Nadya T. Bliss, Professor of Practice

Nadya Bliss

Professor of Practice, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering


PhD, Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (Complex Adaptive Systems Science), Arizona State University, May 2015
Graduate Course in Parallel Computing, MIT, Spring 2003
Master of Engineering, Computer Science, Cornell University, May 2002
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Cornell University, January 2002

Research Interests

  • Forensic & Tactical Data Analysis
  • Information & Sensor Fusion & Processing
  • Graph Algorithms
  • Data Representation
  • Parallel Algorithms & Architectures
  • Optimization & Co-design Approaches
  • High Performance & Cloud Computing
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Visualization & Analyst Experience
  • Defense and Intelligence Applications
  • Complex Decision Making
  • Transdisciplinary Research
  • Climate Change and Security
  • Defense/Development/Diplomacy

Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. Global Security Initiative serves as the university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies and often presenting conflicting objectives (“wicked” problems) requiring multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration between defense, development, and diplomacy communities. GSI is home to the Foresight Initiative and the Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Center. The Foresight Initiative serves as the foundation for GSI and is developing approaches to anticipate visualize, and respond to global environmental change and its consequences in context of U.S. national security interests.

Nadya holds a Professor of Practice appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Senior Sustainability Scientist appointment in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability; and affiliated appointments in the School for Future of Innovation in Society, the Center on the Future of War (collaboration between ASU and New America), and the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center.

Before joining ASU in 2012, Nadya spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory,most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. Under Nadya’s leadership, the Group’s research portfolio included a wide-range of programs funded by DARPA, iARPA, ONR, NGA, USAF, ASD(R&E), and other U.S. Government sponsors.

In 2011, Nadya was awarded the inaugural MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph-based data (presented to 2 employees under 35). Nadya received bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University, a PhD in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences from Arizona State University, and is a Senior Member of IEEE.