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Dr Sushmita Ruj

Senior Research Scientist


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I am a Senior Research Scientist in CSIRO Data61. I am also a Conjoint Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW, Sydney. My primary research interests are in applied cryptography, cybersecurity, blockchains and data privacy. I design practical, efficient and provably secure protocols that can be deployed in real-life applications. My interests are in critical infrastructure including smart grids and cloud, ad hoc networks and data sharing frameworks.

My aim is carry out impactful research by bridging the gap between theory and practice. I actively collaborate with the government, academia and industry and this has made research a very enriching experience for me. I have collaborated with researchers across five continents and have delivered over 80 technical lectures around the world. I am a senior member of ACM and IEEE.

Prior to joining CSIRO, I spent 7 years in academia, as a faculty, first as an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore and then as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

During my stay in Indian Statistical Institute, I lead a flourishing team of Masters, Ph. D. and Post Docs. I have won several competitive grants like Samsung GRO Award, NetApp Faculty Fellowship, Cisco Academic Grant and IBM Research OCSP grant.

I enjoy mentoring and care about research that positively affects people's lives.

My homepage to at Indian Statistical Institute that has a lot more information about me and some pictures with my lovely students.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    Ph. D. in Computer Science
    Indian Statistical Institute

  • 2006

    Master of Technology in Computer Science
    Indian Statistical Institute

  • 2004

    Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science
    Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    HSE award for Covid Research Activities
    CSIRO (SCS, Data61)

  • 2020-2021

    Women in Science Award
    CSIRO (SCS, Data61)

  • 2017-2017

    WIE Best Paper Award at IEEE ANTS'17

  • 2017-2019

    Cisco University Research Grant
    CISCO Inc, USA

  • 2017-2019

    Open Collaborative Science Project (OCSP) Program
    IBM Research, India

  • 2016--

    ACM Senior Member

  • 2016-2019

    NetApp Faculty Fellowship
    NetApp Inc.

  • 2015--

    IEEE Senior Membership

  • 2014-2016

    Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Award
    Samsung Electronics, Korea

  • 2011-2011

    Best Paper Award, IEEE PMIRC

  • 2007-2007

    Best Paper Award, ISPA

Professional Experiences

  • 2018-2021

    Associate Professor
    Indian Statistical Institute

  • 2013-2018

    Assistant Professor
    Indian Statistical Institute

  • 2012-2013

    Assistant Professor
    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore

  • 2010-2012

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    University of Ottawa, Canada

  • 2009-2010

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    Lund University, Sweden

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-2021

    Program Co-Chair, 26th Australasian Conference on Information Security and Privacy (ACISP), 2021

  • 2019-2019

    Program Co-Chair, Indocrypt 2019

  • 2019--

    Associate Editor, Journal of Information Security and Applications, Elsevier

  • 2021--

    Associate Editor, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Elsevier

  • 2017-2019

    Associate Editor, IEICE Transactions on Information. Systems

  • 2022-2022

    Program Committee Member, ACM AsiaCCS, 2022.

  • 2021-2022

    Program Committee Member, IACR Applied Cryptography and Network Security, 2022.

  • 2020-2021

    Program Committee Member, Applied Cryptography and Network Security, 2021.

  • 2019-2020

    Program Committee Member, IEEE ICDCS, 2020

  • 2019-2020

    Program Committee Member, IACR ACNS, 2020

  • 2020-2020

    Program Committee Member, ACISP, 2020

  • 2020-2020

    Program Committee Member, IEEE CNS, 2020


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