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Martin Griss

Principal Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and CyLab


Martin Griss

Research Areas

Mobility, Next Generation Secure and Available Networks, Privacy Protection, Secure Home Computing, Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices

Cross Cutting Thrusts

Next Generation Threat Prediction and Response, Threat Analysis and Modeling, Usable Privacy and Security


Dr. Martin L. Griss is a Principal Research Scientist, leading research in several software-intensive systems areas. He is director of the Disaster Management Initiative, and founder and former director of the Cylab Mobility Research Center. He has held multiple positions in education and research at CMUSV over the last ten years, most recently as Director of Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley campus and Associate Dean. With over 40 years of experience in software development, education, and research, Martin spent two decades as Principal Laboratory Scientist at Hewlett-Packard and as Director of HP's 70-person Software Technology Laboratory. Martin is a leading authority on software reuse and component-based development and led HP’s corporate reuse program. Also at HP Labs, where he was widely known as HP’s “Reuse Rabbi,” Martin spearheaded work on software agents and mobile applications, software tools and process, UML standards, and component-based software engineering.

Previously at the University of Utah for nine years as a tenured Associate Professor of computer science, Martin taught software engineering and led research in software engineering, software portability, symbolic computation and compiler development; supervised M.S. and Ph.D. students; and developed and distributed Portable Standard LISP. More recently, he was an Adjunct Professor of computer science at U.C. Santa Cruz, leading research on context-aware intelligent software agent systems.

Martin earned his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the Technion in 1967 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois in 1971. He has served on the ACM SIGSOFT Executive Committee, a joint ACM/IEEE “Software Engineering as Profession” taskforce, and numerous program, workshop and tutorial committees. He is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. He is co-author of the popular book Software Reuse: Architecture, Process and Organization for Business Success and has published over 70 papers, 80 technical reports, and numerous book chapters, columns, panels, and tutorials on software reuse, components, agents, disaster management and context-aware applications. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant, delivering invited talks and tutorials on disaster response, reuse, software engineering, and software agents at academic, professional, and industry conferences and workshops.

Areas of Interest

Software reuse, software agents, mobile computing, context-aware systems, smart spaces and communities, internet of things, disaster management


Ph.D. 1971, University of Illinois

Research Projects

Accountable Mobile Computing Framework Based on User Behavior Modeling

Research Area: Secure Home Computing | Mobility | Privacy Protection | Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Next Generation Threat Prediction and Response | Threat Analysis and Modeling
Researchers: Martin Griss, Anind Dey, Joy Zhang

Semantic Geotagging for Situational Awareness During Disaster Response

Research Area: Mobility | Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Martin Griss, Anind Dey, Ray Bareiss, Steven Rosenberg, Joy Zhang

VMA: Dynamic and Secure Heterogeneous System for Elder Care

Research Area: Next Generation Secure and Available Networks | Mobility | Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Pei Zhang, Martin Griss, Raj Rajkumar, Daniel Siewiorek, Asim Smailagic

Securable, Usable Context Toolkit for Mobile Applications

Research Area: Mobility
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Martin Griss, Anind Dey, Pei Zhang, Joy Zhang

Usable security and privacy for context-aware mobile applications

Research Area: Mobility
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Martin Griss, Anind Dey, Pei Zhang

Privacy and Security in Real Time Monitoring Systems

Research Area: Mobility | Privacy Protection
Researchers: Daniel Siewiorek, Asim Smailagic, Martin Griss


"Toward the Next Generation of Emergency Operations Systems". Art Botterell, Silicon Valley Campus (2011)

"Activity-aware Mental Stress Detection Using Physiological Sensors". Feng-Tso Sun, Cynthia Kuo, Heng-Tze Cheng, Senaka Buthpitiya, and Patricia Collins, Silicon Valley Campus (2010)

"Anubis: An Attestation Protocol for Distributed Context-Aware Applications". Senaka Buthpitiya, Feng-Tso Sun, Heng-Tze Chen, Patrick Tague, and Anind K. Dey), Silicon Valley Campus (2010)

"OmniSense: A Collaborative Sensing Framework for User Context Recognition Using Mobile Phones". Heng-Tze Cheng, Senaka Buthpitiya, and Feng-Tso Sun, Silicon Valley Campus (2010)

"SensOrchestra: Collaborative Sensing for Symbolic Location Recognition". Heng-Tze Cheng, Feng-Tso Sun, and Senaka Buthpitiya, Silicon Valley Campus (2010)