COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Predrag Tosic

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

Office: Sloan 339
Phone: 335-0393


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2006
  • Too many MS degrees to list... Two of those are in mathematical sciences: MS in Applied & Computational Mathematics from University of Maryland, and MS in (Pure) Mathematics from University of Illinois


  • CptS 317 Automata and Formal Languages (Spring 2016)
  • CptS 483/580 Applied Graph Theory (Fall 2015)
  • CptS 440/540 Artificial Intelligence (Fall 2016)
  • CptS 483/580 Applied Graph Theory (Fall 2016)


  • Coming up...
(Motto: I need some cofeee really bad... Otherwise I can't even spell let alone do Math )
Favorite Quote: Thy Shall Not Quote (without understanding, what you're quoting, or why)
Favorite modern philosopher: George Carlin (may his atheist soul rest in peace)

Professional Experience

Dr. Tosic is an early mid-career researcher with a unique mix of academic research, industrial and DOE lab R&D experiences. His research interests include data science, machine learning, intelligent agents, large-scale data mining and AI on the one hand, and cyber-physical systems, distributed coordination and control, large-scale complex networks, mathematical models and algorithms for smart energy and other grids, on the other. His data science, AI and machine learning experience span both academic research (esp. from University of Houston, where he was a non-tenure-track faculty 2009 – 2012) and several lines of relevant R&D work in industry. His complex/cyber-physical systems expertise and interests include complex adaptable networks, hybrid cyber-physical systems and collaborative multi-agent systems; that expertise has also been built both in the context of academic research and R&D in high-tech industry. He is particularly interested in applying data analytics, machine learning, intelligent agent and AI techniques to emerging problems related to large-scale decentralized cyber-physical systems, critical infrastructures and “smart grids”, autonomous vehicles, as well as energy, health care and other domains of major economic and societal impact.

Dr. Tosic holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His doctoral dissertation (2006) was on Distributed AI and large-scale Multi-Agent Systems. While at University of Houston (2009 – 2012), he did research in machine learning, multi-agent distributed computing & control, data mining and distributed database systems, emerging behavior in complex networks, “smart energy” and computational game theory. During his graduate studies and the three years of post-doctoral academic research, he authored around 60 peer-reviewed publications; the rest of his post-PhD career has been spent in high-tech industry (until joining WSU in the Fall of 2015). He has considerable industrial R&D experience spanning three different high-tech industries, and with both big companies (Cisco Systems and Microsoft) and startups, as well as with a leading government research lab (Los Alamos).

In addition to the PhD in computer science, Dr. Tosic holds three different MS degrees, two in mathematical sciences and one in CS. For someone who has spent most of his post-PhD years in industry, he has considerable teaching and student research mentoring experience. He has enjoyed working with students of a broad variety of ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and at different types of academic institutions – from large public universities such as his alma mater UIUC and University of Houston, to small private colleges such as Northwestern Polytechnic (NPU) in Silicon Valley.