February 2024

February 2024

Please join FICS Research in welcoming our new faculty member,

Dr. Sonja

Sonja Schmer-Galunder is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Sonja is the Glenn and Deborah Renwick Leadership Professor in AI and Ethics at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Before joining UF she was the Principal Investigator on several multi-million-dollar DARPA-funded research projects that combine social science with AI development to better address long-term social and cultural impacts of AI. She was the PI of DARPA Understanding Group Bias, DARPA SBIRs TYBALT and MEDULLA OBLONGATA as well as the PI on DARPA Civil Sanctuary and co-PI on DARPA HABITUS. More information can be found here.







During the UF SHPE Jr Conference, Dr. Rampazzi recently had a visit from high school students to her CPSec Lab and FICS Research lab. The conference’s goal is to introduce students to engineering disciplines to the university. 

PhD students Jennifer Sheldon and Carson Stillman, shown in the photos above, demonstrated attacks on vehicles and computer systems, as well as defensive control flow techniques.








Associate Director of FICS Research Dr. Farimah Farahmandi recently received funding from the Office of Naval Research in support of her project “Optimized System Design for Assurance and Life-cycle Management (SaLEM).” The objective of the $498K project is to develop a sustainable and security-aware life-cycle management solution, called SALeM, that monitors the run-time behaviors and silicon status of microelectronic devices. The team will also develop novel designs for upgradable hardware, meaning that the design can be altered and enhanced during runtime. More information on her research can be found here.

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Sri Hrushkiesh Varma Bhupathirajus on his paper being accepted at NDSS Symposium. His work focuses on finding and developing defenses against attacks on autonomous vehicles by examining the properties of Infrared Laser Reflections, seen by vehicles but invisible to humans.
More information on his research can be found here. 

Recently, CISE Director Dr. Juan Gilbert’s research on traffic stops was featured in the Gainesville Sun. The Virtual Traffic Stop tool is designed to allow safer interactions between motorists and law enforcement officers. “Imagine what it would be like if you and officers could talk virtually during traffic stops,” said Dr. Gilbert. “This is a de-escalation tool.” 
Read the full article here.