Anupam Joshi (left, photo by Marlayna Demond’ 11) and Tina Williams-Koroma, ’02 computer science (right, photo courtesy of Williams-Koroma)

Three CSEE faculty receive MIPS research awards

This post is adapted from a UMBC News article UMBC faculty, alumni entrepreneurs receive record-number of MIPS awards for tech collaborations written by Adriana Fraser.

Six UMBC faculty members have just received grants from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program to develop new technologies with potential to grow the state’s economy. This is UMBC’s largest number of winning proposals within a single proposal round since MIPS began in 1987. The program connects University System of Maryland (USM) faculty and students with Maryland businesses. UMBC’s latest MIPS grantees include computer science and electrical engineering faculty Tim OatesChein-I Chang, and Anupam Joshi; Soobum Lee, mechanical engineering; Dipanjan Pan, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering; and Vikram Vakharia, marine biotechnology. Among their industry partners are UMBC alumni entrepreneurs who are building businesses in Maryland.

Joshi, professor and chair of computer science and electrical engineering, received a MIPS grant for a cybersecurity collaboration with the startup CyDeploy. They are developing a platform that automates the quality assurance process for cybersecurity updates made to IT and “internet of things” (IoT) devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and health and medical devices. CyDeploy CEO Tina Williams-Koroma ’02, computer science, presented Joshi with the idea to develop a “cybersecurity-driven change management system.” The technology is based on and leverages the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a cloud-based replica of a company’s systems. 

Williams-Koroma and Joshi’s group at UMBC developed a conceptual prototype. It shows the infrastructure and technology that would make the system feasible, combining off-the-shelf tools with novel research. “Increasingly, the government is now beginning to mandate security requirements around IoT devices. The longer-term vision that CyDeploy has is capturing the state of these systems, virtually recreating them and then running the security changes against virtual versions to see how the changes would affect those systems,” Joshi adds. 

Williams-Koroma, who is also an adjunct instructor at UMBC, projects that the initial development of the platform will be complete in late spring 2021. They anticipate launching a free pilot version for businesses to test their IT systems. IoT pilots will come in a later phase.

Read more about these awards in the UMBC News article UMBC faculty, alumni entrepreneurs receive record-number of MIPS awards for tech collaborations.