Athina Markopoulou (photo provided by UCI)

Athina Markopoulou (photo provided by UCI)

The University of California-Irvine will lead a $10 million research center aimed at protecting personal data privacy.

The center, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be hosted by UCI and will collaborate with Northeastern University, the University of Iowa, the University of Southern California and Spain’s IMDEA Networks Institute.

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“It is an honor and responsibility to lead one of NSF's signature projects to address the timely and important problem of personal data protection on the internet,” said principal investigator Athina Markopoulou, professor and chairperson of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at UCI.

The researchers will address technical, social and policy challenges of networked world, UCI said in a statement.