Each year, Aalborg University awards the honorary doctorate to individuals with a record of scientific excellence in areas where the university itself is also strong. This year, the Technical Faculty of IT and Design recognises Professor Elisa Bertino with the honorary doctorate. The presentation of the award will take place at Aalborg University's annual celebration.
Originally from Italy, Elisa Bertino has been employed as Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University since 2004 where she heads the CyberSpace Security Laboratory. Prior to that, she was Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Computer Science and Communication at the University of Milan.
In recent years, she has focused her research on network security for 4G and 5G networks, IoT security, digital identity management, policy systems and applications of blockchain technology in security. These are topics of ever-increasing significance in today’s society, and they are very relevant to the research conducted across Aalborg University.
PIONEER IN DATA PROCESSING AND SECURITY
Professor in Aalborg University’s Department of Computer Science Christian S. Jensen has worked with Elisa Bertino on several occasions and feels that she is unquestionably one of the world's leading researchers in her field.
- Elisa Bertino is a pioneer in data processing and security. She has had far-reaching influence on research in some of the core areas of computer science, both academically and in terms of societal implications, says Christian S. Jensen.
The future honorary doctorate recipient began her career at the University of Pisa. She published her first scientific article in 1981 and has since built an impressive publication record, counting more than 340 articles often in highly acclaimed scientific journals as well as nearly 600 conference papers.
According to Google Scholar, Elisa Bertino's h-index is a staggering 99, and her publications currently generate between 2,600 and 2,800 citations annually.
ROLE MODEL FOR FEMALE RESEARCHERS
For obvious reasons, Elisa Bertino has been recognised several times. In 2002, she received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, in 2005 the IEEE Computer Society Kanai Award, in 2014 the ACM SIGSAC Award for Outstanding Contributions, and she received the 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Award. She is also an ACM, IEEE and AAAS Fellow. In addition, in 2017 she was inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame.
She is the recipient of a host of other awards, including for her mentorship of students and her great commitment. Elisa Bertino is also recognised as a role model for other female computer science researchers.
- We are incredibly proud and grateful to have the opportunity to honour Elisa Bertino with the highest academic degree and we look forward to continuing our work with her, says Christian S. Jensen.