Research Center and Programs

A4RCAlliance for the Advancement of African-American Researchers in Computing

An alliance that fosters increased African American student awareness of and entry into computing research careers by promoting collaboration between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Research Universities. (University Partners: Indiana University, Norfolk State University, Jackson State University, Shaw University, Prairie View A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Virginia Tech, University of Colorado, Auburn University, Clemson University and University of Wisconsin).

 CASIS– Center for Academic Studies in Identity Sciences

Seeks to provide the intelligence community with a pool of talented researchers in biometrics and provide a wide variety of innovate solutions to critical identity security issues.  It is  also focused on boosting the number of African American Ph.D. and master’s students working in the biometrics area.

 BEACON– Bio/computational Evolution in Action CONsortium (A National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center for the Study of Evolution in Action)

Focuses on joining evolutionary biology and high performance computing as a tool for modeling and analyzing the process of evolution as it changes both living organisms and artificial systems such as computer programs and networks.

For more information about our Research Programs, contact Dr. Xiaohong (Dorothy Yuan) at

The Center for Cyber Defense

The Center for Cyber Defense at North Carolina A&T State University is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. As the University’s Information Assurance Center, the Center for Cyber Defense impacts all facets of the University through its research and the solutions developed by the center. The interdisciplinary research activities preformed at the center provide a vehicle for the university as a whole to remain on the cutting edge of Information Assurance Education, Research, and Technology.

           The objectives of the Center for Cyber Defense are: 1) to provide innovative education and training programs that prepare students to become professionals and leaders in Information Assurance; 2) to become one of the leading academic institution for research in information assurance;  and 3) to serve the University and the community with leadership and distinction.

For more information about The Center for Cyber Defense, contact Dr. Dorothy Yuan at

Research Areas

  • Biometrics
  • Computational Hip-Hop
  • Computational Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Distributed AI
  • Genetic Evolutionary Computing
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Software Engineering