Professor Sajal Das delivered a talk on “Securing Cyber-Physical and #IoT Systems in Smart Living” @QMEECS @QMUL

Securing Cyber-Physical and IoT Systems in Smart Living Environments
Sajal K. Das
Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair
Department of Computer Science
Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Abstract: Our daily lives are becoming increasingly dependent on a variety of smart cyber-physical infrastructures, such as smart cities and buildings, smart energy grid, smart transportation, smart healthcare, etc. Alongside, smartphones and sensor-based IoTs are empowering humans with fine-grained information and opinion collection through crowdsensing about events of interest, resulting in actionable inferences and decisions. This synergy has led to the cyber-physical-social (CPS) convergence with human in the loop, the goal of which is to improve the “quality” of life. However, CPS and IoT systems are extremely vulnerable to failures, attacks and security threats. This talk will highlight unique research challenges in securing such systems, followed by novel defense mechanisms. Our proposed frameworks and solutions are based on a rich set of theoretical and practical design principles, such as secure data fusion, uncertainty reasoning, information theory, prospect theory, reputation scoring, and belief and trust models. The talk will be concluded with directions for future research.

Dr. Sajal K. Das, whose academic genealogy includes Thomas Alva Edison, is a Professor of Computer Science and the Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, where he was the Chair of Computer Science Department during 2013-2017. He is also the co-founder of Smart Health Beacons, LLC. Prior to 2013, he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington. During 2008-2011, Dr. Das served the US National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Program Director in the Computer and Network Systems Division. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, smart environments, cyber-physical systems, IoTs, crowdsensing, data analytics, cloud computing, cyber security, social and biological networks, and applied graph theory and game theory. He has contributed significantly to these areas and published more than 300 papers in high quality journals, over 400 conference papers, and 53 book chapters. A holder of 5 US patents, Dr. Das has directed numerous funded projects over $16M and coauthored four books – Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications (John Wiley, 2005); Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges (Morgan Kaufman, 2012); Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking (Wiley, 2012); and Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2019). According to DBLP, Dr. Das is one of the most prolific authors in computer science. His h-index is 83 with more than 29,500 citations according to Google Scholar. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal, and serves as Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingIEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computingand ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. A founder of IEEE PerCom, WoWMoM, SMARTCOMP and ACM ICDCN conferences, Dr. Das has served as General and Program Chair of numerous conferences. He is a recipient of 10 Best Paper Awards in prestigious conferenceslike ACM MobiCom and IEEE PerComand received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring and research including the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks, and University of Missouri System President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence. Hehas graduated 42 PhD, 32 MS thesis students, and 9 postdoctoral researchers. Dr. Das is an IEEE Fellow.




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