Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)
Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)
Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Dr. Heng Xu joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the Pennsylvania State University in August 2013 through the IPA agreement. At Penn State, she is a tenured associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (aka the iSchool). Her current research focus is on the interplay between social and technological issues associated with privacy and security. She approaches privacy and security issues through a combination of empirical, theoretical, and technical research efforts. She has authored and co-authored over 80 research papers on information privacy, security management, human-computer interaction, and technology innovation adoption. Her work has been published in premier outlets across various fields such as Information Systems, Law, Computer Science, and Human-Computer Interaction, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Proceedings of the International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), and many others. She was a recipient of an NSF Career award (2010) and the endowed PNC Technologies Career Development Professorship (2010-2013).