We provide scholars and investigators with innovative computing
systems, laboratory facilities and equipment while offering
high-level administrative support for faculty members seeking to
conduct research and commercialize inventions.
for Unified Biometrics (CUBS) is focused on advancing the
fundamental science of biometrics and providing key enabling
technologies to build engineered systems. UB researchers are taking
a unified view of biometric technologies by integrating software
algorithms for accurate identification of various biometrics and
data analysis (informatics) with hardware acquisition devices.
The Center of Academic
Excellence in Information Systems Assurance, Research and Education
(CEISARE) offers graduate education and coordinated research in
computer security and information assurance. Research topics
include the broad areas of e-commerce, security, networks and
secure voting. Current projects address critical issues such
as the development of cyber-attack recognition systems, protecting
documents from insider threats, real-time intrusion detection,
unintended information retrieval, and the security of corporate
An article on PhysOrg reports UB has received a $584,469
grant from the National Science Foundation to create a tool
designed to work with the existing computing infrastructure to
boost data transfer speeds by more than 10 times, and quotes Tevfik
Kosar, associate professor of computer science.
Xu created AutoDietary—software
that tracks the unique sounds produced by food as people chew
it. AutoDietary, placed near the throat by a necklace
delivery system developed at China's Northeastern University, helps
users measure their caloric intake.
Regan develops algorithms that detect cheating in chess
games. His software compares a player's moves to a database
of the player's typical gameplay, then makes an assessment of the
statistical likelihood of cheating. Dr. Regan frequently
consults at international chess matches.
Dantu owns the vision component of the RoboBee Initiative,
led by the National Science Foundation and Harvard
University. The "eyes" that Dr. Dantu is integrating are
laser-powered sensors that enable the mechanical bees to orient
themselves in space.
Aidong Zhang, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department
of Computer Science and Engineering, is one of 54 computer
scientists named a 2017 Fellow of the Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM). Zhang is being recognized for her contributions to
bioinformatics and data mining.
UB senior Devashish Agarwal (CS BS Candidate '18) was the
student nominee selected from the four SUNY University Centers to
receive the Association of Council Members and College Trustees
(ACT) of the State University of New York Excellence and
Student Initiative Scholarship. Devashish received the
award—a $1,000 scholarship with an additional $250 given in
his name to the charity of his choice—at a September 16
ceremony as part of ACT’s annual conference in Albany, New
Kui Ren, a professor in UB’s Department of Computer
Science and Engineering, was named a SUNY Empire Innovation Scholar
for his pioneering work on attacks and privacy issues in cloud
computing systems, smartphone based systems and other cyber
physical systems such as 3D printing systems.
The award honors outstanding CSTEP research mentors who have
been involved in mentoring, supervising and advising undergraduate
researchers, and have impacted students’ academic and
Zhisheng Yan (PhD '17) has accepted a tenure-track assistant
professor position at the Georgia State University Department of
Computer Science, starting in Fall 2017. Zhisheng, who was
advised by Chang
Wen Chen, completed several major research projects, notably
publishing a paper at MobiCom2016.
Kennedy, Niccolo' Meneghetti (PhD '16), and XXX XXX (CMU) will
attend SIGMOD 2017 to present
their paper titled, "Beta Probabilistic Databases: A Scalable
Approach to Belief Updating and Parameter Learning".
Assistant Professor Steve
Ko and colleague Mohammad Husain (Cal Poly, Pomona) won a $130K
NSF Division of
Graduate Education (DGE) award for their project titled,
"EAGER: Collaborative Research: S^2 Lab: Educational Platform and
Resource for Smartphone Security."
Zola and Tevfik
Kosar have won a UB IMPACT award that will provide seed funding
for their project titled, 'OneBioStore: Distributed smart storage
and scalable algorithms for collaborative biomedical
Assistant Professors Oliver
Kennedy and Luke
Ziarek won an NSF SMALL Award ($494k) for their work on
Just-in-Time Data Structures. This funding will support Saurav
Singhi (PhD Candidate) and an as-yet unknown PhD student who will
start a year from now.
Assistant Professor Aziz
Mohaisen has received an NSF EAGER award of $125k to work on
understanding the attack vector of privacy-enhancing technologies.
The work is a collaborative effort with Guevara Noubir of
Northeastern University. The award will support Jeman Park, a PhD
student starting this fall.
Associate Professor Kui
Ren will present one paper and will co-present another paper
with Assistant Professor Wenyao
Xu at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications
Security (ACM CCS 2016) in Vienna, Austria.
Engin Arslan (PhD '16) and Associate Professor Tevfik
Kosar's paper, "HARP: Predictive Transfer Optimization Based on
Historical Analysis and Real-time Probing", has been accepted at SC16,
the top international conference on supercomputing and high
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dimitrios
Koutsonikolas for winning another NSF grant. The award is an NSFCRI award for Dr.
Koutsonikolas's proposal titled "II-New: X60: A Cross-Layer
Reconfigurable Multi-Gigabit WLAN Testbed at 60 GHz". Koutsonikolas
is PI; EE faculty Josep Jornet, Dimitris Pados, and Zhi Sun are
Co-PIS. The total amount of the award is $630K for 1.5 years, with
50% credit going to each of CSE and EE.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Marco
Gaboardi for winning his first NSF grant. The award is for Dr.
Gaboardi's project titled, "TWC: Large: Collaborative: Computing
Over Distributed Sensitive Data", a joint collaboration with
Harvard University. The award is expected to total $527,867 over
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Lu
Su for winning his first NSF grant. The award is an NSF
CRII award for Dr. Su's project titled, "CRII: NeTS: Building
Quality-of-Information Aware Distributed Sensing Systems". The
award is expected to total $175,000.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Shi
Li for winning his first NSF grant. The award is an NSF
CRII award for Dr. Li's project titled, "CRII: AF: On Designing
Approximation Algorithms Based on Round-or-Cut Paradigm". The award
is expected to total $174,990.
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Govindaraju is named VP for Research and Economic
Development. Dr. Govindaraju has served in the position as
Interim VP since September 2014.
CSE Professor and Chair Chunming
Qiao will be awarded the 2015 TC-CSR Distinguished Technical
Achievement Award. This is a yearly award to recognize members of
ComSoc Communications Switching & Routing TC for their
technical contributions in the fields covered by CSR.
A team of six UB students (four of whom are CSE majors) was
victorious in the inaugural Collegiate Pentesting Competition, a
cybersecurity challenge held Nov. 7-8 at the Rochester Institute of
Technology. Representing CSE were: Woody Clark (BS/MS '16) of
Batavia, Joe D’Amato (CEN BS '15, MS '16) of Buffalo, James
Droste (CS BS Candidate '17) of Nanuet, and Jesse Freeman (BS/MS
'16) of Buffalo.
Alphonce has been named Co-Symposium chair of the 2016 SIGCSE
(ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education)
Technical Symposium, having completed his stint as Co-Program chair
of the 2015 SIGCSE
CSE Associate Professor Emeritus Bill
Rapaport won the 2015 Covey Award. The Covey
Award recognizes senior scholars with a substantial record of
innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy
Assistant Professor Dimitrios
Koutsonikolas and Li Sun (PhD Candidate '17) will present their
paper titled "WiDraw: Enabling Handsfree Drawing in the Air on
Commodity WiFi Devices" this September at the prestigious MobiCom 2015 in
Assistant Professor Oliver
Kennedy and Ying Yang (PhD Candidate '17) will present their
paper titled "Lenses: An On-Demand Approach to ETL" this September
at the Very Large Databases (VLDB) conference 2015 on the Big
Island of Hawai'i.
SUNY Distinguished Professor and UB Interim VP for Research and
Economic Development Venu
Govindaraju is part of an Office of the Director of National
Intelligence/Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
(IARPA) consortium for the project titled, "Sparse Heterogeneous
Representations and Domain Adaptive Matching for Unconstrained Face
Buckley thanks Kevin Lyman, Kate Truscott, and the entire Vans
Warped Tour 2014 for their generous donation to The Center for
Socially Relevant Computing. The gift will be used to purchase
music, sight, and sound equipment (how appropriate!) for a system
that teaches cause-and-effect and choice-making to autistic
children using customizable sensory-intense feedback.
A proposal submitted by CSE Professor Jinhui
Xu, titled "Algorithmic Techniques for Several Geometric
Problems Arising in Biomedical Imaging Applications," has been
awarded $470,349 for three years by the NSF CCF
First-year PhD student Mike Wehar (PhD '17) has been awarded the
2014 European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS)
Student ICALP Paper award for his paper titled, "Hardness
Results for Intersection Non-Emptiness".
Aidong Zhang, Chair, Computer Science and Engineering, was
appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor. She is an internationally
recognized expert in the fields of databases, multimedia databases
Yavuz Selim Yilmaz (PhD '15), Bahadir Ismail Aydin (PhD '15),
Demirbas received the outstanding
paper award at the International Conference on Collaboration
Technologies and Systems (CTS 2014) for their paper titled,
"Targeted Question Answering on Smartphones Utilizing App Based