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Elham Tabassi

Chief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory

Elham Tabassi is the Chief of Staff in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and leads NIST Trustworthy AI program.  ITL, one of six research Laboratories within NIST, supports NIST’s mission, to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. 

She has been working on various computer vision research projects with applications in biometrics evaluation and standards since 1999.  She received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2003, the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2007, and 2010, ANSI’s 2012 Next Generation Award, the Women in Biometrics Award in 2016, and 2020 Washington Academy of Sciences Excellence in Computer Science Research award in 2020. She is a senior member of IEEE, and member of AAAI.