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CESCA Day 2016

CESCA Day Main Schedule Program (in pdf) Pictures:  Main,  Poster session

April 23, 2016 (Saturday) 9:00am - 5:00pm

Brush Mountain Room (3rd fl.), Squires Student Center


Squires Student Center Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech

The 7th annual CESCA Day was held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Squires Student Center Brush Mountain Room.  The day consisted of research presentations and poster sessions, followed by a student award ceremony.

The keynote address was provided by Dr. Kevin T. Kornegay, Professor and IoT Security Endowed Chair in the ECE Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. His speech is titled "IoT Device Security Research at Morgan State University."

The CESCA Day organizers were Dr. Lynn Abbott (Email) and Dr. Haibo Zeng (Email) this year.



CESCA Awards opportunities for Students

The CESCA faculty members chose the winners of these awards.  

CESCA Outstanding Student Award:  Students who have published five or more first-author papers in top journals or peer-reviewed conferences will be eligible for competing for this award. Each student can receive this award at most once.  If you are eligible for the “CESCA Outstanding Student Award” (having published 5 first-author conference or journal papers), please notify Dr. Abbott or Dr. Zeng.  

Awardees: Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Schaumont) and Vireshwar Kumar (Advisors: Park)

CESCA Best Short Presentation Award:  You are encouraged to participate in the “Best Presentation” competition if you have a paper published or accepted in the past year.

Awardees:  Markus Kusano (Advisor: Wang), Sarmad Tanwir (Advisor: Hsiao)

CESCA Day Best Poster Award:  Students who participate in the poster sessions during our annual CESCA Day event will be eligible for competing for this award.

Awardees:  Ahmed Ibrahim (Advisor: Abbott), Bilgiday Yuce (Advisor: Schaumont)

CESCA Best Picture Award: This year's CESCA fun event is a picture competition. The award goes to the supplier of the best picture, voted by the audience. (Go to FUN event page)

Awardee: Markus Kusano

The former award recipients are listed on the CESCA Awards page.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Kornegay


IoT Device Security Research at Morgan State University

Dr. Kevin T. Kornegay, Professor and IoT Security Endowed Chair, ECE Department, Morgan State University


Dr. Kevin Kornegay Dr. Kevin Kornegay

Abstract:  The Internet of Things (IoT) and its myriad of components are proliferating as they increasingly permeate all areas of life and work, with unprecedented economic effect. The IoT is the network of dedicated physical objects (things) whose embedded system technology senses or interacts with their internal state or external environment. Embedded systems use a combination of computer hardware and software to perform dedicated functions within a larger mechanical or electrical system. Examples of embedded systems include cell phones, personal digital assistants, gaming consoles, global positioning systems, etc. Over 98 percent of all microprocessors being manufactured are used in embedded system applications. 

In private industry and the public sector, IoT growth and possible uses are evolving rapidly. Critical infrastructures in transportation, smart grid, manufacturing and health care are highly dependent on embedded systems for distributed control, tracking, and electronic data collection. While it is paramount to protect these systems from hacking, intrusion or physical tampering, our current solutions are often based on a patchwork of legacy systems, and this is unsustainable as a long-term solution. Transformative solutions are required to protect these systems by engineering secure embedded systems. 

Secure embedded systems use cryptography and countermeasures to protect electronic data and commands to systematically achieve resiliency, stability, safety, integrity, and privacy. Engineering secure embedded implementations that are resistant to attacks is vital. Essential to achieving this goal is obtaining fundamental knowledge and understanding of the various types of vulnerabilities embedded systems present. Hence, in this talk, we will present our embedded systems security research activities including the IoT testbed, side-channel and fault injection analysis, and associated research projects.

Speaker:  Kevin T. Kornegay received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He is presently Professor and IoT Security Endowed Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. His research interests include hardware assurance, reverse engineering, secure embedded system design, side-channel analysis, differential fault analysis, radio frequency and millimeter wave integrated circuit design, high-speed circuits, and broadband wired and wireless system design. 

Dr. Kornegay serves or has served on the technical program committees of several international conferences including the IEEE Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST), EEE International Solid State Circuits Conference, the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, and the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium. He has also served a two-year term on the IEEE Solid-State Circuits AdCom committee, as well as, on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and as Editor of IEEE Electron Device Letters and Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits Special Issue on the 2004 Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium. 

Dr. Kornegay is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Society of Black Engineers’ Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year in 2005, the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award in Higher Education from U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, the NSF CAREER Award, an IBM Faculty Partnership Award, the National Semiconductor Faculty Development Award, and the General Motors Faculty Fellowship Award. He was also selected as a participant in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and the German–American Frontiers of Engineering, where he later served on the organizing committee. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society and a senior member of the IEEE, as well as a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.


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CESCA Day 2016
April 23 (Sat)
Brush Mountain Room
Squires Student Center

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