Committee Biographies

Glenn A. Fink
Senior Cyber Security Researcher
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Email: Glenn.Fink _AT_ pnnl _DOT_ gov

Dr. Glenn A. Fink has been working in computer security, visualization, bio-inspired software design, and human-centric computing at PNNL in Richland, Washington since 2006. Dr. Fink is the lead inventor of several technologies including PNNL’s Digital Ants technology, which Scientific American cited as one of ten “world-changing ideas” in 2010. His recent work includes research in others forms of bio-inspired cyber security.
Dr. Fink was a three-year NSF IGERT Graduate Fellow at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2006.  Dr. Fink’s dissertation, “Visual Correlation of Network Traffic and Host Processes” fostered the Hone technology that is currently an open-source software project. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Fink was a software engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia where he worked for 15 years on projects such as the Trident ballistic missile program, a unified ground-control station for unoccupied aerial vehicles, and a virtual operations network for rapid-deployment coalition warfare.  Dr. Fink served for 11 years as an Army Reserve officer in the Signal Corps where he attained the rank of Captain and commanded a communications company.

Ejaz Ahmed
Research Associate, Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research (C4MCCR)
University of Malaya
Email: imejaz _AT_ gmail _DOT_ com

Dr. Ejaz Ahmed received his B.S (Computer Science) from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Afterwards, he completed his M.S (Computer Science) with High Distinction from Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad in 2009. He is research associate in High Impact Research Project fully funded by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education at University of Malaya. His Ph.D. was sponsored by Bright Spark Unit, the most prestigious scholarship in Malaysia. Before that, he has worked as research associate in CogNet (Cognitive Radio Research Lab) SEECS, NUST Pakistan from November, 2011 to September 2012, and in CoReNet (Center of Research in Networks and Telecom), MAJU, Islamabad, Pakistan from January 2008 to December 2009. He is an active researcher and faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His areas of interest include Cognitive Radio Networks, Software Defined Networks, Internet of Things and Mobile Cloud Computing. His career spans over 7 years of research where he has successfully published more than twenty high-quality journal and conference articles. 

Julian M. Goldman
Anesthesiologist and Medical Director of Biomedical Engineering for Partners HealthCare System
Email: jmgoldman _AT_ mgh _DOT_ harvard _DOT_ edu

Dr. Goldman is an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Director of the Program on Medical Device Interoperability (MD PnP) - a multi-institutional program founded in 2004 to advance medical device interoperability to improve patient safety and innovation. The program is developing an open-source testbed - OpenICE - which is being used to research requirements for the Medical Internet of Things ( Dr. Goldman completed his anesthesiology residency and biomedical informatics fellowship at the University of Colorado, and served as a Visiting Scholar in the FDA Medical Device Fellowship Program as well as an executive of a medical device company. He served as co-chair of the FCC mHealth Task Force, and co-chair of the Healthcare Working Group of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee. He chairs ISO TC 121 and the AAMI Interoperability Working Group and holds leadership positions in other standards committees.  Dr. Goldman’s awards include the AAMI Foundation/Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Application Award and the International Council on Systems Engineering Pioneer Award. 

Gene Itkis
Computer & Network Security Researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Greater Boston Area 
Email: itkis _AT_ ll _DOT_ mit _DOT_ edu

Dr. Itkis received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Boston University (BU) in 1996. From 1999 to 2009, he was on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at BU, where he founded the Applied Cryptography and e-Security group, the Industry Talks series, and served as the Associate Director for Research at the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security, National Security Agency National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In 2009, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, where he is working on applied security projects including cloud security, key management, biometrics, and anti-tamper technologies, among others.

Houbing Song
Assistant Professor at West Virginia University
Charleston, West Virginia
Email: _AT_ ieee _DOT_ org

Dr. Song is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at West Virginia University and the founding director of both the West Virginia Center of Excellence for Cyber-Physical Systems sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and the Security and Optimization for Networked Globe Laboratory (SONG Lab). He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2012. His research interests lie in the areas of wireless communications and networking, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, and cybersecurity and privacy. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM. He is an associate editor for 4 international journals, including IEEE Access and KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, and a guest editor of 4 special issues. He was the general chair of 3 international workshops, including the first IEEE International Workshop on Security and Privacy for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems (IoT/CPS-Security 2015,, held in London, UK, the second IEEE ICCC International Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT 2014, , held in Shanghai, China, the first IEEE ICCC International Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT 2013,, held in Xi’an, China. He has served on the technical program committee for numerous international conferences, including ICC, GLOBECOM, INFOCOM, WCNC, SmartGridComm, SECON, ICCVE, VNC, OFC, ICCPS, GreenCom, WiMob, ICIP, ICCIT, ICIIP, CEAT, PECON, ISIEA, EUSPN and ChinaCom.

Antonio Puliafito
Professor at University of Messina
Catania Area, Italy
Email:  apuliafito _AT_ unime _DOT_ it

Dr. Puliafito is a full professor of computer engineering at the University of Messina, Italy. His interests include parallel and distributed systems, networking, wireless and cloud computing. He is acting as an expert in ICT for the European Commission since 1998. He is currently the President of the Centre on Information Technologies at University of Messina. He participated in several European projects such as Reservoir, Vision, CloudWave and Beacon. He currently is the Scientific Director of the SIGMA PON_01 project on the management and control of multi-risk systems. He recently constituted  DH LABS S.R.L., a startup company developing solutions for the IoT. He is in charge of the #SmartME crowdfunding project.

Karen O’Donoghue
Research Analyst for Networks and Trust with the Internet Society
Email: odonoghue _AT_ isoc _DOT_ org

Karen O'Donoghue provides research and analysis to further the team's assessment of strategic options, advocacy, and key relationships with internal and external collaborators. She is also active in coordinating the formulation of outreach strategies and identifying partners and relationships that can help promote the deployment of trust-enabling network technologies. Karen has a long history of participation in the IETF, IEEE, and other standards bodies. Previously, Karen worked for many years with the US Navy, focused on the development and application of commercial network standards and technologies to Navy systems.