UCF research receives $1M grant to study AI, cyber attacks

Dr. Mubarak Shah, trustee chair professor of computer science, is the founding director of the Center for Research in Computer Vision at UCF. – Photo from UCF

A UCF researcher has landed a $1 million DoD award to develop a defense against cyber attacks on AI-based systems.

The money will provide engineering professor Mubarak Shah resources to study cyber defense strategies.

Shah and a team has been working on teaching computers to detect and defend against cyber attacks.

The center uses A.I. and other technology to develop tools that can track objects and analyze behavior in video.


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For example, past projects have focused on scanning crowd scenes to detect and prevent threats or analyzing brain scans for tumors.

In addition, engineering associate professor Nazanin Rahnavard and UCF graduate students will join Shah.

Longtime collaborator professor Ajmal Mian of University of Western Australia will also join.

The award is just the latest for Shah, the director of the Center for Research in Computer Vision at UCF.

He has also landed several fellowships and was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in February.

The DoD announced the grant about a week after a team from the center bested teams from MIT, IBM and Carnegie Mellon in a global competition.


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