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Bertino included on list for best female scientists in the world


Professor Elisa Bertino

Elisa Bertino, Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University


Professor Elisa Bertino was selected as one of the Best Female Scientists in the World by


Professor Elisa Bertino, a security researcher involved in many projects related to cellular networks and mobile applications, has been included in the 1st edition of's ranking of top female scientists in the world

The ranking of top female scientists in the world includes leading female scientists from all major areas of science. It was based on an examination of 166,880 scientists on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph. Data was collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on June 12, 2021 to determine the ranking. Positions in the ranking were determined by the scientists' general H-index. 

Bertino was the only reseacher from Purdue University to make the cut. She was chosen based on her H-index, contributions made within the computer science discipline, and her awards and achievements in the field.

“I am thrilled for this recognition, the importance of encouraging women to enter the academic and research fields in computer science cannot be overstated,” said Bertino. She added, “Women researchers bring unique perspectives and approaches to their work, which can lead to new discoveries and breakthroughs.”


Elisa Bertino, Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science, joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2004 where she was also named research director at CERIAS. Her research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing applications on a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities. She heads the Cyber Space Security Lab (Cyber2Slab), carrying out groundbreaking research on protection from insider threats, security of IoT, sensors, embedded systems and drones, digital identity management, data security and privacy on the cloud, privacy of mobile devices, and data trustworthiness. Her main research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Currently her research focuses on security of cellular networks and of mobile applications, and AI techniques for cybersecurity.  

Bertino serves on editorial boards of several journals. She is co-editor in chief of GeoInformatica and has served as EiC of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Information Security, Privacy, and Trust. Bertino currently serves as the vice president of the ACM where she is a Fellow. She is also an IEEE Fellow. 


About the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University

Founded in 1962, the Department of Computer Science was created to be an innovative base of knowledge in the emerging field of computing as the first degree-awarding program in the United States. The department continues to advance the computer science industry through research. US News & Reports ranks Purdue CS #20 and #16 overall in graduate and undergraduate programs respectively, seventh in cybersecurity, 10th in software engineering, 13th in programming languages, data analytics, and computer systems, and 19th in artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program are able to solve complex and challenging problems in many fields. Our consistent success in an ever-changing landscape is reflected in the record undergraduate enrollment, increased faculty hiring, innovative research projects, and the creation of new academic programs. The increasing centrality of computer science in academic disciplines and society, and new research activities - centered around data science, artificial intelligence, programming languages, theoretical computer science, machine learning, and cybersecurity - are the future focus of the department.


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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2024 3:42 PM

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