RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- An Army scientist earned top honors from IEEE for big data security and privacy research. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.Dr. Cliff Wang, Computing Sciences Division chief for the Army Research Office received the 2020 IEEE Big Data Security Pioneer Award at the IEEE Big Data Security Conference held virtually May 25-27. The IEEE Big Data Security Pioneer Award is given to an individual who has conducted breakthrough research and pioneered concepts and technologies in big data security and privacy.ARO is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.IEEE noted Wang’s vision and leadership in initiating several key research thrusts in big data analytics and security that have grown to full research areas. For example, he helped start early work in adversarial analysis of Intrusion Detection Software systems, and he facilitated adversarial analysis of bothsupervised and unsupervised learning well before adversarial learning became a fast growing new research area.Wang leads the Army’s extramural basic science research program to help establish scientific foundations of information sciences and to create new knowledge in the field. 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 U.S. superior lead in information sciences and its dominance in innovation.A graduate of North Carolina State University, Wang earned his doctorate 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 more than 50 technical papers and three Internet standards RFCs. He also authored/edited 18 books in the area of information security and holds four U.S. patents on information security system development.Since 2003, Wang has been managing extramural research portfolio on information assurance at Army Research Office. In 2007, the Army promoted him to his current role as chief of the Computing Sciences Division, while at the same time he manages his program in cybersecurity.Wang holds an adjunct professor appointment at both Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. Wang is also an IEEE fellow.CCDC Army Research Laboratory is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win the nation’s wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.