Richard P. Lippmann

Richard P. LippmannRichard P. Lippmann
Lincoln Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group
244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA 02420-9108

Dr. Richard P. Lippmann is a Laboratory Fellow in the Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group. He currently focuses on developing security metrics that accurately estimate risk from important cyber threats. A continuing goal of this effort is to accurately assess the risk from adversaries who progress through enterprise networks by exploiting vulnerabilities and trust relationships on hosts and network devices. This work led to NetSPA (for Network Security Planning Architecture), a software tool that creates attack graphs, has received two patents, and been licensed for commercial use.

Dr. Lippmann has pioneered the Laboratory's research in the cyber field. He directed the first careful and systematic evaluations of intrusion-detection systems for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 1998 and 1999. Many of the components developed for these evaluations have been expanded and improved, and are still in use. The data generated has been used extensively to develop new intrusion-detection and prevention systems.

Prior to joining the Laboratory in 1981, Dr. Lippmann was the director of the Communications Engineering Laboratory of the Boys Town Institute for Communication Disorders in Children in Omaha, Nebraska. In his initial work at Lincoln Laboratory, he developed robust isolated word recognizers and word-spotting systems. An early interest in neural networks led to some of the first integrated neural network hidden Markov model speech recognizers and word spotters. He also developed an open-source software tool kit, LNKnet, that supports experiments on new databases by using modern neural network, machine learning, and pattern classification algorithms.

Dr. Lippmann recently received the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technical Excellence award. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 papers, reports, or books. He received the first IEEE Signal Processing Magazine award for the article "An Introduction to Computing with Neural Nets," has supervised more than 20 SM and PhD students, and was a founding board member of the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference. In 2008, he was the program chair for the Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection Conference, which focuses on approaches to defend against and detect cyber attacks. Dr. Lippmann holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from MIT. His PhD thesis dealt with signal processing for the hearing impaired.


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