About. Juan Soto is a Puerto Rican Computer Scientist, Lecturer, Project Manager, and Researcher in the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Group at the Technische Universitaet Berlin. His responsibilities include conducting data science research (e.g., automating exploratory data analysis, investigating numerical issues arising in big data analytics), contributing to grant writing efforts, coordinating TUB Data Analytics Lab activities, managing industrial projects, teaching a scalable analytics graduate course, supporting computer science and engineering graduate students, and technical editing of research papers and grant proposals, among other things. In addition, he is a Senior Consultant at the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) since July 2016. Over the past two decades, he has worked in varying computer science subfields, including business intelligence, computer vision, cybersecurity, embedded systems, health IT, mathematical science, remote sensing, software engineering, and statistical science. His primary areas of expertise include cybersecurity, data analysis, scientific/statistical/symbolic mathematical computing, and software engineering.
Professional Experience. In summer 2014, he was a Guest Researcher at the SICS Swedish ICT, in an effort to further grow the collaboration between the TUB Data Analytics Laboratory and SICS research teams and pursue a joint EU Horizon 2020 project proposal. Formerly, he was a Senior Project Manager in the TUB Security in Telecommunications Group and the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, where he was responsible for boosting TUB's overall security research programs (e.g., supporting the Helmholtz Research School on Security Technologies), coordinating widespread activities, and driving TUB security initiatives. Prior to joining TUB in August 2012, he was a Project Leader & Senior Researcher in the Software Quality and Process Improvement domain at Fraunhofer FOKUS. When he lived in the United States, he held scientific (R&D) and engineering-systems oriented positions at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International (Menlo Park, California), White Oak Technologies (Silver Spring, Maryland), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Maryland), Entrust Technologies/Cygnacom Solutions (McLean, Virginia), and Lockheed-Martin (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania). Early in his career, he was a Mathematics Instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County (Baltimore, Maryland), where he taught courses in mathematics, computer programming, and statistical methods.
Supervised Thesis. 1. Marilyn Nowacka Barros, M.Sc. thesis on "Techniques for Hierarchical Product Classification," currently employed as a Data Engineer at Fyber. 2. Benjamin Pietrowicz, M.Sc. thesis on "Anomaly Detection in Online Monitoring," currenty employed at Biotronik. 3. Jessica Bongard, B.Sc. thesis on "Exploratory Data Analysis in Practice," currently pursuing an M.Sc. degree at ETHZ.
Awards. In 2001, he was awarded a United States Department of Commerce Gold Medal (the highest honor granted by the United States Secretary of Commerce for distinguished and exceptional performance) and an RSA Conference Public Policy Award both for Leadership in Developing the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard).
Education. Juan earned a B.S. in Computational Mathematics, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, an M.S. in Computer Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Federal Statistics from the University of Puerto Rico, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, and George Mason University, respectively. He also pursued post-graduate studies at John Hopkins University, where he completed a graduate course in Enterprise Security and Privacy and at George Washington University, where he completed an additional four graduate courses in Engineering Management with a focus on Information Security Management.
Specialized Training. While at NIST, he completed a Systems Security Officer course and a Certification & Accreditation Process course. While at Entrust/Cygnacom Solutions, he achieved certification in the Evaluation of Cryptographic Modules, according to the FIPS 140-2 standard. Additionally, he further developed his management skills via participation in the Building the Next Generation Leadership Development Program at NIST and completion of a Project Management course at the United States Office of Personnel Management's Western Management Development Center in Denver, Colorado.