CAFE Panel on AI and Cybersecurity

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CAFÉ will present a panel discussion on AI & Cybersecurity to present the state of the art in this area and highlight current challenges pertaining to AI approaches for cybersecurity as well as cybersecurity/infrastructure for future AI technologies. Several of the AI focus areas--e.g. AI for computer/network systems, human-AI collaboration, and trustworthy AI--can be seen through this lens. In this session, the panelists highlight their research and discuss challenges and gaps in this field, with the goal of identifying further collaborative opportunities. Students and postdocs are welcome to attend. The meetings will be recorded for internal viewing for all CAFÉ faculty members. 

Panelists (Moderator: Hadi Hosseini, Associate Director, CAFÉ)

Patrick McDaniel is the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology and Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Professor McDaniel is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM and AAAS and the director of the NSF Frontier Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning. He also served as the program manager and lead scientist for the Army Research Laboratory's Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance from 2013 to 2018. Patrick's research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy. Prior to joining Penn State in 2004, he was a senior research staff member at AT&T Labs-Research. 

Anna Cinzia Squicciarini: I am an Associate Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State Univeristy . In July 2006, I received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Milan. My PhD thesis focused on Trust Negotiations, an access control model to enable trust between two unknown entities. I spent most of my time as a graduate student at Purdue University. I also spent about six months in Stockholom, at SICS, and six more at Colorado State University, under the guidance of Dr. Indrakshi Ray. From February 2006 to December 2007, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Computer Science Department of Purdue University under the supervision of prof. Elisa Bertino and Sebastien Goasguen. During this time, I worked on Digital Identity Management, and I was involved in the (back then) Teragrid project. My main research interests are in the area of data security and privacy, with emphasis on access control mechanisms. My work has been funded by industry and various funding agencies, including grants from the National Science Foundation (and a CAREER Award, 2015), Air Force, and Army Research Office. I also received some generous support from Google and Hewlett-Packard Research Labs. I published more than 70 contributions as papers in international conferences and journals, and chapters in international books. I won a couple of best paper awards (in 2011) at ACM Hypertext and (in 2012) at IEEE Passat. From 2012 to 2016, I was the PNC Career Development Professor in the College of IST. 

S. Shyam Sundar (PhD, Stanford University) is James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects and founding director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University ( His research investigates social and psychological effects of interactive media, including mobile phones, social media platforms, chatbots, robots, smart speakers and AI algorithms. His experiments investigate the role played by technological affordances in shaping user experience of mediated communications in a variety of interfaces. He edited the first-ever Handbook on the Psychology of Communication Technology (Blackwell Wiley, 2015) and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication from 2013 to 2017. 


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