Elena Ferrari is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria (Italy), where she leads the STRICT SociaLab. She received her Ph.D and M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Milano (Italy).
Her research interests cover many areas in the fields of cybersecurity, privacy, and trust management. On these topics, she has published more than 240 scientific publications in international journals and conference proceedings. Current research includes Big Data and IoT security and privacy, access control, machine learning for cybersecurity, risk analysis, blockchain, and secure social media.
Dr. Ferrari has several prestigious awards, including the 2009 IEEE Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to Secure Data Management, an IBM Faculty Award (2014), and a Google Research Award (2010). She was elected an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and an IEEE Fellow in 2012 (for contributions to security and privacy for data and applications).
Prof. Ferrari’s has led several research projects in the last years, ranging from social network privacy and IoT, to online privacy, critical infrastructure protection, and many more. She is the chair or member of multiple steering committees (e.g., ACM SACMAT) and the PC chair of several prestigious conferences (e.g., ACM SACMAT, IEEE ICDE, ICWS, SCC, ACM/IEEE ASONAM). She is associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Data Science, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Internet Computing, Data Science and Engineering, and the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems.
Elena Ferrari also extensively promotes cybersecurity to women and has supervised numerous female PhD students. She has been included into the database of the 100 STEM Italian women experts
(https://100esperte.it/). More details can be found at http://dawsec.dicom.uninsubria.it/elena.ferrari/.