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Students of ITI researcher have paper selected for international reproducibility competition

05/18/2020 - 3:40pm   Each year, computing teams from around the world gather to try to replicate the results of a carefully selected research paper. This year, the selected paper was written by two students of ITI researcher Wen-mei Hwu.
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Illinois Principal Research Scientist examines power grid restoration

05/11/2020 - 12:32pm  

In the wake of the COVID-19 emergency, the US has watched as people hoard toilet paper, chicken breasts, and hand sanitizer, but in a different kind of emergency – a critical loss of power grid functionality – what would we do? University of Illinois Principal Research Scientist Tim Yardley researches possible answers to this question on a small island just outside of New York City: Plum Island. There, his team has built a testbed of real, but isolated, power grids to explore the many detection, isolation, and characterization aspects of an attack on United States power.

Zbigniew Kalbarczyk

ITI/CSL/ADSC researchers on team working to bolster critical system defense

05/06/2020 - 3:08pm   It is fairly common knowledge that technology people use daily such as cell phones, laptops, and tablets, could be susceptible to a cyberattack. A lesser known threat is that the power grid, water treatment plants, and other daily-use systems, are also susceptible. ITI, CSL, and ADSC are working on a project to bolster the defense of such critical systems.
A map from Abdelzaher's website showing the number of cases predicted for each state as of 5/4/20.

Abdelzaher repurposing social networking models to predict COVID spread under different social distancing policies

05/04/2020 - 11:21am   The COVID-19 epidemic has inspired CSL professor Tarek Abdelzaher to modify information propagation models to make accurate predictions of virus spread.
Thomas Huang

Remembering Thomas Huang, Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering

05/01/2020 - 2:31pm   Thomas S Huang, a pioneering researcher and influential teacher died April 25, 2020, at the age of 83. In his long career as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Huang was ranked among the world’s most influential researchers and mentored more than 100 students.
Sarita Adve

ITI researcher elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

04/28/2020 - 1:05pm   ITI's Sarita V. Adve is one of two University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professors to have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation.
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CREDC holds successful 2020 Industry Workshop

03/31/2020 - 3:17pm   In February, the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) hosted its annual Industry Workshop in Houston, Texas.
David M. Nicol

UI researchers analyze the resiliency of “wireless SDNs” through Boeing collaboration

02/05/2020 - 2:18pm  

Software defined networking (SDN), which centralizes the dynamic control of networks, simplifies the management of everything from large data centers to wireless networks. As such, they are increasingly employed by companies ranging from Amazon to The Boeing Company.

Andreas C. Cangellaris receives a letter from Brad Martin from the NSA Research Directorate that signifies the National Security Agency recognition of the Illinois as one of agencies featured schools, highlighting their relationship over more than 19 years with more than 100 Illinois graduates currently working at the NSA. Joining the group is Provost Susan Martinis,Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Research.

NSA and University of Illinois: Partnering to Secure Networks and Cyber Systems

01/23/2020 - 1:24pm   The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) is one of the first universities to partner with NSA on researching the science of security and has been working on cybersecurity problems with NSA for more than 19 years.
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SEARCCH: Improving cybersecurity through collaboration

01/16/2020 - 9:51am   Scientific breakthroughs are rarely made in a silo. They take many different minds, teams, and ideas coming together to move science forward. In order to further the field of cybersecurity research, ITI’s Tim Yardley, along with co-PIs from other organizations, are establishing a Sharing Expertise and Artifacts for Reuse through Cybersecurity Community Hub (SEARCCH).
Tamer Basar

ITI professor Tamer Başar awarded honorary doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology

01/07/2020 - 9:28am   Basar received an honorary doctorate for his contributions to KTH Royal Institute of Technology research collaborations.
Masooda Bashir

ITI/CSL professor receives an additional $4M from NSF for cybersecurity scholarships

12/12/2019 - 1:02pm   Modern life depends on the stability and security of computers and networks, yet there are nowhere near enough qualified cybersecurity professionals to meet the nation’s needs — and ITI and CSL are doing its part to help. For a decade, ICSSP has been offering students scholarships in exchange for government service after graduation.
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CIRI research employs social media to enhance disaster response

11/06/2019 - 4:05pm   Agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Coast Guard are increasingly looking to technology to help them achieve their mission of more quickly and safely distributing humanitarian aid, conducting rescue operations, and delivering other disaster response support. To support these response agencies, CIRI researcher Jana Diesner is incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining into the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR).
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Scriyb platform integrates CIRI-based tool in cybersecurity courses

10/24/2019 - 10:33am  

When the CIRI team at the University of Illinois developed the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security-funded Cyber Secure Dashboard, it was initially meant to be a tool to aid small and medium companies in meeting the cybersecurity standards detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Ruth Swain

CIRI Dashboard used to help small businesses, train future workforce

10/17/2019 - 1:50pm  

Cybersecurity is a concern for all business, from multi-national corporations like Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street. That’s why the government developed and published the National Institute of Science and Technologies (NIST) Cyber Security Framework, a cyber risk management standard for companies to follow to ensure the safety of them and their customers online. Unfortunately, meeting the NIST CSF standard is a challenge for most small businesses.

David M. Nicol

Illinois uses “digital twins” to create more secure advanced manufacturing systems

10/04/2019 - 8:31am  

In cyber-physical control systems, such as those used in manufacturing, cyber-attacks have the potential to harm equipment and people.  To detect and thwart these attacks, researchers often utilize virtualized testbeds to simulate attacks, especially those that leverage software flaws.

Sarita Adve

ITI/CSL Professors present at prestigious ERI Summit

09/10/2019 - 9:53am   Started in 2017, ERI is a five-year $1.5 billion investment in defense electronic systems by DARPA. Each year, researchers leading aspects of programs funded by the initiative are invited to share their research. This year, ITI Professor Sarita Adve and CSL Professor Naresh Shanbhag were among the invited presenters.
Monowar Hasan (left) and Mohan

Mohan funded by Toyota for work on security for V2X communications

08/29/2019 - 11:23am   V2X communications will be critical in improving driving safety and traffic efficiency. Auto giant Toyota is collaborating with ITI researchers to create technology that enhances secure communications between cars and their surroundings.
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New app allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster

08/19/2019 - 10:29am   A team of computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Illinois have developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal.
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New publications help CREDC reach next generation of cybersecurity researchers

08/15/2019 - 11:26am   When most kids leave middle school, they have not yet decided what they want their career to be, but they have thought about what they do not want to do. CREDC is working to keep computer science and computer engineering off the latter list with a new series of STEM-related activity books geared for ages 10 and up.