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Executive Director of the Alabama Transportation Institute, Professor

Computer Science

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  • B.S., Computer Science, The University of Tennessee at Martin, 1983.
  • M.S., Computer Science, The Ohio State University, 1987.
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, The Ohio State University, 1990.


Allen S. Parrish is Executive Director of the Alabama Transportation Institute and Professor of Computer Science at The University of Alabama. Previously he served as Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University and Chair of the Department of Cyber Science at the US Naval Academy.

Prior to his work at the Naval Academy, Dr. Parrish served for 26 years on the faculty at The University of Alabama in a variety of roles, including Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President for Research, and Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety.

Throughout his career, Dr. Parrish has obtained approximately well over 200 funded projects totaling over $100M from a variety of state and federal sponsors. Dr. Parrish has published in refereed journals and conferences in areas as diverse as data science, software engineering, transportation safety and technology education.

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Latest Publications

  • Sobel, A., A Parrish and R. Raj, “Curricular Foundations for Cybersecurity,” IEEE Computer, 52(3): 14-17 (2019).
  • Raj, R. and A. Parrish, “Toward Standards in Undergraduate Cybersecurity Education in 2018,” IEEE Computer, 51(2): 72-75 (2018)
  • Parrish, A., J. Impagliazzo, R. Raj, H. Santos, M. Asghar, A. Josang, T. Pereira and E. Stavrou, “Global Perspectives on Cybersecurity Education for 2030: A Case for a Meta-Discipline,” ITICSE Companion, Proceedings Companion of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 2018, pp. 36-54.
  • Ding, L., D. Steil, B. Dixon, A. Parrish, D. Brown, “A Relation Context Oriented Approach to Identify Strong Ties in Social Networks,” Knowledge Based Systems, 24(8): 1187-1195 (2011).
  • Steil, D.A., J.R. Pate, N. A. Kraft, R. Smith, B. Dixon, L. Ding, A. Parrish, “Patrol Routing Expression, Execution, Evaluation and Engagement,” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 12(1): 58-72 (March 2011).