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The USC Cyber Defense Team placed second at the 2016 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition in Charleston on April 10, 2016. This annual competition between eight SC colleges and universities is designed to challenge the students to keep a virtual network of computers and devices secure while a "red team" of computer attackers is trying to compromise them. In this year's scenario, the students were tasked with defending a medical supply company's digital assets while maintaining business operations (delivering medical supplies to four virtual hospitals by deploying a fleet of supply trucks through an online interface.) They also had to perform digital investigations of malicious files using forensic techniques.
We are proud to announce the winners of the Outstanding student awards for this year. The undergraduate winners are:
- Theodore Stone, Computer Engineering Outstanding Senior,
- Michael Brunson, Computer Engineering SCSPE Award,
- Myndert Papenhuyzen, Computer Science Outstanding Senior,
- Jared Piedt, Computer Information Systems Outstanding Senior.
The Graduate winners are:
- Yuewei Lin, Outstanding Graduate Researcher,
- Nick Stiffler, Outstanding Graduate Instructor.
Dr. Jason Bakos is the author of a new textbook titled "Embedded Systems: ARM Programming and Optimization".
This textbook combines an exploration of the ARM architecture with an examination of the facilities offered by the Linux operating system to explain how various features of program design can influence processor performance. It demonstrates methods by which a programmer can make changes to code without changing program semantics, but have a significant impact on code performance.
Dr. Yan Tong, along with Dr. Chen Li from the Mechanical Engineering department, has received a research award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for a research project on "Bubble Dynamics in a Confined Domain."
As part of this project they will develop a fully automatic vision-based technique for detecting L-Vinterfaces.
received 950 proposals, an increase of 18% over last round, covering 55 countries and over 350 universities. After expert reviews and committee discussions, we decided to fund 151 projects.
The CSE department's cybersecurity research and NSA designations as a National Academic Center of Excellence are critical pillars of the initiative. If you are interested, see our Information Assurance Specialization and Certificate of Graduate Study in Information Assurance and Security.
We congratulate two of our students for winning 2015-16 SPARC graduate research grants. They are Karina Liles for her project "Meeting students educational needs by engaging students in multiplication practice with a social robot" and Xiao Lin for the project "Computational Tool for identifying branching type of hyphal growth models". You can view the full list of winners.
Dr. Jenay Beer has received a research award for her project titled "Usability of Self-Directed Online Training Intervention for Chinese Dementia Caregivers" from the Environment and Health Group/NIH. You can find her research papers in the Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab (ART Lab) website.