Carnegie Mellon University

Norman Sadeh

Dr. Norman Sadeh

Professor; Co-director, Privacy Engineering Program

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Norman M. Sadeh is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is director of CMU’s Mobile Commerce Laboratory and its e-Supply Chain Management Laboratory, co-Founder of the School’s PhD Program in Societal Computing (formerly “Computation, Organizations and Society”) and co-Director of the Privacy Engineering Program. He also co-founded and directs the MBA track in Technology Leadership launched jointly by the Tepper School of Business and the School of Computer Science in 2005. Over the past dozen years, Norman’s primary research focus has been in the area of mobile and pervasive computing, cybersecurity, online privacy, user-oriented machine learning, and semantic web technologies with a particular focus on mobile and social networking.

Norman is also well known for his seminal work in AI planning and scheduling, agent-based supply chain management, workflow management, automated trading and negotiation, including the original design and launch of the international supply chain trading agent competition. Products based on his research have been deployed and commercialized by organizations such as IBM, Raytheon, Mitsubishi, Boeing, Numetrix (eventually acquired by JD Edwards/PeopleSoft/Oracle), ILOG (eventually acquired by IBM), and the US Army. His privacy research has been credited with influencing the design of products at companies such as Facebook and Google as well as activities at the US Federal Trade Commission. Between 2008 and 2011, Norman served as founding CEO of Wombat Security Technologies, a leading provider of innovative cybersecurity training products and anti-phishing solutions originally developed as part of research with several of his colleagues at CMU. As chairman of the board and chief scientist, Norman remains actively involved in the company, working closely with the management team on both business and technology strategies.

Dr. Sadeh has been on the faculty at CMU since 1991. In the late nineties, he was program manager with the European Commission’s ESPRIT research program, prior to serving for two years as Chief Scientist of its US$700M (EUR 550M) initiative in “New Methods of Work and eCommerce” within the Information Society Technologies (IST) program. As such, he was responsible for shaping European research priorities in collaboration with industry and universities across Europe. These activities eventually resulted in the launch of over 200 R&D projects involving over 1,000 European organizations from industry and research. While at the Commission, Norman also contributed to a number of EU policy initiatives related to eCommerce, the Internet, cybersecurity, privacy and entrepreneurship.

Norman received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at CMU with a major in Artificial Intelligence and a minor in Operations Research. He holds a MS degree in computer science from the University of Southern California and a BS/MS degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) as “Ingénieur Civil Physicien”.

Dr. Sadeh has authored over 200 scientific publications. He is also the author of “m-Commerce: Technologies, Services and Business Models”, a best-selling book published by Wiley in April 2002. He served as general chair of the 2003 International Conference on Electronic Commerce and as editor-in-chief of “Electronic Commerce Research Applications” (ECRA). He has served on the editorial board of several other journals and is currently on the board of “I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society”.

Norman is also a visiting professor at Hong Kong University, where he spends 2 weeks each year.