Computer Science Professors Make UTD History as New IEEE Fellows

Two computer science professors from the University of Texas at Dallas have been elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, Ashbel Smith Professor of Computer Science, and Dr. Latifur Khan, Professor of Computer Science, are the first computer science professors from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science to be elected IEEE Fellows while serving as members of the UT Dallas faculty. Two of their colleagues from the Computer Science Department were appointed as Fellows before joining the University faculty.

An expert in data security and privacy, Kantarcioglu is frequently interviewed by local and national media on cybersecurity issues. The professor, who joined UT Dallas in 2005 after earning his doctorate from Purdue University, studies the integration of cybersecurity, data science, and blockchain to create technologies that can process and share data efficiently and securely.

Kantarcioglu’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) program, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research, the National Security Agency (NSA) and national institutes. of health.

“As data is now widely recognized as the new oil of our digital economy, addressing emerging challenges in data privacy, fairness and security is essential for our society,” Kantarcioglu said. “To address these challenges, I have worked on a wide range of collaborative research projects, aiming to ensure secure and privacy-preserving data storage, querying, sharing and analysis by transcending conventional disciplinary boundaries and making advancing new, synergistic initiatives in data science and cybersecurity.. I am pleased to have my contributions in these areas recognized by the IEEE Fellowship.

“I watched Latifur and Murat grow into world-class researchers during their time at UTD and knew it was only a matter of time before they became IEEE Fellows.”

Dr. Ovidiu Daescu, Acting Head of Department and Professor of Computer Science

Khan, a data scientist who joined UT Dallas in 2000 after earning his doctorate from the University of Southern California, conducted pioneering research in large-scale data analytics, which involves large continuous streams of data; semantic management of Big Data; and data mining/machine learning in cybersecurity. Khan’s research has been supported by AFOSR, US Army, Department of Defense, NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NSF, NSA, US Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology , an IBM Faculty Award (Research), and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“I am very happy that a major professional organization has recognized my research work. I am very honored to have received this prestigious and selective recognition,” said Khan. “I am grateful to UT Dallas for giving me the opportunity to not only work independently, but also to provide an environment to conduct interdisciplinary work. Finally, I have been fortunate to work with outstanding PhD students as well as some of the world’s brightest researchers at institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and NASA.

Dr. Ovidiu Daescu, acting department head and professor of computer science, said he was pleased to see two faculty members who began their academic careers at UT Dallas receive one of the most prestigious honors in the world. ‘IEEE, which he called “pure and simple recognition that not only projects onto the awardees but onto the department as a whole.

“I watched Latifur and Murat grow into world-class researchers during their time at UTD and knew it was only a matter of time before they became IEEE Fellows. I anticipate that other computer science faculty will follow closely in their footsteps,” said Daescu, who joined the University in 2000.

The IEEE has 400,000 members in 160 countries. The rank of Fellow—the highest membership grade—is conferred by the organization’s Board of Directors on individuals with an outstanding record of achievement in any area of ​​IEEE.

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