Privacy and Security

Our research in privacy and security takes an interdisciplinary approach to detecting and removing threats of cyberattacks, enhancing predictability and trust, and understanding online privacy and information manipulation. Our research methodology is rooted in several disciplines, including computer science, applied mathematics, cognitive science, control theory, economics, social sciences, and public policy. Specifically, we conduct research to understand issues and seize opportunities in systems and software security, usability considerations in privacy and security, economics of information security, and data-driven security, among many others.

Research-Active Faculty
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Assistant Professor

Machine Learning; Adversarial Machine Learning; Security and Privacy in Machine Learning

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Director of Master's Programs

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Associate Teaching Professor

Cybersecurity Education; Cybersecurity; Situation Awareness

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David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Machine and Deep Learning; Artificial Intelligence; Text Processing and Knowledge Extraction

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Assistant Director of Master's Programs

Cybersecurity; Risk Analysis; Risk Identification

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Assistant Professor

Artificial Intelligence; Multiagent Systems; Algorithmic Fairness

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Assistant Professor

System Security; Software Security

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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

Software Security; Robotic Vehicle Security; Embedded Systems Security

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Associate Teaching Professor

Cybersecurity; Building Secure Software Systems; RFID

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Assistant Professor

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart & Connected Communities; Cybersecurity

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Director of Doctoral Programs

Cybersecurity; Data Science and Machine Learning; Social Computing

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Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor of Cybersecurity

Computer Security; Building Secure Software Systems; Secure Internet of Things

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Assistant Research Professor

Biomedical Informatics; Data Privacy; Applied Statistics

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Assistant Professor

Machine Learning and AI; Privacy and Security; Replication and Confidence in Science

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Professor of Practice

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Associate Professor

Software Engineering; System Security; Programming Languages

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Frymoyer Chair in Information Sciences and Technology

Privacy; Access Control; Online Deviance

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Assistant Professor

Natural Language Processing; Privacy; Computational Social Science

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Dewey Walker Professor in IST

Cybersecurity; Machine Learning; Software Systems

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Assistant Professor

Human Factors; Cybersecurity and Privacy; Human Perception and Action

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Assistant Professor

Responsible Artificial Intelligence; Social Network Analysis; Machine Learning

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Artificial Intelligence; Cybersecurity; Machine Learning, Deep Representation Learning

Recent News

College of IST awards seed grants to 8 projects

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently announced eight projects that will receive funding from the college’s seed grant program.


IT students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre get experience in cybersecurity lab

Cybersecurity is a growing field full of career possibilities, and students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre are able to study the field firsthand thanks to an on-campus lab. The lab allows faculty at Penn State Wilkes-Barre to apply the principles they are teaching in lecture courses to real-world examples and scenarios.


Beyond memorization: Text generators may plagiarize beyond 'copy and paste'

Language models, possibly including ChatGPT, paraphrase and reuse ideas from training data without citing the source, raising plagiarism concerns, according to a Penn State-led research team that conducted the first study to directly examine the phenomenon.


Information Sciences and Technology faculty, staff recognized with annual awards

Faculty and staff in the College of Information Sciences and Technology were recognized at the college’s annual awards event this week. Recipients were nominated by their IST colleagues and selected by a review committee for their excellence in teaching, research and service.


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