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Research Group

Grad Students
Postdocs
UG and K-12
Visitors

PhD Students

  • Junia Valente

    Group: Ph.D. Students

    Web: Personal Website

    Junia's research focuses on the security of Internet of Things devices and on designing physics-based attestation for remote cyber-physical systems. In particular, she proposed the use of visual-challenges to increase the trustworthiness of remotely-captured video footage. Her visual-challenges research won the second place of the ACM Student Research Competition at the 2015 Grace Hopper Conference. Her team won the FWD.us Debug DC Growthathon in 2014. She has reported various vulnerabilities in IoT devices, including CVE-2015-8287.

  • Mustafa Faisal

    Group: Ph.D. Students

    Web: Google Scholar Profile

    Mustafa's research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and security and privacy in industrial control systems and the smart grid. He works on deep packet inspection of industrial control protocols, tracking the communication patterns of controllers, servers, and field devices for security purposes.

  • Carlos Barreto

    Group: Ph.D. Students

    Web: Personal Website

    Carlos is interested in control theory, game theory and mechanism design; and how incentives and economic games can improve the security of control systems and the smart grid.

  • Neil Ortiz

    Group: Ph.D. Students

    Web:

    Neil Ortiz is an expert on power system operations. Before joining UTD, he worked with XM, the operator of the power grid in Colombia. His research project is to identify the successful practices and lessons learned by countries subject to persistent attacks on their critical infrastructures, and incorporate these lessons into social and technical solutions that we can use to better understand the nature of the threat, and to motivate better public and private sector postures for the protection of critical infrastructures from physical as well as cyber-attacks. His research will leverage the experience of five decades of sustained attacks against the critical infrastructures of Colombia and study the government and industry responses and best practices in that country.

  • Shane St. Luce

    Group: Ph.D. Students

    Web:

    Shane is interested in machine learning, graphical models, and the theoretical foundations for security in cyber-physical systems.

  • Kelvin Mai

    Group: Ph.D. Students

    Web:

    Kelvin is interested in network security and deep-packet inspection for industrial control systems.

  • Former PhD Students

    • David Urbina

      Group: Ph.D. Students

      Web: Personal Website

      David is a Security Researcher at Intel Corporation where he is responsible for the secure design, development and operation of hardware and software products and services on IoT. His research interests fall on the areas of IoT security, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security, and software architecture and design. His paper on studying network patterns of encrypted AMI network traffic won the 2014 best paper award at the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Conference.

    • MS Students

      • Swanand Mukund Kulkarni

        Group: MS Students

        Web:

        Swanand is an MS student in the Systems Engineering and Management program at UTD. He has design and operational experience in Industrial Process Control Systems. He is interested in distributed control, optimization, and operations research.

Postdocs

  • Jairo Giraldo

    Group: Postdoc

    Web: Google Scholar Profile

    Jairo works on security and privacy problems in control theory. His work focuses on how Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) have unique properties that can be exploited to design privacy-enhancing technologies particularly tailored to achieve privacy with the lowest negative impact to the utility of these systems. In particular he was worked on two examples of these properties by looking at the inherent noise of CPS, and their sensor sampling flexibility, and show how they can be used to design differential privacy algorithms that introduce less noise, and adaptive sensor sampling algorithms that hide sensitive information without the need to add noise. He also works on securing industrial control systems by leveraging physics-aware intrusion detection systems.

Undergraduate Students

  • Sonia Torres

    Group: Undergraduate Students

    Web:

    Sonia Torres is an alumn of the Young Women In Science and Engineering (YWISE) program at UTD. She is currently working on Mandatory Security Policies for Industrial Control Systems. Her research was selected as a Jonsson School Undergraduate Research Experience Award winner for the 2016-2017 academic year. She also received the first place of the YWISE 2014 program. In addition her work is supported by an NSF-CRISP REU for improving the security of our critical infrastructures. She was the web chair for the first ACM CPS-SPC security workshop.

  • Vanessa Webb

    Group: Undergraduate Students

    Web:

    Vanessa is interested in privacy issues with Internet of Things devices.

  • Elena Diaz

    Group: Undergraduate Students

    Web:

    Elena is interested in privacy issues with Internet of Things devices.

  • Kelly Venechanos

    Group: Undergraduate Students

    Web:

    Kelly is interested in privacy and security for Internet of Things Devices.

  • Former Undergraduate Students

    • Cathryn Ploehn

      Group: Undergraduate Students

      Web: http://bigdatautd.wordpress.com

      Cathryn is the recipient of a Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) for 2013-2014 sponsored by CRA-W and a UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Scholar Award. Her research interests include human-machine interfaces and the visual representation of information for data analysts and security analysts. She is a co-author of a Cloud Security Alliance White Paper on Big Data Analytics for Security and has presented her work at the CRA-W/CDC Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop and the Grace Hopper Conference. She graduated in 2014 and started a summer internship at NIST on usable security.

    • Michael Guerrero

      Group: Undergraduate Students

      Web:

      Michael is the recipient of a Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) for Spring 2014 sponsored by CRA-W. His research interests include intrusion detection for process control systems. His paper on studying network patterns of encrypted AMI network traffic won the 2014 best paper award at the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Conference.

    • Michael Christian

      Group: Undergraduate Students

      Web: http://mikechristian.site40.net/MySite/journal.php

      Michael Christian is a senior computer science student at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina, and is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at UT Dallas for the summer of 2014. He is interested Human Centered Computing and network security.

    • Carlos Ortega

      Group: Undergraduate Students

      Web: http://corteg20.people.uic.edu/dreu/

      Carlos is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago currently working on a BS in computer science and participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at UT Dallas for the summer of 2014. He is interested in Human Centered Interaction and in data visualizations and analytics.

    • Grace St. Clair

      Group: Undergraduate Students

      Web: http://bigdatautd.wordpress.com

      Grace is the recipient of a Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) for 2013-2014 sponsored by CRA-W and a UT Dallas Research Scholar Award. Her research interests lie in the interseccion of Big Data analytics tools and information security and she is a co-author of a Cloud Security Alliance Report on Big Data Analytics for Security.

    • Laurel Mohrman

      Group: Undergraduate Students

      Web: http://bigdatautd.wordpress.com

      Laurel is the recipient of a UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Scholar Award for 2013-2014. She is interested in network security, intrusion detection, and analytic tools to detect anomalies in computer networks.

    High School Students

    • Arlene Godfreey-Igwe, Stacy Godfreey-Igwe,

      Abigail Joseph, and Jaspreet Kaur

      Group: High School Students

      Web: Project Website

      Arlene, Stacy, Abigail, and Jaspreet are students at Berkner High School. They are participating in the 2016-2017 Young Women In Science and Engineering (YWISE) program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Their goal is to understand the various ways IoT devices collect data from consumers, give consumers choice and consent for these practices, and analyze their communication patterns. Some of the devices they are analyzing include an electricity consumption monitor, wearables, and smart home hubs like the Samsung Hub and the Amazon Echo.

Visitors

  • Andres Felipe Murillo

    Group: Visitors

    Web: Google Scholar Profile

    Andres is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, under the supervision of Sandra Rueda and the co-supervision of Alvaro Cardenas. His research interests focus on Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) security, Cyber-Physical Security, and Smart Grids.

  • Ming Liang

    Group: Visitors

    Web:

    Ming is an associate research fellow at the National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Information System Security in China. His research interests focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) security, Network Survivability, and Internet Measurement.

Past Visitors

  • Luis Francisco Combita

    Group: Visitors

    Web:

    Luis Francisco is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Universidad Distrital in Colombia. He is completing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia under the supervision of Nicanor Quijano and co-supervision of Alvaro Cardenas. His research interests lie on extending fault-detection and fault-identification algorithms in Control Theory to deal with adversarial faults, rather than random natural faults.

  • Jairo Giraldo

    Group: Visitors

    Web: Google Scholar Profile

    Jairo obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He is interested in Control Theory, Passivity Theory and their application to Microgrids synchronization and control.

  • Marina Krotofil

    Group: Visitors

    Web: Personal Website

    Marina is a Ph.D. Candidate at Hamburg University of Technology. She is interested in Process Control Systems security and testbeds.

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