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Nadya Bliss

Nadya Bliss

Director, Global Security Initiative


Global Security Intiative
Arizona State University
781 Terrace St, 4th Fl
Tempe, AZ 85281


Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. Global Security Initiative serves as the university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies and often presenting conflicting objectives, such as cyber security and digital identity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts, and human security, all requiring multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration between defense, development, and diplomacy communities. The Foresight Initiative, a 5-year, University-level partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, serves as the foundation for GSI. As the Principal Investigator on Foresight, Nadya leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in exploring approaches to anticipate, visualize, and respond to global environmental change and its consequences in context of U.S. national security interests.

Nadya holds a Professor of Practice appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Senior Sustainability Scientist appointment in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and is affiliated with the Center on the Future of War (collaboration between ASU and New America) and the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center.

Before joining ASU in 2012, Nadya spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. Under Nadya’s leadership, the Group’s research portfolio included a wide-range of programs funded by DARPA, iARPA, ONR, NGA, USAF, ASD(R&E), and other U.S. Government sponsors.

In 2011, Nadya was awarded the inaugural MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement Award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph-based data (presented to 2 employees under 35). She has over 65 publications and presentations, holds a patent, and has served as a chair and member of multiple technical and organizational committees. Nadya received bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Titles Held

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director, Global Security Initiative
  • Professor of Practice, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


  • PhD, Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (Complex Adaptive Systems), Arizona State University, 2015
  • ME, Computer Science, Cornell University
  • BS, Computer Science, Cornell University

Journal Articles


Mascaro, G., D. D. White, P. K. Westerhoff and N. T. Bliss. 2015. Performance of the CORDEX-Africa regional climate simulations in representing the hydrological cycle of the Niger River basin. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 120(24):12,425-12.444. DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023905. (link )


Bliss, N. T. and M. C. Schmidt. 2013. Confronting the challenges of graphs and networks. Lincoln Laboratory Journal 20(1):4-9. (link )

Miller, B. J., N. T. Bliss, P. J. Wolfe and M. S. Beard. 2013. Detection theory for graphs. Lincoln Laboratory Journal 20(1):10-30. (link )

Conference Papers


Bliss, N. T., B. R. Peirson, D. Painter and M. D. Laubichler. 2014. Anomalous subgraph detection in publication networks: Leveraging truth. Pp. 2005-2009 Proceedings of the 2014 48th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers. 8th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers. Pacific Grove, CA.



Miller, B. A., N. T. Bliss, N. Arcolano, M. S. Beard, J. Kepner, M. C. Schmidt and E. M. Rutledge. 2013. Very Large Graphs for Information Extraction (VLG): Summary of First-Year Proof-of-Concept Study. Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. VLG-1.