About the Author
Dr. Elena Ferrari is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria, Como (Italy). From 1998 until January 2001, she has been an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milano (Italy). She received the MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Milano (Italy) in 1992. In 1998, she received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same university. During summer 1996 she has been a visiting researcher at the Department of Computer Science of George Mason University, Fairfax (Virginia). During summers 1997 and 1998 she has been a visiting researcher at Rutgers University, Newark (New Jersey). Her research activities are related to various aspects of data management systems, including web security, access control and privacy, multimedia databases, and temporal databases. On these topics she has published more than a hundred scientific publications in international journals and conference proceedings. She! gave several invited lectures and tutorials in Italian and foreign universities as well as on international conferences and workshops. Dr. Ferrari has served as Program Chair of the 4th ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT'04), Software Demonstration Chair of the 9th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT'04), Co-Chair of the first COMPSAC'02 Workshop on Web Security and Semantic Web, the first ECOOP Workshop on XML and Object Technology (XOT 2000), and the first ECOOP Workshop on Object-oriented Databases. She has also served as Program Committee member of several international conferences and workshops. Prof. Ferrari is in the Editorial Board of the VLDB Journal and the International Journal of Information Technology (IJIT). She is a member of the ACM and senior member of IEEE. Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham has recently joined The University of Texas at Dallas as a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cyber Security Research Center in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering. She is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). She received IEEE Computer Society’s prestigious 1997 Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management”. Thuraisingham’s research in information security and information management has resulted in over 60 journal articles, over 200 refereed conference papers, 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. She has given over 25 keynote presentations at various research 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 top research journals. Prior to joining UTD, Thuraisingham was an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) at the National Science Foundation 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 has been at MITRE since January 1989 and has worked in MITRE's Information Security Center and was later a department head in Data and Information Management as well as Chief Scientist in Data Management. 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 Corporation and Honeywell Inc. Thuraisingham was educated in the United Kingdom both at the University of Bristol and at the University of Wales.