Prof. Forte wins ECASE – Army Award

Professor Domenic Forte was recently notified that he will be receiving the Army Research Office’s prestigious Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (ECASE). He was originally nominated for this honor in 2017 by the Office’s Information and Software Assurance Program Officer and Division Chief of the Computing Sciences Program, Dr. Cliff Wang, for his project entitled: SWIFT: A Signature-enabled Wireless Infrastructure for Forensic Tracking, and Locking of Electronic Systems. However, due to extended PECASE announcement delays, the Army decided to proceed with awarding the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 selectees utilizing a “bridge” program called ECASE-Army.
The ECASE-Army recipients will be hosted at a mini seminar series, planned for April 10-11, 2019, where awardees will be provided the opportunity to present their research. We are honored to have Professor Forte represent FICS Research and UF at this event.

For his “SWIFT” Project , Dr. Forte and his team will work on a technology to collect data from an electronic system that will give it a unique “fingerprint” for its working life. The resulting “fingerprint” will allow owners of the system to track it through logistics and the supply chain, lock it to prevent malicious vandalism in the supply chain and during deployment, and determine its path and location in the case of theft.

”It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious award from the Army, and I’d like to thank Dr. Cliff Wang for his unwavering support of my research. I expect SWIFT to result in game-changing capabilities that enable the Army and Department of Defense to rapidly detect and prevent interdiction, theft, and reverse engineering of their classified electronic systems,” -Dr. Forte