Carnegie Mellon University
December 06, 2012

News Brief: INSA Honors Pfeffer With Drell Award

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Juergen PfefferPITTSBURGH—The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) presented its 2012 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award to Juergen Pfeffer, assistant research professor in the School of Computer Science's Institute for Software Research (ISR), at a Dec. 6 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes Pfeffer's contributions to the intelligence community, particularly in the area of social and organizational network analysis.

"His work allows analysts to handle full data streams as opposed to samples, which is meaningful to large data sets like Twitter feeds," according to the award citation. "His projects aim to describe and detect changes within networks consisting of persons, organizations, subjects and companies of specific countries, as well as the outside involvement from international groups," it says, noting he is involved in research projects analyzing data from emerging conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East.

Pfeffer is one of six young professionals being honored by the INSA as leaders with bright futures within the intelligence and defense communities. WashingtonExec has posted an interview with Pfeffer regarding the award.

Pfeffer earned a bachelor's degree in computer science, a master's degree in computer science management and a Ph.D. degree in business informatics from Vienna University of Technology. He became a post-doctoral researcher in ISR with Professor Kathleen Carley in 2010 and joined the faculty this year.