Funded Projects

From addressing battlefield situational awareness challenges to balancing privacy with social media to teaching cybersecurity in computer science courses, COSC faculty partner with private and government agencies to secure funding on a vast array of research projects.

June 2016

S. Acharya (PI), K. Elkins (co-PI), Evaluation of Technologies for the Design and Development of a Drug Testing Application to Aid in Crime Scene Investigation, Market Study Proposal, Funded by: Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), $10,000, November 2015 – April 2016

Michael McGuire received a sub-award of $27,539 from Johns Hopkins University to develop a world-wide geographic hierarchy and gazetteer service to support the Meta Citizen Sciences Project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Ziying Tang and Jinjuan Heidi Feng, together with Dr. Amanda Jozkowski from the College of Health Professions, received a grant of $10,000 from the Fisher Endowment Fund and another grant of $20,000 from the Mid Atlantic CIO Forum to develop a communication system for young children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Robert Hammell, as PI, received a grant of $55,150 from ARL on “Fuzzy Methods for Social Computing” to have two course releases for the fall, 2016 semester to allow him to spend HALF time with the ARL Multilingual Computing and Analysis Branch.

Wei Yu, as PI, Dr. Chao Lu, as co-PI, received a grant of $100,000 from CERDEC on “Efficient Network Transport for Tactical Networks Analysis, Research and Development” April 2016 to April, 2017.  Both of these two grants are the new additions to the Army Research Lab Cooperative Agreement # W911NF-11-2-0092.

 

Grants Awarded

U.S. Army Research Laboratory: Robert Hammell received additional incremental funding in the amount of $25,000 under the five-year Cooperative Agreement (CA) between Towson University and the US Army Research Laboratory. The funds were provided to support work aimed at addressing battlefield situational awareness challenges. Total funding for the project could reach $500K.

$10K Intel Grant The Department of Computer and Information Sciences received $10,000 from the Intel Corporation to support Blair Taylor in developing a module entitled –“Balancing Privacy and Social Media.”

Blair Taylor and Siddharth Kaza NSF Grant Blair Taylor and Siddharth Kaza (with Ambareen Siraj of Tennessee Tech) received an NSF grant titled “CyberWorkshops: Resources, Strategies, and Support for Teaching Cybersecurity in Computer Science Courses (CReST).” The grant amount is $549,942 over two years starting 2014.

Dr. Wei Yu Earns Prestigious NSF CAREER Award Dr. Wei Yu, Assistant Professor in the Department of of Computer & Information Sciences, received the prestigious National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, titled "CAREER: Towards Secured and Efficient Energy-based Critical Infrastructure." Total funding = $436,453.

Wei Yu and Chao Lu receive grant for $205,000 for “A Network Sensor-Based Defense Framework for Active Network Security Situation Awareness and Impact Mitigation” Wei Yu and Chao Lu received a grant award of $205,000, entitled “A Network Sensor-Based Defense Framework for Active Network Security Situation Awareness and Impact Mitigation” from US Air Force through Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. November 21, 2013 to Feb. 27, 2016

CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) at Towson University (S. Azadegan, J. Dehlinger, S. Kaza, B.Taylor, and W. Yu). National Science Foundation (NSF) DUE-1241649, 10/2012 – 9/2017, $2,093,834

Design and Evaluation of HealthCare Information Security System (S. Acharya) Funded by: Information Services, Altoona Regional Health System (ARMS), $234,000 March 2011 – February 2014. Additional funds for Meaningful Use Stages Implementation – $78,000.

Security Injections for CS0, CS1, and CS2: Promoting Responsible Coding and Building a Community of Security Ambassadors, S. Kaza & B. Taylor, NSF Cybercorps $451,879, 2012-2015  

Membership Inference in a Differentially Private World and Beyond (W. Yu), National Science Foundation (NSF). CNS-1117175. 9/2011 – 8/2014, $164,040

A Distributed Host-Based Intrusion Detection Framework for Military Network Operation (W. Yu), Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Grant #: W911NF-11-1-0193. 05/2011 – 05/2014. $154,333

SPLASH: Secure Programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School (B. Taylor and A. Dudley), National Science Foundation CyberSTARS Program: $95,000, 2013-2014

Grant: Information Assurance Scholarship Program S. Azadegan, DoD IASP 10/2012-8/2013, $51,456.

Grant: An Integrated Modeling and Simulation Framework of Power Grid and Communication Networks (PI: Wei Yu). Source: Prometheus Computing Inc. As part of a federal contract from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Duration: 9/2012 – 09/2013. Amount: $40,792.

A Network Sensor-Based Defense Framework for Active Network Security Situation Awareness and Impact Mitigation (W. Yu, C. Lu ), Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. As part of a federal SBIR contract, $40,000, 2/2012-9/2012

Programming Logic Course with Secure Coding for High School Girls (A. Dudley and B. Taylor), Department of Defense IASP Aug. 2012-Jul. 2013, $36,000

Helping Bowie State Develop a Case Studies Course in Computer Security (M. O’Leary, C. Turner), Department of Grant: Defense IASP H98230-11-100437, 8/11 – 11/12, $20,192.

Nadim Alkharouf, “Production of nematode resistant soybean.” Mtech Maryland Industrial Partnership Program. Feb 1, 2012 – Jan 31, 2013. $100,000.

September 2015

Robert Hammell received additional incremental funding in the amount of $75,000 under the five-year Cooperative Agreement (CA) between Towson University and the US Army Research Laboratory. The funds were provided to support work aimed at continuing to address battlefield situational awareness challenges. Total funding for the project could reach $500k; value of funds applied thus far now totals approximately $325,000.

Wei Yu and Chao Lu, “Cloud-Based Threat Monitoring and Detection on Heterogeneous Mobile Devices” from US National Security Agency (NSA), Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 30, 2016, $139,180.00.

Wei Yu and Chao Lu, “Evaluation of Configuration Management Protocols for Tactical Networks” Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Duration: 06/2015 – 05/2016. Amount: $50,000.

S. Acharya (PI), “Design and Evaluation of HealthCare Information Security System”, Funded by: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC-Altoona), $402,000, March 2011 – December 2015 (External), [Additional 90K for Year 2015].

Michael McGuire recently received a subcontract of $265,456 over five years through Johns Hopkins University as a part of the NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) award titled, “CIF21 DIBBs: Long Term Access to Large Scientific Data Sets: The SkyServer and Beyond.”  This project will research methods to use the SkyServer database framework to integrate data for ecologists.  This will include the integration of spatial, sensor, and field datasets in spatial, temporal, and attribute dimensions for the development of a geospatial network to provide a collaborative data sharing environment aimed at long term research.

Previously . . .

Joyram Chakraborty was issued a patent for his work entitled “Systems and Methods for Automatically Determining Culture-Based Behavior in Customer Service Interactions.” US Patent number 20,120,310,629, 2012 was issued to Dr. Chakraborty and collaborators OT Stewart and DM Lubensky from IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs.

Alfreda Dudley and Blair Taylor received $95,180 to fund tuition for 6 in-state and 6 out-of-state high school girls for a summer 2014 session of Secure Programming Logic Aimed at Seniors in High School (SPLASH). Towson University was one of 5 institutions selected to pilot CyberSTARS (funded by NSF and NSA).

Michael McGuire and Wei Yu of Computer and Information Sciences and Mike O’Leary of Math recently received funding from the US Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program to develop a virtual penetration testing laboratory.  The laboratory will be used as a test bed for DoD funded research in intrusion detection and prevention systems and will contribute to an existing collaboration between Towson University and DoD related research laboratories, including the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This project will involve graduate and undergraduate students and fund two 10 hour graduate research assistantships for one year.

Robert Hammell received an additional $99,956 of incremental funding for the cooperative agreement (CA) between Towson University and the US Army Research Laboratory; this work is aimed at addressing the Value of Information (VOI) problem and other battlefield situation awareness challenges. 

Wei  Yu  and  graduate  students  Sixiao  Wei,  Guanhui  Ma  received  a  Best  Paper  Award  at  the  2013  IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) – Communication and Information Systems Security (CISS) Symposium (IEEE ICC is one of the two flag-ship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society, together with the IEEE GLOBE Communication (GLOBECOM) conference). This work has been supported by Prof. Yu’s NSF grant from 9/2011 to 8/2014.

S. Acharya (PI), “Design and Evaluation of HealthCare Information Security System”, Funded by: Information Services, Altoona Regional Health System (ARHS), 2011, $312, 000, March 2011 – February 2015. [Additional Funds for Meaningful Use Stages Assessment and Implementation]   Grant period extension: 03/01/2011 – 02/28/2015, Additional Funds: $78K

Dr. Alfreda Dudley and Dr. Blair Taylor were awarded $35,381 by the Department of Defense to design, develop, and pilot test an online/hybrid version of COSC175, General Computer Science, at Towson University, that will introduce programming logic and secure coding to high school girls at several predominately female high schools, including Notre Dame Preparatory and Western High School. June, 2012.

Nadim Alkharouf. “Production of nematode resistant soybean.” Mtech Maryland Industrial Partnership Program. Feb 1, 2012 – Jan 31, 2013. $100,000.

Nadim Alkharouf. “The Use of Bioinformatics for GABA-Enriched Plants.” Plant Sensory Systems LLC. Dec 14, 2011 – Jan 8, 2013. $25,000.

Yeong-Tae Song. “N-Screen Based Smart Learning Management System.” Sookmyung University in Korea. June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2013. $105,000.

Subrata Acharya, “Evaluation of Information Security System,” Altoona Regional Health System, $234,000, March 1, 2011 through February 28, 2014.

Darush Davani, “Toward a More Comprehensive Cognitive Robot through Separation of Functionality,” Army Research Laboratory $20,000, July 16, 2010 through July 15, 2011.

Chao Lu, “Development of Web Access Software,” Health Data Essentials, $6,919, November 3, 2010 through November 2, 2011.

Chao Lu, “Health Science Information Quality Assurance Tools and Methods,” Medical Decision Logic, Inc.,$19,000, September 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.

Chao Lu, “Health Science Information Quality Assurance Tools and Methods – Graduate Student Research, Spring 2011” Medical Decision Logic, Inc., “ (additional funding for above project), $9,500, September 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.

Chao Lu and Wei Sun, “Establishing an Institute of Chinese Language Teaching at Towson University,”$129,756, Confucius Institute Headquarters, March 1, 2011 through February 28, 2012 (third year’s funding for three-year project).

Mike O’Leary, Mathematics, and Scott Hilberg and Suranjan Chakrobtry, “Expanding the Reach of the IT Programs at Towson University,” Maryland Higher Education Commission, $73,844, January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.

Wei Yu, “Smart Grid Priority Action Plans Support: Network Assessments for Smart Grid Applications,” Prometheus Computing, LLC (under its contract from the National Institute of Standards and Technology),$181,480, December 20, 2010 through June 19, 2012.

Harry Zhou, “Graduate Student Project, Fall 2010,” Medical Decision Logic, Inc., $6,900, September 27, 2010 through December 15, 2010.

Harry Zhou, “Graduate Student Project, Spring 2011,” $9,500, Medical Decision Logic, Inc. (continuation funding for above award), December 16, 2010 through May 24, 2011.

Marius Zimand, “AF:Small:Studies in Randomness Extraction,” National Science Foundation, $54,135, August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.