Annie Antón is a Professor in the Computer Science Department of the College of Engineering at NC State University (NCSU), where she is a Senior Research Ethics Fellow for the period of 2006-08 and a member of the NCSU Cyber Defense Lab. In 2008, she chaired the NC State Public Policy Task Force. Her research focuses on methods and tools to support the specification of complete, correct behavior of software systems used in environments that pose risks of loss as a consequence of failures and misuse. This includes Web-based and e-commerce systems in which the security of personal and private information is particularly vulnerable. To this end, she has developed a leadership role in research, education and outreach with her three current initiatives.
Antón is the founder and director of ThePrivacyPlace.org, a research group of students and faculty at NCSU, Georgia Tech and Purdue Univ. (see our Collaborative NSF CyberTrust Project). She is leading this group in the development of technology to assist practitioners and policy makers in meeting the challenge of eliciting and expressing policies (a form of requirements). These tools help ensure that privacy policies are aligned with the software systems that they govern.
Her involvement in educational activities has included her role as co-founder and co-director of the NCSU E-Commerce Studio. The Studio is a lab in which management and computer science graduate students collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams to develop Web-based e-commerce applications for industrial partners. In keeping with her research focus, students in the Studio are taught how to develop systems that are in compliance with security and privacy policies.
Her professional activities include a notable combination of multi-disciplinary research and education. She is co-founder of the Symposium on Requirements Engineering for Information Security (SREIS), which has bridged the gap between the software engineering and information security research communities. In 2002 she coordinated NC State’s successful application for a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, involving the participation of faculty in three Colleges. She is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, the cognitive issues subject area editor for the Requirements Engineering Journal, and a member of the International Board of Referees for Computers & Security.