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Juan Gilbert

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Computer Science

For protecting democracy. His pioneering designs in elections technology aim to make voting more secure and accessible, helping ensure that ours remains a government of, by, and for the people. An advocate for diversity in computer science, he makes this discipline stronger and more representative of our Nation.

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida where he leads the Computing for Social Good Lab. He is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Dr. Gilbert received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama.

Dr. Gilbert is the inventor of Prime III, an open-source, secure and accessible voting technology that has been used in numerous organization elections and recently in statewide elections in New Hampshire and Butler County, Ohio. Prime III was the first open-source voting system to be used in state, local and federal elections in the U.S. Dr. Gilbert was a member of the National Academies Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology that produced the report titled, “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.” He has research projects in election security/usability/accessibility, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), Human-Centered AI/machine learning and Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing). He has published more than 250 articles, given more than 250 talks and obtained more than $30 million dollars in research funding.