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Michael E. Locasto
Senior Computer Scientist
Michael E. Locasto, Ph.D., is a senior computer scientist at SRI's New York City cyberanalytics research hub and a member of the Infrastructure Security Group.
Locasto is the co-principal investigator for SRI's Internet of Things Security and Privacy Center. He is also the principal investigator for SRI's Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery (TIGR) project under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation, and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program, which focuses on finding, characterizing, and removing malware in power grid equipment. He supports several cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems programs under SRI's CRATES project for the Department of Homeland Security's HSARPA program.
Prior to joining SRI, he was a tenured associate professor at the University of Calgary, where he directed the Trustworthy Systems Group and conducted research in trustworthy systems, cooperative security mechanisms and software security, with a particular emphasis on automated patch analysis, memory interception techniques and network intrusion detection. At the University of Calgary, he taught courses in Operating Systems, Computer Security, Network Security, and an inter-disciplinary course on Cyberwar. Previously, he was a visiting professor and I3P fellow at George Mason University, a research fellow at Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society and was involved in several National Science Foundation grants related to cybersecurity education for the SISMAT, EDURange and COMTOR projects.
Locasto has published more than 70 conference, workshop, and journal articles in the field of computer security, and he holds 13 patents related to software security and intrusion detection. He has served on more than 30 program committees for top security conferences and workshops. He also served as program chair for the ACSAC conference and the general chair for IEEE's Symposium on Security and Privacy in 2016.
He has a B.Sc. in computer science from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where he graduated magna cum laude. He also holds an M.Sc., an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University.