Interdisciplinary Research Area:
Data Science, Security and Privacy
Privacy, security, tech policy, cryptography, social networks
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Data science accelerates discovery across nearly all areas of science, engineering, and social science. Students and faculty in this area create new data-analysis techniques and harness advanced computing and storage systems to solve problems in biology, the environment, materials science, communications, security, transportation, and many other areas.
To be effective in solving critical societal problems, engineers must often work beyond purely technological domains and engage closely with policymakers. Several engineering faculty members are appointed jointly with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and many others engage broadly on problems tied to policy. The Center for Information Technology Policy is a joint venture of the engineering school and the Wilson school.
As digital systems play critical roles in nearly every aspect of society, their security and the privacy of their data become increasingly important. The Center for Information Technology Policy serves as a focal point for much of this work. In addition, engineers are uniquely positioned to improve broader areas of security in the face of natural hazards and other threats.