Karthikeyan Umapathy

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Short Bio

Karthikeyan Umapathy is currently working as an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, University of North Florida (UNF). He is the 2018 - 2022 recipient of the FIS Distinguished Professor in Computing Award. He is a co-director of Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG). He received his Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests center on designing and developing complex information systems, analyzing web service standards, and empirically investigating information technology (IT) standardization processes. He uses service learning to provide a real-world software development experience for students by identifying projects from Non-Profit and Small-business organizations. He works closely with local software development companies to engage them within his courses. He creates a wide variety of opportunities within and outside of the curriculum to help students gain technical expertise and experience in providing professional service.

He provides technology consultancy services for small businesses, startup companies, and non-profit organizations. He has expertise in mobile and web application development. He provides consulting on technology planning, business plan, lean startup methodology, product development, and market testing.


The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program blends data science and technology design to inform and solve important social problems in Northeast Florida. FL-DSSG program at UNF is being spearheaded by Drs. Dan Richard and Karthikeyan Umapathy. 2024 FL-DSSG program is supported by contributions from NLP Logix, Jacksonville Jaguar Foundation, PGA Tour, ADVOS Legal, and Cathedral Arts Project.

Get Involved with FL-DSSG

The 2024 FL-DSSG is a 12-week Internship program that will kick off on June 3rd and end on August 23rd. You can find information about the interns and completed projects at the above 2023 program link. For the 2024 FL-DSSG program, we are looking for data science projects from nonprofit and public sector organizations, talented students interested in gaining data science internship experience, and experienced data scientists to mentor students. Please read relevant materials in the links below and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Event Promotions

Online Team Programming Challenge for High School Students

March 2, 2024 from 12 PM to 4 PM EST

During the competition, contestants will solve problems designed for high school students who may be new to programming and problem-solving. Teachers from the high school that wish to coordinate their students’ participation in the competition are highly encouraged to register teams of two or three students from grades 9 through 12. CodeforAwhile competition is open to all high schools in the United States. The competition is organized by UNF School of Computing and sponsored by VyStar Credit Union. The competition utilizes DOMjudge system to conduct the programming contest.

Registration (free) for 2024 CodeforAwhile Competition is now open. Registration closes on February 29, 2024 at 5 PM EST

CodeforAwhile Team Registration  

For more information about the programming competition, please visit the below webpage.

2024 CodeforAwhile Event Page  

2023 International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS)

Conference dates: October 4 to 7, 2023
Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida.

IACIS Conference  
2023 Computing Education + Information Systems Applied Research (ISCAP)

Conference dates: November 1 to 4, 2023
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ISCAP Conference  

Quick Links

UNF Computing Senior Project

I am always looking for Web application projects from non-profit and/or small-business organizations that can be incorporated as student projects in my courses. Feel free to contact me, if you have relevant project needs for your organization.

  Senior Project Info  
  Project Poster Gallery  

Research and Thesis Opportunities

I am interested in working with both undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in working on your thesis or research experience courses in data science, web services, and complex systems development topics, feel free to contact me. If either topic does not interest you, I would be willing to work with you on a research topic of your interest as long as it is within realm of data scienece, information systems and information science.

 Research Opportunities  

Office Hours in-person or via MS Teams:

Mondays and Tuesdays from 2 PM to 4:30 PM
By Appointment Only

Spring 2024 Courses

COP 3855 - Web Systems Development

CIS 4328 - Information Systems Senior Project II

CEN 6036 - Software Architecture


Latest News

April 7, 2019

Won the SIG Best Paper Award at the 2019 AERA Conference

Won the SIG-Computer and Internet Application in Education Best Paper Award at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. The paper we presented was titled as Block-Based Versus Text-Based Programming Environments on Novice Student Learning: A Meta-Analysis Study.

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March 23, 2019

2019 SAIS Conference Paper Award

Won the Best Faculty and Student Paper Award at the 2019 Southern Association on Information Systems (SAIS). The paper we presented was titled as An Exploratory Study on the Influences of Website Quality on Actual Purchase and Moderation Effects.

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March 23, 2018

2018 SAIS Conference Paper Presentation

Presented a paper titled "Security and User Experience: A Holistic Model for CAPTCHA Usability Issues" at the 2018 Southern Association on Information Systems (SAIS), Atlanta, GA USA.

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