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CERIAS Hits High Mark in Externally Funded Security Research

Thu, October 26, 2017

Purdue University faculty affiliated with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) helped secure more than $18M new external funding in cyber-/cyber-physical research during the 2016-17 academic year, a high mark for the center, , preparing to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. CERIAS received “center credit” for more than $10M of the funding.

The new funding is supporting more than twenty faculty, from six different departments, conducting research with an assurance, security, privacy and forensics focus in data, network, and system (cyber and cyber-physical) domains. The research includes both basic and applied work being funded by commercial and governmental agencies. “The work being done by CERIAS faculty is addressing nearly all sectors. “We continue to break new ground in the protection of enterprise networks and data, but we’ve also seen a dramatic increase in work addressing cyber-physical and cyber-enabled concerns. The growing interconnectivity of devices in homes, factories, vehicles, and on our person – all generically being lumped into the term “internet of things” or IoT, has both increased efficiencies and opportunities for our lives, but has quite dramatically increased our risks and vulnerabilities,” explained Prof. Dongyan Xu, CERIAS Interim Director and professor of computer science.

“In 1998 CERIAS was founded as an interdisciplinary institute; it’s rewarding to see that the exceptional work being done today across so many Purdue departments and disciplines. Faculty continues to collaborate across campus at all points along the R&D spectrum,” said Prof. Eugene H. Spafford, CERIAS Founder and Director Emeritus, and professor of Computer Science. “It’s been a banner year, shared Joel Rasmus, CERIAS Managing Director, “we’ve added additional programs and resources to support CERIAS affiliated faculty, provided twelve research assistantships (RAs) to students conducting research with our affiliated faculty, and offered CERIAS funded seed grants to help our faculty start new projects.”

CERIAS, a Purdue Discovery Park institute, is one of the “Original Seven” DHS/NSA Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) in information assurance, and a Center for Academic Excellent in Research (CAE-R). It is internationally recognized as being one of the preeminent universities for information security, most recently being ranked number one by CyberDegrees.org, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of informational websites on higher education.

A partial list of the funded research projects is shown below (listed alphabetically based on sponsor name and PI name).

Project title: Streaming Data Analytics as a Service with Optimal, Fault-Tolerant Cloud Resource Scheduling
List of PIs: Saurabh Bagchi (PI, ECE)
Project duration: Unrestricted
Funding agency: Adobe Research

Project title: Data Analytics for Cyber Security: Defeating the Active Adversaries
List of PIs: Bowei Xi (PI, Stat)
Project duration: 8/7/2017 – 8/6/2020
Funding agency: Army Research Office (ARO)

Project title: Media Forensics Integrity Analytics
List of PIs: Edward Delp (PI, ECE)
Project duration: 4 years
Funding agency: DARPA

Project title: Blockchain for Supply Chain
List of PIs: Aniket Kate (PI, CS)
Project duration: 9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019
Funding agency: Ford Motor Company

Project title: Distributed and Self-Adaptive Mechanisms for Resilient, Fault-Tolerant Control of Large-Scale Systems
List of PIs:  Shreyas Sundaram (PI, ECE) and Richard Voyles (co-PI, ECET)
Duration of project: 8/15/2016 – 12/31/2017
Funding agency:  General Electric Corp.

Project title: Enforcing Strong Integrity for Binary Applications through MPX
List of PIs: Mathias Payer (PI, CS)
Project duration: Unrestricted
Funding agency: Intel

Project title: SaTC-BSF: CORE: Small: Collaborative: Making Blockchains Scale Privately and Reliably
List of PIs: Aniket Kate (PI, CS)
Project duration: 8/15/2017 – 7/31/2020
Funding Agency: NSF

Project title: CICI: CE: Enhancing Cybersecurity for Broadening Data-Driven Research and Partnerships
List of PIs: Sonia Fahmy (PI, CS), Nicole Key (co-PI, ME), Bruno Ribeiro (co-PI, CS), Ida Ngambeki (co-PI, CIT), Xiao Zhu (co-PI, ITaP)
Duration of project: 10/1/2017-9/30/2019
Funding agency: NSF

Project title: REU Site: Enhancing Undergraduate Research Experiences in Mobile Cloud Security
List of PIs: Feng Li (PI, CS@IUPUI), Eugenia Fernandez (co-PI, CS@IUPUI)
Project duration: 6/1/2016 – 5/31/2019
Funding agency: NSF

Project title: SaTC: CORE: Improving Password Ecosystem: A Holistic Approach
List of PIs: Ninghui Li (PI, CS), Jeremiah Blocki (co-PI, CS), Robert Proctor (co-PI, Psych)
Duration of project: 9/1/2017 to 8/31/2019
Funding agency: NSF

Project title: TWC: Small: General and Modular Secure Computation in the Offline-Online Paradigm
List of PIs: Hemanta Maji (PI, CS)
Project duration: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019
Funding agency: NSF

Project title: EAGER: Improving Protocol Vulnerability Discovery via Semantic Interpretation of Textual Specifications
List of PIs: Cristina Nita-Rotaru (PI, now at Northeastern U.), Dan Goldwasser (co-PI, CS)
Project duration: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017
Funding agency: NSF

Project title:  Collaborative Research: Algorithmic and Graph-Theoretic Approaches to Optimal Sensor Placement in Complex Dynamical Systems
List of PIs:  Shreyas Sundaram (PI, ECE)
Duration of project: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019 Funding agency:  NSF

Project title: CAREER: Towards Secure Large-Scale Networked Systems: Resilient Distributed Algorithms for Coordination in Networks under Cyber Attacks
List of PIs:  Shreyas Sundaram (PI, ECE)
Duration of project:  March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2022
Funding agency:  NSF

Project title: SaTC: The Impacts of Human Decision-Making on Security and Robustness of Systems
List of PIs:  Shreyas Sundaram (PI, ECE), Saurabh Bagchi (co-PI, ECE), Timothy Cason (co-PI, Econ)
Duration of project:  August 15, 2017 – July 31, 2020
Funding agency:  NSF

Project title: CRISP Type 2/Collaborative Research: Critical Transitions in the Resilience and Recovery of Interdependent Social and Physical Networks
List of PIs: Satish Ukkusuri (PI, Civil E.), Shreyas Sundaram (co-PI, ECE), Seungyoon Lee (co-PI, Comm)
Duration of project: 1/1/2017 – 12/31/2020
Funding agency: NSF

Project title: Computing without Revealing: A Cryptographic Approach to eProcurement
List of PIs: Mikhail Atallah (PI, CS), Jitesh Panchal (co-PI, ME)
Project duration: 2017 - 2018
Funding agency: Naval Postgraduate School

Project title: Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium – FY 17

     
  • Secure/Resilient Systems and Data Dissemination/Provenance
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  • Embedding Cybersecurity Strategies in Distributed Control
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  • Prediction of Attack Consequences and Automatic Network Reconfiguration as Response
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  • Development of an Adaptive Intrusion Management Tool for Cyber-Based Systems
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  • DUST-BT: Detection of Unauthorized Supply Chain Tampering using Blockchain Tech.

List of PIs: Saurabh Bagchi (Project PI, ECE), Bharat Bhargava (Project PI, CS), Dan DeLaurentis (Project PI, AAE), Arif Ghafoor (Project PI, ECE), Aniket Kate (Project PI, CS), Shaoshuai Mou (Project PI, AAE), Dongyan Xu (Institution PI, CS),
Duration of project: 10/1/2016-9/30/2017
Funding agency: Northrop Grumman

Project title: Towards Transformation-Based Legacy Software Fitness: Usage-Driven Binary Debloating and Hardening
List of PIs: Mathias Payer (PI, CS), Dongyan Xu (co-PI, CS)
Duration of project: 6/1/2017-5/31/2020
Funding agency: ONR

Project title: A Cross-Layer Framework for Retrofitting Robotic Vehicle Controllers
List of PIs: Dongyan Xu (PI, CS), Xinyan Deng (co-PI, ME), Xiangyu Zhang (co-PI, CS)
Duration of project: 1/1/2017-12/31/2019
Funding agency: ONR

Project title: Learn-to-Reason: A Probabilistic Binary Analysis Infrastructure and Its Application in Binary Debloating
List of PIs: Xiangyu Zhang (PI, CS), Dongyan Xu (co-PI, CS)
Duration of project: 9/30/2017-9/30/2020
Funding agency: ONR

Project title: Algorithms for Secure and Distributed Mobile Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Platforms
List of PIs: Saurabh Bagchi (PI, ECE), Shreyas Sundaram (co-PI, ECE)
Duration of project: 10/2017-10/2019
Funding agency: Sandia National Labs

Project title: Automated Threat Modeling for Cyber Security Analytics and Emulation (AA Partner of LDRD)
List of PIs: Dongyan Xu (PI, CS), Xiangyu Zhang (co-PI, CS)
Duration of project: 10/2017-9/2020
Funding agency: Sandia National Labs

Project title: Tools to Support Anonymization
List of PIs: Chris Clifton (PI)
Duration of project: 1/1/2017-12/31/2019
Funding agency: U.S. Census Bureau

 

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