Our Faculty

Christelle Scharff


Seidenberg School of CSIS

Computer Science NY

  • @New York City
    163 William Street 228
Office Hours
New York City

Spring 2021

3:30pm-1:00pm(by appointment)

Office Hours

Spring 2021

Office Hours

Spring 2021

Dr. Scharff is a Professor of Computer Science at Pace University. She has a Ph.D. in Symbolic Artificial Intelligence from INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) in France. Her research focuses on global software engineering and ICTD. She was awarded grants from NSF, IBM, Microsoft, VentureWell, and Google. She has been a Fulbright scholar in Senegal in 2012 and 2019.


PhD, Computer Science, Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy, France, and French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, Nancy, France, Nancy, France, 1999
Computer Science

MS, Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy, France, Computer Science, Nancy, France, 1995
Computer Science

BS, Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy, France, Computer Science, Nancy, FR, France, 1993
Computer Science

Awards and Honors

Fulbright, US State Department, October 2019 - Fulbright Scholar
Pace University, October 1, 2016 - Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow
American Institute for Public Service, October 1, 2015 - Jefferson Award for Public Service, Pace University Bronze Medal Award
Fulbright, US State Department, October 1, 2012 - Fulbright Scholar
Pace University, October 1, 2012 - Pace University Presidential Release Time Award


  • Scrum Alliance, September 1 Advanced Scrum Master
  • Stanford University & VentureWell, April 1 Lean Launchpad Instructor
  • Scrum Alliance, May 1 Scrum Master


Mobile Device Literacy: Status and Needs of Women in Senegal
Scharff, C. John Traxler, Helen Crompton (Eds.), , UK:Routledge. , pages 10. http://www.routledge.com/Critical-Mobile-Pedagogy-Cases-of-Digital-Technologies-and-Learners-at/Traxler-Crompton/p/book/9780367204570

A Toolkit for Mobile Device Literacy Training. ICT4D Conference 2019
Scharff, C. (2020, November 27).

How can AI empower teachers? UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2019
Scharff, C. (2019, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 4). http://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/mlw2019-symposium-sessions-speakers.pdf

Promise of health hotlines to address sexual and reproductive health knowledge gaps in developing countries. ALPHA CONFEX 2018 Conference
Ndiaye, K., Roess, A., Niang, A. & Scharff, C. (2019, March 3). http://bit.ly/3z4RMMW

When technology meets fashion. NY Media Lab Demos 2018
Scharff, C. & Gade, S. (2018, November 14).

Exploring mobile device literacy in Senegal. IEEE GHTC 2017
Scharff, C., Rene, V., Schoepp , J. G., Shah, N. K. & Greenberg, A. (2018, September 20). , pages 7 pages. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8239284

Experience with Teaching an Online Course in Mobile App Development for Senegalese Students and Professionals. EAI Journal 2017
Scharff, C., Preira, J. & Biaye, E. (2017, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 22). EAI Endorsed Transactions on Collaborative Computing. Vol 17 (Issue 11) , pages 3 pages. http://eudl.eu/doi/10.4108/eai.30-6-2017.153145

Experience with Teaching an Online Course in Mobile App Development for Senegalese Students and Professionals. EAI InterSol Conference 2017
Scharff, C. (2017, June 30). , pages 3 pages. http://eudl.eu/doi/10.4108/eai.30-6-2017.153145

AppDock: An Education and Outreach Space for Device Literacy. ACM DEV 2016.
Scharff, C., Gandhi, F., Greenberg, A., Gandhi, D. & Ribeiro, G. (2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 7). , pages 5 pages. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2998608

Global Software Development Projects as a Framework for Capacity Building in Developing Countries. ACM DEV 2016.
Scharff, C., Sheikh, Y. & Rai, I. (2016, November 21). , pages 4 pages. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3001913.3006649


Programming (Distributed and parallel implementations on distributed memory machines)

Theoretical computer science

Artificial Intelligence: Automated deduction and theorem proving; Simplification Strategies and detection of redundant information; Efficient implementation of automated deduction and theorem proving; Formal software verification; Deep learning

Global software development; Socialization in Distributed Teams; Software Testing

User-centered design in mobile application development; Mobile for Development (M4D); ICTD (Information and Communication Technology for Development); Digital literacy


Senegal Chic & Tech
[Art - Exhibition, Curator]Goethe-Institut Senegal, Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily, Dakar, Senegal

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Integrating Computational Science with Environmental Sciences Associated with Habitat Restoration and Education in New York Harbor
Scharff, C. September 2018 - August 2022.NSF,Federal,$2,499,876.00.Funded.https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1839656

Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration of a Keystone Species in New York Harbor
Scharff, C. February 2018 - February 2022.NSF,Federal,$2,000,000.00.Funded.https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1759006

Introducing ML and DL in Senegal (Google Tensorflow Grant)
Scharff, C. October 2019 - January 2022.Google,Private,$15,000.00.Funded.


Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)[ACM Member]

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)[IEEE Member]

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