Researchers and Affiliated Faculty

The Strength of Interdisciplinary Focus

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy is a campus-wide research institute, and its affiliated faculty come from several units, including the College of Computing, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the School of Public Policy, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the Scheller College of Business, and from cybersecurity labs with deep expertise in national defense at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). It is by working together across so many disciplines that we can comprehensively address the myriad of cybersecurity solutions needed now.

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Wenke Lee, Ph.D., is co-director of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) and responsible for continuing Georgia Tech's international leadership in cybersecurity research and education. Additionally, he is the John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair of Computer Science in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, where he has taught since 2001. Previously, he served as director of the IISP's predecessor -- the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) research lab -- from 2012 to 2015.

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Bo Rotoloni is responsible for the continued growth of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy in order to effectively create a single gateway for industry or government partners into Georgia Tech’s cybersecurity expertise. Additionally, he serves as director of research at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and as director of the Information & Cyber Sciences Directorate (ICSD) -- leading more than 500 people, $120 million in annual research, and combined operating budgets of more than $11.5 million.

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Mustaque Ahamad, Ph.D., is associate director of Education & Outreach for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) and professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Within the IISP, he seeks to proactively address challenges associated with workforce development through degree curriculum and continuing education for working professionals. He is an advocate for greater cybersecurity education in order to meet the needs of industry and government.

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Gregory D. Abowd, Ph.D., is associate director of Consumer-Facing Privacy for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy and a Regents’ Professor and the J.Z. Liang Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. His research interests concern how the advanced information technologies of ubiquitous computing (or "ubicomp") impact our everyday lives when they are seamlessly integrated into our living spaces.

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Michael Farrell, Ph.D., is associate director of Attribution for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy and chief research scientist of the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Cyber Technology & Information Security Laboratory (CTISL). He leads collaborative research teams spanning business, public policy, computer science, and electrical & computer engineering. His current research focus is to create a science of attribution and traceback for malicious cyber activity.

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Margaret L. Loper, Ph.D., is associate director of Trust for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy and chief scientist of the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL). Her research focus is computational trust algorithms for machine-to-machine communications. Loper also teaches simulation courses and supports projects that bring modeling and simulation into K-12 education.

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A.P. "Sakis" Meliopoulos, Ph.D., is the Georgia Power Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and serves as associate director of Cyber-Physical Systems for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy. Meliopoulos helped develop the power program at Georgia Tech by modernizing courses, introducing new courses, initiating research, and developing continuing education programs and the Power System Certificate program.

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Sudheer Chava, Ph.D., is associate director of Risk Management for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy, and a professor of finance at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. He also serves as finance area coordinator at Scheller and as the director of the nationally top 10 ranked Master of Science in Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF) program -- a joint program by the School of Mathematics, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Scheller.

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Professor Peter Swire, J.D., is associate director of Policy for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy and the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Scheller College of Business with additional appointments to the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. Swire has been a privacy and cyberlaw scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. He also is senior counsel with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP.

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