BIDS Faculty Affiliate Alvin Cheung has received a 2021 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award for his research in cybersecurity and complex software systems, A Framework for Automatic Leveraging of Trusted Execution Environments. In their proposal, Cheung's team will devise new techniques and algorithms to infer new execution models of different trusted execution platforms, such as crypto processors and security enclaves. The inferred models will then aid in hardening the security of applications that leverage the trusted execution platforms.
The ONR Young Investigator Program is a highly competitive, early-career program that prioritizes academic achievement and the potential for significant scientific breakthrough, and the thirty-eight award recipients (who represent 25 academic institutions across 13 states) will share $20 million in funding to conduct innovative scientific research in support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, in areas such as autonomy, deep learning, optimization, artificial intelligence, wireless communications, energetics, power and energy, propulsion, turbulence, hypersonics, remote sensing, bio-sensors, bionic composites, nanocomposites, multi-function materials and additive manufacturing.
The program was established in 1985 and is one of the nation’s oldest and most selective basic-research, early-career awards in science and technology. It provides funding for academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development.
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