Cranor, Touretzky Named 2020 AAAS Fellows

Lorrie Cranor

Lorrie Cranor and David S. Touretzky, both faculty members in the School of Computer Science, are among almost 500 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to be named 2020 AAAS fellows.

The lifetime distinction recognizes important contributions to STEM disciplines, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science. Previous notable recipients include Thomas Edison, Margaret Mead and Grace Hopper.

Cranor is the director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in Security and Privacy Technologies of CyLab, and is the FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy in the Institute for Software Research and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. The AAAS cited her "for contributions to usable privacy and security research, policy and education."

She founded the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) conference and co-edited the seminal book "Security and Usability." She regularly presents privacy research in Washington, D.C., policy forums and served as chief technologist of the Federal Trade Commission in 2016.

A portrait of Dave Touretzky

David Touretzky

Touretzky, a research professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, was cited "for combining high-quality, impactful research in machine learning with equally high-quality, impactful educational activities using robotics to engage students in computing."

Touretzky leads the AI for K-12 Initiative (, which was established by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Computer Science Teachers Association to develop national guidelines for teaching AI in K-12. He has been active in developing hardware and software for educational use, including the Calypso programming framework for the Cozmo robot. His research interests include cognitive robotics and computational neuroscience.

A virtual induction ceremony for the 489 newly elected fellows will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, following the AAAS annual meeting.

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