Chronology



2004
June

UTD designated the NSA/DHS COE (Center for Excellence) in Information Assurance Education.

October

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham joins UTD from MITRE/NSF as Professor of Computer Science and establishes the Cyber Security Research and Education Center.


2005
January

Dr. Latifur Khan, Ph.D. from University of Southern California, joins the center and conducts research in data mining for malware detection.

Center forms research group in cyber security.

September

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, Ph.D. from Purdue/CERIAS, joins UTD and the center.

October

Center (Thuraisingham/Khan) receives its first grant ($300K) from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to conduct research on information operations via infospheres in collaboration with George Mason University (GMU).


2006
June

Center establishes collaboration with Raytheon (Thuraisingham/Khan) and receives funding to conduct research in geospatial information management.

September

Dr. Kevin Hamlen, Ph.D. from Cornell, joins UTD and the Center.

October

Center receives funding (Kantarcioglu/Thuraisingham) from AFOSR to conduct research in risk-based access control and provenance with Purdue University.


2007
August

Center receives NSF Medium Cyber Trust Grant (Thuraisingham/Khan) to conduct research on policy management for semantic web with University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC )and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

September

Center receives grant from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) (Khan/Thuraisingham) to conduct research in geospatial data integration in collaboration with University of Minnesota.

Kevin Hamlen receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award.

October

Center receives grant from NASA (Khan/Ng/Thuraisingham) to conduct research in data mining for detecting faults in collaboration with University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).


2008
March

Center receives DoD MURI (Thuraisingam/Kantarcioglu/Khan) to conduct research in assured information sharing in collaboration with UMBC, Purdue, UIUC, University of Michigan and UTSA.

April

Center receives grant from IARPA to conduct research under the KDD project.

June

UTD is among the first group of 18 universities to be designated a NSA/DHS COE for Information Assurance Research.

September

Center receives grant from AFOSR to conduct research in assured cloud computing.


2009
January

Kantarcioglu receives NSF CAREER award.

February

Center hosts the NSF Data and Applications Security Workshop in Arlington, VA with $50K funding from NSF.

June

Center hosts the Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference in Dallas, TX with $10K funding from NSF.

August

Center receives EAGER (Hamlen/Thuraisingham) to conduct research in secure peer-to-peer data management.

September

Center receives AFOSR grant (Thuraisingham/Khan/Kantarcioglu) to conduct research in secure semantic networks.

October

Center receives NIH grant (Kantarcioglu) to conduct research in genomic data privacy in collaboration with Vanderbilt.

November

Center receives ONR grant (Kantarcioglu) to conduct research in botnet detection in collaboration with Purdue, UTSA and University of Wisconsin.


2010
January

Dr. Kamil Sarac, Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara, joins the center.

April

Center receives grant from AFOSR (Hamlen/Khan/Thuraisingham) to conduct research on reactively adaptive malware.

June

Center receives Medium NeTS grant from NSF (Kantarcioglu) to conduct research in data provenance in collaboration with Purdue.

September

Center receives Small Trustworthy Computing Grant (Kantarcioglu/Khan) to conduct research in privacy aware ontology alignment in collaboration with Purdue.

Center receives $1.8m NSF Scholarship for Service award (Sarac/Thuraisingham/Kantarcioglu/Hamlen/Sha) to train US citizens in Information Assurance.


2011
April

Khan receives $25K gift from Tektronix to research scalability issue for large CDR dataset.

May

Center receives $235K award from Homeland Protection Institute (Khan) to work on Android phone security with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

July

Center receives funding of $10K from Raytheon (Khan) to conduct research in malicious behavior pattern extrapolation.

August

Center receives a portion of $1.1m Medium Trustworthy Computing award (Hamlen) in collaboration with University of Illinois Chicago for work on web advertisement security.

Center receives $243K award (Khan) from AFOSR for cloud infrastructure development.

September

Zhiqiang Lin, Ph.D. from Purdue University, joins UT Dallas.

Kantarcioglu is promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at UT Dallas.

Center receives a portion of $3m Large Trustworthy Computing award (Kantarcioglu) from the NSF in collaboration with UTSA and Purdue for research on privacy-enhanced secure data provenance.

Hamlen receives $500K NSF Career award on language-based polymorphic malware security.

Center receives $265K NSF Capacity Building award (Thuraisingham/Sarac/colleagues) for Assured Cloud Computing Education.

Center receives $74K DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) award (Thuraisingham/Sarac/colleagues) for the 2011-2012 academic year (one undergraduate and one graduate student).

Thuraisingham gives keynote address on Data Mining for Malware Detection at the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference 2011 in Athens, Greece.

October

Center hosts inauguralTexSAW (Texas Security Awareness Week) jointly with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas and $10K funding from NSF.

November

Center receives a portion of $1.4m DARPA award (Lin) in collaboration with Purdue to safeguard legacy data that resides on outdated operating systems.

December

Thuraisingham gives keynote address in Sydney, Australia on Cloud-Centric Assured Information Sharing at the 9th IEEE Conference in Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing.


2012
February

Lin (co-author of two papers) and Kantarcioglu (co-author of one paper) present three papers at the IEEE 19th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2012) in San Diego.

Thuraisingham participates in a plenary panel at ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY 2012) in San Antonio.

April

Center receives a $970K AFOSR award (Thuraisingham/Khan/Lin/Hamlen) for Android Malware Detection.

Center receives a $450K AFOSR award (Kantarcioglu/Thuraisingham) Secure Cloud Data Storage.

Hamlen receives the Erik Jonsson School Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award.

May

Lin presents his paper on VM Space Traveler at IEEE Security and Privacy (aka Oakland) Symposium.

CySREC Inaugural Newsletter is published.

Khan gives keynote address at the Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) PAISI Workshop.

June

Khan receives the IEEE Technical Achievement Award for Intelligence and Security Informatics awarded jointly by IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society and the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society in Washington DC.

Thuraisingham receives the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) 2012 Transformative Achievement Gold Medal in Berlin for Interdisciplinary Research.

Thuraisingham gives a tutorial on Data Mining for Malware Detection at the SDPS Conference in Berlin.

Hamlen presents his paper on Frankenstein Malware at USENIX Security Workshop. Articles about this work appeared in several publications including the Economist, New Scientist and NBC News.

Lin receives a faculty award from VMware to support his research on secure cloud computing.

August

Kantarcioglu presents his paper on Adversarial Support Vector Machine Learning at ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining(KDD) Conference in Beijing, China.

World famous cryptographer Yvo Desmedt joins UT Dallas from University College, London.

Thuraisingham gives a keynote address at the International Symposium on Foundation of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics in conjunction with ASONAM (International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining); Thuraisingham participates in a plenary panel at ASONAM.

 

September

Center receives a $440K ARO award (Kantarcioglu/Thuraisingham) for game theoretic framework for adversarial classification.

Center receives a $400K NSF award (Kantarcioglu/Hamlen/Khan) in collaboration with MIT and UMBC for policy compliant integration of linked data.

Center receives a $300K NIH award (Kantarcioglu) in collaboration with Vanderbilt University for risk management framework for identifiability in genomics research.

Center receives a $300K NSF MRI award (Khan/Hamlen/Kantarcioglu/Lin/Sarac) for design and development of an instrument for assured cloud computing.

October

Thuraisingham, Hamlen, Kantarcioglu and Khan present their research at the AFOSR Program Review in Washington DC.

Khan gives a keynote address at the AFOSR-EOARD sponsored conference in St Petersburg Russia on cyber security.

Hamlen and Lin present their paper on binary stirring at the ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference (CCS).

Sarac hosts the Second Annual Texas Security Awareness (TexSAW) conference at UT Dallas.

Desmedt gives a keynote address on secure multiparty computation at the 2012 Workshop on Cryptographic Technologies Suitable for Cloud Computing at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.

Desmedt gives a keynote address at the 2012 Workshop on Online Security and Civil Rights: A Fine Ethical Balance at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

November

Khan is elected as an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Thuraisingham gives a keynote address at the China Social Computing Conference organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Hamlen’s and Lin's CCS paper on binary software randomization wins 2nd best Applied Security Paper of the Year at the AT&T NYU-Poly CyberSecurity Awareness (CSAW) competition in New York.

December

Multiple papers co-authored by Khan and Kantarcioglu are presented at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) in Brussels.

The paper co-authored by Hamlen and Lin on securing untrusted code receives the Outstanding Student Paper Award at Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) in Orlando, FL.

Desmedt delivers a keynote presentation at the International View of Cryptography and Security and Their Use in Practice in Beijing, China.

Khan receives a $60K award from Sandia National Lab for situational awareness of topic drift.


2013
January

Dr. Alvaro Cardenas, from Fujitsu Laboratories of America and formerly a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, joins UT Dallas.

April The institute receives funding from MITRE Corporation for $40K for research on enabling secure control architectures for cyber physical systems (Cardenas).
August

Dr. Zygmunt Haas, a PhD from Stanford and Professor at Cornell University since 1985, joins UT Dallas. Haas is an expert in wireless network security.

September

UT Dallas hosts the 4th NIST Cyber Security Framework Workshop.

October The Institute, in collaboration with the School of Mathematical Sciences, receives an NSF award entitled ATD: Efficient online detection based on multiple sensors, with applications to cybersecurity and discovery of biological threats  (Baron/Khan) for $392K.

Sarac hosts the 3rd annual TexSAW at UT Dallas.
November Thuraisingham receives an IBM Faculty award in cyber security.

University senate approves the Certificate in Cyber Security Systems (CCSS)   beginning in fall 2014.

The institute receives a $593K award from the Office of Naval Research entitled Binary Retrofitting of Untrusted Software Components for Secure Software Complexity Reduction (Hamlen).

The institute receives an IUCRC award from Raytheon titled Metamorphic Extensions to Frankenstein Malware for Defensive Testing for $35K (Hamlen/Khan/Lin).

December Thuraisingham was named one of the top 15 cyber security professors.

Thuraisingham co-chairs the International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) which was hosted in Dallas, TX.


2014
January

Lin receives AFOSR Young Investigator Program award in the amount of $360,157 entitled Towards Fundamental and Binary-centric Techniques for Kernel Malware Defense.

April Sarac receives Erik Jonsson School Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.
June The Institute is re-designated as a NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research for academic years 2014 - 2021.
September Sarac receives Scholarship for Service award from the NSF for $3.9 million to train students in cyber security.

2015
May UT Dallas is designated as a NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (the first in Texas and the 14th in the US).  
June UT Dallas' CSI is chosen as the inaugural local host of the Women in CyberSecurity 2016 Conference. 
September Lin receives NSF CAREER award for $353K entitled A Dual VM Binary Code. 

2016
June Lin receives $528K NSF award entitled TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Systems, Tools, and Techniques for Executing, Managing and Securing SGX Programs