Researcher Profiles

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NSF-Funded Collaborative Research on Building an Intelligent, Uncertainty-Resilient Detection and Tracking Sensor Network

Detection, identification, and tracking of CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) plumes can be accomplished by combining the modalities of sensor and cyber networks. The sensor network provides information about physical-space activities, e.g., locations and movements of the plume sources. The cyber network provides storage and computational resources to analyze and infer where the plume originated, the trajectory of its movement, and the prediction of its future movement. The challenges in realizing such a sensor cyber network include intelligent sensing (intelligent sensor selection and coverage) and the capability to deal with uncertainties (uncertainty in measurement as well as in modeling)…
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  • EAGER: SwitchOn – Exploring and Strengthening US-Brazil Collaborations in Future Internet Research. National Science Foundation (CNS-1443285). PI: Jason Liu. $200k, 2014-2015.
  • PrimoGENI Constellation for Distributed At-Scale Hybrid Network Experimentation. National Science Foundation(awarded through Raytheon/GENI Project Office, CNS-134668). PI: Jason Liu, $269k, 2013-2015.
  • REU Supplement to PrimoGENI Constellation for Distributed At-Scale Hybrid Experimentation. National Science Foundation (awarded through Raytheon/GENI Project Office). PI: Jason Liu. $16k, 2013-2014.
  • CSR: Small: Improving Data Center Efficiency via Online Resource Management, National Science Foundation (CNS-1423137), PI: Shaolei Ren (co-PI: Gang Quan), $333,495.00, 2014-2016.
  • I/UCRC: Phase II: Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement, National Science Foundation (IIP-1338922), co-PI: Shaolei Ren (PI: Naphtali Rishe), $465,500.00, 2013-2018.
  • A Data Minig Framework for Enhancing Emergency Response Situation Reports with Multi-Agency, Multi-Partner, Multimedia Data, Agency Pursue VACCINE/DHS, PI: Shu-Ching Chen, Other PIs or Co-PIs Tao Li (Co-PI), Steven Luis (Senior Investigator), $45000.00
  • Public Hurricane Loss Model, Agency Florida Office of Insurance Regulations, Role Co-PI Shu-Ching Chen with subaccount at SCIS, Other PIs or Co-PIs Shahid Hamid(PI), $106829.11
  • Public Hurricane Loss Model Project Model Enhancements to Estimate Losses from Storm Surge and Flooding 2013-2014, Agency Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Role Co-PI Shu-Ching Chen with subaccount at SCIS, Other PIs or Co-PIs Shahid Hamid(PI), Keqi Zhang (Co-PI), $18310.03
  • Track to Carbon Neutral Buildings, Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Role Co-PI: Role Co-PI Shu-Ching Chen Other PIs or Co-PIs Yimin Zhu(PI), Ismail Guvenc (Co-PI), Nezih Pala (Co-PI), Thomas Spiegelhalter (Co-PI), $5000.00
  • Florida Cat Fund Hurricane Loss Modeling, Agency Florida State Board of Administration, Role Co-PI: Shu-Ching Chen,  Other PIs or Co-PIs Shahid Hamid (PI), Title Grant Amount 81480.00, New Money Received 8040.00
  • REU Supplement CSR: Small: A Scalabel and Efficient Framework for Switch Virtualization. Nation Science Foundation. PI: Deng Pan.  $16K, 2013-2014
  • Research on a Countermeasure for Unidentified C&C Covert Channel. Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), South Korea. PI:  Jinpeng Wei. $65k, 2013-2014.
  • A Study on Advanced Persistent Threats: Novel Techniques and CounterMeasures. Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT), Singapore. PI: Jinpeng Wei. $213k, 2014-2016.
  • EAGER: Digital Interventions for Reducing Social Networking risks in Adolescents. PI:Bogdan Carbunar. National Science Foundation. $216,540. 09/15/2014 – 08/31/2016.

In addition, CIERTA faculty members have submitted 51 proposals requesting over $35M to various agencies (including NSF, NIH, DOD, DOL, State of Florida, as well as industry research branches) over FY 2013-2014.




  • Invited talk:  Jason Liu, “What about high-performance network simulation, seriously?”, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2014
  • Paper presentation: Jason Liu,  “GPU-assisted hybrid network traffic model”, SIGSIM-PADS, May 2014
  • Paper presentation:  Jason Liu, “Toward PrimoGENI Constellation for distributed at scale hybrid network test”, GREE March 2014
  • Paper presentation: Jason Liu,  “Real-time scheduling of logical processes for parallel discrete-event simulation”, WSC December 2013
  • Paper presentation: Jason Liu, “Leveraging Symbiotic relationship between simulation and emulation for scalable network experimentation”, SIGSIM-PADS,  May 2013
  • Invited talk: Shaolei Ren, “Power Management in Colocation Data Centers: From Uncoordinated to Coordinated”, Caltech (08/2014), University of California, Los Angeles (08/2014)
  • Invited talk: Shaolei Ren, “How can Multi-Tenant Data Center Become Sustainable?”, Tsinghua university (6/2014), Peking University (06/2014), Chinese Academy of Sciences (06/2014), Shanghai Jiaotong University (06/2104), Peking University (06/2014), City University of Honk Kong (05/2014), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (05/2014), The Hong Kong University (05/2014),  University of California, Berkeley (05/2014), University of Alberta (05/2014
  • Invite talk:Shaolei Ren, “How Can Data Centers Save Water for Free”, George Washington University (04/2014)
  • Paper presentation: Shaolei Ren, “Distributed Resource Management in Data Center with Temperature Constraint”, IGCC, 2013
  • Paper presentation: Shaolei Ren, “Online Resource Management for Data Center with Energy Capping”, Feedback Computing, 2013
  • Paper presentation: Shaolin Ren,  “COCA: Online Distributed Resource Management for Cost Minimization and Carbon Neutrality”, Super Computing (SC), 2013
  • Paper presentation: Shaolin Ren,  “Optimizing Water Efficiency in Distribute Data Centers”, CGC, 2013
  • Paper presentation: Shaolin Ren,  “Exploiting Temporal Diversity of Water Efficiency to Make Data Center Less ‘Thirsty'”, ICAC, 2014
  • Paper presentation: Shaolin Ren,  “Colocation Demand Response: Why Do I Turn Off My Servers?”, ICAC, 2014
  • Paper presentation: Shaolin Ren,  “A First Look at Colocation Demand Response”, Greenmetrics, 2014
  • Invited talk: Xin Sun, “Minimizing Network Complexity Through a Novel Integrated Design Approach”, The 87th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Berlin, June 2013
  • Invited talk: Xin Sun, “Minimizing Network Complexity Through a Novel Integrated Design Approach”, Cisco, San Jose, June 2013 
  • Invited talk: Jinpeng Wei“Out-Host Demand Emulation with Live Migration: Principle, Practice, and Applications”, Air Force Research Lab, August 2014
  • Invited talk: Jinpeng Wei“Kernel Queue Injection: Real-World Attacks and Practical Defense”, CyberDNA Research Center, UNC Charlotte, February 2014
  • Paper presentation: Jinpeng Wei, “KQguard: Binary-Centric Defense against Kernel Queue Injections Attacks”, ESORICS, September 2013
  • Paper presentation: Wei Zeng, “Colon Flattening by Landmark-Driven Optimal Quasiconformal Mapping”. The 17th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI’14), Sep 14-18, 2014, Boston USA
  • Paper presentation: Wei Zang, “Surface Matching and Registration by Landmark Curve-Driven Canonical Quasiconformal Mapping”. The 15th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV’14), Sep 6-12, 2014, Zürich
  • Paper presentation: Wei Zang, “Surface Registration by Optimizing in Constrained Diffeomorphism Space”. The IEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR’14), Ju 24-27, 2014, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • Invited talk: Wei Zang, “Surface Ricci Flow and Its Applications”. Department of Physics, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Sep 26, 2014, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Invited talk: Wei Zang, “Ricci Flow for Shape Analysis and Surface Registration”. SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (SIAM-IS14): Minisymposium-MS31: Geometry, Imaging and Computing, May 12, 2014, Hong Kong.
  • Invited talk: Geoffrey Smith, “Some Thoughts About Fundamental Principles in Quantitative Information Flow”, Macquairie University, Sydney Australia, July 2014.
  • Unifying Invited Lecture: Geoffrey Smith, “Operational Significance and Robustness in Quantitative Information Flow”, ETAPS 2014, Grenoble, France, April 2014.
  • Invited talk: Geoffrey Smith, “Quantifying Information Flow using Min-Entropy and G-Leakage”, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, March
  • Invited talk: Geoffrey Smith, “Six Scenarios for G-Capacity”, Princess Seminar, LIX Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, December 2013.
  • Invited talk: Geoffrey Smith, “Generalizing Min-Entropy Leakage to G-Leakage, and the Structure of Abstract Channels”, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, August
  • Invited talk: Geoffrey Smith, “Quantifying Information Flow Using Min-Entropy”, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia, August 2013.
  • Special Topics Lecture: Geoffrey Smith, “Quantifying Information Flow Using Min-Entropy and G-Leakage”, UIUC Forma Methods for the Science of Security Summer School, Urbana, IL, July 2013.
  • Paper presentation: Geoffrey Smith, “Abstract Channels, Gain Functions and The Information Order”, FCS, June 2013