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Students to hack hardware, software and data to build security skills

Come fall, students at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University will begin hacking computers—for credit.

Each university is offering the first of three courses in a new curriculum in which engineering and computer science students will learn how to break into — and then protect — hardware, software and data. The goal is for students to understand how they can then protect their own, or their employer’s, computers from viruses, phishing attacks, so-called Trojan horses and other cyber attacks.

“We’re doing a lot of computer security research, but we’ve failed in the need to educate and train students — the future users, developers and controllers of these systems,” said Swarup Bhunia, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve, who will teach the hardware security class here.

Drs. Pedram Mohseni and Randolph Nudo report results of Brain-Machine-Brain Interface


Dr. Pedram Mohseni joined with Dr. Randolph Nudo, professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Kansas on September 1, 2010 to test the hypothesis that brain cells that are active at the same time are more likely to be related functionally, and thus, through as yet unknown mechanisms, form increasingly stronger communication links, eventually forming permanent coupling via anatomical connections. Their study is currently in the fourth year of funding from the US Army’s Medical Research and Materiel Command and is entitled “A Brain-Machine-Brain Interface for Rewiring of Cortical Circuitry after Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Recent studies have demonstrated that after injury, such as might occur post-stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI), neurons in the remaining intact brain tissue spontaneously reorganize. One can conclude that the injured brain is not simply a normal brain with a part removed but forms completely new networks that allow compensation for lost functions, and thus some limited functional recovery.

Drs. Gurkan & Wera receive first annual APT Steven Garverick Innovation Incentive award

Drs. Umut Gurkan and Glenn Wera received the first annual Cleveland Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center Steven Garverick Innovation Incentive award.  Their research is entitled “Synovial Fluid Biochip for Monitoring Joint and Prosthesis Health”.  Although this is the fourth time this award has been announced, the Innovation Incentive program was renamed this year to honor Dr. Steven Garverick, past Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University and a loyal advisor to APT Center from its inception, whose keen understanding of wireless, low power sensing is just now being reflected in devices to benefit disabled veterans.    

EECS department’s Swarup Bhunia earns prestigious IBM Faculty Award

Swarup BhuniaSwarup Bhunia, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was awarded a 2013 IBM Faculty Award.
The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations and promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.
Faculty awards are cash awards of up to $40,000 granted annually.
Bhunia has more than 10 years of research and development experience with more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and premier conferences in the area of VLSI design, CAD and test techniques. His research interests include low power and robust design, hardware security and protection, adaptive nanocomputing and novel test methodologies.

IEEE Spectrum Features EECS Researchers’ Paper at IEDM 2013 – “Silicon Carbide Nanomechanical Switches Built to Last”

A silicon carbide nanomechanical switchThe end of Moore’s Law feels closer than ever. Chip-industry leaders are going to strange lengths—fin-shaped transistors and exotic semiconductors—to keep delivering better integrated circuits every year, and some alternatives are starting to look attractive. A number of research teams are working on substituting the transistor switches that form an IC’s logic and memory circuits with nanoscale electromechanical switches, or NEMS. One obstacle to real-world implementation has been that these devices wear out quickly and then break, but new findings presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting in Washington, D.C., yesterday show that these switches can actually function for days or weeks in air, putting them closer to a commercially viable life span.