We would like to give well-deserved congratulations to the ACM Student team for winning 1st and 2nd place at the International Collegiate Programming Contest regionals held in the College of Charleston. The ICPC contest is sponsored by ACM National. It is an algorithmic programming contest similar to the code-a-thons our student chapter hosts, but with more difficult questions and much broader turnout.
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We are proud to announce that Dr. Srihari Nelakuditi has been named an ACM Distinguished Member by the Association for Computing Machinery. The award recognizes ACM members who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. The 2018 ACM Distinguished Members are exemplars for their peers, and represent ACM’s worldwide geographic reach, as well as the exciting range of subdisciplines that constitute today’s technology landscape.
Dr. Farkas leads the "Unified, Cloud-Based Platform to Support South Carolina Logistics" project. Funded by the Department of Commerce of South Carolina, the project brings together experts from the University of South Carolina, Fraunhofer USA, and Datos Consulting. The project's focus is to develop innovative technologies to benefit the logistics sector of SC using state-of-the art research in data science and data security & provenance.
Some of our students attended the Kaspersky Hackathon which was hosted by Clemson in September 8. USC had 2 teams who took 2nd and 3rd place. Excellent work! Clay and Ronni were the trainers for the team. If you are interested, drop by the CyberSecurity@USC group.
Dr. Lannan (Lisa) Luo has received an NSF award for her project "Enabling Precise and Automated Insecurity Analysis of Middleware on Mobile Platforms" which studies ways to improve the security of mobile platforms, like Android phones. From the abstract:
This project will develop new architectural designs, algorithms and techniques for precise and automated insecurity analysis of MoMP. To make the research concrete, demonstrations will be created for the Android Framework for mobile smartphones, tablets and IoT devices, and the first platform for precise and automated insecurity analysis of Android Framework will be built, combining current software analysis techniques, such as symbolic execution, hybrid dynamic/static analysis, and cross-process and cross-layer software analysis, to make them capable of analyzing complex and large-sized MoMP like Android Framework. The platform will be evaluated and applied to discovering various types of zero-day vulnerabilities and generating proof-of-concept exploits.
We are happy to welcome Dr. Qiang Zeng to the department. He received his PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from Penn State University and most recently was an Assistant Professor at Temple University. His main research interest is Software and Systems Security, with a focus on Internet of Things and Mobile Computing. He also works on the security aspect of machine learning. He is currently teaching CSCE 311 and is looking for students interested in Cybersecurity.
We are are happy to welcome Dr. Sanjib Sur to the Department. Dr. Sur received his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests are in the areas of Wireless Systems and Architectures, Millimeter-wave Communications and Networks, Internet of Things Connectivity and Sensing Systems. He is currently teaching a class on Millimeter-Wave Networking and Applications and is looking for students to join his research group.
We are happy to welcome Dr. Pooyan Jamshidi to the Department. Dr. Jamshidi received his PhD in Computing at Dublin City University in Ireland and most recently was a Postdoctoral Associate at Carnegie Mellon University. His research goal is to advance a scientific, principled understanding of machine learning systems. He is teaching Machine Learning Systems this semester. You can visit his website to learn more about his research.