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Cyber-Security Expert Will Address U of M Commencement August 12th

For release: August 3, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Dipankar Dasgupta
Dipankar Dasgupta

The University of Memphis will award 791 degrees during its summer commencement Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. at FedExForum.

 The featured speaker will be Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, an internationally known expert in cyber-security. He is a professor of computer science at the U of M and recipient of the 2012 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.

Dasgupta joined the U of M as an assistant professor of computer science in 1997 and was promoted to professor in 2004. He has taught a variety of computer science courses and developed and introduced new advanced courses.

Trained in biologically driven artificial intelligence, Dasgupta focuses his research on computational models of natural immune systems. He quickly became one of the founders of the emerging field of artificial immune systems and today is considered the world’s leading researcher in that area. Applications of his work expanded his research into network and Internet security. Some of his groundbreaking research, such as digital immunity and negative authentication, landed his name in Computerworld magazine, and he is listed among top computer scientists whose work significantly influenced others.

He has received grants of more than $7.5 million from such sources as the U.S. Navy, Department of Homeland Security (DSA), National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Defense, and Office of Naval Research. In collaboration with Vanderbilt University and Sparta Corp., he managed the ACT Online project, which developed a multi-level, multi-track cyber-security training program for information systems professionals and law enforcement officers. This program is now used nationally.

Dasgupta is the author of three books and more than 200 journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. He has received four Best Paper Awards at international conferences. Regarded as an effective mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, he has supervised numerous masters and doctoral candidates.

As founding director of the Center for Information Assurance, Dasgupta leads one of the University’s major outreach efforts, promoting information security education and training in the community. The Center is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) by the DHS/NSA. In conjunction with several departments and colleges, he created a multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance at the U of M.

In 2008 Dasgupta was invited to join the advisory board of the Geospatial Data Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was instrumental in establishing formal ties with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to promote faculty research collaboration and student internships.

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