Dr. Bhavani Thurasingham
Professor of Computer Science
Executive Director of Cyber Security Research and Education Institute
University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas, Dallas (UTD) and the Executive Director of UTD’s Cyber Security Research and Education Institute. She is also a visiting Senior Re-search Fellow at Kings College, University of London and a 2017-2018 Cyber Security Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation. Her research is on integrating Data Science and Cyber Security. Prior to joining UTD she worked at the MITRE Corporation for 16 years including a three-year stint as a Program Director at the NSF where she managed the Information Management and Analytics area and was part of the Cyber Trust theme. She was also a Department Head in Information and Data Management at MITRE. Prior to MITRE, she worked for the commercial industry for six years including at Honeywell. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEEE CS 1997 Technical Achievement Award, the ACM SIGSAC 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award, 2013 IBM Faculty Award, 2017 ACM CODASPY Research Award, and 2017 IEEE CS Services Computing Technical Committee Research Innovation Award. She is a 2003 Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS and a 2005 Fellow of the British Computer Society. She has published over 120 journal articles, 250 conference papers, and 15 books, has delivered over 130 keynote addresses, and is the inventor of five patents in data analytics and secure data management. She co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security conference (WiCyS) in 2016 as well as the 2017 IEEE ICDE Workshop on Women in Data Science and Engineering. She is serving as the Co-Program Chair of the 2018 IEEE Conference on Data Mining.