Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Recipients of 2016-2017 Collaborative Seed Award Program Announced

Florida Center for Cybersecurity awards $600,000 in funding to twelve projects involving cybersecurity researchers from nine State University System (SUS) institutions.

TAMPA, Florida – March 6, 2017 – The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2016-2017 Collaborative Seed Award Program – an initiative that provides funding to cybersecurity research teams from across the State University System (SUS) of Florida. "A key objective of FC2 is to encourage collaboration on cybersecurity research projects to advance new technologies and solutions," said Sri Sridharan, director at FC2. "Through these efforts, we hope to grow a research-oriented culture that will position Florida as a leader in cyber research and attract industry as well." Since this program began in 2014-2015, more than $1 million has been awarded to SUS research teams. Awardees include:

  • FraudHunt: Online Crowdsourced Fraud Attribution

             Bogdan Carbunar, PI, Florida International University
             Damla Turgut, Co-PI, University of Central Florida

  • Resilience and Mission Assurance of Intelligent Machines for Secure Internet of Things

             Kwang-Cheng Chen, PI, University of South Florida
             Zhihua Qu, Co-PI, University of Central Florida

  • Detecting cognitive hacking in the U.S. financial market: A Social media study

             Wingyan Chung, PI, University of Central Florida
             Yu-Kai Lin, Co-PI, Florida State University

  • Utility-based Approach to Detecting Compromised Machines

             Zhenhai Duan, PI, Florida State University
             Hongmei Chi, Co-PI, Florida A&M University

  • Software-defined Overlay Virtual Networks – Enforcing Private Device-to-Device Communication through Social Contexts

             Renato Figueiredo, PI, University of Florida
             Adriana Iamnitchi, Co-PI, University of South Florida

  • Helmet: Deep Neural Network Protection Against Adversarial Attacks

             Yier Jin, PI, University of Central Florida
             Wujie Wen, Co-PI, Florida International University

  • Collaborative Authentication for the Internet of Things

             Jay Ligatti, PI, University of South Florida
             Daniela Oliveira, Co-PI, University of Florida

  • Cybersecurity Protection for Software Defined Networking Applying Machine Learning

             Alexander Perez-Pons, PI, Florida International University
             Nasir Ghani, Co-PI, University of South Florida

  • Proactive Defense Against Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Attacks

             Yufei Tang, PI, Florida Atlantic University
             Zhuo Lu, Co-PI, University of South Florida

  • Defensive and Resilient Cyberspace with Threat Tracking and Prediction based on Temporal-Spatial Network/ Data Activity Profiling

             Shigang Chen, PI, University of Florida
             Patrick Kreidl, Co-PI, University of North Florida

  • Resilient Smart Grid Control for Load Switching Cyber Attacks

             Zhixin Miao, PI, University of South Florida
             My T. Thai, Co-PI, University of Florida

  • Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) from the Hardware and Deep Learning Perspectives

             Jiann-Shiun Yuan, PI, University of Central Florida
             Xiaolin Li, Co-PI, University of Florida

For more details about the Collaborative Seed Award Program, click here.

About the Collaborative Seed Award Program

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) supports and encourages collaboration across the State University System (SUS) to promote research innovation and productivity in cybersecurity. The competitive FC2 Collaborative Seed Award Program funds research teams with investigators from at least two SUS institutions for projects that align with FC2 strategic priorities and have strong potential to attract external funding.

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC2 is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

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Media Contact: Kate Whitaker, 813-974-1229

The 2016-2017 Collaborative Seed Award Program funds research teams looking for innovative cybersecurity solutions.