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Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis
RSM, Lead Investigator, Data Privacy
IBM Research - Ireland
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Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis received the BS degree from the University of Ioannina (2003), the MS from the University of Minnesota (2005) and the PhD (with honors) from the University of Thessaly (2009), all in Computer Science. His PhD dissertation was awarded the Certificate of Recognition and Honourable Mention in the 2009 ACM SIGKDD Dissertation Award. From March 2009 until February 2010, he was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biomedical Informatics of Vanderbilt University, working on privacy for medical data. On March 2010, he joined IBM Research in Zurich, in the capacity of a Research Staff Member in the Information Analytics Lab and in 2011 he was nominated as a member of the IBM Business and Technical Leadership Resources. Since March 2012 he is working in the Smarter Cities Technology Center of IBM Research in Ireland, conducting research on data privacy for Smarter Cities. In 2012 he served as the GTO 2013 Advocate for IBM Research-Ireland, and he currently serves as the Security and Privacy PIC co-Chair of IBM Research worldwide.

Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis is a regular reviewer for Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE), Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), and Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (DMKD), as well as appointed in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations (IJKBO). From January to August 2009 he served as an Associate Editor for ACM Crossroads. His research interests are in the areas of databases, data mining, privacy preserving data mining, privacy in trajectories and location-based services, privacy in medical data, and knowledge hiding. In these areas, he has given many seminars in universities and research institutes as well as two tutorials (ECML/PKDD 2011, SDM 2012), he has published more than 60 research works, including three Springer books, and he has authored 11 patents. His recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) proposed the first approach which anonymizes medical data in a way that it remains useful for validating Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS), and was reported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) among the important advances in the last 10 years of genomic research (Eric D. Green, et al. in Nature, vol. 470, 2011). Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis is a Professional member of ACM, IEEE, SIAM and AAAS, and an at-large member of UPE and Sigma Xi.

Recent projects: Implementation of privacy providers for IBM products, design and development of anonymization methods for social housing data, participation to the SIMPLICITY EU project on its data privacy needs, and design and co-development of the SECRETA system for anonymising relational, transaction and relational-transaction (RT) datasets.