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Shanmugathasan Suthaharan is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his B.S. in Statistics (with honors) from Jaffna University, his M.S. in Computer Science from Dundee University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Monash University. Professor Suthaharan is a reputed scholar in quantitative theory and methods related to big data, machine learning, and data privacy and security. He has published more than 100 research papers. Notably, he has published a high impact textbook “Machine Learning Models and Algorithms for Big Data Classification,” published by Springer US – It has been downloaded more than 105,000 times to-date, and received a “reviewer recommended” review from ACM Computing Reviews. He is also an inventor of the key management and encryption technology that has been patented in Australia, Japan, and Singapore. He has received visiting research fellowships from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Emory University, UC-Berkeley, University of Melbourne (Australia) and University of Sydney (Australia). He has been appointed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as a “Distinguished Speaker” for 2018-2021.