Christina Popper


Christina Pöpper is a tenure-track professor of Computer Science at NYUAD with a focus on information and communication security. She is heading the Cyber Security & Privacy (CSP-) lab and is the director of research at the Center for Cyber Security at NYUAD. Her research goal is to better understand and enhance the security and privacy of current and future IT/communication systems. Specific interests are the security of wireless systems and applications, where she is working on topics like secure localization, mobile-, protocol- and system-level security as well as on aspects of privacy. With her group she is combining systems and security mechanisms in various application settings, thus addressing secure systems where cryptography alone is often not enough. She is teaching computer/IT security and general computer science classes.

Prior to joining NYUAD in 2016, Christina Pöpper was an assistant professor at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, where she headed the Information Security Group at the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Department. In the past, she taught specialized courses on wireless security as well as on private and anonymous communication. She received her doctoral and graduate degrees in computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and worked at the European Space Agency (ESA).


Omar Chowdhury


Omar was a post-doctoral research associate at cylab, carnegie mellon university (host: Prof. Anupam Datta) and purdue university (host: Prof. Ninghui Li). He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the university of texas at san antonio under the supervision of Prof. Jianwei Niu and Prof. William H. Winsborough (deceased). He received his undergraduate education in computer science and engineering (CSE) at the bangladesh university of engineering and technology (BUET).
Omar’s research interest lies in computer security and privacy. Broadly, he is interested in applying techniques from formal verification and runtime monitoring in achieving provable security and privacy assurances of modern systems and protocols. He is also interested in applying formal verification and software engineering techniques to automatically detect functional bugs in network protocols and safety-critical cyber-physical and iot systems.


Madhusanka Liyanage


2020 IEEEr8 ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher | World’s Top 2% Scientists (2020) | Ad Astra Fellow | Marie Curie Fellow | SMIEEE | SFI Funded Investigator. BSc (UoM, Sri Lanka), MSc (UNS, France), MEng (AIT, Thailand), DSc (UOulu, Finland), Assistant Professor / Ad Astra Fellow and Director of Graduate Research, School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland. Adjunct Professor of Security in Softwarized Networks, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland. Honorary Adjunct Professor of Network Security, The Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. Honorary Adjunct Professor, The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Sri Jayawardhenepura, Sri Lanka.

Arun Kanuparthi


I lead the offensive security research efforts on Intel’s data center networking and communication (modem, WiFi, BT) products with a strong focus on hardware, firmware, and platform security. Other research interests include improving state-of-the art in methodologies for security assurance, formal verification, and communication security.

I co-organize hardware hacking competitions Hack@DAC and Hack@SEC along with my collaborators. I have also had the privilege to serve on the TPC of several conferences such as DAC, ICCAD, ICCD, DFTS, ISVLSI, VLSI-SoC, etc.


Jim Kurose


Jim Kurose is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has been on the faculty since receiving his PhD in computer science from Columbia University. He received a BA in physics from Wesleyan University. He has held a number of visiting scientist positions in the US and abroad, including the Sorbonne University, the University of Paris, INRIA and IBM Research. His research interests include computer network architecture and protocols, network measurement, sensor networks, and multimedia communication. He is proud to have mentored and taught an amazing group of students, and to have received a number of awards for his research, teaching and service, including the IEEE Infocom Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award, the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Taylor Booth Education Medal. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the best-selling textbook, Computer Networking: a Top Down Approach (Pearson), now in its 8th edition. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE. 

From January 2015 to September 2019, Jim was on leave, serving as Assistant Director at the US National Science Foundation, where he led the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of nearly $1B, CISE’s mission is to uphold the nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Here is a blogpost on his NSF work. While at NSF, he also served as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee (NITRD) of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, facilitating the coordination of networking and information technology research and development efforts across Federal agencies. In 2018, Jim also served as the Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).


Elisa Bertino


Professor Elisa Bertino joined Purdue in January 2004 as professor in Computer Science and research director at CERIAS. Her research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing applications on a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities. Current research includes: access control systems, secure publishing techniques and secure broadcast for XML data; advanced RBAC models and foundations of access control models; trust negotiation languages and privacy; data mining and security; multi-strategy filtering systems for Web pages and sites; security for grid computing systems; integration of virtual reality techniques and databases; and geographical information systems and spatial databases.
Professor Bertino serves or has served on the editorial boards of several journals – many of which are related to security, such as the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, the IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. She is currently serving as program chair of the 36th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2010). Professor Bertino is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of ACM. She received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to database systems and database security and advanced data management systems, and received the 2005 Tsutomu Kanai Award by the IEEE Computer Society for pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems.
She is recently served in the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors and as Chair of ACM SIGSAC.


Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain


Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Senior Technical Program Director for PAWR and Director of Industry Engagement for Institute of Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100M public-private partnership for the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program and $25M DARPA Colosseum program. He serves as a Board Member for the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance, Founding member for Magma Core Foundation, university representative for O-RAN Alliance, Telecom Infra Project and co-chair on organizing committee and program committees for 6GSymposium, EuCNC,IEEE InfoCom and ACM WinTech. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, 5G, AI/ML, edge computing and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.


Matt Caesar


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UIUC. I am also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, an Affiliate Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences, and a member of the Information Trust Institute. I am also Chief Science Officer of Veriflow and I serve as the Director of Education for ACM SIGCOMM. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.  

My research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of networked and distributed systems, with an emphasis on network virtualization, routing, network algorithms, systems security, and cloud services. I like taking a multi-pronged approach to system design, building systems that work well in practice but are grounded in strong theoretical principles. My recent work involves network security, network verification, and Internet of Things.