Josep Domingo-Ferrer (male, 1965) is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and an ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalonia, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy and is the founding director of CYBERCAT-Center for Cybersecurity Research of Catalonia. He received his M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1988 and 1991 (Outstanding Graduation Award). He also holds an M. Sc. in Mathematics. His research interests are in data privacy, data security, statistical disclosure control and cryptographic protocols, with a focus on the conciliation of privacy, security and functionality.
He has won three consecutive times (2008, 2013 and 2018) the ICREA-Acadèmia Prize, awarded for a 5-year period by the Government of Catalonia to the research leaders among faculty members in Catalan universities (13% success rate). In 2016, he was made an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Fellow of Institut d`Estudis Catalans, the Catalan national academy. He received a Google Faculty Research Award (2014, 16% success rate). He was decorated by the Government of Catalonia with the "Narcís Monturiol" Medal for merit in science and technology (2012). He was made an Elected Member of Academia Europaea and of the International Statistical Institute in 2012. He was elevated to Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 2012. Between 2007 and 2008, he was a co-recipient of four entrepreneurship prizes. In 2004, he got the TOYPS`2004 Award from the Junior Chambers of Catalonia. In 2003, he was a co-recipient of a research prize from the Association of Telecom Engineers of Catalonia.
He has authored 5 patents and over 400 publications (H-index=64, June 23, 2021), and as of Aug. 2015 he has ranked among the world`s top 1% cited computer scientists (Essential Science Indicators). He has co-ordinated the H2020 project "CLARUS", the CONSOLIDER "ARES" team on security and privacy (one of Spain`s strongest research teams), the EU FP5 project CO-ORTHOGONAL, the "CO-UTILITY" project (Templeton World Charity Foundation), and several Spanish funded and U.S. funded research projects. He has also participated in other 12 European Projects.
He has chaired 18 international conferences and has served in the program committee of over 320 conferences on privacy and security. He is a co-Editor-in-Chief of "Transactions on Data Privacy", an Associate Editor of the "Journal of Official Statistics", "KAIS-Knowledge and Information Systems" and "IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing", and a past Area Editor of "Computer Communications". He has been an Invited Professor at Beihang University (2015), National University of Ireland (2015) and Università di Roma 3 (2011); a Visiting Researcher at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2005) and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2004). He was a Visiting Ph.D. Student at the Siemens Central R+D Department, München (1990) and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1990).
Project: Synergies between machine learning and privacy (reference: 2021MFP-COFUND-17)