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NSF-funded project focuses on improved security of smart devices

MANHATTAN — Smart homes, smart infrastructure, smart health and more — the list of applications embedded with sensors, software and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices continues to drive the need for rigorous analysis of hardware and software critical to ensuring the safety and security of these systems.

The National Science Foundation Division of Computing and Communication Foundations has awarded a $250,000, three-year grant to Xiaolong Guo, assistant professor in the Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University, for further research in this area.

Guo will collaborate on the project “Property-specific Hardware-oriented Formal Verification Modules for Embedded Systems” with Tuba Yavuz, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida.

Things unique to their approach include a property-directed co-model extraction and a property-specific run-time validation process to achieve scalability and precision in detecting bugs due to hardware-software interactions.

“If successful, the research will deliver methodologies, automation tools and system-level benchmarks that will allow vendors to detect security and safety vulnerabilities in early stages,” Guo said. “Its greatest impact will be on workforce training and broadening participation in formal methods and embedded-system security.”

This will primarily be achieved through courses Guo will develop and teach in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, outreach events and collaborations with industry.

Engineering honor society announces spring award recipients

The Steel Ring Engineering Honor Society has announced its spring award recipients for Saint Patricia and Saint Patrick, the Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year Award and the W. Leroy Cul…

Source: Engineering honor society announces spring award recipients

The Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year for 2020 is Garrett Peterson, an instructor in the Mike Weigers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

National Science Foundation grant to fund study of measuring emotions with cybersystems

MANHATTAN — Emotions can heavily influence decision-making. To study the scope of this influence, a necessary first step is the ability to measure a person’s emotional state. A project at Kansas State University has been recently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop and improve devices used for this purpose.

David Thompson, assistant professor in the Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been awarded nearly $500,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Information and Intelligent Systems: Core Programs for his project “Enhancing EEG-based Emotion Estimation with Transfer Learning, Priming and Virtual Reality.”

The Information and Intelligent Systems: Core Programs is part of the NSF’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, which supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: cyber-human systems, information integration and informatics, and robust intelligence.

Thompson’s project, funded under the Cyber-Human Systems Program, will lay the groundwork for devices that can be used outside the laboratory, from classrooms to theme parks.

“The normal way to measure emotion is by simply asking the person, but that takes time, causes interruptions and leads to false reports,” Thompson said.

His research will consist of applying three techniques — transfer learning, semantic priming and virtual reality — to increase the performance and reliability of these emotion-measuring systems. A collaboration with Thinkwell, a global entertainment company, will also be included in the project.

Together, these investigations are expected to dramatically improve the performance and, critically, the cross-task reliability of these systems.

“Emotion affects nearly every field of human study,” Thompson said. “Real-time measurement of valid emotions has the potential to cause cross-disciplinary transformation.”

The project will support significant undergraduate and graduate research efforts of students from all backgrounds in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University, enriching the educational experience of all participants.

National Science Foundation grant to fund study of measuring emotions with cybersystems

MANHATTAN — Emotions can heavily influence decision-making. To study the scope of this influence, a necessary first step is the ability to measure a person’s emotional state. A project at Kansas State University has been recently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop and improve devices used for this purpose.

David Thompson, assistant professor in the Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been awarded nearly $500,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Information and Intelligent Systems: Core Programs for his project “Enhancing EEG-based Emotion Estimation with Transfer Learning, Priming and Virtual Reality.”

The Information and Intelligent Systems: Core Programs is part of the NSF’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, which supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: cyber-human systems, information integration and informatics, and robust intelligence.

Thompson’s project, funded under the Cyber-Human Systems Program, will lay the groundwork for devices that can be used outside the laboratory, from classrooms to theme parks.

“The normal way to measure emotion is by simply asking the person, but that takes time, causes interruptions and leads to false reports,” Thompson said.

His research will consist of applying three techniques — transfer learning, semantic priming and virtual reality — to increase the performance and reliability of these emotion-measuring systems. A collaboration with Thinkwell, a global entertainment company, will also be included in the project.

Together, these investigations are expected to dramatically improve the performance and, critically, the cross-task reliability of these systems.

“Emotion affects nearly every field of human study,” Thompson said. “Real-time measurement of valid emotions has the potential to cause cross-disciplinary transformation.”

The project will support significant undergraduate and graduate research efforts of students from all backgrounds in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University, enriching the educational experience of all participants.

Best Paper Award

Amin Yousefzadeh Fard and Mitchell Easley’s paper on cyber security analytics of power distribution system received the best paper award in IEEE Homeland Security Conference.

Amin Yousefzadeh Fard and Mitchell Easley’s paper on cyber security analytics of power distribution system received the best paper award in IEEE Homeland Security Conference.