Dr. Lanier A. Watkins

Lanier A. Watkins

Researcher, and Founding Chair of IEEE International Conference on Assured Autonomy (ICAA)

Lanier Watkins holds a PhD in Computer Science (May 2010) from Georgia State University, where he was advised by Raheem Beyah; three MS degrees in the areas of Biotechnology (Johns Hopkins University, 2017), Computer Science and Physics (both from Clark Atlanta University, 1999 and 1997), and a BS degree in Physics (Clark Atlanta University, 1997). In May 2011, he joined the Asymmetric Operations Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) as a senior professional staff II member, and is currently a section supervisor in the Critical Infrastructure Protection Group. In October 2013, he was extended a dual appointment as a Lawrence R. Hafstad Fellow and an associate research scientist with the JHU Information Security Institute; in October 2015, he became a lecturer for the JHU Engineering for Professional (EP) master’s program; and in February 2019, he was appointed chairman of the EP Computer Science and Cyber Security master’s program. He teaches four courses and has published more than 40 conference papers, journals, and book chapters. Watkins also holds several patents and provisional patents. He has mentored more than 50 cyber security master’s research students, and currently advises several doctoral students. Prior to joining APL, Watkins worked for more than 10 years in industry, including for the Ford Motor Company and at AT&T, where he held roles such as systems engineer, network engineer, product development manager, and product manager. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.