ECE Prof. David Ebert selected as director for CERIAS in Discovery Park
David Ebert, the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, has been appointed director of Discovery Park's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, effective Aug. 1. Ebert has served as interim director since November 2018.
“We are very pleased to appoint David Ebert as director of CERIAS,” says Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientific officer and senior vice president for strategic initiatives. “He has shown exceptional ability as interim director this past year and it is only fitting that he should continue to lead CERIAS into the future.”
CERIAS is widely considered as one of the world's leading centers for research and education in areas in cyber and cyber-physical systems with research focus on security, resiliency, privacy, autonomy, trusted systems, and explainable artificial intelligence. A multifaceted approach combines technical strength with ethical, legal, educational, economic, linguistic and communication expertise to create a cross-disciplinary team composed of six colleges and more than 20 departments across the Purdue campus.
Ebert joined Purdue in December 2000 and performs research in visual analytics, data science, explainable and trustable AI, novel visualization techniques, human-computer collaborative decision making, and procedural abstraction of complex, massive data. He has been active in the visualization community, teaching courses, presenting papers, and co-chairing many conference program committees. Ebert is also a faculty director of Purdue's Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments center, known as VACCINE, a Department of Homeland Security emeritus center of excellence. Ebert founded the CERIAS-affiliated VACCINE in 2009 and has been principal investigator since its inception.
“I am delighted to be able to continue my work with CERIAS,” Ebert says. “I am grateful to be able to work alongside this team of very talented people and to help further the mission of this exceptional organization.”