NSF awards grant to ASU professors for cybersecurity research

September 17, 2018

Kuai Xu and Feng Wang of Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences were recently awarded $382,751 by the National Science Foundation for a cybersecurity research project.

The three-year project, "Towards Secure Home Networks,” will develop innovative techniques to extract and model communication patterns of connected objects and "internet of things" in smart homes via machine learning, artificial intelligence and graphical models for improved security monitoring and network management.  Download Full Image

With the ultimate goal of securing the internet at large, the project helps secure one home a time. It will develop a wide spectrum of algorithms and systems to help home users properly and easily manage and secure their smart-home networks with intelligent and automated solutions which summarize what is going on in home networks, explain why some observed behaviors are associated with normal or suspicious activities and suggest how to defend against security threats and stop unexpected behaviors with simple and actionable steps.

ASU professor awarded Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award

September 17, 2018

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has award Mark Ramirez, an associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, with the 2018 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award.

Ramirez was chosen for this award thanks to his work in mentoring undergraduate students. According to the APSA website, the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award is named in honor of the first Latina to earn a PhD in political science. The recipient is recognized for their exceptional mentoring of Latina/o students and junior faculty. ASU associate professor Mark Ramirez ASU associate professor Mark Ramirez Download Full Image

“I am fortunate to have such a great pool of Latina/o students to work with here at ASU and help foster my own research agenda,” Ramirez said.

Some of Ramirez’s students have gone onto prestigious law schools, public policy PhD programs and private sector jobs that directly relate to their experiences at ASU. Ramirez is also the faculty adviser for ASU’s chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, which received the “Best Chapter Award” for 2016–17.

In his research, Ramirez studies the role of democratic and nondemocratic processes on political preference formation with a special emphasis on how these processes impact racial and ethnic minorities. He is the current organizer of the working group in political psychology and is also affiliated with the provost's Southwest Borderlands Initiative, the Center for Latinas/os and American Politics Research, the Center on the Future of War and the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Matt Oxford

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