Prof Gives Keynote Speech on Data Mining and Privacy

Sept. 4, 2008

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, a UT Dallas professor of computer science, delivered a keynote address titled “Privacy, Security and Trust for Data Mining” at an international conference on knowledge discovery and data mining in Las Vegas on Aug. 24.

“Ever since the explosion of data-mining techniques for counter-terrorism, there have been major concerns about privacy,” she said.

“Together with UT Dallas computer science professors Murat Kantarcioglu and Latifur Khan and our students, we’ve been developing data-mining techniques for surveillance and social networking,” she said. “But at the same time, we’ve also been exploring the privacy aspects.”

Her presentation included a technical discussion of some novel privacy-preserving data-mining techniques that her team has developed.

Since joining UT Dallas in 2004, Dr. Thuraisingham has given more than a dozen keynote addresses concerning her team’s research, including presentations at the 2004 International Machine Learning Applications Conference, the 2006 Pacific Asia Data Mining Conference, the 2007 IEEE Policy Workshop and the 2008 Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference.

In addition to data mining the team is conducting research on assured information sharing, geospatial information management and semantic infrastructures with grants and contracts from a variety of funding sources, including the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and Raytheon Co.


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Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham (right) and Dr. Elena Ferrari

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham (right) with Dr. Elena Ferrari from the University of Como in Italy, who chaired the data-mining conference’s privacy workshop.

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