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  • 3022 Cyber Hall
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Dr. Allen Parrish

Executive Director of the Alabama Cyber Institute, Workforce Development Senior Advisor for Alabama Transportation Institute, Professor


  • 3022 Cyber Hall
  • phone (205) 348-0741
  • Email


  • 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.

Dr. Allen S. Parrish is the executive director of the Alabama Cyber Institute, the senior workforce development adviser for the Alabama Transportation Institute, and a professor of computer science at The University of Alabama. He has served in these capacities since April 2024. Previously, he served UA as the interim vice president for research and economic development from 2023 to 2024 and as executive director for the Alabama Transportation Institute since 2020.

Parrish came to UA in 2020 from Mississippi State University, where he served as associate vice president for research and a professor of computer science and engineering. From 2016-2018, Parrish served as professor and chair of the Department of Cyber Science at the United States Naval Academy. Prior to his work at the Naval Academy, Parrish served for 26 years on the faculty at UA 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, Parrish has worked on more than 200 funded projects totaling over $100 million from a variety of state and federal sponsors. Parrish has published in refereed journals and participated in conferences in areas as diverse as data science, software engineering, transportation safety and technology education.

Affiliated Areas
Computer Science

Selected 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).

Dr. Parrish's Impact

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