Christelle Scharff

Christelle Scharff

Seidenberg School of CSIS
Computer Science

Christelle Scharff

15 Beekman
| Office Hours: Mon, Wed 11:00am-1:00pm


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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 AI, 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.

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2022, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow
  • Fulbright, US State Department, 2019, Fulbright Scholar
  • Pace University, 2016, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow
  • American Institute for Public Service, 2015, Jefferson Award for Public Service, Pace University Bronze Medal Award
  • Fulbright, US State Department, 2012, Fulbright Scholar
  • Pace University, 2012, Pace University Presidential Release Time Award

Licensures and Certificates

  • Scrum Alliance, Advanced Scrum Master
  • Stanford University & VentureWell, Lean Launchpad Instructor
  • Scrum Alliance, Scrum Master


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

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

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; Machine Learning; GAN

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

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

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

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

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

Courses Taught

Past Courses

CIS 101: Intro. to Computing - LC
CIS 101: Introduction to Computing
CIS 101: Introduction to Computing - LC
CISC 101: Introduction to Computing
CS 113: Mathematical Structures for CS
CS 241: Data Structures/Algorithms I
CS 361: Prgrmmng Lang/Implementation
CS 361: Programming Lang/Implementatn
CS 374: Intro to Mobile App Dvlpmnt
CS 387: Database Design
CS 389: Software Engineering
CS 397: Directed Readings in CS
CS 397: Mobile Phone Prog & Entrepren
CS 397: Topic:Mobile App & Development
CS 490: Ind Study in Computer Science
CS 491: Software Engineering
CS 600: Indpndnt Study in Grad CS
CS 606: Fndmntl Cmptr Sci II with Java
CS 611: Prin of Programming Lang
CS 612: Cncpts & Strctrs:Intrnt Cmptng
CS 623: Database Management Systems
CS 631: Mobile Phone Prog & Entrep
CS 632: Directed Readings in CS
CS 632: Topic:Mobile App & Development
CS 639: Mobile Application Development
CS 641: Mobile Web Content & Dev
CS 643: Mobile Innovations for Global
CS 668: Analytics Capstone Project
CS 676: Algorithms for Data Science
CS 692: Computer Science Project II
CS 701: Advanced Algorithms
CS 777: Sftwre Rlabilty & Qlty Assrnce
CS 851: Sftwr Validation & Verifcation
CS 901: Software Development Thesis I
CS 902: Software Development Thesis II
IS 600: Grad Independent Study in IS
IT 605: Database Management Systems
SE 677: Software Reliability & Quality

Publications and Presentations


Teaching Coding to Youth in Africa: A Landscape Survey
Scharff, C., Ndiaye, M. & Diop, B. (2023).

Innovations in education: towards quality access and common good
Scharff, C. (2022). , pages 2.

Preparing High School Teachers for Teaching STEM Online: Exploration in Senegal
Scharff, C., Heng, S., Ndiaye, N. M. & Diop, B. (2022). , pages 11.

Senegalese Fashion Apparel Classification System using Deep Learning
Seck, A., LNU, K., Bathula, K. M. & Scharff, C. (2022). , pages 11.

Understanding AI ecosystems in the Global South: The cases of Senegal and Cambodia
Heng, S., Tsilionis, K., Scharff, C. & Wautelet, Y. (2022). International Journal of Management. Vol 64 (Issue 102454) , pages 45.

Mobile Device Literacy: Status and Needs of Women in Senegal
Scharff, C. (2020). John Traxler, Helen Crompton (Eds.), , UK:Routledge. , pages 10.


Scharff, C. (2003). International Committee of the 2003 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Las Vegas, NV.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Google’s Women Techmakers Ambassador
  • ACM Special Interest Group that Addresses the Social and Ethical Consequences of Widespread Computer Usage (SIGCAS)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) [ACM Member]
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) [IEEE Member]
  • Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction

Related News and Stories

Pace Magazine

What does it mean to learn in an AI-driven world? Pace University staff, faculty, and leadership weigh in on the concerns, challenges, and opportunities that AI presents for students, both during their education and within future careers.

In the Media

“The AI Lab at Pace University will permit us to consolidate, strengthen, and extend the existing AI initiatives and create exciting new ones in education and research leveraging partnerships within and outside the university,” said Lab Director Christelle Scharff, PhD, associate dean and professor of Computer Science at the Seidenberg School.