Lead Researchers & Staff

Cyber SMART Center Director

Professor Ophir Frieder is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, AIMBE, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was awarded the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Research in Information Science Award for medical informatics and the IEEE Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award for scalable information systems. Heavily involved with industrial efforts, he is a member of the computer science faculty at Georgetown University and the biostatistics, bioinformatics and biomathematics faculty in the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Cyber SMART Director, Center Managing Director and Lead Researcher, Digital Identity and International Regulation

Professor Clare Sullivan is a cyber-lawyer specializing in digital identity, international privacy and data protection, blockchain and cyber security. She is a Visiting Professor at the Law Center, and a Fellow at the Center on National Security at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Professor Sullivan is the author of “Digital Identity” the first text to define and examine digital identity from a legal perspective and its implications for government, business and individuals. She has authored internationally published articles on digital identity, blockchain, privacy, and cyber security and reports for the U.S, U.K., and Australian governments, and for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Professor Sullivan recently completed major private sector research that involved examination and evaluation of the privacy and data protection laws of 40 countries; the E.U. GDPR, new E.U. e-Privacy Regulation; and comparison of the E.U. model with the APEC cross-border data transfer scheme: and consent for open banking.

Professor Clare Sullivan, a Fulbright Scholar and an Endeavour Scholar and one of a few with both a PhD in cyber law and qualifications in international law and management, leads the cyber law team, focusing on U.S. and international law, regulation, policy and reform.  As a pioneer in the field of digital identity and a leading international researcher in this field, Professor Sullivan also leads research covering identity and international regulation. As Managing Director, Professor Sullivan is also responsible for the overall management of Cyber SMART.

Cyber SMART Director and Lead Researcher, Communications and Security

Professor Eric Burger is a Research Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Currently, Professor Burger is on detail as the Assistant Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he is responsible for the telecommunications and cybersecurity portfolio. He will return full-time to Georgetown University in November 2020. Professor Burger brings a wealth of experience to Cyber SMART having been the Founder and Director of the Georgetown Site of the NSF Security and Software Engineering Center (S2ERC) since 2012. Professor Burger has also served on detail to the Federal Communications Commission as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to Georgetown, Dr. Burger was SVP Engineering and CTO of Neustar; VP Engineering and Deputy CTO of BEA Systems; CTO of numerous telecommunications network equipment vendors, including founding SnowShore Networks. Prior to his career in the communications field, he held senior research and management roles at Valid Logic Systems and Texas Instruments. He holds over 20 issued U.S. Patents, has published over 20 IETF RFCs, and has numerous technical publications. Professor Burger holds a PhD in Computer Science with highest honors; an MBA in International Business Management with double minors in Economics and Marketing with honors; and a SBEE from MIT, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and IIT. When he returns full-time to Georgetown, Professor Burger will lead research, education, training and outreach on communications, security, and policy.

Cyber SMART Director and Lead Researcher, Bio Technology, Bio Security, and Cyber Ethics

Professor James Giordano is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at the Medical Center at Georgetown University. He is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program, Co-director of the Program in Science and Global Health Law and Policy, and Chair of the Sub-program in Military Medical Ethics of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is also Senior Fellow of the Project on Biosecurity, Technology, and Ethics at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island; and consulting bioethicist to the US Defense Medical Ethics Center; and 2020-21 Visiting Professor of Biomedicine and Humanities, at Creighton University, Nebraska. Professor Giordano chairs the Neuroethics Subprogram of the IEEE Brain Initiative; is a Fellow of the Defense Operations Cognitive Science section, SMA Branch, Joint Staff, Pentagon; and is an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Professor Giordano is a Fulbright Scholar and is the author of over 300 papers, 7 books, 21 book chapters, and 25 government white papers on brain science, national defense and ethics. His book, Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns (2015, CRC Press) is widely regarded and used as a definitive work on the topic. Professor Giordano is a former US Naval officer, holding designations as an aerospace physiologist, research physiologist, and research psychologist, and served with the US Navy and Marine Corps. In recognition of his achievements he was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts, and named an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).

Cyber SMART Director and Lead Researcher, Blockchain Eco-System

Professor Shin’ichiro Matsuo is a Research Professor at Georgetown University where he leads research on blockchain technology and ecosystem design. Professor Matsu received a Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He founded the BSafe.network, an international and neutral research test network, to promote applied academic research in Blockchain technologies; and is founding member of the Blockchain Academic Synergized Environment Alliance which promotes industrial-academic collaborative research. He serves on many program committees on Blockchain technology and information security including IEEE Security and Privacy on the Blockchain, the ACM Workshop on Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Contracts, the International Workshop on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology, the Crypto-Economics Security Conference, W3C Blockchain and the Web Workshop and Blockchain Protocol Analysis and Security Engineering; and he was the program Co-Chair of Scaling Bitcoin 2018 Tokyo. Professor Shinichiro leads two security standardization projects (ISO TR23245 and ISO TR23576) for Blockchain at ISO TC307. Previously he served as the head of the Japanese national body of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27/WG2 for cryptographic techniques, and was an editor of three ISO/IEC standards on cryptographic algorithms and protocols. He was granted 13 patents on cryptography. He also served as a member of the advisory board of cryptographic technology for the Japanese government.
Professor Shin’ichiro Matsuo, a recognized international expert in cryptography and blockchain technology and advisor to both industry and government on international technology standards, leads the team responsible for blockchain and distributed ledger technology and its applications.

Executive Assistant

Johanna Lund is the Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer of the University, provides administrative support to Cyber SMART at Georgetown.

The University Policy Committee for Cyber SMART at Georgetown comprises the Center Director, Managing Director, and the Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer of the University.