ICCBDC 2023 Keynote Speakers


Bhavani Thuraisingham

Founders Chair Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Founders Chair Professor of Computer Science and the Founding Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She is also a visiting Senior Research Fellow at Kings College, University of London and an elected Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, the AAAS, the NAI and the BCS. Her research interests are on integrating cyber security and artificial intelligence/data science including as they relate to the cloud, social media and the Internet of Things. She has received several technical, education and leadership awards including the IEEE CS 1997 Edward J. McLuskey Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE CS Taylor L. Booth Education Award, ACM SIGSAC 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award, the IEEE Comsoc Communications and Information Security 2019 Technical Recognition Award, the IEEE CS Services Computing 2017 Research Innovation Award, the ACM CODASPY 2017 Lasting Research Award, the IEEE ISI 2010 Research Leadership Award, the ACM SACMAT 10 Year Test of Time Awards for 2018 and 2019 (for papers published in 2008 and 2009) and the IEEE CS Cloud Women in Cloud Computing Award. Her 43 year career includes industry (Honeywell), federal research laboratory (MITRE), US government (NSF) and US Academia. Her work has resulted in 130+ journal articles, 300+ conference papers, 200+ keynote and featured addresses, seven US patents, sixeen books, and podcasts. She received her PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, and the prestigious earned higher doctorate (D. Eng) from the University of Bristol, UK. She has a Certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Hong Zhu

Oxford Brookes University, UK

Dr. Hong Zhu is a professor of computer science at the Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, where he chairs the Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity Research Group. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China, in 1982, 1984 and 1987, respectively. He was a faculty member of Nanjing University from 1987 to 1998. He joined Oxford Brookes University in November 1998 as a senior lecturer in computing and became a professor in Oct. 2004. His research interests are in the area of software development methodologies, including software engineering for cloud computing and software engineering of AI and machine learning applications, formal methods, software design, programming languages and automated tools, software modelling and testing, etc. He has published 2 books and more than 200 research papers in journals and international conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of British Computer Society, and ACM.


Huseyin Seker

Birmingham City University, UK

Huseyin is a research-oriented and enterprise-focused academic and manager with both academic and industry experiences in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and emerging & disruptive technologies/systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been involved with a portfolio of collaborative research, enterprise and teaching/learning projects of over £ 20M as PI, Co-I and international researcher in collaboration with universities and companies in the UK and abroad. He was one of the founding members of the Institute of Coding and led its activities at Northumbria University until September 2019. He is currently working as Professor of Computing Sciences and Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University.