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Spring 2018 LAS Dean’s Lecture

Author: Stacey Maifeld | Image: Stacey Maifeld

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2018 Dean’s Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Eric William Davis R., assistant professor of computer science, will present “Is Your Data Safe? Corruption, Money Laundering, and the Malicious Side of Data.”

Eric William Davis R. will discuss the challenges of protecting the integrity of data collection, analytics, and machine learning in our data-driven world. He is an assistant professor of computer science at Iowa State and the director of the Trustworthy Data Engineering Laboratory. He will share examples in which data collection or the analytics process was intentionally manipulated to avoid regulatory oversite, sanctions or investigation. The TRUST Lab is a leader in research on cybersecurity counter measures to the increasingly common threat of data tampering and collaborates on trusted solutions with partners such as the World Bank and many others.

Eric William Davis R. has been named a Frontiers of Engineering Education Faculty Member by the National Academy of Engineering, an IBM Doctoral Fellow, and an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago (twice). He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he worked on applications in fault-tolerance and security with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for the first sustained Petascale supercomputer, Blue Waters.