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Feras Batarseh

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Current University
Virginia Tech, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Hub

Research Area

Cyberbiosecurity, AI for Agricultural Policy, Intelligent Water Systems, AI Assurance, Context and Causality


Feras A. Batarseh is an associate professor with the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and the Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech. He is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture (CAIA) at Virginia Tech and George Mason University’s (GMU) School of Systems Biology.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Batarseh was a research assistant professor at the College of Science at GMU, and the director of Turing Research, an applied AI research group at GMU. Additionally, he was a program manager at MicroStrategy Inc. and a data engineering consultant for USAID and USDA.

Batarseh is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Agricultural and Applied Economical Association (AAEA), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He has taught AI courses at multiple universities including GMU, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Georgetown University, and George Washington University (GWU).

His work has been published at various prestigious journals and international conferences. Additionally, Batarseh has published multiple chapters and books. His three recent books are: Federal Data Science, Data Democracy, and AI Assurance, published by Elsevier’s Academic Press.

Alma Mater

Batarseh obtained his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2007 and 2011, a graduate certificate in project leadership from Cornell University in 2016, and another graduate certificate in public policy economics from the University of Oxford in 2020. In 2022, he received a Juris Masters (JM) of Law from GMU.