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Bertino nominated for honorary doctorate


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Aalborg University, Department of Computer Science has nominated Professor Elisa Bertino for an honorary doctorate, based on her outstanding contribution in the areas of data management and security. Her current and recent research targets 4G and 5G network security, IoT security, digital identity management, policy systems, and security applications of blockchain technology. Her area of research is of high and increasing societal importance and is highly relevant to ongoing research in several departments at Aalborg University.

Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Christian S. Jensen has worked closely with Elisa Bertino on several occasions, and he believes she is one of the top world researchers in her field. “Professor Bertino is a pioneer and global leader in key areas of data management and security. She has contributed extensively to the foundations and practice of important areas of computer science, and she has had substantial academic and societal impact,” Christian S. Jensen says.

Professor Bertino began her carrier at the University of Pisa, where she received the PhD degree with full marks and honors. Her first publication appeared in 1981, and since then, she has built a record of contributions with an amazing scope. Thus, her DBLP page lists some 340 journal papers and nearly 600 conference papers. According to Google Scholar, her h-index is 104, and her publications currently receive some 2700 to 2800 citations annually.

“In her field, conference publication is at times associated with very strict refereeing and is often highly competitive and prestigious. Indeed, a substantial fraction of her papers are in the top journals and conferences in her field. Thus, her record indicates excellence, and the figures are imposing,” Christian S. Jensen adds.

Bertino’s contributions have been recognized widely by her peers. She received the IEEE Computer Society 2002 Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Computer Society 2005 Kanai Award, the 2014 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award and the 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Award. Further, she was elected to the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the 2018 Research Innovation award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Service Computing. Her record also includes several university-level awards, including a graduate student mentoring award and an engagement award. “We are incredibly proud and grateful to be able to honor Professor Elisa Bertino with the highest academic degree, and we are looking forward to continuing our current fruitful collaboration with her,” Christian S. Jensen says.

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