Academic Achievements:
John Matta


I am currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


  • CS340 Algorithms and Data Structures (Spring 2016).
  • CS140 Introduction to Computing (1 section in Fall 2013, 2 sections in Fall 2014, 1 section in Spring 2014, Fall 2015 and Fall 2016)
  • S140 Labs (Spring 2013 and Spring 2014) 

Conference Papers

  • Gunes Ercal and John Matta, Resilience Notions for Scale-Free Networks., (Complex Adaptive Systems) 2013
  • Gunes Ercal, John Matta, William Stimson, Dominic Eccher, On the Quality of Sampling from Geographic Networks., (Complex Adaptive Systems) 2013
  • John Matta, Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, Jeffrey Borwey, Donald C. Wunsch, and Gunes Ercal, “Robust Graph-theoretic Clustering Approaches Using Node-Based Resilience Measures”,  IEEE Conference on Data Mining, Barcelona, Spain, December 2016.
  • Ellie Lovellette, John Matta, Dennis Bouvier and Roger Frye,  “Just the Numbers: An Investigation of Contextualization of Problems for Novice Programmers.”  SIGCSE, Seattle, Washington, March 2017.
  • John Matta, Thy Nguyen, Gunes Ercal and Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, “Applications of Novel Graph Theoretic Methods to Clustering Autism Spectrum Disorders Phenotypes”, 9th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICOB), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, March 2017.

Continuing Work

Published Journal Papers

  • John Matta, Gunes Ercal, and William Stimson. “The Quality of Sampling from Geographic Networks”, 2015. International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks.
  • John Matta, Gunes Ercal, and Jeffrey Borwey, “The vertex attack tolerance of complex networks”, RAIRO Operations Research Journal, 2017.


  • I won the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Award