Prof. Danda B. Rawat

Howard University, Washington, DC

Danda B. Rawat, PhD,  ACM Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (FNTC and VTS)

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Engineering & Arch
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Director, DoD Center of Excellence in AI/ML, Data Science & Cybersecurity Center
CWiNs Lab  and Howard CS Graduate Programs
Howard University, Washington, DC, 20059, USA
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E-mail: danda.rawat at howard dot edu
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"The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday." US Navy SEALs

Dr. Danda B. Rawat is an Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), Founding Director of the Howard University Data Science & Cybersecurity Center, Founding Director of DoD Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (CoE-AIML), Director of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (TruAI) Research Lab, Director 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. Danda B. Rawat successfully led and established the Research Institute for Tactical Autonomy (RITA), the 15th  University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the US Department of Defense  as the PI/Founding Executive Director  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 (eHealth, energy, transportation), Internet-of-Things, multi domain operations, smart cities, software defined systems and vehicular networks. Dr. Rawat has secured over $110 million as a PI and over $18 million as a Co-PI 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), National Institute of Health (NIH), US Department of Defense (DoD) and DoD Research Labs, Industry (Microsoft, Intel, VMware, PayPal, Mastercard, Meta, BAE, Raytheon etc.) and private Foundations. Dr. Rawat is the recipient of the US NSF CAREER Award, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scientific Leadership Award, Presidents’ Medal of Achievement Award (2023) at Howard University, Provost's Distinguished Service Award 2021, ​Researcher Exemplar Award 2019 and Graduate Faculty Exemplar Award 2019 from Howard University, the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Summer Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2017, Outstanding Research Faculty Award (Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity) at GSU in 2015, the Best Paper Awards (IEEE CCNC, IEEE ICII, IEEE DroneCom and BWCA) and Outstanding PhD Researcher Award in 2009. He has delivered over 100 Keynotes and invited speeches at international conferences and workshops. Dr. Rawat has published over 300 scientific/technical articles and 11 books. Dr. Rawat has successfully supervised and graduated 33 PhD students (out of which 27 under-represented PhD students including  12 female PhD students and others), successfully supervised 20+ MS students and mentored 4 postdocs, and has been supervising 25 PhD students and mentoring 4 postdocs. He has been serving as an Editor/Guest Editor for over 100 international journals including the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security,  Associate Editor of Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Service Computing, Editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Editor of IEEE Communications Letters, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Network Science and Engineering and Technical Editors of IEEE Network. 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 a Lifetime Professional Senior Member of ACM, a Lifetime Member of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a lifetime member of SPIE, a member of ASEE and AAAS, and a Fellow of ​​the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and an  IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (FNTC and VTS)

With a $90M USAF contract, Howard University will lead a new defense tech research center (successfully led by Founding Executive Director & PI Prof. Danda B. Rawat)

  With $7.5M, Army/DOD team with Howard University on AI center led by Prof. Danda B. Rawat 

I am looking for self-motivated PhD students to join my research group. If you are interested in working on challenging problems, please feel free to apply to our PhD programs (ECE or CS) at Howard University. I may not reply to your email until I find an overlap between your interests/expertise and my needs.  

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