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Professor Elisa Bertino nominated for an honorary doctorate

Professor Elisa Bertino nominated for an honorary doctorate

On 13 March 2020 (postponed), Professor Elisa Bertino from Purdue University will be awarded an honorary doctorate at Aalborg University, based on her outstanding contribution in the areas of data management and security.

Last modified: 24.02.2020

Every year, Aalborg University awards honorary doctorates to persons who have distinguished themselves academically to an extent where AAU finds it natural to honour them by awarding the highest academic degree.

This year, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design (TECH), Aalborg University has decided to nominate Professor Elisa Bertino for an honorary doctorate. The promotion will take place during Aalborg University’s annual celebration on 13 March 2020 (postponed). 

Elisa Bertino is a professor of Computer Science at Purdue University, where she is Director of the CyberSpace Security Laboratory. Prior to joining Purdue in 2004, she held a position as Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Communication at the University of Milan.

Her current and recent research targets 4G and 5G network security, IoT security, digital identity management, policy systems, and security applications of blockchain technology. These are topics of high and increasing societal importance, and they are highly relevant to ongoing research in several departments at Aalborg University.

A pioneer in key areas of data management and security

Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Christian S. Jensen has worked closely with Elisa Bertino on several occasions, and he believes she is one of the top world researchers in her field.

- Professor Elisa Bertino is a pioneer and global leader in key areas of data management and security. She has contributed extensively to the foundations and practice of important areas of computer science, and she has had substantial academic and societal impact, Christian S. Jensen says.

Professor Bertino began her carrier at the University of Pisa, where she received the PhD degree with full marks and honours. Her first publication appeared in 1981, and since then, she has built a record of contributions with an amazing scope. Thus, her DBLP page lists some 340 journal papers and nearly 600 conference papers. According to Google Scholar, her h-index is 99, and her publications currently receive some 2600 to 2800 citations annually.

- In her field, conference publication is at times associated with very strict refereeing and is often highly competitive and prestigious. Indeed, a substantial fraction of her papers are in the top journals and conferences in her field. Thus, her record indicates excellence, and the figures are imposing, Christian S. Jensen adds.

An effective mentor to female computer scientists. 

Her contributions have been recognized widely by her peers. She received the IEEE Computer Society 2002 Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Computer Society 2005 Kanai Award, the 2014 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award and the 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Award. Further, she was elected to the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the 2018 Research Innovation award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Service Computing. Her record also includes several university-level awards, including a graduate student mentoring award and an engagement award.

Next, it should be highlighted that Professor Bertino has served as an active mentor to female computer scientists.

- We are incredibly proud and grateful to be able to honour Professor Elisa Bertino with the highest academic degree, and we are looking forward to continuing our current fruitful collaboration with her, Christian S. Jensen says.