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Elena Ferrari is a full professor of computer science at the University of Insubria, Italy and scientific director of the K&SM Research Center. Her research activities are related to various aspects of data management, including access control, privacy and trust, secure social networks, secure cloud computing and emergency management, secure semantic web, multimedia databases. On these topics she has published more than 170 scientific publications in international journals and conference proceedings. In 2009, she received the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious Technical Achievement Award for outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management. In 2011, she was named ACM Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Ferrari gave several invited lectures and tutorials in Italian and foreign universities as well as on international conferences and workshops. She has served as program chair of the 4th ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT '04), software demonstration chair of the 9th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT '04), cochair of the third IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference on Trust Management, 2009, the first and second ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on Privacy, Security, and Trust in KDD, 2008/2009, and the first COMPSAC '02 Workshop on Web Security and Semantic Web. She has also served as program committee member of leading international conferences on data management. Professor Ferrari is on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, the Transactions on Data Privacy, and the International Journal of Information Technology (IJIT). She is a distinguished member of ACM and senior member of IEEE. Elena Ferrari received her MS degree in computer science from the University of Milano (Italy) in 1992, and a PhD in computer science from the same university in 1998. From 1998 until January 2001, she has been an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milano (Italy).
Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I Distinguished Professor at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the executive director of UTD's Cyber Security Research and Education Center. She is an elected fellow of several organizations including the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2002), the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003), the BCS (British Computer Society, 2005), and SPDS (Society for Design and Process Science, a society that promotes transdisciplinary research 2011). She is the recipient of numerous awards including (1) the IEEE Computer Society's 1997 Technical Achievement Award for outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management, (2) the 2010 Research Leadership Award for Outstanding and Sustained Leadership Contributions to the Field of Intelligence and Security Informatics presented jointly by the IEEE Intelligent and Transportation Systems Society Technical Committee on Intelligence and Security Informatics in Transportation Systems and the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Technical Committee on Homeland Security, (3) the 2010 ACM SIGSAC (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control) Outstanding Contributions Award for seminal research contributions and leadership in data and applications security for over 25 years, (4) the 2011 AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) Medal of Merit for Sustained Professional Excellence in Communications, Electronics, Intelligence and Information Systems and Service to the Association and (5) the SDPS 2012 Transformative Achievement Award for Transdisciplinary Research. She is a distinguished scientist of ACM, was an IEEE distinguished lecturer between 2002 and 2005, and was also featured by Silicon India magazine as one of the seven leading technology innovators of South Asian origin in the USA in 2002. She received the prestigious earned higher doctorate degree of doctor of engineering from the University of Bristol England for her thesis consisting of her published works on secure dependable data management in July 2011. Prior to joining UTD in October 2004, Dr. Bhavani was an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, from the MITRE Corporation for three years. At NSF, she established the Data and Applications Security Program and cofounded the Cyber Trust theme and was involved in interagency activities in data mining for counter-terrorism. She worked at MITRE in Bedford, Massachusetts between January 1989 and September 2001, conducting research, development, technology transfer and department management activities in secure data management, real-time middleware and data mining. Prior to that she worked in the commercial industry for six years first at Control Data Corporation developing the CDCNET product and later at Honeywell Inc. on research, development, and technology transfer. Her work has resulted in over 120 journal articles, over 200 refereed conference papers and workshops, and five US patents (two pending). She is the author of twelve books in data management, data mining and data security and has given over 100 keynote presentations at various technical conferences including at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and at the United Nations on Data Mining for counter-terrorism. She serves (or has served) on editorial boards of leading research and industry journals including several IEEE and ACM Transactions. Dr. Bhavani is the founding president of Bhavani Security Consulting, LLC, a company providing services in consulting and training in Cyber Security and Information Technology to the US Government. She is also the founder of Knowledge and Security Analytics, LLC, a spin-off company from UTD developing tools in assured information sharing and Malware Detection.