Faculty Feature: Nirnimesh Ghose

Nirnimesh Ghose
Nirnimesh Ghose

Each week we're featuring a Q&A with a member of our faculty in the School of Computing. Get to know some of our professors! This week we're featuring Assistant Professor Nirnimesh Ghose.

Name: Nirnimesh Ghose
Title: Assistant Professor

What are your research areas or areas of specialty/interest?
My research focuses on network security and privacy with applications to emerging wireless networks, cyber-physical systems, Internet-of-things, aviation and transportation networks, bio-social inspired dynamic spectrum access, and the interaction between cybersecurity and social networks.
What courses are you teaching this year?
This semester I am teaching CSCE 477/877 Cryptography & Security and CSCE 155A Computer Science I. Next semester I will be teaching CSCE 155A Computer Science I.

How did you first become interested in computing or your specific area of computing?
My journey into the world of computers began in the sixth grade when I started playing games like Dave-3D and Paratrouper on MS-DOS. However, in the eleventh grade, I truly delved into computer hardware. I vividly remember the day we got our first family computer, and my curiosity led me to open it up. Regrettably, my first attempt at tinkering resulted in a burnt motherboard, but it was a valuable lesson that acquainted me with the internal components of a computer. During my master's program, my interest in wireless security was piqued when we were tasked with hacking a WEP-secured wireless network. This experience opened up a new realm of possibilities, and I was fascinated by the intricate world of wireless security. It wasn't until my Ph.D. journey that I found the perfect match for my interests. I was fortunate to work with an advisor who shared my passion for developing security solutions based on the physical layer properties of wireless networks. This research area resonated with me profoundly as it allowed me to combine my enduring love for physics with the practical application of enhancing security in emerging wireless networks.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of computing? What do you enjoy most about those?
Cooking has always been a source of joy and creativity in my life. I have a deep passion for experimenting with new recipes and flavors. It's a journey filled with surprises—sometimes resulting in a culinary disaster, and other times, creating genuinely delightful dishes. The challenge arises when I follow a different recipe; the downside is that I can never quite recreate a particularly delicious outcome. But then again, that's the beauty of culinary exploration: the element of surprise and unpredictability. Apart from the kitchen, another passion of mine is target practice. It's a form of stress relief and sharpening my focus. The concentration required to hit a target precisely is almost meditative. The controlled environment and the quest for precision provide balance and calm, making it a gratifying pastime.
What is your favorite weekend activity?
On weekends, I find immense joy in two seemingly simple yet fulfilling activities: cooking and cleaning. During these precious days off, I get to immerse myself in the soothing rhythms of these tasks. Cooking, for me, is a delightful way to explore flavors and let my creativity shine. Whether trying out a new recipe or whipping up an old favorite, the kitchen becomes my haven. The sizzle of ingredients in a pan, the tantalizing aromas, and the anticipation of a delicious meal are all part of the experience. It's not just about nourishment; it's a form of self-expression and a way to bring joy to loved ones. On the other hand, cleaning might sound less exciting, but it's a therapeutic ritual. Tidying up and organizing spaces creates a sense of order and tranquility. There's something deeply satisfying about seeing a cluttered area transform into a pristine, welcoming space. Of course, weekends are also about quality time with my family. My wife, Jayna, our 18-month-old son, Ayaan, and our beloved fur babies, Hazel and Maxwell, bring warmth and laughter into our lives. Watching Ayaan's curiosity and boundless energy as he explores the world is heartwarming and entertaining. Our fur babies, with their wagging tails and unconditional love, add another layer of happiness to our family time.

Where is your favorite place you've traveled?
One of my most cherished travel experiences was in the breathtaking region of Kashmir, India. I explored some of its most captivating destinations, including Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Sonamarg. With its mesmerizing Dal Lake, Srinagar was a true highlight of the trip. The experience of staying on traditional houseboats, gently drifting on the serene waters, was magical. I felt tranquility and awe as I gazed at the surrounding Himalayan peaks mirrored on the lake's surface. Gulmarg, often called the "Meadow of Flowers," lived up to its name. The lush, green meadows were adorned with colorful blossoms, creating a vivid, almost unreal tapestry. The backdrop of snow-capped mountains added to the enchantment, making every step an opportunity for another postcard-worthy photograph. One of the most memorable moments was exploring the saffron and rose gardens. The fragrance of the roses, combined with the vibrant hues of the blooms, created a sensory experience like no other. The saffron fields were a sight to behold, with the delicate purple flowers swaying in the gentle breeze, promising the aromatic spice Kashmir is famous for. Sonamarg, the "Meadow of Gold," was another gem on this journey. The expansive meadows stretched as far as the eye could see, and they were blanketed in a stunning array of vibrant wildflowers. Surrounded by towering mountains, it was a place where nature's grandeur was on full display. My trip to Kashmir was a symphony of colors, fragrances, and natural beauty. It was a journey that allowed me to appreciate the wonders of our planet and its capacity to enchant and inspire. The memories of those moments in Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Sonamarg will forever hold a special place in my heart.
What is your favorite food?
Goat Biryani, a masterpiece of Indian cuisine, is a culinary delight that tantalizes the taste buds with its intricate layers of beautifully spiced mutton and tender rice grains. This dish is a celebration of flavors, a fusion of fragrant spices, and a testament to the rich culinary heritage of India. To create this exquisite dish, succulent pieces of goat meat are marinated in aromatic spices, including cumin, coriander, cardamom, and cloves. The meat is then slow-cooked to perfection, allowing the spices to infuse every fiber, resulting in tender, flavorful morsels. The rice, a crucial element in any biryani, is cooked separately and then carefully layered with the flavorful meat. Each layer contributes to the symphony of tastes, building a harmonious crescendo of flavor. The biryani is traditionally garnished with fresh coriander and fried onions, adding freshness and a delightful crunch. Served alongside cool and creamy raita, the Goat Biryani experience becomes a perfect balance of heat and refreshment. The raita, typically made with yogurt and seasoned with herbs and spices, provides a soothing contrast to the bold and spicy flavors of the biryani. This dish accurately represents the art of Indian cooking, where a myriad of spices and ingredients come together to create a masterpiece that has delighted palates for generations. Goat Biryani is not just a meal; it's an experience that transports you to the heart of India's culinary traditions, where every bite tells a story of flavor, culture, and practice.
What is a fun fact or something other members of the school may not know about you?
Intriguingly, my right pinky finger sticks out when I walk or become preoccupied. My wife playfully quips that it might be my way of communicating with extraterrestrial beings. Even more captivating is that this trait appears genetic, as my 18-month-old son demonstrates the same curious habit.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the School of Computing?
The School of Computing has become my extended family away from home. The work culture here is exceptional, allowing me to approach anyone and request assistance or favors without hesitation. This aspect significantly contributes to the enjoyment of my work life because I have a diverse community of colleagues with whom I can engage in discussions, share my ideas, and, in turn, listen to their valuable insights. It's a supportive and enriching environment that fosters collaboration and professional growth.