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03-22-2016

Clarkson University Professor Accepted into US Air Force Research Lab Program for Second Time

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Chen Liu has been accepted into the 2016 Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) for the second year in a row.

Chen LiuAs a fellow, Liu will study cybersecurity and malware detection in a cloud computing environment.

The SFFP is highly competitive, with faculty from across the nation applying to the research sites and the Air Force selecting only a few projects that are interesting to the organization. Liu will attend the program this summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

Liu is researching the development of hardware-aided defense mechanisms that will spot anomalous executions caused by malware. The idea is to use information from the hardware level to detect anomalies in the software level.

Through this research, Liu said he aims to quantitatively study the robustness of the intrusion detection mechanism that monitors and detects anomalies caused by malicious exploits. The overall goal is to elevate the capability of computer systems that automatically and adaptively detect and recover from exploitation-based attacks, as well as improve the trust and resilience of computing systems.

SFFP fellows conduct research in collaboration with Air Force researchers for a period of eight to 12 weeks in the summer at the Technical Directorates of the AFRL, the U.S. Air Force Academy or the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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