Bio

Kiran Balagani co-directs the cybersecurity laboratory in NYIT's College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and conducts research in behavioral biometrics, biometric security, privacy, anomaly detection, and applied machine learning. His research has appeared in several leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has three U.S. patents related to network-centric attack detection.

In addition, Balagani teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Computer Networks, Artificial Intelligence, and Network and Perimeter Security. He also created the new graduate course on Biometrics.

Prior to NYIT, Balagani was a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Secure Cyberspace, Louisiana Tech University. He received his Ph.D. in computational analysis and modeling, his M.S. in mathematics and computer science from Louisiana Tech University, and his B.S. in computer science and engineering from Bangalore University.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Hand Movement, Orientation, and Grasp (H-MOG): A New Behavioral Modality for Active Authentication of Smartphone Users
    PI: K. S. Balagani; Co-PIs: Paolo Gasti, NYIT, Gang Zhou, College of William and Mary
    Source: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    Duration: 23 September 2013 – 31 December 2014
    Funding Amount: $513, 671.00 (NYIT's share: $328, 226.00)
  • Investigating Cognitive Rhythms as a New Modality for Continuous Authentication
    PI: K. S. Balagani; Co-PI: V. Phoha (Louisiana Tech University); Co-PI: A. Rosenberg (CUNY)
    Source: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    Duration: 6/18/2012 – 5/17/2013
    Funding Amount: $479,886.00 (NYIT's share: $175,463.60)
  • Design and Development of a Suite of Keyboard-based Biometrics for an Active Authentication System
  • PI: Vir V. Phoha, Louisiana Tech University; Co-PIs: K. S. Balagani, NYIT; Andrew Rosenberg, CUNY; Enamul Karim, Louisiana Tech University; Mike O'Neal, Louisiana Tech University; Craig Spohn, Cyber Innovation Center, Louisiana
    Source: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    Duration: 18 months (27 September 2013-30 September 2015)
    Funding Amount: $1,796,558.75 (NYIT's share: $231,176.00)
  • Smartphone Operations and Security (SOS) Research at NYIT
    PI: Cecilia Dong; Faculty Mentor: K. S. Balagani
    Source: National Science Foundation
    Duration: 3 years (1 June 2013 – 30 May 2016)

Publications

  • J. Sedenka, S. Govindarajan, P. Gasti, and K. S. Balagani, "Secure Outsourced Biometric Authentication with Performance Evaluation on Smartphones," IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol.10, no.2, pp.384-396, Feb. 2015
  • T. Hayajneh, S. Ullah, B. J. Mohd, K. S. Balagani, "An Enhanced WLAN Security System With FPGA Implementation for Multimedia Applications," IEEE Systems Journal, Vol. PP, no.99, pp.1-10, May 2015.
  • D. G. Brizan, A. Goodkind, P. Koch, K. S. Balagani, V. V. Phoha, A. Rosenberg, "Utilizing Linguistically Enhanced Keystroke Dynamics to Predict Typist Cognition and Demographics," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol. 82, pp. 57-68, Oct. 2015.
  • K. A. Rahman, K. S. Balagani, V. V. Phoha, "Snoop-forge-replay Attacks on Continuous Verification with Keystrokes." IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 8, No. 3, March 2013.
  • H. Locklear, Z. Sitova, S. Govindarajan, A. Goodkind, D. Brizan, P. Gasti, A. Rosenberg, V. Phoha, and K. S. Balagani. "Continuous Authentication with Cognition-centric Text Production and Revision Features," IEEE/IAPR International Joint Conference on Biometrics, 2014, Clearwater, Florida, USA.

Honors + Awards

  • Best Reviewer, IEEE/IAPR International Joint Conference on Biometrics, Clearwater, Florida–2014
  • Outstanding Research and Service Award, Center for Secure Cyberspace, Louisiana Tech University–2011

Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT

  • CSCI 860: Special Topics - Biometrics and Its Applications in a Networked Society
  • CSCI 690: Computer Networks
  • CSCI 345: Computer Networks
  • CSCI 870: Project I
  • CSCI 889: Thesis I
  • INCS 870: Project I
  • CSCI 889: Thesis I
  • CSCI 755: Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 455: Senior Project
  • CSCI 891: Thesis II
  • ITEC 410: Internetworking Laboratory
  • CSC 460: Special Topics: Network Security
  • ITEC 410: Internetworking Laboratory

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