A team of 6 UCF students from the Collegiate Cyber Defense Club @ UCF won 1st Place in the 2018 Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competition at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL. The team was tasked with designing, building, and defending a corporate network including industrial control systems for a fictitious natural gas distribution company. During the competition, the Red Team, a group of professional penetration testers from the Illinois National Guard and Argonne National Laboratory, attempted to breach the student teams’ networks to steal data, deface websites, or entirely delete critical systems. UCF was one of 25 teams invited to compete in the DOE Cyber Defense Competition from a pool of 61 schools who submitted bids to compete this year.
UCF in partnership with EPRI is hosting an OpenDSS workshop on July 26-27. OpenDSS is an open-code power distribution system simulator developed by EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) that is used widely in academia and the power industry. OpenDSS tutorials will be provided and new features such as parallel simulations and graphics user interface will be introduced by Roger Dugan and Davis Montenegro from EPRI, and UCF will present a multi-agent framework of the OpenDSS for DERs and grid-edge controls/optimization.
Congratulations to Amro Awad for his two new research grants on tackling security, privacy and isolation in future computer systems. The first award is from Navy-Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) at Dahlgren to support isolation in virtualized systems, and the project aims to enable running mission-critical and time-constrained applications on cloud systems. The second award is from National Science Foundation (NSF), and the research is to improve the security of Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) systems through hardware/software co-design. His current project funded by Sandia National Labs explores the use of NVM for building Disaggregated Memory Systems, which leads to considerable energy cost-savings in building future data centers.
The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is accepting applications for Qorvo PhD Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to the top PhD applicant who will start in the Fall of 2018 and includes a yearly stipend of $20K.