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About Me

image-1I am currently working as a Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and the Information Trust Institute at at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).

My research interests are primarily in the Computer Systems area. Much of my research aims to improve the resiliency of cyber-physical systems, real-time and embedded systems as well as the Internet-of-Things domains. To improve resiliency, my research group has worked on novel security mechanisms for these domains as well as robust networking and platform architectures. Read more about me.

SyNeRCyS: My Research Group and our current projects. List of current and former students.

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Selected News

[March 2019] The News Gazette recently interviewed me about our teaching efforts for middle school students. The Computer Science department as well as the Corodinated Science Lab (CSL) at UIUC had written about it before, here and here.

[February 2019] Our paper on a new scheduler side-channel in real-time systems has been accepted at IEEE RTAS 2019. A preprint is online on ArXiv.

[New][December 2018] Multiple journal papers accepted: one on restart-based security platforms for safety-critical CPS in IEEE IoT journal and a survey on the security of real-time IoT systems in the SENSORS Journal.

[November 2018] Our paper on automatically finding bugs in PLCs used in manufacturing systems has been accepted for publication in IEEE S&P 2019!

[August 2018] New project, funded by Boeing, on "Machine Learning-Based Communication and Anomaly Detection in Distributed Autonomous UAV Swarms".

[November — December 2017] Multiple papers accepted, one at DATE 2018, one at IC2E 2018 and two at ICCPS 2018.

[October 2017] New project, funded by NSF, on understanding security threats to real-time and cyber-physical systems and how to protect against them, “An Exploration of Schedule-based Vulnerabilities in Real-Time Embedded Systems”.

[October 2017] New project, funded by ONR, on developing secure, lightweight, cloud computing systems titled, “Tools and Techniques for Debloating Containers”.

[June 2017] New project, funded by the DoE, on cybersecurity defenses for renewable energy sources titled, “INGRESS: Advanced Cybersecurity Platform for Distributed Energy Resources”. Press articles: 1, 2.

[December 2016] Our paper titled, "Exploring Opportunistic Execution for Integrating Security into Legacy Hard Real-Time Systems" won the best student paper award at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS) 2016 conference. This is the premier conference in the field of real-time systems.

[October 2016] Started new NSF Frontiers project on "Software-Defined Control for Smart Manufacturing Systems" funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a multi-university project [including Univ. of Michigan and Cornell] that aims to improve the design and security of manufacturing systems of the future. News about the project.

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