computing
Spring 2017: COMP 595MC/L Mobile Computing
Fall 2014: Comp 595MC/L Mobile Computing
Spring 2014: Comp 380/L
Fall 2013: Comp 595MC/L Mobile Computing
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

Research Group: (If you are a current student interested in doing research, send me an email. I have several open mobile computing projects where I am looking for students.)

Oscar Casarez Ruiz (Graduate Student)
Stephanie Contreras (Graduate Student) - EMG-based Mobile User Interfaces
Karthika Dharmia Rajendran (Graduate Student) - Monitoring with Wearables
Srisri Gokanapudy (Graduate Student)
Jonathan Lacanlale (Undergraduate Student) - Machine Learning for Wearables
Mary Verplank (Graduate Student)

Research Group Alumni:

Vicente Figueroa - Mapping 3D Space with Wireless Signals from Mobile Devices (M.S. in Software Engineering, Spring 2020)
Arin Zargarian - Statistical Analysis on Powerball Winning Number Patterns (M.S. in Software Engineering, Spring 2020)
Paryur Isayan - Speech Recognition Using Throat Band (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2019, now at Bluebeam)
Jonathan Lacanlale - Machine Learning for Wearables (NIH BUILD PODER Scholar, Undergraduate Student)
Georgiy Danielyan - Analysis of Data Visualization Tools and Approaches (M.S. in Software Engineering, Fall 2018, now at Hero Digital)
Dawei Zhang - Wearable Interfaces (Graduate Student Researcher)
Edgar Lopez-Garcia - Interactive Data Visualization (IR Fellowship Student Assistant, Now at Age of Learning)
Ashton Holmes - Mobile Security (Undergraduate Student Researcher)
Anu George Enchackal - Wearable Computing Approach for Indoor Positioning (M.S. in Software Engineering, Spring 2017, now at Gyros Protein Technologies)
David Mkrtchyan - Surface Material Detection Using E-Textiles (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2017, now at Fame and Partners)
Shivanshu Naithani - Analysis of CSUN Student Enrollment in STEM Fields Using Data Visualization Techniques (M.S. in Computer Science, Fall 2016, now at Boston Consulting Group)
Saumil Soni - Website Design (Graduate Student)
Alex Resendiz - Mobile Hardware Challenges (Undergraduate Student Researcher)
Calvin Apodaca - Brain-Computer Interfaces (NIH BUILD PODER Scholar)
Bruna Tanios Devienne Pompeu (Visiting Student Researcher, Now at Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil)
Jilmar Teixeira de Almeida Junior (Visiting Student Researcher, Now at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) Center of Informatics (CIn), Brazil)
Nick Schaafsma - Synchronized Audio Capture with an Array of Mobile Devices (M.S. in Software Engineering, Spring 2016, now at Disney)
Bayan Parsa - Security in Wearable Systems (Graduate Student Researcher, now at Apple)
Seyed Sajjadi - Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Systems (Undergraduate Student Researcher)
Oscar Lugo-Robles - Wearable Health Solutions for Heart Failure (Undergraduate Student Researcher)
Allen Sarkisyan - Machine Learning for Mobile Security (Undergraduate Student Researcher)
Dani Odicho - Serious Games for Health Monitoring (Undergraduate Student Researcher, now at General Networks)
Won Erik Chang - 1-TUI: Mobile User Interface for Blind Users (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2015, now at Rockwell Collins)
Gladys Mae Garcia - Wearable Computing for Image-Based Indoor Navigation of the Visually Impaired (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2015, now at Atlas Medical Software )
Danial Moazen - Utilizing Smart Watch Motion Sensors in Human Computer Interaction via Pattern Detection (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2015, now at Fandango)
Dina Najeeb - Mobile Technology for Eye Health Monitoring (M.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2015, now at City of LA - Information Technology Agency)
Ryan Debbiny - Wearable Security (Undergraduate Student Researcher 2014-2015, Now at Boston Scientific)
Sunny Desai - Mobile Security (Graduate Student Researcher, Spring 2015, now at ManPower for Qualcomm Health)
Daniel Semel - PhotoMapping: Localization With Images (M.S. in Computer Science, Fall 2014)
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 Disney)
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)
Kyeong Hoon Jung Machine Learning Approaches for ECG and PPG Time Series Data Processing (B.S. in Computer Science, Undergraduate Student Researcher 2013-2014, Now at NFL Media)
Matthew Newbill - Software for Microfluidics Tools (Presidential Scholar 2013-2014, now at UCLA MS Program)
Antonio Grass - EEG Signal Processing (Visiting Student Researcher 2014, now at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)
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, now at SGN - Social Gaming Network)
Vinh Tran - Remote Coach: Mobile Health Monitoring System Development (M.S. in Computer Science, Fall 2012, now at
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)