SPICE Selected As Host for Center for High Assurance Secure Systems and IoT (CHASSI) IUCRC

For Immediate Release 9/18/19

The Security and Privacy in Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SPICE) Center at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering has been selected as the host for the Center for High Assurance Secure Systems and IoT (CHASSI), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC).

Beginning in 2020, CHASSI’s goal will be to bridge the gap between the areas of assurance and security in the area of the Internet of Things. An estimated 16 billion IoT devices were in use in 2016, a number that is expected to increase to 29 billion by 2022, and securing these devices is critical for businesses, homes, and our varied national infrastructures. SPICE will be working in partnership with the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota, Syracuse University, and Case Western Reserve University.

“The research in this Center will foster partnerships within and between universities, established companies, emerging players, and not for profits. The research will influence activities of daily living, providing safer, more secure, and more private technologies at home and at work.  Academics can better target our research agendas to address the hard problems in the private sector; and when the research bears fruit our partners will be able to quickly take it to market. The immediate impact will be on our students; who can learn while solving problems from the field not the classroom. “

NSF IUCRC’s enable industry, government, and academia to partner to accelerate knowledge, foster technological advancement, and improve the nation’s workforce and economy. Comprised of a core of universities who are each supported by business partners, the first-year of an IUCRC is used to map out areas of research needs and opportunities.

Initial business interests partnering with SPICE for the IoT include cornerstone partners Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Synopsys, Bel Esprit, and LHP Engineering Solutions, as well as local Indiana entities Regional Opportunity Initiatives and Justice Technologies.

The SPICE Center’s strong presence in IoT research is part of a larger interdisciplinary focus in security and privacy research. SPICE covers a large range of research areas, from cryptography and genomic data security to its research in usable security. SPICE hosts Indiana University’s Internet of Things research lab, which is a residential home hosting student researchers who test personal devices and network systems in a real-world environment.

The research of primary investigator L. Jean Camp, a professor of informatics and the director of SPICE, focuses on the intersection of human and technical trust, leveraging economic models and human-centered design to create safe, secure systems. Co-PIs include Professor of Informatics and Computing XiaoFeng Wang, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Informatics Apu Kapadia, and Assistant Professors Sameer Patil, Yan Huang, Xiaojing Liao, and Luyi Xing.