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DHS interns gain experience in cybersecurity through CIRI

07/18/2019 - 1:34pm   Each year DHS partners with its University Centers of Excellence to offer college faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions the opportunity to gain experience with DHS research. This year, two Summer Research Teams were welcomed to CIRI.
In-browser Cryptojacking Workflow

New research identifies malicious cryptojacking operations

07/10/2019 - 9:47am   Three ITI professors were on a team that recently performed an internet-scale analysis of the new threat of cryptojacking.

Winners of EPRI Challenge announced at CREDC Summer Symposium

07/02/2019 - 11:52am  

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), in collaboration with the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC), has announced the winners of EPRI’s first Cyber Security Research Challenge, which offers technical and financial support to specific research projects. This Challenge enables greater collaboration between EPRI and academic institutions to identify and address capability gaps in existing strategies for protecting grid operations.

Grace Gao

ITI professor receives Campus Distinguished Promotion Award

05/28/2019 - 4:00pm  

Recently, more than 100 faculty received the exciting news that they would be promoted to either associate or full professor. For CSL’s Grace Gao, her promotion came with an additional achievement.

Klara Nahrstedt receiving her award from Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir and CS Department Head Nancy Amato

ITI researcher Klara Nahrstedt recipient of College of Engineering Faculty Award

04/30/2019 - 2:45pm  

During the annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony, ITI researcher and CSL Director Klara Nahrstedt was honored with the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award.

Called “as close to the Nobel Prize as you can get in this college” by the event’s MC and the college’s Executive Associate Dean Philippe H. Geubelle, this award is given to a faculty member who has received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research, and who has made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their field.

Chuchu Fan

CSL researchers work to guarantee system reliability

04/25/2019 - 1:15pm   It is said that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. CSL graduate student Chuchu Fan and adviser Sayan Mitra are working to add power systems to that list in their Siebel Energy Institute-funded project, “A Formal Verification and Synthesis Tool for Safety Critical Power Grid Infrastructures and Cyber-physical Systems."
Phuong M. Cao

Illinois researchers sweeten “honeypot” to catch, blacklist hackers

04/25/2019 - 1:00pm   “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” - Sun Tzu. This quote inspired CSL student Phuong M. Cao and team to conduct research to understand how programs were being attacked. A paper about that research was recently accepted at a prestigious conference.
CIRI Executive Director Randy Sandone

CIRI Symposium attracts thought leaders, exhibits outputs-oriented research

04/25/2019 - 11:45am  

Earlier this month, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute held its annual meeting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event, titled the CIRI Symposium on Resilience of Critical Infrastructures, drew nearly 100 participants from academia, government, and the private sector to hear about CIRI projects, to discuss pressing critical infrastructure challenges, and to explore new opportunities to collaborate.

Noah Dormady

Resilience Calculator enables businesses to “bounce back” in the face of disaster

02/07/2019 - 2:30pm  

CIRI researchers Adam Rose and Noah Dormady are developing a tool - the Business Resilience Calculator (BRC) - to measure and assess the resilience of a business in the face of a disruption, such as a natural disaster, infrastructure collapse, or terrorist attack. The BRC will allow businesses to precisely measure their resilience by assessing the potential economic impact of damage to critical infrastructure.

Gul Agha

ITI Professor Gul Agha named ACM Fellow

12/07/2018 - 4:15pm   Gul Agha, ITI Professor, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than one percent of the Association’s global membership.
Iris Tien

CIRI’s Tien works with Rockefeller Foundation to create more resilient City of Atlanta

12/05/2018 - 4:15pm   CIRI’s Iris Tien, assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been chosen to co-lead a Discovery Area Working Group for the City of Atlanta,
Geir Dullerud

Center for Autonomy launched to develop research, education in emerging field

12/04/2018 - 10:15am  

From self-driving cars to intelligent robotic assistants to remote surgical systems, autonomous technology will revolutionize the way we live, work, and play. In order to enable this revolution, however, advancements in foundational research and workforce development must first take place to provide assured and certified-safe performance.

William Sanders

Sanders, Liu, and Mitra win Siebel Energy Institute Grants

12/03/2018 - 2:45pm  

The Siebel Energy Institute is a global consortium for energy research.

Edmond Rogers

University of Illinois researchers on team to stop cyber "stepping stone" attacks

11/08/2018 - 2:00pm   Computer systems protect their valuable assets with layers of protection, much like a castle has a moat, an outer wall, an inner wall, and a keep. Cyber attackers get around these defenses by comprising one computer at a time. Illinois researchers are trying to prevent these "stepping stone" style attacks.
Sibin Mohan

Understanding the behavior of drone swarms

11/02/2018 - 9:15am   Parenting a toddler is like flying a drone. While parents may not be able to predict toddlers’ actions, designers of drone swarms could soon understand the correct behavior of a group of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) thanks to the research of CSL Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan.
Sibin Mohan

Inspiring future programmers

10/31/2018 - 4:15pm   Today’s kids may be digital natives, but Sibin Mohan, ITI Research Assistant Professor and his students wanted to introduce them to the technology behind computers.
Masooda Bashir

Bashir named 2018-2019 Centennial Scholar

10/17/2018 - 2:00pm  

CSL Assistant Professor Masooda Bashir has been named the iSchool's Centennial Scholar for 2018-2019. Endowed by alumni and friends of the School, the Centennial Scholar award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science.

Hao Jan (Max) Liu

Cloud computing application could help create more resilient power grid

10/10/2018 - 11:15am   For many people, ‘the cloud’ describes a misunderstood space where photos and documents are stored. To ITI researchers, the cloud is the future of electric grids.
CIRI's booth at the summit

CIRI connects with automakers at Auto-ISAC Cybersecurity Summit

10/08/2018 - 4:00pm   Increasing automotive connectivity, paired with rapid advancement in the realm of autonomous vehicles, necessitates the development of a resilient cybersecure motor vehicle ecosystem. For this reason, leaders from the auto industry and government gathered for two days at the 2nd Auto-ISAC (Information Sharing & Analysis Center) Cybersecurity Summit.
Rolls Royce manufacturing plant.

Manufacturers gather to discuss cybersecurity across the supply chain

10/04/2018 - 3:15pm   From Northwestern University to Rolls-Royce North America, myriad organizations from the manufacturing and cybersecurity communities convened to explore the current state of cybersecurity in the manufacturing sector, cybersecurity challenges facing manufacturers, and efforts underway to improve the cybersecurity and resilience of manufacturing supply chains.