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Barry Horowitz

Position: Munster Professor of Systems and Information Engineering and Chair
Office: Olsson 114A
Phone: 434-924-0306
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Ph.D.EE,New York University
M.S.EE, New York University
B.E.,City College of New York


Dr. Horowitz joined the University of Virginia’s faculty as a Professor in the Systems and Information Engineering Department in September 2001, after an industrial career involving the application of systems engineering to many large and complex systems. He assumed the role of Department Chair in 2009. Since joining the University he has focused his research efforts on economic models and system technologies related to cyber security. He is the UVa research site director for the National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center called WICAT (Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology). He currently is leading a DoD sponsored research effort focused on embedding security solutions into systems, referred to as System Aware Cyber Security. From 1969 through 1996 he was employed in a variety of positions at the Mitre Corporation, including the last five years as President and CEO and the three prior years as Executive Vice President and COO. Early in his career at Mitre he led an FAA-sponsored research activity that developed a prototype airborne collision avoidance system which served as the basis for what became the currently employed international system for commercial aircraft collision avoidance, TCAS. During Desert Storm he conceived of and led the integration efforts for a system for tracking and destroying SCUD missile carriers, involving the use of Joint Stars and other sensors integrated into the then existing command and control structure for controlling fighter aircraft. He received the Air Force’s highest award for a civilian as a result of this effort. He also was awarded the Gold Medal for Engineering in 1990 from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association for his efforts in leading major large scale systems integration activities.

As a result of his efforts, in 1996 Dr Horowitz was elected into the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.

Dr. Horowitz serves as a member of the Naval Studies Board (NSB) of the National Academy of Science and recently led a Chief of Naval Operations sponsored study for the NSB on cyber security. He also serves as a member of General Electric’s Academic Software Advisory Panel and is a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Board for the Virginia Joint Commission on Science and Technology (JCOTS).

Dr, Horowitz received an MSEE and PhD from New York University in 1967 and 1969 respectively, and a BEE from the City College of New York in 1965.

Research Interests:

  • Cyber security, focusing on the economics surrounding investments in cyber security and on system-level solutions for enhancing cyber security
  • Concepts for intelligence systems for tracking and intercepting scenarios related to terrorism, to the application of distributed networking technologies to systems involving unattended ground sensors and robots, and to economic models related to cyber security
  • Research related to the integration of peer-to-peer networking technology with Service Oriented Software Architectures as a means for supporting mobile users in large scale enterprise systems

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Representative Publications:

  1. Barry M. Horowitz and Joost Santos (2009). Runway Safety at Airports: A Systematic Approach for Implementing Ultra-Safe Options. Journal of Air Transport Management, Volume 15, Issue 6, Pages 357-362, November.
  2. Haimes, Y.Y., K.G. Crowther, and B.M. Horowitz (2008). Homeland Security Preparedness; Balancing Protection with Resilience in Emergent Systems. Systems Engineering, Volume 11, No. 4, 2008.
  3. Amin, S.M., Barry M Horowitz (2008). Toward Agile and Resilient Large-Scale Systems: Adaptive Robust National/International Infrastructures. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, Volume 9, No 1.
  4. Johnson, E., S., E. Dynes, E. Andricic and B.M. Horowitz (2007). Economic Costs of Firm-Level Information Infrastructure Failures: Estimates from Field Studies in Manufacturing Supply Chains. International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 18, No.3, 2007.
  5. Wells, L. and B.M. Horowitz (2007). Methodology for the Ranking of Suicide Bomber Recruitment Preferences using Multiple Sources of Data. Journal of Homeland Security, 4, (2), 2007.
  6. Garcia A. and B.M. Horowitz (2007). The Potential for Underinvestment in Internet Security: Implications for Regulatory Policy. Journal of Regulatory Economics, 31, (1), pp. 37-55, 2007.
  7. Horowitz, B.M. and J.H. Lambert (2006). Learn As You Go Systems Engineering. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A., 36, (2), pp. 286-297, 2006.
  8. Andrijcic, E. and B.M. Horowitz (2006). A Macro-Economic Methodology for Evaluation of Cyber Security Risks Related to Protection of Intellectual Property. Risk Analysis, 26 (4), pp. 907-924, 2006.
  9. Haimes, Y.Y., B.M. Horowitz, J.H. Lambert, J.R. Santos, C. Lian, and K.G. Crowther (2005). Inoperability input-output model (IIM) for interdependent infrastructure sectors: theory and methodology. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 11 (2), pp. 67-79, 2005a.
  10. Haimes, Y.Y., B.M. Horowitz, J.H. Lambert, J.R. Santos, K.G. Crowther, and C. Lian (2005). Inoperability input-output model (IIM) for interdependent infrastructure sectors: case study. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 11(2): pp. 80-92, 2005b.

Other Activities:

  • Currently leading a study for the NSB on information assurance

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