Research in Securing Internet of Things (IoT): Wearable Devices and Cyber Physical Systems

By connecting everyday devices to the Internet, the IoT has enabled new applications, and improved existing ones. However, to enjoy the benefits of the IoT, users may need to allow remote monitoring and control of their devices, which raises serious privacy and security concerns. The IoT poses multifaceted challenges for security due to the variety and heterogeneity of connected devices: voice controls for home stereo systems, automobiles, digital factories, home health monitoring systems.  In this session research in securing connected wearable devices and cyber physical systems will be discussed by two faculty from the Electrical and Computer Science Department at Wichita State University.  Faculty acknowledge the support from the National Science Foundation and Wichita State University.

Moderator:  Janet Twomey, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Research and Faculty Success in the College of Engineering at Wichita State University

Presenters: Dr. Murtuza Jadliwala, Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Wichita State University; Dr. Sergio Salinas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Wichita State University

Dr. Janet Twomey

Dr. Janet Twomey is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Research and Faculty Success in the College of Engineering at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, USA.  She is also a Professor of Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering.  Dr. Twomey holds a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, in Industrial Engineering.  She also holds a BA in Sociology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her areas of expertise are in sustainable engineered systems, environmental life cycle analysis, and machine learning. She received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early CAREER award for her work in neural networks and sparse data sets.  Dr. Twomey’s research funding totals over $5 mil.  The majority of which has come from NSF and the Department of Energy for work in sustainable manufacturing, green wind energy, and sustainable healthcare.  Dr. Twomey has co-authored over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings.  She was a Program Officer for Manufacturing Enterprise Systems at the National Science Foundation from 2001 to 2004.  In 1999 she was an A.D. Welliver Boeing Faculty Summer Fellow. Currently she is the Academic Vice President for Board of Trustees, Institute of Industrial Engineering. Prior to obtaining a PhD in engineering, Dr. Twomey worked for a number of years in psychiatric research at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Murtuza Jadliwala

Dr. Murtuza Jadliwala is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Wichita State University where he directs the Security, Privacy, Trust and Ethics in Computing (SPriTE) Research Lab. Prior to that he was a Research Fellow with the Laboratory for computer Communications and Applications (LCA1) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). He obtained his Doctoral (Ph.D.) and Masters (M.S.) degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in September 2008 and June 2004, respectively. His research interests are broadly in the area of systems and network security & privacy, where he is currently investigating security and user privacy threats in human-centered and mobile cyber-physical systems, such as wearable devices, and in socio-technical systems, such as online social networking and crowd-sourcing services (including, participatory sensing systems). His research is funded by the NSF, AFOSR and AFRL – Information Institute. He was selected as an AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow in 2015.

 

Dr. Sergio Salinas

Dr. Sergio Salinas received the BS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS in 2010, and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, in 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. His research interests include security and privacy in cyberphysical systems (e.g., advanced manufacturing systems, power systems, etc.); cloud computing; and big data. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

 

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