June 2023

June 2023

Please join us all at FICS Research in congratulating these faculty members on their recent promotions: 

Clockwise: Dr. Navid Asadi was promoted to Associate Professor, Dr. Domenic Forte was promoted to Full Professor, Dr. Daniela Oliveira was promoted to Full Professor, and Dr. Matthew Hale to Associate Professor. 

Save the date! 

The Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research is pleased to announce the 2023 conference on cybersecurity will be held from October 25-26.  
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603
More information to follow.

Congratulations to both Dr. Rampazzi and her Ph.D student Sri Hrushikesh Varma Bhupathiraju for winning two awards for their work-in-progress (WIP) paper, titled: “WIP: Infrared Laser Reflection Attack Against Traffic Sign Recognition Systems”. These awards include The ETAS best short/WIP Paper award and the Qualcomm Best Demo Award at the Inaugural Symposium on Vehicle Security and Privacy at San Diego Feb 27th 2023. The symposium was co-located with NDSS (Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium).

Dr. Rampazzi states:

“In this work in progress, we present our preliminary results and the discovery of a new vulnerability in cameras that can undermine autonomous vehicle traffic signs recognition systems. We show that adversaries can use this vulnerability to create invisible (to a human) adversarial shapes on the target sign that induces traffic sign misclassification (e.g., speed limit sign perceived as a  stop sign).

We demonstrate this on a controlled closed setting and in simulations. Next, we plan to investigate the attacker’s capabilities in real-world autonomous driving scenarios in various environmental conditions and elaborate a defense strategy to mitigate the threat. This research is part of my lab’s ongoing effort to investigate the security and safety of autonomous vehicles against physical attacks on sensors.”

The project was funded by NSF funding, and unrestricted research funds from Toyota InfoTech Labs.

Further Information on the research can be found here

FICS Research is excited to be hosting a talk by Dr. Takeshi Sugawara on August 16th, 2023. 
Stay tuned for more information to be provided soon. 

Congratulations to FICS Associate Director, Dr. Farimah Farahmandion the recent DURIP $290,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to enhance her laboratory with an Emulation Unit for Advanced SoC Security Verification. 
This award will support education and research on hardware security and trust assessment at the microscale.

FICS Research faculty member and  ECE Assistant Professor  Dr. Baihbab Chatterjee has recently had his paper on Bi-Phasic Quasistatic Brain Communication for Fully Untethered Connected Brain Implants accepted for publication in Nature Electronics (2023 Impact Factor: 33.255). This paper demonstrates how the conductive properties of the brain tissue can be utilized for creating a low-loss, electro-quasistatic mode of communication from a wireless brain implant to an external aggregator.  The final version will be available soon.