• Recipients of 2016-2017 Collaborative Seed Award Program Announced

     Florida Center for Cybersecurity awards $600,000 in funding to twelve projects involving cybersecurity researchers from nine State University System (SUS) institutions.


    TAMPA, Florida – March 6, 2017 – The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2016-2017 Collaborative Seed Award Program – an initiative that provides funding to cybersecurity research teams from across the State University System (SUS) of Florida. “A key objective of FC2 is to encourage collaboration on cybersecurity research projects to advance new technologies and solutions,” said Sri Sridharan, director at FC2. “Through these efforts, we hope to grow a research-oriented culture that will position Florida as a leader in cyber research and attract industry as well.”  Since this program began in 2014-2015, more than $1 million has been awarded to SUS research teams. Awardees include:


    • FraudHunt: Online Crowdsourced Fraud Attribution

    Bogdan Carbunar, PI, Florida International University

    Damla Turgut, Co-PI, University of Central Florida


    • Resilience and Mission Assurance of Intelligent Machines for Secure Internet of Things

    Kwang-Cheng Chen, PI, University of South Florida

    Zhihua Qu, Co-PI, University of Central Florida


    • Detecting cognitive hacking in the U.S. financial market: A Social media study

    Wingyan Chung, PI, University of Central Florida

    Yu-Kai Lin, Co-PI, Florida State University


    • Utility-based Approach to Detecting Compromised Machines

    Zhenhai Duan, PI, Florida State University

    Hongmei Chi, Co-PI, Florida A&M University


    • Software-defined Overlay Virtual Networks – Enforcing Private Device-to-Device Communication through Social Contexts

    Renato Figueiredo, PI, University of Florida

    Adriana Iamnitchi, Co-PI, University of South Florida


    • Helmet: Deep Neural Network Protection Against Adversarial Attacks

    Yier Jin, PI, University of Central Florida

    Wujie Wen, Co-PI, Florida International University


    • Collaborative Authentication for the Internet of Things

    Jay Ligatti, PI, University of South Florida

    Daniela Oliveira, Co-PI, University of Florida


    • Cybersecurity Protection for Software Defined Networking Applying Machine Learning

    Alexander Perez-Pons, PI, Florida International University

    Nasir Ghani, Co-PI, University of South Florida


    • Proactive Defense Against Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Attacks

    Yufei Tang, PI, Florida Atlantic University

    Zhuo Lu, Co-PI, University of South Florida


    • Defensive and Resilient Cyberspace with Threat Tracking and Prediction based on Temporal-Spatial Network/ Data Activity Profiling

    Shigang Chen, PI, University of Florida

    Patrick Kreidl, Co-PI, University of North Florida


    • Resilient Smart Grid Control for Load Switching Cyber Attacks

    Zhixin Miao, PI, University of South Florida

    My T. Thai, Co-PI, University of Florida


    • Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) from the Hardware and Deep Learning Perspectives

    Jiann-Shiun Yuan, PI, University of Central Florida 

    Xiaolin Li, Co-PI, University of Florida


    For more details about the Collaborative Seed Award Program, click here.


    About the Collaborative Seed Award Program

    The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) supports and encourages collaboration across the State University System (SUS) to promote research innovation and productivity in cybersecurity. The competitive FC2 Collaborative Seed Award Program funds research teams with investigators from at least two SUS institutions for projects that align with FC2 strategic priorities and have strong potential to attract external funding.


    About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity      

    Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC²) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC² is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity. For more information, call (813) 974-2604 or email FC2@usf.edu.


    About the University of South Florida

    The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.