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Engineering researcher from Italy tackles cloud security and biometrics

April 4, 2018   /   by Nanci Hellmich

Vincenzo Piuri, a professor of computer engineering at the University of Milan, Italy, and a visiting researcher at George Mason University, has been coming to Mason every year since 2005 to work on research projects with Mason Engineering professors.

Researchers around the world are tackling many of the same problems, so it makes sense for them to share ideas and compare diverse points of view with a comprehensive system perspective.

It’s all part of thinking globally for the advancement of science and technology and for a better life for people, says Vincenzo Piuri, a professor of computer engineering at the University of Milan, Italy, and a visiting researcher at George Mason University.

Piuri has been coming to Mason every year since 2005 to work on projects with Mason Engineering professors, including Sushil Jajodia, director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), and Massimiliano (Max) Albanese, the center’s associate director.

“We are studying the dependability of cloud computing, ensuring continuity of service,” he says, “and we are starting to collaborate in the area of biometrics, which is the recognition of individuals by using biological traits, such as face, fingerprints, iris, or behavioral traits, such as walking and typing.”

Piuri’s research expertise includes intelligent systems, artificial intelligence, pattern analysis and recognition, machine learning, signal and image processing, biometrics, cloud computing, and dependability. “Vincenzo is an outstanding researcher and a recognized leader in the scientific community, which he has served with passion and integrity,” Albanese says. “I look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Piuri is one of three candidates for president-elect of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. It has more than 400,000 members in over 160 countries. The association publishes numerous journals, hosts conferences, supports continuing education, and sponsors networking events and professional development activities. 

If he’s elected, Piuri’s goals for IEEE are to make the membership more affordable; promote participation of members in the decision-making process; allow individuals to pick the services and products they need; support underserved groups, including young professionals and women in STEM; and ensure that the association continues to be a trusted and accessible source of knowledge in the field.

Piuri says he envisions an IEEE that supports "individuals and the scientific and professional community for the benefit of humanity.”

Vincenzo is an outstanding researcher and a recognized leader in the scientific community, which he has served with passion and integrity.

Massimiliano (Max) Albanese

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