CV - Traian Marius Truta

University Address:           
Northern Kentucky University
Department of Computer Science
Highland Heights, KY 41099 
Phone: (859) 572-7551
E-mail: trutat1@nku.edu 
       

Home Address:
1335 Grey Stable Lane, 
Highland Heights, KY 41076                                         
Phone: (859) 803-0390                            

Research and Teaching Interests

 

Research: Data Privacy and Anonymity, Data Mining, Statistical Databases, Disclosure Control, Spatial Databases, Database Intrusion Detection.

 

Teaching: Database Concepts, Database Administration, Programming Languages, Theory of Computation, Operating Systems, Data Mining, Data Structures, Web Programming and Administration.

 

Education

 

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 2004

 

  • Thesis: "Adaptive Disclosure Control for Healthcare Microdata"
  • Advisors: Prof. Farshad Fotouhi, Prof. Daniel Barth-Jones
  • GPA: 3.93

M.S. in Computer Science, "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj, Romania, 1999

 

  • Thesis: "Analysis and Design Methods in Distributed Systems"
  • Advisor: Prof. Grigor Moldovan
  • Graduated the MS degree with average of 10 (out of 10)

B.S. in Computer Science, "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj, Romania, 1998

 

  • Thesis: "Reverse Engineering - Analysis and Representation"
  • Advisor: Prof. Grigor Moldovan
  • Average over all four academic years of 9.97 (out of 10)
  • Passed the Graduation Exam with the average of 10.00 (out of 10)
  • Ranked the first in the Department of Computer Science

 

 

Teaching and Work Experience

August 2004 - present: Department of Computer Science, Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky

Assistant Professor

§         CIT 486 - Three Tier Web Applications (Fall 2007)

§         CSC 450 / 550 - Database Management Systems (Fall 2007)

§         CIT 386 - Web and Database Administration (Spring 2007)

§         CSC 150 - Computer Concepts and Applications (Spring 2007)

§         CIT 140 - Introduction to Computer Information Technology (Spring 2006, Spring 2007)

§         CSC 694 - Data Privacy and Anonymity (Fall 2006)

§         INF 120 - Elementary Programming (Fall 2006)

§         CSC 260 - Computer Programming I (Fall 2004, Fall 2005)

§         CSC 260L - Computer Programming Laboratory (Fall 2005)

§         CSC 460 / 560 - Operating Systems (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007)

§         CSC 594 - Introduction to Databases (Fall 2005)

§         CSC 350 - Database Management Systems (Spring 2005, Spring 2006)

§         CSC 650 - Advanced Database Systems (Spring 2005)

§         CSC 485 / 585 - Theory of Computation (Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2006)

§         CSC 402 / 502 - Advanced Programming Methods (Fall 2004)

 

August 1999 - August 2004: Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, Michigan

Teaching Assistant

§         Assistant for CSC8990 - Graduate Seminar (Fall 2003)

§         Instructor for CSC4420 - Computer Operating Systems (Winter 2000)

§         Instructor for CSC2000 - Introduction to C++ Programming Language (Fall 2000)

§         Lab Instructor for CSC2200 - Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis (Fall 1999, Winter 2000)

§         Lab Instructor for CSC2110 - Introduction to Data Structures and Abstraction (Fall 2001)

§         Lab Instructor for CSC1000 - Introduction in Computer Science (Fall 1999)

Lecturer

§         CSC4500 - Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science (Spring / Summer 2001, Spring / Summer 2004)

§         CSC4420 - Computer Operating Systems (Spring / Summer 2001)

§         CSC2200 - Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis (Spring / Summer 2000)

Research Assistant (January 2002 - August 2003)

§         Statistical disclosure control, disclosure risk and information loss for healthcare microdata (work in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Barth-Jones from Center for Healthcare Effectiveness, Wayne State University)

 

October 1997 - August 1999: Department of Computer Science, "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Teaching Assistant

§         Lab Instructor for Introduction in Computer Science (Fall 1998)

§         Lab Instructor for Integrated Systems for Design and Implementation (Winter 1999)

Research Assistant (October 1997 - August 1999)

§         System Analyst and Software Developer for the CASE tool ROCASE (the best Romanian software product 1998)

§         System Analyst and Software Developer for the reverse engineering tool PHOENIX 

 

 

Grant Activity

 

  • Co-Principal Investigator, NSF CCLI titled "Development of an Open Lecture Design for STEM Classes." Total amount requested: $141,790, Submitted May 2007, Under Review.
  • Principal Investigator, NKU Faculty Summer Fellowship titled "Extended p-Sensitive k-Anonymity for Privacy Protection." Total grant amount: $6,000, May 2007 - August 2007.
  • Principal Investigator, NSF EPSCoR Research Enhancement Grant (REG) titled "P-Sensitive K-Anonymity Property for Microdata." Total grant amount: $30,181. June 2006 - May 2007.
  • Equipment request for a database server, College of Art and Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, Award amount: $2,860. October 2004.
  • Applied as Principal Investigator for an NSF CyberTrust grant titled "Privacy Models for Healthcare Microdata." Total amount requested: $195,520, January 2007. (Not Funded)
  • Applied for CINSAM Outreach Grant for the proposal "NKU Museum of Natural History Inventory Database and Dioramas"  (with Dr. Richard D. Durtsche and Mr. Kevin Muente), Total Amount requested: $8,800. 2004. (Not Funded)

 

 

Awards and Honors

 

  • Faculty Summer Fellowship, Northern Kentucky University, 2007.
  • Certificate of Achievement awarded as a coach of the NKU Norse team for the ACM Mid-Central USA Programming Contest, Lexington, KY, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • Michael E. Conrad Outstanding Graduate Research Publication Award, Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, 2004.
  • Certificate of Recognition as Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, 2002.
  • Nominated for Herberlein Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2001.
  • Certificate of Recognition as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, 2000.
  • "The Best Romanian Software" for Rocase, a CASE tool developed at Computer Science Research Laboratory lead by Dr. Dan Chiorean (team prize), CERF International Fare, Bucharest, 1998.
  • Special Prize, The National Computer Science Contest for Students, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1995.
  • 2nd place, The National Mathematics Contest "Grigore Moisil", Romania, 1994.

 

Publications

 

  • Traian Marius Truta, Alina Campan, Michael Abrinica, John Miller, "A Comparison between Local and Global Recoding Algorithms for Achieving Microdata P-Sensitive K-Anonymity," accepted to the International Conference of Mathematics and Informatics (ICTAMI2007), Alba Iulia, Romania, 2007.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Alina Campan, Paul Meyer "Generating Microdata with P-Sensitive K-Anonymity Property," The 4th VLDB Workshop on Secure Data Management (SDM2007), Vienna, Austria, pp. 124 - 141, 2007.
  • Alina Campan, Traian Marius Truta, John Miller, Raluca Sinca, "A Clustering Approach for Achieving Data Privacy," The 2007 International Conference on Data Mining (DMIN2007), Las Vegas, pp. 321 - 327, 2007.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Alina Campan, "k-Anonymization Incremental Maintenance and Optimization Techniques"  ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC2007), special track on Data Mining, Seoul, Korea, pp. 380 - 387, 2007.
  • Alina Campan, Traian Marius Truta, "Extended P-Sensitive K-Anonymity", Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Informatica, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 19 - 30, 2006.
  • Alina Campan, Gabriela Serban, Traian Marius Truta, Andrian Marcus, "An Algorithm for the Discovery of Arbitrary Length Ordinal Association Rules,"  The 2006 International Conference on Data Mining (DMIN2006), Las Vegas, pp. 107 - 113, 2006.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Bindu Vinay, "Privacy Protection: p-Sensitive k-Anonymity Property," International Workshop of Privacy Data Management  (PDM2006), In Conjunction with 22th International Conference of Data Engineering (ICDE), Atlanta, 2006.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Global Disclosure Risk for Microdata with Continuous Attributes," book chapter in "Privacy and Technologies of Identity: A Cross Disciplinary Conversation", ISBN: 0-387-26050-1, pp. 349 - 364, Springer, 2006.
  • Madalina Valeanu, Traian Marius Truta, "Integrity Aspects in Distributed Databases," Journal of Applied Medical Informatics, Vol. 17, No 3, pp. 42 - 47, Romania, 4/2005.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Global Disclosure Risk Measures and k-Anonymity Property for Microdata," International Conference of Mathematics and Informatics (ICTAMI2005), Albac, Romania, 2005.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Assessing Global Disclosure Risk Measures in Masked Microdata," Proceedings of the Workshop on Privacy and Electronic Society (WPES2004), In Conjunction with 11th ACM CCS, Washington DC, pp. 85 - 93, 2004.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Disclosure Risk Measures for Sampling Disclosure Control Method," Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC2004), special track on Computer Applications in Health Care (COMPAHEC2004), Nicosia, Cyprus, pp. 301 - 306, 2004.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Automatic Generation of Masked Microdata," Acta Universitatis Apulensis, Alba Iulia, Romania, No. 6, pp. 117 - 137, 2003.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Privacy and Confidentiality Management for the Microaggregation Disclosure Control Method," Proceedings of the Workshop on Privacy and Electronic Society (WPES2003), In Conjunction with 10th ACM CCS, Washington DC, pp. 21 - 30, 2003.
  • Traian Marius Truta, Farshad Fotouhi, Daniel Barth-Jones, "Disclosure Risk Measures for Microdata," Proceedings of the International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM2003), Cambridge, Ma, pp. 15 - 22, 2003.

 

Thesis and Technical reports

 

§         "Adaptive Disclosure Control for Healthcare Microdata," Ph. D. Thesis, advisors: Dr. Farshad Fotouhi, and Dr. Barth-Jones, May 2004.

  • "Analysis and Design Methods in Distributed Systems," Master Thesis, advisor Dr. Grigor Moldovan, June 1999.
  • "Reverse Engineering - analysis and representation," License Thesis, advisor Dr. Grigor Moldovan, June 1998.

 

Presentations, Posters and Invited Talks

 

  • "New Privacy Protection Models," 13th Annual Kentucky EPSCoR Statewide Conference, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Kentucky, October 2007.
  •  "Generating Microdata with P-Sensitive K-Anonymity Property," VLDB Workshop on Secure Data Management (SDM2007), Vienna, Austria, September 2007.
  • "New Privacy Protection Models," CINSAM's Fifth Friday Research Poster Session, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, September 2007.
  •  "k-Anonymization Incremental Maintenance and Optimization Techniques," ACM Symposium of Applied Computing (SAC2007), Seoul, South Korea, March 2007.
  • "Data Anonymity Models and Algorithms," CINSAM's Fifth Friday Research Poster Session, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, September 2006.
  • "Data Anonymity Models and Algorithms," Research Seminar Series, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, September 2006.
  • "Privacy Protection: p-Sensitive k-Anonymity Property," International Workshop of Privacy Data Management  (PDM2006), In Conjunction with 22th International Conference of Data Engineering (ICDE), Atlanta, Georgia, April 2006.
  • "Global Disclosure Risk Measures and k-Anonymity Property for Microdata", International Conference on Mathematics and Informatics (ICTAMI2005), Albac, Romania, September 2005.
  • "Assessing Global Disclosure Risk Measures in Masked Microdata," Workshop on Privacy and Electronic Society (WPES2004), Washington DC, October 2004.
  • "Global Disclosure Risk for Microdata with Continuous Attributes," Symposium on Privacy and Identity: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Age (CPILIT2004), Chicago, October 2004.

§         "Adaptive Disclosure Control for Healthcare Microdata," Ph. D. Thesis Defense, advisors: Dr. Farshad Fotouhi, and Dr. Barth-Jones, May 2004.

  • "Disclosure Risk Measures for Microdata," Graduate Research Seminar, Invited Speaker, Wayne State University, Detroit, April 2004.
  • "Privacy and Confidentiality Management for the Microaggregation Disclosure Control Method," Workshop on Privacy and Electronic Society (WPES2003), Washington DC, October 2003.

§         "Disclosure Risk Measures for Microdata," International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM2003), Cambridge, Ma, June 2003.

§         "Adaptive Disclosure Control for Healthcare Microdata," Ph. D. Prospectus Defense, advisor Dr. Farshad Fotouhi, May 2002.

  • "Analysis and Design Methods in Distributed Systems," Master Thesis Defense, advisor Dr. Grigor Moldovan, June 1999.

§         "Reverse Engineering - analysis and representation," License Thesis Defense, advisor Dr. Grigor Moldovan, June 1998.

§         "A New Navigator with an Open Architecture"(in collaboration with Cosmin Truta), Presentation to The National Session of Scientific Communications of Students, Iasi, Romania, 1997.

 

Conferences, Workshops and Seminars Attended

 

  • "Building Team Science", 13th Annual Kentucky EPSCoR Statewide Conference, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Kentucky, October 2007.
  •  "The 4th VLDB Workshop on Secure Data Management (SDM2007)", Vienna, Austria, September 2007.
  • "The 2007 ACM Symposium of Applied Computing (SAC2007)", Seoul, South Korea, March 2007.
  • Workshop on "Summer Fellowship, Project Grant and Sabbatical Applicants", Professional & Organizational Development Center, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, August 2006.
  • "The 2006 International Conference on Data Mining (DMIN2006)", In Conjunction with WORLDCOMP'06, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2006.
  • "International Workshop of Privacy Data Management  (PDM2006)", In Conjunction with 22th International Conference of Data Engineering (ICDE), Atlanta, Georgia, April 2006.
  • "International Conference on Mathematics and Informatics" (ICTAMI2005), Albac, Romania, September 2005.
  • Workshop on "Scholarship on Engagement Series: Engaged Teaching", Professional & Organizational Development Center, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, August 2005.
  • Workshop on "Privacy and Electronic Society," In Conjunction with 11th ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security, Washington DC, October 2004.
  • Symposium on "Privacy and Identity: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Age" (CPILIT2004), Chicago, October 2004.
  • Workshop on "First and Second Year Faculty Proposal Preparation", Office of Research, Grants and Contracts, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, October 2004.
  • RP&T Workshop "Road Signs to Tenure," Faculty Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, September 2004.
  • Research grant writing seminar: "Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician," Wayne State University, Detroit, January 2004.
  • Workshop on "Privacy and Electronic Society", In Conjunction with 10th ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security, Washington DC, October 2003.
  • Workshop on "Digital Libraries for Cultural Preservation," Wayne State University, Detroit, October 2003.
  • "International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management" (SSDBM2003), Cambridge, Ma, June 2003.
  • Workshop on "HIPAA Privacy Standards, Statistical Risk Disclosure, And De-identification Methods," Center for Healthcare Effectiveness Research, Wayne State University presented by Dr. Daniel Barth-Jones, Detroit, October 2001.

Affiliations

 

  • Association for Computing Machinery

 

Service

 

  • Chair of Scholarship Committee, Computer Science Department, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2007 - present.
  • Member of New Master Exploratory Program Committee, Computer Science Department, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2007 - present.
  • Member of MS in Computer Science Curriculum Subcommittee, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2007 - present.
  • Attended training on Grants Management in SAP, Northern Kentucky University, Spring 2007.
  • Member of Bioinformatics Faculty Search Committee, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2006 - Spring 2007.
  • Member of NKU Students Awards Committee, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2006 - present.
  • Member of Director of Online Technology for the College of Informatics Search Committee, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2006.
  • Member of College of Informatics Health Informatics Committee, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2006.
  • Course Coordinator for INF 120 (Elementary Programming), Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2006.
  • Attended training on "Audience Response Clickers in the Classroom,"  Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2006.
  • Member of College of Informatics Dean Search Committee, Northern Kentucky University, Spring 2006.
  • Library Contact Person for Computer Science Department, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2005 - present.
  • Member of "College of Informatics Curriculum Optimization Discussion Group", Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2005, and Spring 2006.
  • Member of the "Task Force" committee charged with making recommendations regarding the creation of the new college at Northern Kentucky University, Spring 2005.
  • Member of Computer Science Faculty Search Committee, Northern Kentucky University, Spring 2005.
  • Coach and judge for the ACM Mid-Central USA Programming Contest, Lexington, KY, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • Attended training on Blackboard and SIS, Northern Kentucky University, Fall 2004.
  • Student representative in Chair Search Committee for Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, Fall 2003.
  • Student representative in Faculty Search Committee for Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University, Winter 2002.

 

Other Professional Activities

 

  • Workshop co-chair for The International Workshop on Privacy and Anonymity in the Information Society 2008 (PAIS 2008) in Conjunction with Extending Database Technology Conference, Nantes, France, 2008.
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering Journal, 2006 - present.
  • Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PERCOM 2008), 2008.
  •  "Citizen Journalism Project" (with Mr. Brad King and Dr. Maureen Doyle), a project that integrates media informatics with computer science and computer information technology, Fall 2006 - present.
  • Program Committee Member and Reviewer for The IEEE Workshop on Data Mining in Medicine 2007 (DMMed 2007) in Conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2007), Omaha, NE, 2007.
  • Program Committee Member and Reviewer for The 2007 International Conference on Data Mining (DMIN2007), Las Vegas, NV, 2007.
  • Reviewer for 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine, 2006.
  • Computer science students' supervisor and software consultant for developing the School-Based Health Center software (SBHC). The software will provide secure administration and management of patient visits to school based health care centers in Kentucky, 2005 - 2006.
  • Database and web administration for the new NKU computer science database server, 2004 - present.
  • Responsible for web casting (streaming video and audio files linked to the corresponding slides) of lectures presented in the Wayne State University graduate seminar for Fall 2003.
  • Implementation of various SDC methods, disclosure risk and information loss measures in SAS, 2003 - 2004.
  • Implementation of AMMG (Automated System for Masked Microdata) - a prototype for a web service that generates masked microdata based on user specifications, 2002.
  • System Administrator for the Multimedia Information System Laboratory (over 20 computers, Windows NT, 2000, XP, web and database server administration), 2000 - 2004.
  • Software developer for ROCASE (the best Romanian software product 1998) - a Computer Aided Software Engineering tool for the analysis, design, and implementation of software systems belonging to some of the most varied fields (including in activities of business re-engineering) using Object-Oriented Technology (OOT), 1997 - 1999.
  • Software developer for PHOENIX - a Reverse Engineering tool which analyzes any C++ code and also Visual C++ and Borland C++ extensions, interpreting correctly and completely the information available within the macros and template classes, 1997 - 1999.

 


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