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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.

Soldan honored with distinguished service award

20080806_dave_soldan_0001By Mary Rankin

David Soldan, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State University, has been named recipient of the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished Service Award.
He will accept the award in November at the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Educational Activities Board Award Ceremonies in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The distinguished service award was initiated in 1971 to recognize members who have devoted years of service to Eta Kappa Nu, resulting in significant benefits to all of the society’s members. The award is based on lifetime contributions to the organization and is limited to one recipient per year.

Soldan’s service within the professional institute includes the committee on engineering accreditation activities, computer engineering committee, education society fellows committee and the Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governors. He has been named a fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received both its distinguished member and outstanding contribution awards.

His research interests include engineering accreditation and curriculum development.

Electrical engineering faculty member to receive Paslay Professorship

Cat cropCaterina Scoglio, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of the LeRoy and Aileen Paslay Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The endowment was established by the late LeRoy Paslay, 1930 bachelor’s and 1934 master’s graduate of Kansas State University in electrical engineering, and his late wife, Aileen. Continue reading “Electrical engineering faculty member to receive Paslay Professorship”

Monitoring the Health of Disabled Children Around the Clock

Professors Steve Warren, Punit Prakash, David Thompson, and Bala Natarajan are creating nighttime tools to monitor disabled children with health issues that include seizures. This work was featured in a segment on Fox News October 23.

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Jefferson Science Fellowship Seminar Nov. 5 to feature Anil Pahwa

Electrical energy needs are growing globally due to increased dependence on electricity for daily activities in homes and businesses. A larger world population, coupled with development of programs to provide electricity access to 1.3 billion people around the world currently without it, add to this increased demand.

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Update on MRI-guided thermal therapy instrument development

punitIn August 2013, our interdisciplinary research team was awarded a Major Instrumentation-Development grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an integrated instrument for small animal hyperthermia research under ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The principal investigator of the project is Dr. Stefan Bossmann (Chemistry), with the instrument design, development, and integration aspects led by Dr. Punit Prakash (ECE). Other co-PIs on the project are Dr. Leila Maurmann (Chemistry), Dr. Sanjeev Narayanan (Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology), and Dr. Deryl Troyer (Anatomy and Physiology). Dr. Sergio Curto (ECE) is spearheading the implementation and evaluation of MRI-compatible hyperthermia applicators.

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Dr Anil Pahwa received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Technical Committee Distinguished Individual Service Award

Dr Anil Pahwa received tpahwa_anilhe IEEE Power and Energy Society Technical Committee Distinguished Individual Service Award for “Dedication and service to IEEE PES and the Power Engineering Education Committee”. The award was presented at the IEEE PES General Meeting in Denver, CO in July 2015.

Kim Fowler Gives Instrumentation Tutorial in Malaysia

Kim Fowler spoke to a group of 16 colleaKim talking in Malaysiagues and graduate students in Malaysia on Saturday, August 8th. He talked for two and a half hours on the basic principles of measurement and instrumentation and some practical applications for developing instruments. The venue was the University of Technology Malaysia or UTM. His host was Professor Sheroz Khan from the International Islamic University Malaysia. The audience comprised members of Professor Khan’s research group and of the local IEEE chapter. Together they provided an excellent venue with lovely food for a break and lunch.

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