School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems
The School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) integrates a range of educational programs and interdisciplinary research. Our programs integrate computational and data sciences with engineering, natural and social sciences, arts, and business. Our faculty and academic programs combine expertise in environmental and ecological informatics, health and bioinformatics, computer science, and electrical engineering.
We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Informatics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science. Our students are involved in a broad range of research and applied experiences. Explore our programs below!
Our school’s faculty, students, and staff bring interdisciplinary expertise to bear on applied and basic research problems in several emphasis areas, and in partnership with a variety of local and global partners. SICCS currently emphasizes five major areas of research.
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- Schmitz, Oswald J., et al. “Animals and the zoogeochemistry of the carbon cycle.” Science 362.6419 (2018): eaar3213.
- Ogle, Kiona. “Hyperactive soil microbes might weaken the terrestrial carbon sink.” Nature (2018): 32.
- Richardson, Andrew D., et al. “Ecosystem warming extends vegetation activity but heightens vulnerability to cold temperatures.” Nature 560.7718 (2018): 368.
- Buermann, Wolfgang, et al. “Widespread seasonal compensation effects of spring warming on northern plant productivity.” Nature 562.7725 (2018): 110.
- McManamay, Ryan A., et al. “US cities can manage national hydrology and biodiversity using local infrastructure policy.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114.36 (2017): 9581-9586.
- Lu, Xiankai, et al.“Plant acclimation to long-term high nitrogen deposition in an N-rich tropical forest.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115.20 (2018): 5187-5192.
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Our research is supported through collaborations with other university entities such as:
- Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics
- Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
- School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
- Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research
- Department of Physics and Applied Materials Science
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Take a look at what’s currently happening in the world of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems.
SICCS Associate Prof. Teki Sankey delivers workshop in Mongolia
Associate Professor Teki Sankey from NAU SICCS and Dr. Joel Sankey, Research Geologist from the USGS lead a workshop titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Satellite Remote Sensing for Forest Management” on November 22, 2019 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Asia Foundation Mongolia hosted the workshop in collaboration with the US Embassy in Mongolia. The workshop was attended by Mongolian university faculty and students as well as Ulaanbaatar city government officials and environmental officers responsible for the forest management in the greenbelt surrounding the city. The city’s greenbelt forests are potentially facing illegal firewood harvest due to a new ban on raw coal burning in the city for household heating. Dr. Teki Sankey introduced new remote sensing methods and UAV techniques for monitoring the forest resources. The Asia Foundation Mongolia published a Facebook post about the workshop. Dr. Teki Sankey and Dr. Joel Sankey also presented remote sensing seminars at the Mongolian University of Life Sciences, the National University of Mongolia, and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences during their visit to Mongolia.
Can open source software be gender-biased? Yes, say NAU professors who are working to eliminate gender-biased ‘bugs’
SICCS professors Igor Steinmacher and Marco Geraso are half a team that aims to identify gender bias in code, then propose ways to redesign the OSS documentation and eventually create a list of best practices for fixing gender-bias bugs in both products and processes. Read more
Inside NAU covers Dr. Andrew Richardson and PhenoCam
A new paper by Northern Arizona University professor Andrew Richardson published in the journal Scientific Data describes a vast network of digital cameras designed to capture millions of images documenting seasonal changes of vegetation across North America. The network, dubbed PhenoCam, is the result of a 10-year collaboration between Richardson, who led the effort, and scientists from the University of New Hampshire and Boston University to develop a reliable continental-scale observatory of phenological phenomena.
Job Openings in SICCS
604646 – Part-time instructional faculty in the area of personalized learning, Masters in Computer Information Technology. More details
604738 – Lecturer in the area of cybersecurity . More details
604642 – Open-rank faculty in the area of cybersecurity. More details
NAU team races to find cybersecurity solutions
Dr. Fatemeh Afghah receives 2019 US AFRL Young Investigator Award for Autonomous UAV network for Disaster Management
Dr. Fatemeh Afghah, Assistant Professor at SICCS was one of the 40 young researchers and scientists to receive the 2019 US AFRL Young Investigator Award for Autonomous UAV network for Disaster Management through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The Young Investigator Research Program recipients receive a three year grant totaling $450,000 Read more
NAU-TGen study finds West Nile Virus now a permanent part of Arizona ecosystem