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Professor Klotzkin with Signal LightWatson School Associate Professor Yu Chen, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, attended the recognition ceremony as Binghamton University programs were certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). CNSS 4011 and 4012 Recognition are standards for information security professionals who assist federal agencies and private sector entities to protect their information and aid in the defense of the nation's vital information resources. Expertise translates into student learning and groundbreaking research in cyber security and information assurance.

Professor Klotzkin with Signal LightMedical technology has been advancing at an alarming rate. Instead of waiting for lab results, Professor Klotzkin is working on a quicker way to find out what's wrong. Along with Professor Ian Papautsky, they are developing a lab-on-a-chip so blood can be analyzed by the microfluidic system faster than testing it at a real lab.

Micro system detects the wavelength of disease

Professor CraverThe future of covert communications is upon us. Jessica Fridrich's contributions to steganography have been used in the U.S. Air Force and her camera ID technology can now be used in U.S. courts. Scott Craver works with counter-deception problems: you try to get away with something and they try to catch you. With the new Science and Engineering building labs in place, the capacity to solve algorithms have increased extensively. Computer Scientist Rafael Alonso said that Fridrich's work will shine "a flashlight in the sewers of the Web."

Researchers uncover hidden messages

rouhanasMost parents go to their child's graduation ceremony to watch. But in this case, Nicole Rouhana was graduating together along with her son, Ziyad Rouhana. While Ziyad will be receiving his master's degree in electrical engineering, Nicole will also receive her doctorate in rural nursing. Both of them have worked hard to reach up to this point and everything paid off in the end. The schools of Binghamton University have prepared them for the future and they will never forget how successful the campus had become.

Graduate School Ceremony is family affair

Digital Watermarking Alliance 2010 Best Paper AwardPh.D. student Tomas Filler and visiting scholar Jan Judas, under the guidance of Professor Jessica Fridrich — won the award for their research into improving steganography technology for embedding hidden documents within digital media files. They won the award at the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Conference, held at the end of January. Filler and Fridrich also won a DWA award in 2009 for theoretical work on secure capacity of a practical stego system.

Binghamton engineers recognized for top digital watermarking

Tomas Filler Receives Graduate Excellence AwardAs a research assistant, Tomas Filler has worked on two projects funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and one funded by the National Science Foundation. His numerous ground-breaking contributions in steganography, steganalysis and digital forensics have spanned all aspects of data hiding and detection of hidden messages. He has contributed significantly to 11 published research papers which form the backbone of his dissertation.

His nominator uses glowing terms to describe his productivity and contributions as a researcher, including that of the Square-Root Law Theorem of secure payload, which explains why the amount of secret information hidden in a digital image is proportional to the square root of the number of pixels. “I have never met a person so creative, independent and self-motivated ...” she writes.

Tomas Filler Receives Graduate Excellence Award in Research

Professor James Constable Receives Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty ServiceDr. James H. Constable recently retired from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, but he has returned to the department this fall as a Bartle Professor. He has served three schools since his University career began in 1974: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and, since 1984, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. For the past 15 years, he was the department’s director of graduate studies, shepherding 42 new graduate courses through the approval process. Under his leadership, enrollment in its master’s and PhD programs grew significantly. He also took the lead on course scheduling, assigning teaching assistants and maintaining high admission standards, a time-consuming task given the great volume of applications. The applications he wrote for two combined BS/MS degree programs were among the first of four combined programs approved by the University. As liaison for a cooperative program with BAE Systems, he cultivated the largest single source of domestic students for the department’s graduate program. The Watson School and the University have benefited greatly from his counsel on countless committees, including the Graduate Council Curriculum Committee, Graduate School Budget Advisory Committee, University Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Professional Schools and All-University Personnel Committee. His leadership and expertise on the Engineering and Science Building Planning Committee will move the Watson School and the University to a new level. He holds a PhD from Ohio State University.

Professor James Constable Receives Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Rahul Khanderkar Receives Graduate Excellence Award in TeachingHaving come from a culture “where a teacher is revered above everybody else,” Dr. Rahul Khanderkar feels fortunate to have performed the duties of a teacher and says he is “blessed with caring and devoted teachers” himself. Khanderkar is like a member of the family in Electrical Engineering, with one adviser calling him his “academic grandson.”

After working with Khanderkar as a teaching assistant, his adviser soon recommended that he serve as instructor-of-record for a summer course on control systems.

One of his committee members wrote: “I know that in the nearest future our Rahul will be teaching and doing research at a different university thus contributing to the visibility and reputation of our program. I believe that [this award] should be our way of thanking Rahul Khandekar for the contribution to Binghamton University he made as a student as well as for the contribution he will make as an alumnus.”

Rahul Khanderkar Receives Graduate Excellence Award in Teaching

Professor Jessica Fridrich Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative ActivitiesDr. Jessica Fridrich, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a leading scholar in the areas of information security, steganography, steganalysis, digital watermarking and forensics of digital media. Her research has been generously funded by federal agencies, and her achievements are frequently incorporated in military and law enforcement systems. In the last decade, she has been awarded 18 research grants, and her work has led to seven patents and generated 83 research papers. Her work has brought greater visibility and a number of gifted students to Binghamton. She believes sharing knowledge and bringing up the next generation of talented engineers is as important as discovering new knowledge, and she works hard to instill in her students an awareness of the effect their work may have on society. Fridrich is devoted to serving her professional community. Among her many commitments are serving as a frequent participant and coordinator of several technical conferences, reviewer for numerous journals and associate editor and co-founder of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. She earned a doctorate in systems science at Binghamton.

Professor Jessica Fridrich Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Professor Douglas H. Summerville Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty ServiceDr. Douglas H. Summerville, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has served the Watson School and the University in an exceptional manner since joining Binghamton in 1999. He took a leadership position in the development of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering into an accredited program, and in 2006 was named director of the Computer Engineering Program. He has served on eight departmental committees, four of which he chaired, including the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Colleagues note that his administrative activities and leadership skills are not his only strengths; his commitment to education and learning is also impressive. He goes beyond the basics of teaching and works to help all students learn and to have fun while doing so. He is a co-principal investigator of several funded research projects in the area of hardware-based approaches to computer network security, and has produced more than 30 publications. He is generous with his time, participating in student recruitment, mentoring current students and serving on committees at all levels of the University. He helps coordinate a state-level workshop related to cyber security and two international workshops in his research area, and serves as a paper and proposal reviewer. Summerville earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Binghamton.

Professor Douglas H. Summerville Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Professor Mark L. Fowler Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in TeachingDr. Mark L. Fowler joined Binghamton in 1999, following a successful career in industry. An associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, he has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about his students. Peers comment on the thoroughness of his course materials and his ability to combine learning techniques to illustrate difficult topics. Students remark on how skillfully Fowler moves his lectures from broad concepts to details in a way they can easily follow. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Binghamton and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Penn State University. Since coming to Binghamton, Fowler has garnered considerable research funding and published eight papers in refereed journals, a book chapter and 30 conference papers. He holds six patents and is a frequently sought-after presenter. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, serving on committees and as a proposal reviewer. His exemplary service commitment extends to the Watson School and the University, where his work chairing the Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Studies Committee and developing a new online course for the electrical engineering program are of note.

Professor Mark L. Fowler Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jan Lukas Receives Graduate Excellence Award in ResearchDr. Jan Lukas’ research introduces a new direction in digital forensics: the use of pattern noise of digital imaging sensors that act as “fingerprints” that can be extracted from and detected in images. This kind of technology would be relevant in a courtroom, for instance, where it would be the digital equivalent of unique bullet scratches from a particular fi rearm, and there are countless other important military and industrial applications. In fact, Lukas’ algorithms have already been implemented in software that has been made available to the U.S. government and the FBI.

During his stay as a research assistant, Lukas developed two methods that constitute major advancements in the emerging field of digital forensics. His ideas materialized in one U.S. patent application and one international patent application. Rather than incremental improvements of existing technology, Lukas’ contribution is a relevant, groundbreaking and innovative idea that has spun off further research. He is already a recognized leader in his field.

Jan Lukas Receives Graduate Excellence Award in Research

Jozef Sofka has investigated the need for novel laser positioning systems. His research culminates in the development of the Omniwrist, a device that emulates the kinematics of a human wrist, and has the potential for becoming a new generation of gimbals for use in engineering simulations. This orienting device is a significant advancement over commercially available devices both because the current equipment is expensive and because his design has a significant performance improvement.

Sofka is pursuing a patent on his design through the SUNY Research Foundation.

Sofka’s colleagues and advisers all see him as creative, highly dedicated, successful and indispensable in every aspect of his career as a graduate student and researcher.

Jozef Sofka Receives Graduate Excellence Award in Research

Research to improve speech recognition softwareDr. Stephen Zahorian, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, recently received a grant of nearly half a million dollars from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The funds will support the two-year development of a multi-language, multi-speaker audio database that will be available for spoken-language processing research. Zahorian and his team plan to gather and annotate recordings of several hundred speakers each in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Zahorian is interested in language modeling – if someone has said these three words, what’s the fourth word likely to be? – as well as conversation modeling – that is, predicting when the speakers will switch. He’s also intrigued by the potential to make advances by using established methods from other fields, including the neural networks developed by researchers working in artificial intelligence.

He sees a future in which automatic speech recognition will enable technology to extract the meaning of speech as well as the words. “The dream,” Zahorian said, “is that someday travelers will be able to speak into a little gadget that will translate what they’ve said into another language instantly and accurately.”

Research to improve speech recognition software

Scott's pic from Bing Research magInformation security expert Dr. Scott Craver’s core research interest is in digital watermarks, which can be used to provide proof of ownership, as copy protection devices or to send covert messages. Watermarks are commonly used in movies, music and images; they could also be used to protect scientific data, software and other types of information.

Craver and his team of students develop algorithms to break watermark systems. “We need to think like an attacker in order to be certain of what types of attacks are available,” he said. “The attacks we come up with aren’t useful tools for a criminal. That’s part of the point in finding attacks on security systems: If you find an attack, you’re preventing it from being useful to an adversary because now people know how to protect against it.”

Last year, Craver was among 100 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award includes a grant of $200,000 a year for five years.

At Work on the Next Frontier of Security

Dr. Alexander Volynkin Dr. Alexander Volynkin, a Ph.D. graduate from Binghamton University, has recently published a book titled Modern Malicious Software: Taxonomy and Advanced Detection Methods. Dr. Volynkin is currently a senior software engineer for BitArmor Systems Inc, where he has been designing and implementing cryptographic solutions and filter drivers for BitArmor DataControl product. He also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Advance Information Technologies at Binghamton University.

His book addresses the complexity issues in the design of modern proactive malware detection systems. A distinct biological immunology theme runs throughout this work. Computer viruses are very similar in their manifestation to biological parasites. After first building the basis for understanding how modern malicious software operates, the book then introduces a detailed taxonomy of self-replication behavior in malware with code samples and basic algorithms, describes the application of the self-replication to script viruses and expands the concept to the detection of compiled executable malware. The book completes with description of a novel design of an experimental virtual laboratory for computer and network security analysis and research.

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Eva WuDr. Eva N. Wu received the Excellence Award from the school. Dr. Wu, professor of electrical and computer engineering, conducts research in fault diagnosis, prognosis and fault-tolerant control of safety critical systems; command and control supporting systems for air operations; and robust control of low-noise directional acoustic sensors for performance enhancement.

Aneesh AgarwalTameesh Suri, Aneesh Agarwal won the VLSID'09 Best Student Paper Award.

'Improving Scalability and Per-core Performance in Multi-cores through Resource Sharing and Reconfiguration.' for the 22nd Annual IEEE International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID'09), January, 2009.

Acceptance rate for regular paper: 59/320 = 18.4%.

TameeshTameesh Suri, Aneesh Agarwal won the HiPC'08 Best Paper Award.

'Scalable Multi-cores with Improved Per-core Performance using Off-the-critical Path Reconfigurable Hardware' for the 15th Annual IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing.

Acceptance rate: HiPC had 319 submissions this year, only 46 papers were accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings, representing an acceptance rate of under 15%.

ChenDr. Yu Chen won the ChinaCom'08 Best Paper Award.

"Consistency and Update in Mobile Overlay Networks", co-authored with researchers from Waseda University, Japan, has been recognized as the Best Paper Award for the ChinaCom'08. As a premier international annual conference, this year's ChinaCom has attracted 822 submissions from 36 countries/regions.

SkorminDr. Victor Skormin received the University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Last Updated: 3/19/15