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S2ERC site established; Joins 2 other I/UCRCs

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Since the I/UCRC site was established in August, four additional affiliates have joined, including Centripetal Networks, General Electric Information Technology Security Center, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, SAIC Homeland and Civilian Solutions and the SI Organization.

Virginia Tech, in cooperation with L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and Verisign Labs, has received a five-year continuing grant to establish a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) site for cybersecurity. Since the I/UCRC site was established in August, four additional affiliates have joined, including Centripetal Networks, General Electric Information Technology Security Center, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, SAIC Homeland and Civilian Solutions and the SI Organization.

Initial topics of research for the center include secure computing architectures, cloud computing security, visualization tools for cyber defense, securing critical infrastructure, wireless security, and malware detection and mitigation.

This new cybersecurity site joins the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC), which is led by Ball State University and includes a primary site at Iowa State University and now Virginia Tech. The NSF established S2ERC years ago as the only I/UCRC dedicated to software engineering and recently rechartered the center with an added focus on security.

Currently NSF sponsors 50 I/UCRCs to help connect industry with academic research at a pre-competitive stage. ECE is a member of two other centers, including the Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) and Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT).

CHREC was established in 2007 as the nation’s first multidisciplinary research center in reconfigurable high-performance computing. Peter Athanas serves as the Virginia Tech lead and co-director of the Center. Current Virginia Tech CHREC projects include research in end-to-end tool flow for FPGA productivity and a $1.5 million project with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) that combines genomic data analysis, high-performance computing, and productivity. The project involves a nationwide competition for students.

WICAT’s goal is to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks, and includes teams from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the University of Virginia, Columbia, and Auburn University, in addition to Virginia Tech. WICAT's mission is to create networks that satisfy the needs of businesses and of consumers. Virginia Tech's contributions to the center focus on cognitive radio-based wireless networks, with efforts in software defined radios (SDR), cognitive radios, cognitive network testbed implementation, theoretical foundations of wireless communications and wireless systems modeling and simulation. Tamal Bose serves as the Virginia Tech lead.