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TSS Seminar: Carl A. Gunter: "Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects on Security (SHARPS)"

Event Type
Information Trust Institute
2405 Siebel Center
Feb 13, 2013   4:00 pm  
Carl A. Gunter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This talk provides an overview of research on the ONC/HHS Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects on Security (SHARPS), which aims to address barriers posed by threats to privacy and security that limit the value and deployment of electronic health records, health information exchange, and telemedicine. SHARPS comprises a multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary team of twelve computer science departments and medical schools. Research on SHARPS includes: improving access management by analyzing audit logs, developing ways to automate policy decisions about sharing health data, assuring the trusted base for healthcare information through the use of encryption and other security technologies, and addressing the emerging security and privacy considerations for medical devices and mHealth. To learn more about SHARPS visit


Carl A. Gunter is a professor in the Computer Science Department and College of Medicine of the University of Illinois, director of Illinois Security Lab, the Health Information Technology Center (HITC), and the HHS Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects on Security (SHARPS).  He has made research contributions in the semantics of programming languages, formal analysis of networks and security, and privacy technologies.  He is the author of more than 150 scientific research publications and has written a standard textbook on semantics of programming languages published by MIT Press.  He is a founder of Probaris Technologies, a company that provides identity management technologies, and has served as a consultant to research labs and companies. His recent work concerns security and privacy issues for the power grid and healthcare information technology.



ITI is a campus-wide interdisciplinary unit of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led by the College of Engineering, that is fostering excellence in information trust and security. Participating units include, among others, the College of Applied Health Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Engineering; the College of Law; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Department of Aerospace Engineering; the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; the Department of Computer Science; the Coordinated Science Laboratory; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering; and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.


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