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Hello, World!

I am a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, I am the supervisor for the department website.

Reaching Me:

S-3-079 (Room 79, Third Floor, Science Building) • 617.287.6475 • siyer@cs.umb.edu

Fall 2017 Courses:

Office Hours:

Tue Thu 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM; Mon Wed Fri 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Advising: If you need to see me for advising, please stop by during my office hours. Please remember to fill out the appropriate advising form and bring it to the meeting. I will not meet with you without the advising form.

Recommendation: If you have taken classes with me, have done well in them, and need a recommendation letter from me, I'd be glad to write you one. Please fill out this form, which will help me write an effective letter.

Research Interests

Agent-based modeling, complex networks, computational biology, evolutionary dynamics, game theory, machine learning, programming languages



I was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai and grew up in Mumbai. I received my primary and secondary education at Model English School and higher secondary education at Ruparel College. During my second year at Ruparel College, I attended the famous (now defunct) Agrawal Classes. I received my bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (VESIT) in 1996 after which I worked for two years as a software developer at Tata Interactive Systems, where I designed and implemented multimedia-rich e-learning software. I received my master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston (UMB) in 2001, following which I worked at BMC Software as a software developer until 2006. My role at BMC Software was to design and develop system- and application-level performance-monitoring software. I then decided to seek a PhD degree in order to fulfill my ambition of pursuing a career in academia with both research and teaching responsibilities. I received my PhD in Comptuer Science, also from UMB, in 2013. My thesis, entitled Evolutionary Dynamics on Complex Networks, was directed by Prof. Timothy Killingback from the Mathematics Department.