News & Events

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MedCOMM2012 will streamlive from Finland (August 13, 2012)
IEEESpectrum and Slashdot cover the TARDIS paper at USENIX Security.


SPQR research on medical devices featured in the Economist (June 2, 2012)
Prof. Fu joins distinguished speakers (including the current NSADirector and former CIA Director) at the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation retreat


The NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board issues a letter on medical device cybersecurity to the Acting Director of OMB, the Secretary of HHS, the CIO of OMB, the Cyber security Coordinator of the National Security Council, the Deputy Under secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS, and the Director of NIST.


IEEESpectrum covers Half-Witspaper for low-power embedded flash memory
Kevin Fu elevated to ACM Senior Member
Shane Clark receives 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
$450K MRI grant for an RFID Testbed awarded by NSF
Ben Ransford receives 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
$450K Cyber Trust grant on Improving S&P in Pervasive Healthcare awarded by NSF
Kevin Fu receives Sloan Research Fellowship
The ITPS workshop brought together academic, industrial, and government participants to brainstorm how to improve security and privacy of integrated payment systems for transportation.
IEEE Spectrum interviews Prof. Wayne Burleson and Dan Holcomb on using the contents of uninitialized SRAM to generate randomness and an identifying fingerprint on future RFID tags.
Prof. Wayne Burleson and Dr. Ari Juels are collaborating with Prof. Dennis Goeckel and Prof. Robert Jackson of the UMass Wireless Center on a new project entitled "Ultra Wideband Radio for Low-Power Security.". The project was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the NSF Cyber Trust program.
Prof. Kevin Fu explained the challenges for security and privacy of contactless credit cards, NFC phones, and chip-and-pin to attendees at the 2008 Payments Conference organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Outstanding Paper Award at the 29th Annual IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy for the paper entitled, "Pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators: Software-radio attacks and zero-power defenses."
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator can leak private information and allow unauthorized parties to modify settings that control shock therapies. Read the full report and coverage by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and a press release
Researchers from academia, industry, and government participated in the RFID Security Workshop at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The original workshop program appears here.
The RFID Journal reports Daniel Holcomb's work on using the initial SRAM state for fingerprint extraction and random number generation on RFIDs. A journal version appears in IEEE Trans. on Computers.
Prof. Kevin Fu discusses security and privacy aspects of ubiquitous computing in the retail store of the future at the 17th Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy.
Prof. Kevin Fu joins panelists at the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue’s workshop on “RFID and Ubiquitous Computing" in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how privacy and security can be built into the technology.
The New York Times reports on SPQR researchers demonstrating security and privacy vulnerabilities in RFID-enabled credit cards
SPQR researchers receive $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to research cryptographic protocols, hardware and applications in RFID security.

By the Numbers

4 Paper Awards (ACM SIGCOMM 2011, IEEE S&P 2008, USENIX Security 2006, USENIX Security 2001)
2 IEEE Fellows
987 cups of espresso, 610 cups of coffee, 377 cups of tea (sort of)