Robert Nix

Assistant Professor


Educational Background

  1. Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, 2012
  2. M.S., Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, 2009
  3. B.S., Computer Science, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK, 2006

Work Experience

  1. 2013-Present: Assistant Professor, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN. Duties: Designing and delivering courses, both online and offline. Assisting with school needs as necessary. Continued academic activity.
  2. 2006-2012: Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX. Duties: Assisted with teaching classes, tutored students during office hours; wrote and published academic papers.
  3. Summer 2011: Research Intern, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, Rome, NY.  Duties: Wrote and submitted papers for academic publication, developed a cloud auditing system on the Hadoop platform.
  4. 2002-2009: Head Programmer/Manager, Scarlet Dragon Entertainment, LLC ( Duties: Developed an online browser-based role-playing game in my spare time. Designed levels, created the game interface, and the bulk of the server-side code. Unpaid position.
  5. 2004-2005: Lab Tutor, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK. Duties: Assisted with the labs for the courses Programming I & II, and Introduction to Information Technology. Answered student questions, taught basic concepts. Wrote the lab manual for Programming II. Planned and presided over the Advanced C++ class in preparation for the ACM programming contest under the supervision of Professor DeBoard


  1. Robert Nix, Murat Kantarcioglu, Sachin Shetty. “Toward a Real-Time Cloud Auditing Computation Paradigm.” CSAW 2013.
  2. Robert Nix and Murat Kantarcioglu. “Contractual Agreement Design for Enforcing Honesty in Cloud Outsourcing.” GAMESEC '12.
  3. Mohammad Islam, Robert Nix, and Murat Kantarcioglu. “A Game-Theoretic Approach for Adversarial Pipeline Monitoring using Wireless Sensor Networks.” IEEE IRI 2012.
  4. Robert Nix, Murat Kantarcioglu and Keesook Han. “Approximate Privacy-Preserving Data Mining on Vertically Partitioned Data.” In proceedings of the 26th annual WG 11.3 Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy, 2012.
  5. Robert Nix and Murat Kantarcioglu. “Incentive Compatible Privacy-Preserving Distributed Classification,” IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Vol. 9, Issue 4, 2012.
  6. Robert Nix and Murat Kantarcioglu. “Incentive Compatible Distributed Data Mining,” Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust, Minneapolis, MN, 2010 (best paper award)
  7. Murat Kantarcioglu, Robert Nix, and Jaideep Vaidya. “An Efficient Approximate Protocol for Privacy-Preserving Association Rule Mining,” In Proceedings of
  8. the 13th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Bangkok, Thailand, 2009

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

  1. Best Paper Award, IEEE Int'l. Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk, and Trust
  2. (PASSAT 2010) for “Incentive Compatible Distributed Data Mining,” 2010.
  3. National Merit Scholar, 2002
  4. Top 10%, William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, 2002-2005
  5. 1st Place, International Coalition of Christian Colleges Invitational Programming Contest (Hosted by Taylor University) 2005
  6. 4th Place, 1st Undergraduate Schools, ACM South Central USA Programming Contest, 2005
  7. 5th Place, 1st Oklahoma State, ACM South Central USA Programming Contest, 2004
  8. 6th Place, ACM South Central USA Programming Contest, 2003
  9. 1st Place, Texas State UIL Computer Science Contest, 2000, 2002, 2nd Place 1999