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Secure Computing Lecture at Wright State

The SCAN – Secure Processor with Crypto-Biometric Capability

Date/Time:   Oct. 23, 12 noon at the Engineering Building, Wright State University.
Location:       Room 148,  Russ College of Engineering

All are welcome to attend, they are going to have pizza and soft drinks.

Secure computing is gaining importance in recent times as computing capability is increasingly becoming distributed and information is everywhere. Prevention of piracy and digital rights management has become very important. Information security is mandatory rather than an additional feature. Numerous software techniques have been proposed to provide certain level of copyright and intellectual property protection. Techniques like obfuscation attempts to transform the code into a form that is harder to reverse engineer. Tamper-proofing causes a program to malfunction when it detects that it has been modified. Software watermarking embeds copyright notice in the software code to allow the owners of the software to assert their intellectual property rights. The software techniques discourage software theft, can trace piracy, prove ownership, but cannot prevent copying itself. Thus, software based security firewalls and encryption is not completely safe from determined hackers. This necessitates the need for information security at the hardware level, where secure processors assume importance.

In this talk the SCAN-Secure Processor is presented as a possible solution to these important issues mentioned above. The SCAN-SP is a modified Sparc V8 processor architecture with a new instruction set to handle image compression, encryption, information hiding and biometric authentication. A SCAN based methodology for encryption and decryption of 32 bit instructions and data and a Local-Global graph based methodology for biometric authentication is presented. The modules to support the new instructions are synthesized in reconfigurable logic and the results of FPGA synthesis are presented. The ultimate goal of the presented work is the tradeoffs that exists between speed of execution and security of the processor. Designing a faster processor is not the goal of the presented work, rather exploring the architecture to provide security is of prime importance.
Dr. Nikolaos Bourbakis (IEEE Fellow) is an OBR Distinguished Professor of IT and the Director of the Assistive Technologies Research Center (ATRC) at Wright State University, OH. He pursues research in Applied AI, Machine Vision, Bioinformatics & Bioengineering, Assistive Technologies, Information Security, and Parallel- Distributed Processing funded by USA and European government and industry. He has published more than 330 articles in refereed International Journals, book-chapters and Conference Proceedings, and 10 books as an author, co-author or editor. He has graduated 17Ph.Ds and 37 Master students. He is the founder and the EIC of the International Journal on AI Tools, the Editor-in-Charge of a Research Series of Books in AI (WS Publisher), the Founder and General Chair of several International IEEE Computer Society Conferences, Symposia and Workshops, an Associate Editor in several IEEE and International Journals and a Guest Editor in 18 journals special issues. His research work has been internationally recognized and has won several prestigious awards. Some of them are: IBM Author recognition Award 1991, IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award 1992, IEEE Outstanding Paper Award ATC 1994, IEEE Computer Society Technical Research Achievement Award 1998, IEEE ICTAI 10 years Research Contribution Award 1999, IEEE Symposium on BIBE Outstanding Leadership Award 2003, ASC Award for Assistive Technology 2005, University of Patras Degree of Recognition 2007.

October 5th, 2010

UC Robotics Team

The UC Robotics Team, led by Dr. Ernie Hall, needs your support to help them win the 18th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) and in the 7th Annual ION Robot Lawn Mower Competition in 2010.  Please read the UC Robotics Team Brochure to learn how you can help.

Visit to gain insight into their design strategy, to explore their utilization of current technologies, and to follow their research and development of future technologies.

December 16th, 2009

IEEE Awarded ECE/CS Awards


  • Best of Electrical and Computer Engineering Award: Smart Heart 

Smart Heart

Chris Direnzi (EE), Mike Ratterman (EE), Josh Rarick (EE), Jon Skeans (EE), Dr. Fred Beyette  (advisor). Smart Heart is a project that has been designed to design, track, and follow specific workouts for users. From a hardware standpoint, we integrated an accelerometer, a GPS locator, and a user interface with a PIC microcontroller. The Smart Heart device has a computer software interface, where the user can enter specific workout goals. Our software designs a workout specific to the user and downloads the workout plan to our portable Smart Heart system. The system suggests  activities based on the user’s goals, such as running/walking, push-ups and sit-ups. The onboard GPS tracks the distance and speed of the user’s runs. During push-ups and sit-ups, the accelerometer counts the number of repetitions the user completes. After a work-out, the user downloads the data to the computer program for a workout summary and compares it to previous workouts. While a production quality product like this project would need to be small (possibly watch sized), our goal is functionality, not physical size. We will identify how the product could be made smaller, but we will not actually fabricate the portable sized device. We want to research ways to make our GPS function in low signal environments (indoors), but perfecting a low signal GPS system is beyond the scope of our project.  

  • People’s Choice Award (Best of Tech Expo) : Bragi – Online Music Recommendation  Bragi: Online Music Recommendation

 Sam Banzhaf (CE), Adam McClain (CS), Gary Sigrist (CE), Jeff Webster (CS), Dr. Fred Annexstein (advisor). In the last five years, music distribution has seen a shift from physical media such as CDs to digital forms such as MP3s. For major artists iTunes is the dominant seller of MP3s. Artists without a record label have a difficult time promoting their music, and the prevalent method for doing this digitally is via MySpace Music. Given the difficult nature of promoting and distributing music by independent and local music artists, it would be beneficial for both the artists and the listeners to have an easy way to increase exposure in the music industry.While independent artists can have their music sold on iTunes, it provides no active promoting of their music. Furthermore, samples of songs are limited to the first 30 seconds, which often does not give a robust preview of the song. For artists who use MySpace as a means to promote their music, the quality is poor, searching is cumbersome, service is unreliable, and sales again yield little or no profit. This calls for an online service that allows independent artists to easily promote their music, as well asallow potential fans to easily find new music.The overall goal of our Bragi Online Music Recommendation software is to provide musical artists with an easy way to promote their music, and for potential fans to be able to easily find artists according to their musical tastes via an intuitive and adaptive recommendation engine.  

  • Best of Computer Science Award: Super Xblox 360  Super Xblox 360

Matt Harbaugh (CS), Greg Hill (CS), Kurt Prenger (CS) , Dr. Chia-Yung Han (advisor). Microsoft’s video game system, Xbox 360, has an online marketplace, Xbox Live Marketplace, where users can purchase and download smaller, less expensive games (compared to retail games purchased at a store) to play on their systems. They have recently released the XNA Game Studio for developers to create and distribute their games. Prospective developers can use this studio along with Microsoft’s Visual C# Studio to create games to distribute on the Xbox Live Marketplace. There is an online community that reviews and approves games for distribution. If a game is approved, it will be released on the Xbox Live Marketplace.Our design idea takes the game play of Tetris but places a new twist on it: along with being able to rotate the individual blocks, the player will be able to rotate the entire playing field. Two-player battle mode will also be incorporated with special blocks that give bonuses to players as well as other opportunities to disrupt an opponent’s playing area.In the current video game market, there are very few video games that expand upon a previous idea to make something unique and popular. Creating a game similar to Tetris with the additions mentioned above would fill this gap in the market. It will also require a lot of mathematical, graphical and programming knowledge.

May 18th, 2009

Energy Conference – May 22

Join Tri-State Energy Professionals as they present and discuss the future of energy generation, distribution and use. Learn about the issues faced by climate changes, renewal energy sources and fuels, increasing demands for electricity and natural gas, and worker training for the challenges ahead in the 21st century.  For Complete Details 

April 21st, 2008

Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

Southwest District Science and Engineering Expo (SEE)

Saturday, March 15th at UC

UC’s Science & Engineering Expo relies on many area scientists to serve as volunteer judges.  Your help is needed.

Online Judges’ registration:

January 31st, 2008

2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates at WVNANO

West Virginia University LogoThe West Virginia University is offering a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in the science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and WVNano, the West Virginia state initiative for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Applicants will be evaluated starting on February 15 and will be admitted on a rolling basis. See their 2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates web page for more information

January 14th, 2008

UC College of Applied Science’s Tech Expo 2008

UC LogoThis May the U.C. College of Applied Science will hold it’s Tech Expo 2008 where middle school and high school students can meet local businesses and UC staff to explore careers in science and engineering. Businesses interested in showing these students the technical careers opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area please contact Anthony Ricciardi at (513) 556-4221 or Betsy Zelek at (513) 702-2732 or Attached is a Tech Expo 2008 flyer with more information.

January 12th, 2008

Assistant Professor Positions at U.C.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) invites qualified candidates to apply for tenure track Assistant Professor Position starting September 1, 2008. ECET department at UC offers Associate and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET), and Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering Technology (CET). Responsibilities include developing and teaching lecture and laboratory courses in both day and evening programs mainly in computer related areas, advising students, participation in scholarly activities, and service to the profession and university.

Minimum requirements:

Master’s degree in electrical or computer engineering or electrical/computer engineering technology, teaching experience, along with three years relevant full time industrial experience. In addition a Ph.D. in Electrical or Computer Engineering and professional registration are pluses. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2008, and continue until position is filled. Candidates from industry and engineering/engineering technology programs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate fluency in English.

Qualified candidates need to login to the U.C. Job Opportunities site at, create their User ID/Password and apply for the positions 27UC4124 and 27UC2833.

November 25th, 2007

A Talk by Bradley Kuhn

Bradley M Kuhn, the Chief Technology Officer of the Software Freedom Law Center, will give a talk entitled, “Software Freedom, Digital Restriction, and the Age of the Personal Terabyte.” He will discuss the conflicts between Open Source/Free Software and the protections provided by patents and copyrights at the College of Engineering on February 28 at 6:00pm. This event is hosted by the Student Branch of IEEE.

February 9th, 2007

Region 2 Student Activities Conference

On April 14th 150 to 200 undergraduate students for universities through out the IEEE Region 2 conference will be gathering here at U.C. to present research papers, compete electronic design challenges, and to generally mingle and socialize. If your company would like to be a part of this weekend event see the article link for more details.

January 30th, 2007

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