Lee, Edwards Named Directors of College Research Centers

August 2, 2012

Professors Wenke Lee and Keith Edwards have been named directors of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the GVU Center, respectively, College of Computing Dean Zvi Galil announced Aug. 1.

Lee, whose appointment is effective Aug. 13, is a professor in the School of Computer Science and has been at Georgia Tech since 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University in 1999 and taught at North Carolina State for two years before coming to Atlanta. Among Lee's awards and honors are an NSF CAREER Award in 2002 and the College of Computing's Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award in 2009, and he has published more than 100 scholarly articles.

Edwards, professor in the School of Interactive Computing, has been serving as acting director of the GVU Center since early 2011, and his appointment to permanent director is retroactive to July 1. Edwards earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1995 and has published more than 80 scholarly articles. Prior to returning to Georgia Tech to join its faculty, he spent nine years at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), heading up their ubiquitous computing group. Edwards was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2009.

Since 1998 GTISC has led the Institute's efforts in information security. Its mission is to invent and evaluate key innovative user-centric security technologies and policies; to educate future researchers, policy makers, and information security leaders, and train current professionals in the most up-to-date methods for securing information systems; and to provide a venue where individuals and industrial, academic and government organizations can access, understand and evaluate issues related to information security.

GVU, one of Georgia Tech's oldest research centers, is an interdisciplinary center that brings together people and expertise from all six Georgia Tech colleges in order to solve complex problems through computing research. Its goal is "to help people and communities to be connected to one another, to communicate, to learn, to heal, to be entertained, to create, to express their ideas and visions, and to be given the tools and opportunity to expand their potential and improve their lives."