University of California and Los Alamos National Laboratory Researchers Receive $3.6M to Secure Smart Campuses

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The project, co-led by UC Riverside and UCLA, will develop a holistic framework to enhance the security, privacy, and safety of campus operation
By Holly Ober on May 9, 2018
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Silas Richelson, Michalis Faloutsos, and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, professors in the computer science and engineering department, are working on a project to improve the security of smart campuses.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — A consortium consisting of UC Riverside, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara, together with Los Alamos National Laboratory, was awarded $3.6 million for a three-year project, “Securing smart campuses: a holistic multi-layer approach,” through the 2018 UC Laboratory Fees Research Program.
The project will build security and privacy for “smart campuses” that present a microcosm of smart cities and, more generally, human cyber-physical systems, in which computer, physical, and human aspects are thoroughly integrated.
The collaborative project, co-led by UC Riverside and UCLA, aims to develop a holistic framework to enhance the security, privacy, and safety of campus operation, building on the team’s expertise in cyber-physical systems security, information and wireless security, software and hardware security, and privacy-preserving machine learning.
School campuses, businesses, as well as academic and private labs increasingly integrate sensing, computation, and communication in their physical environment to control their operation and more efficiently serve their communities.
Campuses already have multiple interacting layers and systems including human mobility and crowdsourcing; infrastructure such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC; transportation; medical and emergency services; computing and communication infrastructure; and monitoring infrastructure such as cameras. Integration of these systems has many benefits such as saving energy, reducing operating costs, and more comfortably accommodating a growing student population.
But smart campuses are also uniquely vulnerable. A malfunction or attack on the HVAC system alone can have severe consequences for patient care at campus hospitals, for experiments at research facilities, and sporting events.
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