Elisa Bertino receives the inaugural Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia International Award
Purdue CS professor earns prestigious award for excellence in research and gender equality leadership
Named after the first woman to receive a doctoral degree in Padua and in the modern world (1678), the award celebrates the contribution of women scientists and scholars to research, innovation, and the development and dissemination of an increasingly equal scientific culture.
Elisa Bertino, Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science and Research Director at Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) received the award for sustained excellence in many research areas in the discipline of computer science, including information security and database systems, and a commitment to correct its gender imbalance.
The award, established by IIC New York, ISSNAF and the Elena Cornaro Center is intended for women scientists of Italian citizenship who work in the US and have distinguished themselves for excellence in research, for continuity of commitment, for vision and leadership, for the impact of their findings on the international community.
Bertino's research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing applications on a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities. Her current research includes: access control systems, secure publishing techniques and secure broadcast for XML data; advanced RBAC models and foundations of access control models; trust negotiation languages and privacy; data mining and security; multi-strategy filtering systems for Web pages and sites; security for grid computing systems; integration of virtual reality techniques and databases; and geographical information systems and spatial databases. She is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM. She received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to database systems and database security and advanced data management systems, and received the 2005 Tsutomu Kanai Award by the IEEE Computer Society for pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems.
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