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Dr. Rania Hodhod - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Rania Hodhod, Ph.D.

Professor / Edwin and Florette Rothschild Chair

TSYS School of Computer Science

Synovus Center for Commerce & Technology 454

Computer Science

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. in Computer Science. University of York, UK (2010).
M.Sc. in Computer and Information Sciences. Ain Shams University, Egypt (2002).
B.Sc. in Computer Science and Pure Math. Ain Shams University, Egypt (1997).
Certificate in Peer Reviewing (QM) (2017).
Certificate in PEGA Systems Business Architect and System Architect (CBA and CSA), US (2016).
Certificate in Rubric Update Role Reinstatement (RURR) (2015).
Certificate in Applying the QM rubric (2013).
Certificate in personalized e-Learning. National College of Ireland, Dublin (2006).
Diploma in Tutoring in On-Line Learning Environment. Aalborg University, Denmark (2006).


Dr. Rania Hodhod is a Professor at TSYS School of Computer Science, Columbus State University. Dr. Hodhod teaches and supervises undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests span a range of areas, such as artificial intelligence, expert systems, serious games, interactive narrative, and computational creativity. Dr. Hodhod has published over 100 refereed articles in these areas.

Dr. Hodhod earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of York, UK. Between 2011 and 2013, she served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Adaptive Digital Media (ADAM) Lab within the Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication. During her time there, she conducted research and contributed to the development of a computational model aimed at facilitating shared mental models in digital improvisation environments. She also played a key role in creating a novel context-based structural retrieval algorithm for cognitive scripts. In 2013, Dr. Hodhod transitioned to the Entertainment Intelligence Lab at the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, where her research focused on the procedural generation of computer game content, the management of commonsense knowledge bases, and the exploration of computational creativity. In 2014, Dr. Hodhod joined CSU, where she took on the role of teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, while also mentoring over 80 students in their research projects. She currently serves as Edwin and Florette Rothschild Chair in the Turner College of Business and Technology.

Academic Areas

Computer Science: serious games; cognitive science; intelligent tutoring systems, computational intelligence; cognitive modeling; user modeling; adaptive systems; machine learning; expert systems; and research methods.

Computer Science Education: Faculty development workshops and communities; undergraduate and graduate research; conducting school teachers workshops.

Research Interests

Intelligent Systems
Serious Games
Computational Creativity
Computer Science Education

Honors and Awards

Office of Diversity Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, 2023
CSU Service Award, 2023
CSU Chapel Graduate Award, 2022
College Graduate Teaching Award, 2021
Faculty Mentoring Award from the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), 2021.
Outstanding Faculty in International Education, Delta Nu Chapter, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, 2020
CSU International Educator of the Year, 2020
CSU Teaching Excellence Award, 2019
USG Chancellor‘s Learning Scholar, 2018-2020
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, 2018
CSU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2017
CSU Research and Scholarship Award, 2016
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member, 2016
LEAD CSU Fellowship, 2016
Phi Kappa Phi Society Member, 2016
Finalist for the Faculty Research and Scholarships Award at CSU, 2016
Columbus State University Outstanding Teacher of Writing Award, 2014-2015
Recognition of Excellence: Graduate Faculty Award, 2015
Faculty Writing Fellowship, 2015 & 2021

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