Norman Sadeh is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Dr. Sadeh has (co-)founded and (co-)directed several graduate programs at CMU. This includes the Privacy Engineering Program (co--founder and co-director, 2012-present), the PhD Program in Societal Computing (co-founder and co-director, 2003-2013), and the MBA track in Technology Strategy and Product Management launched jointly by the Tepper School of Business and the School of Computer Science (co-founder and director, 2005-2017). Norman’s current research interests include cybersecurity, online privacy, Human-AI Interaction, AI governance, mobile computing, the Internet of Things, user-oriented machine learning, language technologies, and semantic web technologies.

Norman is also well known for his seminal work in AI planning and scheduling, agent-based supply chain management, workflow management, automated trading, including the design and launch of the international supply chain trading agent competition. Products based on his research have been deployed and commercialized by organizations such as IBM, Raytheon, Mitsubishi, Boeing, Numetrix (eventually acquired by JD Edwards/PeopleSoft/Oracle), ILOG (eventually acquired by IBM), and the US Army. His privacy research has been credited with influencing the design of products at companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook as well as activities at the US Federal Trade Commission and the California Office of the Attorney General. His work on automatically recognizing mobile user activities while minimizing battery life has influenced technologies found in most modern smartphones.

Norman is also a successful entrepreneur, having served as founding CEO and, until its acquisition, as chairman and chief scientist of Wombat Security Technologies, a company he co-founded to commercialize anti-phishing technologies he developed as part of research with several of his colleagues at CMU. Together with his collaborators, Norman grew Wombat Security Technologies into a leading provider of anti-phishing and cybersecurity awareness training technologies. The company was acquired for $225M by Proofpoint  in February 2018. By that time Wombat had well over 2,000 corporate customers, and had been named a clear leader in the Gartner Group’s Magic Quadrant in Security Awareness Computer-Based Training for 4 years in a row (since the inception of Gartner’s Quadrant in this sector). It had also been identified as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America for three consecutive years in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. In May 2018, Norman was honored with the 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. In August 2021, Proofpoint was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $12.3B. Solutions developed by Norman and his collaborators are used to protect tens of millions of employees around the world.

In the late nineties, Dr. Sadeh was program manager with the European Commission’s ESPRIT research program, prior to serving for two years as Chief Scientist of the EU’s EUR 550M (US$650M) initiative in “New Methods of Work and eCommerce,” which included all pan-European research in cybersecurity and privacy. As such, he was responsible for shaping European research priorities in collaboration with industry and universities across Europe. These activities eventually resulted in the launch of over 200 R&D projects involving over 1,000 European organizations from industry and research. While at the Commission, Norman also contributed to a number of EU policy initiatives related to eCommerce, the Internet, cybersecurity, privacy and entrepreneurship.

Norman received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at CMU with a major in Artificial Intelligence and a minor in Operations Research. He holds a MS degree in computer science from the University of Southern California and a BS/MS degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) as “Ingénieur Civil Physicien”.

Dr. Sadeh has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific publications. He is also the author of “m-Commerce: Technologies, Services and Business Models”, a best-selling book published by Wiley in April 2002. He served as general chair of the 2003 International Conference on Electronic Commerce and as editor-in-chief of “Electronic Commerce Research Applications” (ECRA). He has served on the editorial board of several other journals and is currently on the board of “I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society”. Norman also sits on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.

Norman’s research as well as his views on cybersecurity, privacy, mobile and IoT technologies are often covered in the press (e.g. Wall Street Journal, Wired, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Kiplinger, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Tech Crunch).

Between 2008 and 2019, he was also a visiting professor at Hong Kong University, where he would spend 2 weeks each year.

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