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Professor Ioanna Dionysiou

Dr Ioanna Dionysiou is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nicosia. Dionysiou received her PhD from Washington State University (2006), MSc and BSc degrees from Washington State University (2000 and 1997 respectively) and Diploma degree from Higher Technical Institute (1994). During her graduate studies at Washington State University, Dionysiou held instructor, teaching and research assistant appointments. Her PhD dissertation work investigated trust requirements and challenges for large-scale infrastructures, with an exemplary infrastructure being the US Electric Power Grid. Dionysiou’s PhD research was supported by three USA national organizations: NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), NSF (National Science Foundation), and DOE (Department of Energy).

Dionysiou’s research focuses on trust, security and data protection models in collaborative environments. She is the co-director of the Informatics Security Laboratory (ISL) at the University of Nicosia, which aims mainly on devising new techniques to detect cyberattacks by analyzing attack patterns and visualizing attack attempts in an intuitive manner. Other lab research activities include, among others, applied security standards (ISO 27001), multidisciplinary security practices, data protection, and cyber warfare. She has supervised MSc students as well as several undergraduate students on security topics.

Dionysiou co-authored numerous publications on trust management, security, and data protection. She served on various conference committees as an organizing member, track/session chair, and programme committee member. She is the member of various boards, including the Cyprus ECSC (European Cyber Security Challenge) Advisory Board. She has participated in locally-funded and European-funded research projects. Currently, she is the Vice-president of the ACM chapter in Cyprus and an active member of the Cyprus Computer Society.