Center for Cybersecurity Analytics and Automation

National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC)

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Faculty and Staff

Sushil Jajodia, Ph.D.

Site Director

Sushil Jajodia  

Dr. Sushil Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor, and the director of Center for Secure Information Systems in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He is also the site director of the recently approved NSF I/UCRC Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation at Mason.  He served as the chair of the Department of Information and Software Engineering during 1998-2002. He joined Mason after serving as the director of the Database and Expert Systems Program within the Division of Information, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. Before that, he was the head of the Database and Distributed Systems Section in the Computer Science and Systems Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Milan, Italy; Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, England; King’s College, London, England; and Paris Dauphine University, France.

Dr. Jajodia received his PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene. The scope of his current research interests encompasses information secrecy, privacy, integrity, and availability problems in military, civil, and commercial sectors. He has authored or coauthored six books, edited 41 books and conference proceedings, and published more than 425 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He also holds eleven patents and has several patent applications pending.

Massimiliano Albanese, Ph.D.

Massimiliano Albanese  

Dr. Massimiliano Albanese is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University, where he is also serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), and the Codirector of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE). Dr. Albanese received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005 from the University of Naples Federico II, and joined George Mason University in 2011 after serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland. His research interests are in the area of Information and Network Security, with particular emphasis on Modeling and Detection of Cyber Attacks, Cyber Situational Awareness, Network Hardening and Optimal Defenses, Moving Target Defense and Adaptive Cyber Defense, and Cyber-Physical Systems. Dr. Albanese has participated in sponsored research projects totaling $7.7M. He holds a U.S. Patent and has co-authored a book and over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Albanese is one of the only three recipients of the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, one of the most prestigious honors at Mason.

Rajesh Ganesan, Ph.D.

Rajesh Ganesan  

Rajesh Ganesan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. Dr. Ganesan received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2005. His current research interests are in stochastic optimization (dynamic resource allocation using approximate dynamic programming), quality and statistics (feature detection and function approximation in high-dimensional data), and enginering education in K-12.