Prof. Joshi Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Dr. James Joshi, Professor of Informatics and Networked Systems, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow effective January 1, 2023. According to the IEEE “each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of IEEE.”

Through elevation to IEEE Fellow, IEEE is recognizing Professor Joshi “for contribution to access control and privacy” research. He has made significant contributions to the field of Cybersecurity and Privacy, in particular, through his impactful work in the area of access control models and methodologies that includes a huge body of work in the area of advanced role-, context-, and/or attribute-based access control models that are applicable to various application domains as well as multi-organizational environments. His contributions in privacy includes data anonymization techniques (e.g., for location-based applications, or graph datasets such as those representing social networks), privacy-aware access control and more recently in the area of privacy-preserving federated learning techniques.

Dr. Joshi joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and led efforts to help establish the cybersecurity program at Pitt through LERSAIS, which he founded in 2003 and have been serving as its Director. He helped establish Pitt’s designation as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity education and research, led efforts to receive two rounds of funding from NSF CyberCorp Scholarship for Service program and manage it, and also helped establish the Army War College fellowship program at Pitt. Since 2019, he has been serving as a Program Director for NSF’s SaTC program. He has been actively serving as chair/co-chair of various conference committees and is also the founding steering committee chair of the IEEE International Conference on Trust, Privacy and Security in Intelligent Systems, and Applications (IEEE TPS), as well as its co-located conferences IEEE International Conference on Collaborative and Internet Computing (IEEE CIC) and IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Machine Intelligence (IEEE CogMI). He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) from 2017-2021. 

Earlier this year, recognizing his extensive contributions to IEEE, he was also awarded the status of an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member to recognize him “as one of the distinguished core of dedicated volunteers and staff whose leadership and service have made the IEEE Computer Society the world’s prominent association of computing professionals”