Professor Bhavani Thuraisingham

Role: Investigator
Affiliation: UTD
Company: The University of Texas at Dallas
Department: Department of Computer Science
Email: Bhavani DOT thuraisingham AT utdallas DOT edu
Business: 972-883-4738
Business Address: Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham joined The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in October 2004 as a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cyber Security Research Center in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science She is an elected Fellow of three professional organizations: the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and the BCS (British Computer Society) for her work in data security. She received the IEEE Computer Society’s prestigious 1997 Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management.” She was quoted by Silicon India Magazine as one of the leading seven technology innovators of South Asian Origin in the USA in 2002.

Prior to joining UTD, Dr. Thuraisingham was an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington VA, from the MITRE Corporation. At NSF she established the Data and Applications Security Program and co-founded the Cyber Trust theme and was involved in inter-agency activities in data mining for counter-terrorism. She worked at MITRE in Bedford, MA between January 1989 and September 2001 first in the Information Security Center and was later a department head in Data and Information Management as well as Chief Scientist in Data Management in the Intelligence and Air Force centers. She has served as an expert consultant in information security and data management to the Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury and the Intelligence Community for over 10 years. Thuraisingham’s industry experience includes six years of research and development at Control Data Corp. and Honeywell Inc. in Mpls, MN. While she was in Industry and MITRE, she was an adjunct professor of computer science and member of the graduate faculty first at the University of Minnesota and later at Boston University between 1984 and 2001. She also worked as visiting professor soon after her PhD first at the New Mexico Institute of Technology and later at the University of Minnesota between 1980 and 1983.

Dr. Thuraisingham’s work in information security and information management has resulted in over 70 journal articles, over 200 refereed conference papers and workshops, and three US patents. She is the author of seven books in data management, data mining and data security including one on data mining for counter-terrorism and another on Database and Applications Security and is completing her eighth book on Trustworthy Semantic Web. She has given over 30 keynote presentations at various technical conferences and has also given invited talks 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 and currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Computer Standards and Interfaces Journal. She is also an Instructor at AFCEA’s (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) Professional Development Center since 1998 and has served on panels for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr Thuraisingham is the Founding President of “Bhavani Security Consulting” (www.dr-bhavani.org) a company providing services in consulting and training in Cyber Security and Information Technology. She promotes Math and Science to high school students as well as to women and underrepresented minorities and has given featured addresses at conferences sponsored by WITI and SWE. Articles on her efforts as well as her vision have appeared in multiple magazines including the Dallas Morning News, The D Magazine, The MITRE Matters and the DFW Metroplex Technology Magazine.

Dr. Thuraisingham was educated in the United Kingdom both at the University of Bristol and at the University of Wales.