REU 2014

The conclusion of NYIT’s second successful summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) was capped by presentations on July 29 from the 10 participants to an audience of faculty and graduate students. Hailing from NYIT, York University (City College), Gordon College, Missou, University of Redlands, Lewis & Clark College, Mills College and University of Central Florida, student teams presented on research topics under the NYIT REU’s main theme of mobile/smartphone security, including smartphone authentication, indoor localization using wifi, and the development of an Android app.

The highly competitive 10-week program, which accepted only 10 students from 110 applicants, included presentations by NYIT faculty on topics ranging from research approaches to public speaking; lectures by industry experts; field trips ; and cultural/social activities including a July 4 barbecue. Check out our official REU 2014 flyer!

NYIT student Kazi Raihan cited a field trip to AT&T as one highlight: “At AT&T, we met researchers and saw this new encryption cipher that uses smartphones to decode seemingly random marks on paper to legible plain text by simply viewing them with the camera.” He also described the invaluable research experience: “In 10 weeks, we had to learn about a field, develop theories, design and conduct experiments to validate these theories, and finally have results ready to be presented in a poster and paper. Presenting our findings to others on multiple occasions allowed us to become more comfortable with public speaking; something that haunts many people.”

On July 29, they presented on research topics under the NYIT REU’s main theme of mobile/smartphone security, including:

  • Indoor Localization Using WiFi and Sensor Fusion—real-world applications from advertising to emergency to cybersecurity
  • Continuous Authentication of Mobile Devices
  • Robotic Telepresence for Fall Detection and Prevention
  • Android Application for Medical Diagnosis
  • Energy Consumption in Mobile Phones During Data Transmission and Encryption for WBAN

Led by Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, NYIT’s REU program is funded by prestigious three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which applies to the three-year period of April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2016. Two of the five research papers co-authored with 2013 REU fellows were published or accepted to peer reviewed international conferences, while another two poster presentations were featured at the 2013 NYIT Cybersecurity Conference at NYIT-Manhattan.

The NYIT REU site is one of few REU sites in the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate that focus on mobile device and wireless network security. With the objective of providing research opportunities to those who are from institutions lacking research opportunities and from under-represented groups, NYIT REU program has large presence of participants from undergraduate and liberal arts institutions as well as female and minority students. The program provides an opportunity for the undergraduate researchers to collaborate with faculty, graduate students, as well as their REU peers to conduct research in cutting-edge research areas with paramount societal importance and build their confidence as independent researchers.

Other aspects of this highly competitive 10-week program (only 10 students accepted from 110 applicants) included presentations by NYIT faculty on topics ranging from research approaches to public speaking; lectures by industry experts; fieldtrips to Motorola and AT&T; career panels; and cultural/social activities.