The University of Cincinnati will lead a new National Science Foundation analysis center to guard electronics and networked systems from sabotage, hacking, or spying.
The Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Safety and Trust will likely be UC’s newest industry-university Cooperative Research Center. The facility will work with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Division of Defense and field leaders to conduct research aimed at thwarting an outside attack, UC engineering professor John “Marty,” Emmert said.
The National Science Foundation will fund the facility with an initial $4.5 million funds for UC and its academic associates: the University of Virginia, the University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, and the College of California, Davis.
The facility will work with private corporates, government agencies, and nonprofits that will contribute annual membership fees of up to $50,000 to investigate their distinctive vulnerabilities. The private members embody corporations such as Adaptive Computing, financial consultants Booz Allen Hamilton, and educational publisher Wiley.
UC’s new center may have its own lab space in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Emmert mentioned the facility would be capable of harnessing UC’s collective expertise across domains in partnership with the other universities.
Emmert said one pressing problem is finding an approach to ensure the authenticity of computer chips. The use of flawed counterfeit circuits could result in catastrophic collapses in aviation, communications, or weapons programs.
UC professor Marc Cahay, chief of UC’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, mentioned the facility’s research focus is likely to attract widespread interest.