Federal Funding Opportunities in Security and Privacy 

Panelist-1: Dr. Cliff Wang, Army Research Office (ARO)

Bio:  As the division chief of ARO Computing Sciences division, Dr. Wang heads the division staff and manages resources to execute the Army’s basic research investment in Computing Sciences with an annual budget of over 20 million dollars. To explore the frontiers of computing, he leads the extramural program to help establish scientific foundation of information sciences and to create new knowledge in the field. In addition to his division chief role, he also perform daily program management responsibility of the information assurance program within the division. Through partnership with other federal funding agencies, research labs, academic institutions, and industry, his division seeks to build revolutionary capabilities in computation and information processing and maintain the US superior lead in information sciences and its dominance in innovation.  Dr. Cliff Wang graduated from North Carolina State University with a PhD in computer engineering in 1996. He has been carrying out research in the area of computer vision, medical imaging, high speed networks, and most recently information security. He has authored over 50 technical papers and 3 Internet standards RFCs. Dr. Wang also authored/edited for 18 books in the area of information security and hold 4 US patents on information security system development. Since 2003, Dr. Wang has been managing extramural research portfolio on information assurance at US Army Research Office. In 2007 he was selected as the chief of the computing sciences division at ARO while in the same time managing his program in cyber security. For the past 15 years, Dr. Wang managed over $200M research funding which led to significant technology breakthroughs. Dr. Wang also holds adjunct professor appointment at both Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of IEEE.  Dr. Wang was one of the founding member of ACM WiSec and served on steering committee (2006-2012).
Link: https://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=186

Panelist-2: Dr. Phillip A. Regalia, National Science Foundation

Bio: Phillip A. Regalia received the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the University of Paris-Orsay. He presently serves as Program Director with the US National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, where he first joined in January 2012, with program responsibilities in cybersecurity, wireless communications, signal processing, and information theory. He has previously held academic positions in the US and France, and presently serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_bio.jsp?lan=pregalia&org=NSF&from_org=NSF

Panelist-3: Robert Rahmer, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)

Bio: Robert Rahmer joined the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in 2014 as a Program Manager, where he specializes in discovering and developing novel proactive and predictive methods for securing computational environments.  He is currently leading the Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE) research program that focuses on developing automated methods with the goal of forecasting and detecting cyber-attack events, significantly earlier than existing methods, through the use of unconventional sensors.
Before his assignment at IARPA, Mr. Rahmer served as a consultant, including to IARPA, providing technical expertise in cyber-security analysis, security engineering, and cyber intelligence analyst training to commercial, DoD, and IC customers.  Prior to that, Mr. Rahmer lead a large technical team that focused on reverse engineering, incident response, tactical development, and threat intelligence analysis in support of computer network operations for multiple government customers.  Mr. Rahmer holds an M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in computer science from UMBC.

Link: https://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/our-program-managers#rahmer