Tyrone Grandison

Award Recipient
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Tyrone Grandison is the program manager for Core Healthcare Services in the Healthcare Transformation group of the IBM Services Research organization (Hawthorne, New York). His immediate interests are in developing innovative solutions for ensuring patient privacy protection and for integrating information from multiple sources to get more complete views of patients to enable better decision making.

Prior to this, Grandison led the Intelligent Information Systems (Quest) team in the Computer Science department at the IBM Almaden Research Center (San Jose, California). The team pioneered research in relational database privacy, disclosure-compliant query processing for RFID and mobile data networks, security exception handling in healthcare information systems and large-scale text analysis of online data. The work was the first to 1) demonstrate that privacy protection was possible at the database level without negative impact on the system and that both security and privacy controls can exist in a common infrastructure, 2) show how to perform privacy and security compliant queries across autonomous and sovereign RFID databases and mobile devices, and 3) show how to reduce the phenomenon of common circumvention of security controls and create more policy-compliant systems.

Grandison is an ACM Distinguished Engineer and a Senior IEEE Member. He was recognized by the National Society of Black Engineers (Pioneer of the Year 2009) and the Black Engineer of the Year Award Board (Modern Day Technology Leader 2009, Minority in Science Trailblazer 2010). Grandison has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica (1997 and 1998, respectively) and a PhD from the Imperial College of Sciences, Technology, and Medicine in the University of London, United Kingdom (2003).


2010 Technical Achievement Award Recipient
“For pioneering contributions to secure and private data management.”
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