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Center Overview

The Center for Science, Management, Application/s, Regulation, and TrainingCyber SMART combines computer science, related social and economic sciences, and behavioral and cognitive sciences to conduct cyber research for public and private sector organizations. With its analysis of current and emerging cyber issues, Cyber SMART is positioned to conduct collaborative research that is needed for the new era of cyber.

Cyber SMART’s approach includes working with those who have expertise in law, economics, management, neuroscience, and ethics. By coordinating, synthesizing, and holistically applying this multidisciplinary expertise to undertake cyber research and training, Cyber SMART is able to address all major considerations. This benefits industry, regulators, consumers, and society in general.

Cyber SMART’s members and affiliates include national and international corporations from the communications, banking, finance, insurance, retail, and logistics sectors as well as public sector organizations including regulatory agencies and law enforcement. These organizations face similar issues but from different perspectives, and that range of viewpoints informs Cyber SMART’s work. Cyber SMART’s multidisciplinary approach enables better understanding of cyber issues and opens new, underutilized avenues of inquiry. Its unique set of skills and expertise significantly increases the depth and breadth of research available to organizations and the research and education opportunities available to the workforce, academics, and students in a range of disciplines. It also informs policy, standards, and regulation.

Cyber SMART is uniquely positioned to conduct research that comprehensively addresses the consequences of increased digitization.


  • University of Notre Dame
  • Georgetown University
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Center Personnel

Professor Ophir Frieder
Center Director
+1 202 687 2165

Professor Clare Sullivan
Center Executive Director and Lead Researcher
+1 443 534 8980

Professor Eric Burger
Lead Researcher
+1 202 687 4107

Professor James Giordano
Lead Researcher
+1 202 444 8525

Research Focus

Cyber SMART’s computer science research expertise covers distributed ledger technology, secure information systems, artificial intelligence (AI), neurotech, communications, and cybersecurity. Its social and economic sciences and behavioral and cognitive sciences expertise includes cyber and international law, finance, economics, business management, neuroscience, psychology, and cyber ethics.

Cyber SMART has a strong focus on distributed ledger technology’s new and future applications. New applications include banking; finance; insurance; logistics and supply chains in manufacturing and trade; defense and national security; law enforcement and investigation; and the development of international standards. Future applications are forecast for the health care, communications, and energy sectors. Cyber SMART’s research examines the computer science technological requirements as well as social and economic sciences and behavioral and cognitive sciences aspects — specifically legal requirements, user behaviors, and business management considerations, including environmental impact and other cost considerations and ethics.

Cyber SMART also focuses on cybersecurity, secure communications, and AI, such as new AI applications that bridge distributed ledger technology and secure communications. The social and economic sciences and behavioral and cognitive sciences expertise involved in this research includes data protection law, U.S. and international regulatory requirements for AI, data privacy and data transfers, finance, economics and business management implications, and the interplay between neuroscience, psychology, and cyber ethics.

Each university partner has leading expertise in a specific area that complements the capabilities of the others. For example, Georgetown University has leading expertise in policy and standards, especially in blockchain and secure communications and cyber law and regulatory expertise that covers digital identity, privacy, and data security, as well as cyber ethics — particularly in relation to AI. Notre Dame also has leading expertise in distributed ledger technology, but with a focus on its application to supply chains, in law enforcement and investigation, and in defense and national security applications. Notre Dame brings additional cross-discipline expertise in biometrics anti-spoofing and bioethics, as well as leading expertise in human cognition and behavior.