Tamara Bonaci
Tamara Bonaci

Assistant Teaching Professor, Khoury College of Computer SciencesNortheastern University

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Washington

Affiliate Faculty member, NSF Engineering Research Center for Neurotechnology

Email: tamara.bonaci [at] gmail.com

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I am a researcher and an educator, interested in security, privacy and societal impact of technologies, in particular emerging biomedical technologies. My current research focuses on security and privacy issues related to neural engineering systems, visual prosthesis and VR/AR devices, teleoperated robots, intelligent digital assistants, and femtech.

n the area of neural privacy and security, I have been working towards understanding and quantifying the amount of private information that can be extracted using a person’s electro-physiological signals as information sources. I have also worked on research and development of a signal processing mechanism, referred to as the BCI Anonymizer, which will be used to prevent and mitigate privacy attacks.

In the area of teleoperated security, I have been investigating potential security threats against the next-generation teleoperated robotic systems. I have worked towards quantifying the impact of these threats on remote operators, robots, as well as teleoperated procedures as a whole. In addition, I have been researching and developing mitigation strategies against the detected attacks, which rely on human operator's haptic interaction with the system. 

I received my Ph.D. and my M.S. degrees from the University of Washington, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and my B.S. degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.