Dipankar Dasgupta, IEEE Fellow Director, Center for Information Assurance and Professor of Computer Science

The University of Memphis


Dipankar Dasgupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis. His research interests are broadly in the area of scientific computing, design, and development of intelligent cyber security solutions inspired by biological processes. He contributed remarkably in applying bio-inspired approaches to various problems in cyber security. He is one of the founding fathers of the field of artificial immune systems, in which he has established himself. His latest book, “Immunological Computation”, is a graduate level textbook, was published by CRC press in 2009. He also edited two books: one on Evolutionary Algorithms in Engineering Applications and the other is entitled "Artificial Immune Systems and Their Applications", published by Springer-Verlag. Dr. Dasgupta is at the forefront of research in applying bio-inspired approaches to cyber defense, served as a program co-chair at the National Cyber Leap Year Summit organized at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Directorate (2009). Some of his groundbreaking works, like digital immunity, negative authentication, and cloud insurance model, put his name in Computer World Magazine and other News media. Prof. Dasgupta is an Advisory Board member of Geospatial Data Center (GDC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2010, and worked on joint research projects with MIT. Dr. Dasgupta has more than 230 publications with 6175 citations and having h-index of 53 as per Google scholar. He received four Best Paper Awards at international conferences (1996, 2006, 2009, and 2012) and two Best Runner-Up Paper Awards (2013 and 2014): one from ACM Information Security Curriculum Development in October 2013, and the other from ACM Cyber and Information Security Research (CISR-9) Conference at Oak Ridge, TN, April 2014. He is the recipient of 2012 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, the highest distinction and most prestigious honor given to a faculty member by the University of Memphis. Prof. Dasgupta received the 2014 ACM SIGEVO Impact Award, and also designated as an ACM Distinguished Speaker. In addition to Prof. Dasgupta’s research and creative activities, he also spearheads the University of Memphis’s education, training and outreach activities on Information Assurance (IA). He is the founding Director of the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) (http://cfia.memphis.edu) which is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and in Research (CAE-R). The Center has organized seven large outreach events during the past six years related to cyber security involving industry professionals, leading academics, and students. Under his leadership, the center developed a comprehensive Cyber Security Online Training program (ACT Online) with 10 courses in three discipline-specific tracks General, Technical & Business), which was funded by DHS/FEMA. Dr. Dasgupta is diligent in his efforts to make cyber security education widely available and relevant to today’s challenges. He has introduced a Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance and has leveraged his industry research partnerships to secure equipment donations (from CISCO) to provide students with hands-on experiences on various computer security-related tools. He is spearheading the outreach efforts of promoting information security education and training in the community. Because of the center’s wide range of activities, the University of Memphis is in the forefront of information security research, education, and outreach in the state as well as in the region.