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UD has already established successful research programs that cover a broad range of core cybersecurity areas, such as web security & privacy, cloud computing, post-quantum cryptography and blockchain, hardware security and trustworthy computing. In particular, we envision CCAP to comprise faculty from multiple department in the College of Engineering departments, such as Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer and Information Sciences (CIS), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Mechanical Engineering (ME) as well as affiliated faculty from the Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS), School of Nursing (NUR), and Mathematics (MATH) departments.

A sampling of our nationally-competitive research

  • Blockchain
  • Big data
  • Cloud security
  • Machine learning
  • Healthcare privacy
  • Malware detection
  • Post-Quantum Cryptography
  • Security management
  • Mobile security
  • Hardware Trust
  • Drones & Cyberphysical Systems
  • Secure Software
  • Security in 3D printing
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Internet of Things & Embedded Systems
  • Social Networks

Research Capabilities & Opportunities

CCAP offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research, as it brings together faculty working on theoretical foundations (such as cryptography, etc.), with those working on applications (such as healthcare, cloud computing and FinTech). These faculty members have already demonstrated their ability to attract funding as individuals, yet CCAP will offer unique opportunities for collaboration beyond individual principal investigators.

Examples of nationally-competitive research enabled by CCAP include:

  1. Research in minimizing the risk of bomb threats on crowded areas by combining the expertise of faculty such as C. Yang (NSF CPS awardee on detecting traces of explosive vapors in public gatherings such as marathons) with the world-class faculty of UD’s Chemical Engineering Department.
  2. Research in Additive Manufacturing security by combining the expertise of faculty such as N. Tsoutsos (NSF CPS awardee on encryption and authentication of Additive Manufacturing design files) with the world-class faculty of UD’s Center for Composite Materials.
  3. Research in Post-Quantum Cryptography by combining the expertise of faculty such as A. Novocin (author of the currently most efficient lattice reduction algorithm capable of attacking post-quantum encryption) with the ECE faculty specialized in Quantum Physics, such as S. Singh.
  4. Research in Cybersecurity for Drones and Autonomous Vehicles by combining the expertise of ECE faculty such as K. Barner (expert in machine learning), W. Kempton (pioneer in grid-integrated electric vehicles) and F. Kiamilev (expert in hardware security), with mechanical engineering faculty such as A. Malikopoulos (expert in connected and automated vehicles).
  5. Research in Cybersecurity for Financial Technologies (FinTech) by combining the expertise of ECE faculty G. Arce (JPMorgan Chase Faculty Fellow) and H. Fang (JPMorgan Chase Faculty Scholar) of UD’s Institute for Financial Services Analytics, with ECE faculty S. Bohacek (specializing in cloud analytics and network security).

With faculty contributing resources to the Center, we envision that CCAP will be a dynamic environment hosting a large pool of undergraduate researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral associates with complementary expertise. These teams from different focus areas of cybersecurity will be working together to develop holistic solutions to cybersecurity challenges.