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REU 2017

REU student fellows

NYIT commenced its fifth REU program on May 31, 2017, welcoming 12 fellows from ten universities to conduct research with faculty mentors. The program received more than 130 applications. NSF-funded REU fellows learned from presentations by NYIT faculty members on topics ranging from research approaches and the security of smartphone and wireless networks to public speaking, technical writing; attend lectures by industry experts; go on field trips; prepare for professional publications at professional conferences; and participate in cultural and social activities.

Research Topics

  • Visible light communication and localization
  • PIN inferences at ATMs by side channel attacks
  • Authentication of vehicular drivers through posture
  • Energy analysis of lightweight encryption algorithms on smartphone applications
  • PrivateMD

Universities Represented

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Fordham University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • New York University
  • NYIT
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Transylvania University
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2017 Projects

  1. Project: “Indoor Localization through Visible Light Characterization using Front-facing Smartphone Camera
    REU Fellows: Charles Carver (Fordham University), Adriana Rogers (Lewis & Clark College), Matthew Stafford (University at Buffalo), and Shela Wu (NYU)
    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professor N. Sertac Artan and Associate Professor Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D.
  2. Project: “TETRIS: Smartphone-to-Smartphone Screen-Based Visible Light Communication
    REU Fellows: Matthew Stafford (University at Buffalo), Adriana Rogers (Lewis & Clark College), Charles Carver (Fordham University), and Shela Wu (NYU)

    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professor N. Sertac Artan and Associate Professor Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D.

  3. Project: “PIN Inference at ATMs by Side-Channel Attacks
    REU Fellows: Tristan Gurtler♦ (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Charissa Miller♦ (Rochester Institute of Technology), Kendall Molas (NYIT), and Lynn Wu (Bryn Mawr College)
    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professor Paolo Gasti, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Kiran Balagani, Ph.D.
  4. Project: “Authorizing Drivers Based on Posture
    REU Fellow: Chris Hadiono (Case Western Reserve University)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jonathan Voris, Ph.D.
  5. Project: “PrivateMD
    REU Fellows: Daler Norkulov (NYIT) and Randy St. Fleur (NYIT)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Huanying (Helen) Gu, Ph.D.
  6. Project: “Energy Analysis of Lightweight Encryption Algorithms on Smartphone Application for Wireless Body Area Network Communication
    REU Fellows: Kelsey Clater (Transylvania University) and Yuncong Ma∗ (NYIT)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Professor Tao Zhang, Ph.D.

♦ Funded by NSF REU supplement grant
∗ Partially funded by NYIT

REU 2016

REU student fellows

NYIT commenced its fourth REU program on May 31, 2016, welcoming 10 fellows from eight universities to conduct research with faculty mentors. The program received more than 150 applications. NSF-funded REU fellows learned from presentations by NYIT faculty members on topics ranging from research approaches and the security of smartphone and wireless networks to public speaking, technical writing; attend lectures by industry experts; go on field trips; prepare for professional publications at professional conferences; and participate in cultural and social activities.

Research Topics

  • Continuous smartphone user authentication
  • Indoor smartphone localization
  • Smartphone malware detection
  • Electromyogram as a new biometric modality
  • Authentication of vehicular drivers
  • Geolocation of computers through network measurement
  • Behavior study of patients with Parkinson's disease using smartphones

Universities Represented

  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Macalester College
  • NYIT
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Georgia
  • Vanderbilt University

2016 Projects

  1. Project: “Multi-floor Indoor Localization for Smartphones
    REU Fellows: Tiffany Montoya (NYIT) and Matthias Wilder (University of Georgia)
    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Associate Professor Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Tao Zhang, Ph.D.
  2. Project: “Continuous User Authentication
    REU Fellows: Colin Monteil-Anatra (Stony Brook University) and Tayeb Zaidi (Macalester College)
    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professors Paolo Gasti, Ph.D., and Kiran Balagani, Ph.D.
  3. Project: “Authentication of Vehicular Drivers
    REU Fellow: Angela Burton (Vanderbilt University)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jonathan Voris, Ph.D.
  4. Project: “Electromyogram (EMG) as a Biometric Modality
    REU Fellows: Ernesto Jorge (NYIT)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor N. Sertac Artan, Ph.D.
  5. Project: “Gait Study of Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease
    REU Fellow: Maid Husic (NYIT)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Huanying (Helen) Gu, Ph.D.
  6. Project: “Malicious Mobile Application (Malware) Detection in Smartphones”
    NYIT REU Fellows: Kendra Campbell (Hofstra University) and Monica Kumaran (University of California, Berkeley)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Wenjia Li, Ph.D.
  7. Project: “Geolocation of Network Computers
    REU Fellow: Nadine Moukdad (Fordham University)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Anand Santhanakrishnan, Ph.D.

REU 2015

REU student fellows

NYIT’s competitive REU program had an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent in 2015. Participants were mentored by NYIT faculty members on topics ranging from research approaches to public speaking, lectures by industry experts, field trips to AT&T Security Research Center and Rutgers WinLab, attending and volunteering at ACM WiSec and RFIDSec conferences, and cultural and social activities.

NYIT concluded the 2015 NSF-funded program on July 29, 2015, with fellows making presentations on mobile/smartphone security to an audience of faculty members, graduate students, and family. REU fellows gave poster presentations at the NYIT 6th Cybersecurity Conference on Sept. 24, 2015.

Research Topics

  • Smartphone authentication, indoor localization using power consumption, and malware detection
  • Secure protocols design for implantable devices
  • Behavior study of patients with Parkinson's disease using smartphones
  • Human robot interaction using Baxter

Universities Represented

  • Center College
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Cornell University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • NYIT
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of West Florida

2015 Projects

  1.  “Smartphone Indoor Location through Power Consumption
    REU Fellows: Rajan Khullar (NYIT) and Akshay Navada (Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art)
    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professor Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Tao Zhang, Ph.D.
  2.  “User Authentication Using a Haptic Stylus
    REU Fellows: Janina Grayson (NYIT) and Adam Scrivener (University of Rochester)
    NYIT Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professors Paolo Gasti, Ph.D., and Kiran Balagani, Ph.D.
  3.  “Biometric User Authentication on Mobile Deices through Gameplay
    REU Fellow: Kirsten Giesbrecht (Center College)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jonathan Voris, Ph.D.
  4.  “A Feasible IMD Communication Protocol: Security without Obscurity
    REU Fellows: Jason Wang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Kevon Mohebzad (University of Texas at Austin) and Luke Johnson (Gonzaga University)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor N. Sertac Artan, Ph.D.
  5.  “Using Smartphones for Behavior Study of Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease
    REU Fellow: Bruno Correa (University of West Florida) and Yang Peng (Cornell University)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Huanying (Helen) Gu, Ph.D.
  6.  “Malicious Mobile Application (Malware) Detection in Smartphones
    REU Fellows: Nadeen Saleh (Florida Atlantic University)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Wenjia Li, Ph.D.
  7. Project: “Modeling Safe Physical Human-Robot Interaction with Baxter
    REU Fellow: Eghosa Eke (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    NYIT Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Chung Hyuk Park, Ph.D.

REU 2014

REU student fellows

The conclusion of NYIT’s second successful summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) was capped by presentations on July 29 from the fellows to an audience of faculty and graduate students.

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 to AT&T and Motorola; and cultural/social activities including a July 4 barbecue.

Research Topics

  • 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

Universities Represented

  • NYIT
  • York University (City College)
  • Gordon College
  • Missou
  • University of Redlands
  • Lewis & Clark College, Mills College
  • University of Central Florida

REU 2013

NYIT’s first successful summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) concluded with presentations from the 10 fellows to an audience of faculty and graduate students. 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 more than applicants, included presentations by NYIT faculty; lectures by industry experts; field trips; and cultural/social activities.

Led by Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, NYIT’s REU program is funded by prestigious three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for 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.