ICCBDC 2022 Keynote & Invited Speakers


Bhavani Thuraisingham

Founders Chair Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Founders Chair Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She is also a visiting Senior Research Fellow at Kings College, University of London and an elected Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, the AAAS, the NAI and the BCS. She was a Cyber Security Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation in 2017-8. Her research interests are on integrating cyber security and artificial intelligence/data science for the past 35 years (it used to be computer security and data management/mining/expert systems). She has received several awards including the IEEE CS 1997 Technical Achievement Award, ACM SIGSAC 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award, the IEEE Comsoc Communications and Information Security 2019 Technical Recognition Award, the IEEE CS Services Computing 2017 Research Innovation Award, the ACM CODASPY 2017 Lasting Research Award, the IEEE ISI 2010 Research Leadership Award, the 2017 Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Award, and the ACM SACMAT 10 Year Test of Time Awards for 2018 and 2019 (for papers published in 2008 and 2009). She co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS) in 2016 and delivered the featured address at the 2018 Women in Data Science (WiDS) at Stanford University as well as keynote addresses at Cyber-W 2017 and 2020 (Women in Cyber Security Research), 2019 Women in Communications Engineering (WICE), and 2018 Women in Services Computing, and serves as the Co-Director of both the Women in Cyber Security and Women in Data Science Centers at UTD. Her 40-year career includes industry (Control Data, Honeywell), federal research laboratory (MITRE), US government (NSF) and US Academia. Her work has resulted in 130+ journal articles, 300+ conference papers, 150+ keynote and featured addresses, six US patents, fifteen books as well as technology transfer of the research to commercial products and operational systems. She received her PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, and the prestigious earned higher doctorate (D. Eng) from the University of Bristol, UK.


Fatih Kurugollu

Professor of Cyber Security, The University of Derby, UK

Senior Member of IEEE

Fatih Kurugollu obtained BSc and MSc in Computer and Control Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He was awarded with a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the same university in 2000. He was employed as a research fellow by the Marmara Research Centre, which is the main governmental research unit of the Turkish Scientific Research Council (TUBITAK) in 1991. At Marmara Research Centre, he was engaged into several military and industrial research projects as well as academic ones. He was promoted to senior research fellow and worked as sub-project leader in a number of military based security projects that most of them were classified. He joined the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2000, initially as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. In 2003, he was appointed to a lectureship at the same department and later on was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. He is now a full Professor of Cyber Security at University of Derby.
His current research interests are centred around Security and Privacy in Internet-of-Things, Cloud Security, Imaging for Forensics and Security, Security related Multimedia Content Analysis, Big Data in Cyber Security, Homeland Security, Security Issues in Healthcare Systems, Biometrics, Image and Video Analysis.
He has been principal investigator and co-investigator of several projects funded by EPSRC, Royal Academy Engineering (RAEng), Leverhulme Trust, Action Medical Research as well as principal supervisor of KTP projects. He has supervised 11 PhD projects and he has authored more than 130 publications. He is Senior Member of IEEE, Member of Associate College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Voting member of IEEE Communication Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee and Affiliate member of IEEE Signal Processing Society Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee.
He has strong industrial experience through KTP projects and industrial based research activities. He has been recently awarded with Industrial Secondment Fellowship, in which he spent one year in Titan-IC Systems to conduct an industrial research project, by RAEng.