Nadya T. Bliss, Professor of Practice

Nadya BlissDirector, Global Security Initiative
Professor of Practice, Grad. Faculty, School of Computing, Informatics,
and Decision Systems Engineering
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Affiliate Faculty, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


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

Dr. Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. GSI is a pan-university, institute-level activity focused on addressing the hardest challenges in security. These challenges are often characterized by complex interdependencies and present conflicting objectives requiring multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration. GSI currently has approximately 170 faculty affiliates across 9 college-level units and is home to the Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (CDF), the Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming (CHART), the Department of Homeland Security Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE), the Human Security Collaboratory, and the DARPA Working Group. GSI also serves as the University’s interface to the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to taking on the GSI role, Dr. Bliss served as the Assistant Vice President, Research Strategy in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

Dr. Bliss holds a Professor of Practice appointment (and is a member of Graduate Faculty) in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and a Senior Sustainability Scientist appointment in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Dr. Bliss is also a Senior Fellow at New America.

Before joining ASU in 2012, Dr. Bliss spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. Under her 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, Dr. Bliss 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 annually to 2 employees under 35). She is the recipient of the R&D100 award (2011) for her work on PVTOL: Parallel Vector Tile Optimizing Library. She has also served on the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) ISAT (Information Science and Technology) advisory board where she co-chaired studies on Macro-Economics and Cyber Security and Science and Engineering of Functional Networks. Dr. Bliss received bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University, a PhD in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (Complex Adaptive Systems Science) from Arizona State University, and is a Senior Member of IEEE. In July 2017, Dr. Bliss started a 3-year term on the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council where she is also a member of the Cybersecurity Task Force.