Yingying Chen receives ARO Grant

Professor Yingying Chen has received a new Army Research Office (ARO) award for the project titled "Enhanced Learning of Sensor Fusion for Human Authentication" This is a three year $351,162 project in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ($100,000).

In this project, Yingying and her team proposes a learning-based user authentication framework leveraging multi-modal user verification grounded on human’s physical traits extracted from existing mobile devices without requiring specialized hardware or verification infrastructure. They plan to develop sensor-fusion based machine learning techniques, which seek to add two important security aspects in user authentication: continuous user verification exploiting unique gait patterns and online signature verification via touch-screen sensing. The research goal is to exploit ensemble learning of information from multiple classifiers on single sensor data to combat the inherent problems coming from a single biometric indicator and further use confidence distribution combining to aggregate decisions from multiple sensors to produce more powerful and robust matching results to achieve enhanced user authentication.

Congratulations Yingying!

Emina Soljanin receives NSF Grant and featured in American Masters PBS Podcast

Congratulations to Professor Emina Soljanin on her new NSF award for the project titled "Covert/Secret and Efficient Message Transfer in (Mobile) Multi-Agent Environments." This is a three year $500,000 collaborative effort led by Rutgers University (Emina Soljanin, PI) with NJIT. Rutgers' share of this award is $250,000.

As part of this project, Emina and her team will explore secret and efficient (preferably covert) communications by harnessing the resources brought in by smart everyday devices in emerging Internet of Things (IoT) environments. The research plan is organized in two central thrusts: The first thrust investigates a novel covert, secure and efficient communication scheme between mobile nodes, which has the main feature that any data transfer is only performed over short distances, thus reducing exposure to adversarial actions as well as energy and bandwidth requirements. The second thrust builds on the first one and devises secure coding schemes for the case where an eavesdropper discovers that messages are being exchanged and/or gets in possession of some helping IoT devices.

You can find more details on the project at the NSF page here. Professor Soljanin also participated in an American Masters podcast hosted by PBS celebrating the life of Hedy Lamar, along with Academy-Award-winning actor Susan Sarandon and filmmaker Alexandra Dean. Please find the podcast here where Emina discusses similarities of her NSF project to Hedy Lamar's work.

This is really cool stuff! Congratulations Emina!

Tahsina Farah Sanam Awarded Microsoft Conference Scholarship

Tahsina Farah Sanam, an ECE PhD student working with Prof. Hana Godrich, has been awarded a Microsoft Scholarship to attend 2018 ACM Richard Tapia Conference in Orlando Florida.  The award will cover travel and hotel accommodations.

The Tapia conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities.  Tapia 2018 will host an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research.  The winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. 

Tahsina's current research on "Indoor Localization: A Device Free Perspective" has been accepted for participation in ACM SRC competition in 2018 Tapia Conference.

Congratulations Tahsina !

ECE Researchers win Best Paper Award at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS)

Professor Yingying Chen and ECE Ph.D. students Chen Wang and Jian Liu have won the Best Paper Award at the 2018 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS) for their work on non-intrusive in-baggage suspicious object detection using commodity WiFi. In recent years, the portable dangerous objects such as lethal weapons, homemade bombs and explosive chemicals have posed an increasing threat to public security. To detect the existence of such objects, Professor Chen's team proposes to utilize the fine-grained channel state information (CSI) from off-the-shelf WiFi to detect objects that are suspected to be dangerous (e.g., any metal or liquid objects) without compromising privacy through physically opening the baggage. The proposed suspicious object detection system significantly reduces the deployment cost and is easy to set up in public venues such as museums, theme parks, stadiums and schools. Particularly, the ECE team detects the existence of suspicious objects and identifies the dangerous material type based on the reconstructed CSI complex values. It further determines the risk level of the object by examining the object’s dimension (e.g., liquid volume and metal object’s shape), which is estimated based on the WiFi signals reflected by the object. IEEE CNS provides a premier forum for security researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and users to exchange ideas, techniques and tools, raise awareness, and share experience related to all practical and theoretical aspects of cybersecurity. More information about the conference can be found at http://cns2018.ieee-cns.org/. Congratulations to Yingying, Chen and Jian on this accomplishment!

Hana Godrich Promoted to Associate Teaching Professor

Provost Wanda Blanchett has approved the promotion of Hana Godrich to Associate Teaching Professor effective July 1, 2018. Hana has been an outstanding member of our faculty while leading the execution of our undergraduate mission on several fronts related to teaching, research and outreach. This well deserved promotion of Hana in the non-tenure track track is a first in the history of ECE and shows the University's strong appreciation and long term commitment to her exemplary efforts.

Lindqvist Receives NSF CAREER Award

Rutgers electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Janne Lindqvist was awarded a prestigious CAREER award by the National Science Foundation. The award is given to early career faculty who show excellence in integrating teaching and research.

Lindqvist was awarded $507,568 for his research in science of security. As smartphones have become the main computing and internet platform, a critical need has emerged for secure authentication methods to verify authorized users. Many solutions have been proposed, but there remains insufficient understanding of effective and user-friendly methods of securing information. The research will provide understanding of human cognitive capabilities that can support security. Lindquist also focuses on promoting underrepresented students in STEM, from K-12 and above. A native of Finland, Lindqvist came to Rutgers in 2011.

“CAREER awards are a tremendous honor for Rutgers and recognize our most promising junior faculty who will provide meaningful research opportunities for the students they teach and mentor” said Thomas N. Farris, dean of the engineering school.

ECE Graduate Student Team wins 2nd Place in Siemens FutureMakers Challenge Hackathon

An ECE graduate student team has won 2nd place at the Siemens Corporate Technology’s FutureMakers Challenge for the theme "Autonomous Agricultural Production using Robotics and AI."  The team comprising of students Matthew Purri, Jia Xue, Peri Akiva and Eric Wengrowski, who work in Professor Kristin Dana's lab won this recognition for their project "Computer Vision in Agriculture."  Professor Peter Oudemans from Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences co-advised the students on this project.  Please see attached an image of the GUI the students created as part of their project.

Congratulations to Matthew, Jia, Peri, Eric, Kristin and Peter!

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