HUMAN ASPECTS TRACK | Oct. 11 • 1:15 pm • Room 22–23

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PANEL: Understanding & Addressing Cybersecurity from Different Angles: Computer Science, Education, and Social Science

Moderator: George Burruss, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of South Florida


  • Nathan Fisk, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education, University of South Florida
  • Sriram Chellappan, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of South Florida

This panel of three scholars will examine the problem of IoT (Internet of Things) security from three different academic disciplines: computer science, criminology, and education. After discussing how each scholar would approach the problem, the panel will discuss how a unified approach would better address the problem.

About the Panelists

Moderator George W. Burruss, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. His main research interests focus on cybercrime, criminal justice organizations, and white-collar crime. He received his doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Dr. Sriram Chellappan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of South Florida (USF). Previous to his appointment at USF, he was an Associate Professor at in the Department of Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he directed the SCoRe (Social Computing Research) Group. His primary interests lie in many aspects of how society and technology interact with each other, particularly within the realms of Smart Health and cybersecurity. He is interested in mobile and wireless networking, cyber-physical systems, distributed and cloud computing. Dr. Chellappan’s research is supported by grants from National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, Army Research Office, National Security Agency, DARPA and Missouri Research Board. He received his PhD in computer science and engineering from The Ohio State University in 2007. Dr. Chellappan received the NSF CAREER Award in 2013, the Missouri S&T Faculty Excellence Award in 2014, the Missouri S&T Outstanding Teaching Commendation Award in 2014, and the Missouri S&T Faculty Research Award in 2015.

Dr. Nathan Fisk is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education in the USF College of Education and the Community and Outreach Liaison for the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida). He is among the inaugural group of five Fulbright Cybersecurity Scholars, having been invited to the London School of Economics in fall 2016 to perform research on family discourses of youth privacy online. Currently, he is exploring social scientific approaches to the production and dissemination of technical knowledge within informal cybersecurity community groups, as a means to develop innovative forms of cybersecurity education. Dr. Fisk’s third book, Framing Internet Safety, was published by MIT Press in December 2016. Dr. Fisk is currently serving on national working groups for both the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC). Dr. Fisk is additionally a USF faculty affiliate with the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) and a research associate with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT).