Prof. Danda B. Rawat, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Founder and Director, Data Science & Cybersecurity Center 
​Graduate Program Director, Howard-CS Graduate Programs
Director, Cybersecurity & Wireless Networking Innovations (CWiNs) Lab 
Howard University, Washington, DC, 20059, USA.
Ph: (202) 806-2209 | Web:
E-mail: db.rawat at ieee dot org, danda.rawat at howard dot edu
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Brief Bio

Dr. Danda B. Rawat is a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), Founder and Director of the Howard University Data Science and Cybersecurity CenterDirector of Cyber-security and Wireless Networking Innovations (CWiNs) Research Lab, Graduate Program Director of Howard CS Graduate Programs and Director of Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate Program at Howard University, Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Rawat is engaged in research and teaching in the areas of cybersecurity, machine learning, big data analytics and wireless networking for emerging networked systems including cyber-physical systems, Internet-of-Things, multi battle domain, smart cities, software defined systems and vehicular networks. His professional career comprises more than 15 years in academia, government, and industry. He has secured over $6 million in research funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US National Security Agency (NSA), US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), DoD Research Labs, Industry (Microsoft, Intel, etc.) and private Foundations. Dr. Rawat is the recipient of NSF CAREER Award in 2016, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scientific Leadership Award in 2017, ​Researcher Exemplar Award 2019 and Graduate Faculty Exemplar Award 2019 from Howard University, the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Summer Faculty Visiting Fellowship in 2017, Outstanding Research Faculty Award (Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity) at GSU in 2015, the Best Paper Awards and Outstanding PhD Researcher Award in 2009. He has delivered over 20 Keynotes and invited speeches at international conferences and workshops. Dr. Rawat has published over 200 scientific/technical articles and 10 books. He has been serving as an Editor/Guest Editor for over 30 international journals. He has been in Organizing Committees for several IEEE flagship conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE CNS, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM and so on. He served as a technical program committee (TPC) member for several international conferences including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE CCNC, IEEE GreenCom, IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC and IEEE VTC conferences. He served as a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Savannah Section from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Rawat received the Ph.D. degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Rawat is a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, a member of ASEE and AAAS, and a Fellow of ​​the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


  • Keynote Speaker, The 5th International Conference on Advanced Engineering and ICT-Convergence 2020 on "Blockchain Technology: Emerging Applications and Use Cases for Smart Systems," South Korea, Aug 13, 2020.
  • Dr. Rawat will be giving a tutorial on "Wireless Virtualization for Enhancing Network Capacity, Coverage, Energy Efficiency and Security for 5G and Beyond" at 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum (5GWF’20), 10-12 September 2020.
  • Received $300,000.00 research funding for the project "EAGER: SaTC-EDU: Discovery, Analysis, Research and Exploration Based Experiential Learning Platform Integrating Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity"  from National Science Foundation (NSF) in July 2020.
  • Received $450,000.00 research funding for cybersecurity research and education from National Security Agency (NSA) in June 2020.
  • Workshop Co-ChairIEEE INFOCOM 2021, 10-13 May 2021, Vancouver, Canada.
  • TPC Co-Chair, IEEE GLOBECOM 2020 Workshop on 5G and Beyond Wireless Security (IEEE Wireless-Sec 2020), 7-11 December 2020, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Received $3  million research funds to support the research on "Data-driven Cybersecurity Analytics, Forensics and Protection (DCAFP)" by patterning with two other institutions from DoE's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in September 2019.
  • Keynote Speaker, IEEE INFOCOM 2020 Workshop (BlockSecSDN: Blockchain for Secure Software Defined Networking in Smart Communities) on Blockchain: Emerging Applications and Use Cases for Smart Communities, July 6, 2020.
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Enabled Reconfigurable Wireless Networks CFP, Deadline October 1, 2020.
  • Guest Editor, Special issue on Deep Neuro-Fuzzy Analytics for Intelligent Big Data Processing in Smart Ecosystems, Neural Computing and Applications
  • TPC Co-Chair,  The IEEE 21st International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration for Data Science (IEEE IRI 2020), August 11 - 13, 2020, Las Vegas, NV, USA..  
  • Distinguished Member of the IEEE INFOCOM 2020 Technical Program Committee, 2020.
  • General Chair, Eighth International Symposium on Security in Computing and Communications (SSCC'20),  Chennai, India, October 14-17, 2020.
  • Track Chair for the Selected Areas in Communications-TI-Track for IEEE ICC 20207-11 June 2020, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Demo Co-Chair for IEEE CCNC 2020, IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 10-13 January 2020, Las Vegas, USA.
  • Workshop Co-Chair for IEEE 5G Wireless Security(5GSec), 9-13 Dec. 2019, Waikoloa, HI, USA.
  • Publication Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2019, 29 April - 2 May 2019, Paris, France.
  • TPC Vice Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 201815-19 April 2018, Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Received $1 million research funding to support the research on "Security Engineering for Resilient Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems" from National Science Foundation (NSF) in June 2018.
  • Received funding to support the research on "FastChain: Light Weight Blockchain Technology for IoBT" from US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and ODU in November 2018.
  • Received funding to support the research on "Security Engineering with Distributed Machine Learning for Adversarial Resiliency" from Intel Inc. in June 2018.
  • Delivered a Keynote on "Security and Privacy in Mobile Networked Systems" at IEEE MobiSec 2018 on April 16, 2018 in  Honolulu, HI, USA.
  • Received Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scientific Leadership Award in 2017 and $1.2 million research funding to support the research on "Security Engineering for Resilient Networked Critical Infrastructure" from US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in August 2017.
  • Received NSF CAREER Award and $400k research funding to support the research on "CAREER: Leveraging Wireless Virtualization for Enhancing Network Capacity, Coverage, Energy Efficiency and Security" from National Science Foundation (NSF) in February 2016. Received $16k supplement research funding from NSF in March 2017.
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