NSF Award Abstract
IIS: Research on the Profiling Problem in Cybersecurity and Anti-Terrorism
This project proposes
to perform research on new and theoretically sound profiling techniques for
detection and identification of terrorists and cyber attacks. A common thread
of problems in such attacks is how can we detect "bad guys" from good
guys quickly? Various scientific techniques such as data modeling and
integration, meta-data management, discrete mathematical models and algorithms,
data mining, machine learning, visualization and statistical techniques will be
investigated. For example, new mathematical models and algorithms for profiling
"bad guys/transactions" will be developed and tested. One research
direction is to formulate the problem as a more generalized formulation of the
current set covering problem. Efficient algorithms will be developed, and
performance bounds of certain algorithms will be studied. Simulations will be
done to compare the performance of the new algorithms with conventional
algorithms, and the pros and cons of these algorithms will be identified.
Making the models more realistic and testing the algorithms/techniques against more realistic data sets will be done by teaming with LSU's National Center for Security Research and Training (NCSRT), FBI, AFRL, and others. The project team consists of diverse ethnic groups and plans to organize a workshop dedicated to women and under-represented minority.
If successful, this project can have significant impact on the scientific community and on the society.
Project Performance Period:
Stating date: August 15, 2003
Estimated completion date: January 31, 2010
Estimated Amount of Fund: $1.8 millions
Dr. Peter Chen (Principal
Investigator), Foster Distinguished Chair Professor of Computer Science,
E-mail: pchen at lsu.edu, Home page: www.csc.lsu.edu/~chen
Dr. Guoli Ding (Co-Principal Investigator), Professor of Mathematics, E-mail: ding at math.lsu.edu, Home page: http://www.math.lsu.edu/~ding/
Dr. Brian Marx (Co-Principal Investigator), Professor of Statistics, E-mail: bmarx at lsu.edu, Home page: http://www.stat.lsu.edu/faculty/marx/
Dr. Jianhua Chen (Co-Principal Investigator), Associate Professor of Computer Science, E-mail: jianhua at csc.lsu.edu, Home page: http://www.csc.lsu.edu/~jianhua/jianhua.html
Dr. Robert Lax,
Professor of Mathematics, E-mail: lax at math.lsu.edu, Home page: http://www.math.lsu.edu/~lax/
Mr. James Fernandez (Co-Principal Investigator, 2003-2006), Executive Director of NCSRT (National Center for Security Research and Training)
The faculty and students have published the research results in many articles (over 75 articles). The list of all the publications (and the associated pdf files) produced by this project can be found at the following website: http://188.8.131.52/GWP.htm .
**Note: This material of this web page and the publications listed is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0326387. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).