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Bryson Payne, Ph.D.

Title: Professor - Computer Science
Phone: 706-864-1694

Office: Barnes Hall, 129, Dahlonega


Dr. Bryson Payne is a professor of computer science in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®). Dr. Payne has taught computer science at UNG since 1999 and served as the university's chief information officer for six years, overseeing an IT division with budgets in excess of $4 million annually.

Dr. Payne is the author of the book Teach Your Kids to Code: A parent-friendly guide to Python programming (2015) from No Starch Press. He has been featured in CIO Magazine, Campus Technology and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Payne has been programming computers for over 30 years; he sold his first paid program to RUN Magazine (Commodore 64) for their "Magic" column in 1985, for $10. In addition to his affinity for technology, Dr. Payne speaks Spanish and French, and is conversational in Russian and Mandarin Chinese.

He lives in north Atlanta with his lovely wife Bev, and two sons, Alex and Max.

Courses Taught

CSCI 1250: Information Technologies, CSCI 1301: Computer Science I, CSCI 1302: Computer Science II, CSCI 3000: Web Programming, CSCI 3250: Computer Security, CSCI 3450: Intelligent Systems, CSCI 3600: Computer Graphics, CSCI 3660: Mobile Application Development, CSCI 4700: Human - Computer Interaction, CSCI 4800: Artificial Intelligence, CSCI 4950: Senior Project, MGMT 6610: Information Management


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Georgia State University, 2004
  • M.Ed., Mathematics, North Georgia College & State University, 1999
  • B.S., Mathematics, North Georgia College & State University, 1997
  • A.A., Young Harris College, 1991


Payne, B. (2016). Incorporating Leading-Edge Technologies in an Artificial Intelligence Course. Journal of Computing Science in Colleges, 32(2), 149-157.

Payne, B., Abegaz, T., Antonia, K. (2016). Building and Implementing a Successful NSA-NSF GenCyber Summer Cyber Academy. Journal of Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice (JCERP), 2016(2), 8. 

Payne, B. (2015). Using 3D printers in a computer graphics survey course. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 31(2), 244-251.

Payne, B., Walker, A. (2015). Motivating secure coding practices in a freshman-level programming course. Information Security Education Journal

Yang, J., Payne, B., Hitz, M., Zhang, Y., Guo, P., Li, L. (2014). Fair Gain Based Dynamic Channel Allocation for Cognitive Radios in Wireless Mesh Networks. Journal of Computers, 9 (10), 2335-2341.

Shen, J., Yang, J., Taha-abusneineh, S., Payne, B., Hitz, M. (2014). Structure-Preserving Imagery Reconstruction. Journal of Cyber Security and Mobility, 3 (3), 263-288.

Payne, B. (2014). Teaching Android and iOS native mobile app development in a single semester course. Journal of Computing Science in Colleges (JCSC), 30 (2), 176-183. 

Payne, B., Cabido, R., Montemayor, A.S., Pantrigo, J.J., Bartinez-Zarzuela, M. (2012). High-performance template tracking. Journal of Visual Communication & Image Representation, 23 (1), 271-286.

Payne, B., Holland, R.G., Smith, A., Hasselback, J.R. (2010). Survey responses: mail versus email solicitations. Journal of Business & Economics, 8 (4), 95-98.

Payne, B., Cabido, R., Montemayor, A.S., Pantrigo, J.J. (2009). Mutliscale and local search methods for real time region tracking with particle filters: local search driven by adaptive scale estimation on GPUs. Machine Vision and Applications, 21 (1), 43-58.


Payne, B. (2017). Learn Java the Easy Way (pp. 340). San Francisco, CA: No Starch Press.

Payne, B. (2015). Teach Your Kids to Code (pp. 336 pages). San Francisco, CA: No Starch Press.

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