Anna Cinzia Squicciarini (Professor)
Professor-in-Charge of Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations and Edward Frymoyer Endowed Chair
College of Information Sciences and Technology
E326 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
[2022-2023] I am at the National Science Foundation for the academic year 2022-2023, serving as a program director in the SatC cluster (CISE/CNS)
[Spring 2023] Paper accepted (on geolocation Privacy) at EDBT 2023, and a Demo paper at IEEE ICDE 2023
[Spring 2022] Paper accepted (on geolocation Privacy) at ICDCS 2022 with Chenxi Qiu at UNT
[Spring 2022] Dataset paper on Image Privacy accepted at ICWSM 2022 with collaborators from UIC
[Fall 2021]: Paper accepted at ACM Transactions on The Web!
[Fall 2021]: I was promoted as a Full Professor! Yay!
[Fall 2021]: I was awarded a seed grant from Penn State for work with Geolocation Privacy.
[Fall 2021]: Papers on Image Privacy and online extremists accepted at BigData 2021.
[August '20]: Honored to be awarded a Fulbright Award 2021 for the Cybersecurity Program US-UK
Research Activities and Interests
I'm interested in investigating various aspects of data privacy, security and online societal problems. I use system techniques, as well as access control and machine learning, and a bit of game theory. To date, I work primarily on security topics related to data control, management and distribution/oversharing.
My current specific research interests include:
Data Privacy, Access Control, Online Deviance and Privacy issues in Social Networks. This line of work is or has been supported by grants from NSF, AirForce, and Army Research Office. Couple of projects I am working on these days include Privacy and Self-Disclosure in Covid-19 and Extremist behavior in large scale datasets . "
Access Control, Accountability and Verification of Computations in Cloud Environments (less emphasis these days).
My research is (or has been) funded by the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Hewlett-Packard, and a Google Research Award. In 2015 I was awarded an NSF CAREER AWARD to explore collective access control models and mechanisms in collaborative systems.
Prospective students: I am always looking for self-motivated students who are interested in the area of data privacy and data driven security (particular emphasis on security and privacy in online environments). If you are interested, please e-mail me with your CV.
Interested Cybercorps students: I coordinate with PI Dongwon Lee the Scholarship for Service program at Penn State. For more information please go to the PSU SFS website here.
To view my publications, please check out my (often outdated) publications page.
I work and have worked with several bright students:
Sushama Karumanchi now at Paypal Security!
Prasanna Umar, PhD
Mouraveed Bidgoli, PhD
Feiran Jia, PhD
Younes Karimi, PhD
Prospective students (AY 2022-2023): I am currently looking for graduate students interested in joining my research group. Strong technical skills (programming, database, machine learning, etc) and interest in exploring problems related to social networks privacy and security are preferred. Email me for inquiries.
Recent Program Committees and Conferences Organization
Program Committee Member: International Conference on Distributed Systems (ICDCS), 2020.
Program Committee Member: ACM World Wide Web Conference(WWW), 2019
Program Committee Member: ACM KDD, 2020
Program Committee Member: PETS Symposium, 2019
Program chair: ACM Sixth ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (Codaspy) 2016.
More information about me can be found here.