Department of Computer Science

Dr. Xin Li

Dean of Faculty
Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Xin Li is the Dean of Faculty. Aside from his academic and administrative duties, Li also teaches animation, modeling, and real-time rendering techniques to seniors and graduate students.

Prior to his faculty position at DigiPen, Li had seven years experience with Lockheed Martin and three years experience at Nintendo Software Technology, developing real-time simulation software and video games.

Over the years, Li has published 35 technical papers in research journals and conference proceedings, including at SIGGRAPH and in the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Transactions. He is also the co-author of eight registered U.S. patents.

Prasanna Ghali

Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific
Dean of Continuing Education
Program Director, Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems)
Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Principal Lecturer, Computer Science

Since Prasanna Ghali joined DigiPen in 1994, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing DigiPen’s computer graphics and game software development curriculum.

Between 1998 and 2002, he was the Vice President of Engineering at Nintendo Software Technology Corporation (NSTC). During his tenure at NSTC, Mr. Ghali served as the Technical Lead for several video game titles, including Ridge Racer 64, Wave Race: Blue Storm, and 1080º Avalanche. He was also the key software engineer for the design, development, testing, and benchmarking of video game prototypes on Nintendo’s GameBoy, GameBoy Color, Nintendo 64, and GameCube.

Mr. Ghali returned to DigiPen in 2002 to continue his interests in teaching and research on various topics related to game development, including computer graphics and game engine design. He has co-published articles in various journals, and is the author of nine U.S. patents which deal with game design and/or game engineering.

Dr. Joon Edward Sim

Chair and Associate Professor, Computer Science

Edward obtained his first degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College, London before earning a master's in Computer Science with the Singapore-MIT Alliance program in 2002. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at National University of Singapore in 2010.

Edward's research interests lie in the field of Embedded Systems, especially run-time reconfigurable systems. He loves teaching, especially the low-level details of the computer architecture and how computers work in general.

Elie Hosry

Principal Lecturer, Computer Science

Elie Hosry graduated from Lebanese University of Beirut with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science in 2000. Afterward, he joined DigiPen and started working on the development of in-house game engines and tools.

Elie is a Senior Software Engineer in the Research and Development Department.  He is also part of DigiPen Curriculum development as well as the Director of the Academic Support Center that helps freshmen students with their different issues related to any given course.

Elie is a principal lecturer and teaches CS courses as well as video game development classes.

Dr. Prabhu Natarajan

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Prabhu Natarajan received his Ph.D. in computer science from National University of Singapore in 2013. He has a master's degree in computer science and bachelor's degree in information technology from Anna University, India. Before joining DigiPen, he was working as a research fellow at SeSaMe Center, NUS. During his doctorate studies, he was a teaching assistant for various undergraduate modules in the School of Computing, NUS.

Prabhu's research interests lies in multi-camera surveillance, multimedia systems, and image processing. He has published his research findings in top conferences and journals. He has won the "Best Ph.D. Forum Paper" award at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2012) in Hong Kong. He has also won the "Research Achievement Award" from School of Computing in NUS. He was a university topper and gold medalist in his master's degree program.

Prabhu is passionate to teach and interact with students. During his free time, he enjoys fishkeeping and DIY projects

Dr. William Zheng Shou Kang

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. William Zheng received his M.Eng and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) and B.Eng in Information & Controlling Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before joining DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore in 2016, he was a scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research, A*Star, Singapore, and held various positions in the industrial companies as R&D engineer and product design engineer.

William's research interests lie in the field of computer and communication networks, especially in wireless networks. He has actively participated in the standardization of IEEE 802.11ah. He also has a strong interest in applying his research findings in real-world problems and has developed more than 14 international patents in the U.S. and Singapore.

William has won the Best Paper Award for his research in IEEE VTC 2011-Spring and the Best Research Paper Award from Institute for Infocomm Research in 2012.

William currently teaches in the areas of low-level programming and computer networks. He enjoys talking with students about the real-world system and network application.

Dr. Vadim Surov

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Vadim Surov received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Far-East State University, Russia. Before joining DigiPen (Singapore) in 2009, he held various positions within academia and the industry, including R&D work in South Korea under a government program. Since 2009, Vadim held a senior lecturer position in an educational partner program with DigiPen Institute of Technology and Keimyung University, South Korea.

Vadim currently teaches computer graphics and programming courses while researching on the application of modern computing environments in education.

Dr. Liu Fang

Associate Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Liu Fang received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Master's degree in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. Before joining DigiPen (Singapore) in 2017, she was working as an associate professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Her research interest lies in machine learning, pattern recognition. She enjoys talking with students about any topics in AI.

Fang currently teaches algorithm analysis, database and programming courses while researching on machine learning in games.