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Published by admin on 2014-08-25

Defcon 22

UH gang at Defcon 22. Two meals, one shower per day.

Exhaustive hiking. One meal per day.



Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Nicholas, the sky is the limit!

Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Larry presented a research paper in the 7th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, "PFC: Privacy Preserving FPGA Cloud: a Case Study of MapReduce". Authors of the paper include, Lei Xu, Larry Shi, and Taeweon Suh (Korea University).

Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Pranav presented "Touch-Fingerprint Display for Supporting Identity Sensing" in the Display Week 2014.

Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Lei Xu, PhD presented his research on side channel exploits to PCM based cryptography system in Workshop on Hardware and Architectural Support for Security and Privacy. The workshop was held in conjunction with International Symposium of Computer Architecture, 2014.



Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Nicholas and Coco attended Mindcare Symposium, 2014 and presented their research on applying augmented reality technique for training children with autism to have better eye contact.

Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Pranav attended DATE 2014 conference and presented two papers, "Multi Resolution Touch Panel with Built-in Fingerprint Sensing Support" and "Programmable Decoder and Shadow Threads: Tolerate Remote Code Injection Exploits with Diversified Redundancy".

Published by larryshi on 2014-07-30

Mr. Feng presented a paper "Context-Aware Implicit User Identification Using Touch Screen in Uncontrolled Environments" in HotMobile 2014.


Published by admin on 2013-12-12

Research Addresses Challenges Faced with Innovations in Computing and Technology

Dr. Weidong (Larry) ShiDr. Weidong (Larry) Shi is the 2013 recipient of the UH Computer Science Academic Excellence Award.

Dr. Shi joined the UH Department of Computer Science in Spring 2011 after working several years as a researcher in industrial research labs. When you ask a faculty member about their research interests, usually you hear some standard keywords (e.g., systems, visual computing, health computing). Not with Larry...
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Published by larryshi on 2013-11-27

Two papers from our research team are accepted by the annual conference of Design Automation and Test in Europe. DATE 2014 received 1090 paper submissions: an all-time high for DATE and an 8% increase over DATE 2013. There are 206 papers selected (acceptance rate = 23.1%).

Our paper "Multi Resolution Touch Panel with Built-in Fingerprint Sensing Support" (Pranav Koundinya, Sandhya Theril, Tao Feng, Varun Prakash, Jimming Bao and Larry Shi)
describes an innovative technique that combines multi-touch panel and fingerprint scan in one unified single device. It has the potential to bring revolutionary changes to the smartphone and mobile device industry.

DATE conference is the main European event bringing together designers and design automation users, researchers and vendors, as well as specialists in the hardware and software design, test and manufacturing of electronic circuits and systems. It puts strong emphasis on both ICs/SoCs, reconfigurable hardware and embedded systems, including embedded software.

DATE is sponsored by the ACM SIGDA, the EDA Consortium, the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA), the European Electronic Chips and Systems Design Initiative (ECSI), the IEEE Computer Society (TTTC), the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA), and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

Published by admin on 2013-11-27

Mr. Varun Prakash presented his paper "Tape Cloud: Scalable and Cost Efficient Big Data Infrastructure for Cloud Computing" in the IEEE 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing.

The paper describes a solution that integrates tape based storage with the cloud infrastructure for reducing the total ownership cost of cloud based storage and improving cloud data center energy efficiency.

Published by admin on 2013-11-21

UH Faculty Co-Organize Premier Biometrics Conference
International Conference Covers Broad Range of Biometrics Modalities

IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS)Several University of Houston faculty members were key organizers of the sixth IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), which took place in Washington, D.C., September 29 - October 2, 2013. BTAS is the premier research conference on all aspects of biometrics.

The BTAS conference attracts high-quality papers covering a broad range of biometric modalities including face, fingerprint, ocular, voice, palmprint, hand geometry, gait, ear, ECG, and soft biometrics, as well as papers in related topics such as anti-spoofing, biometric databases, biometric cryptosystems, cancellable biometrics, covariate analysis, aging effects, large scale deployments, multi-biometric fusion, performance evaluation, security and privacy, social impact analysis, template protection, and usability studies.

UH is a leading research institution in the field of biometrics, and several UH Computer Science faculty members served on the organizing team. Prof. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris served as the general co-chair and in close collaboration with Prof. Arun Ross (Michigan State University) coordinated all aspects of the conference and instigated numerous new initiatives to ensure the highest quality conference program and to further the education and professional development of its participants.

Prof. Shishir Shah co-organized the Doctoral Symposium and Career Pathways Event that facilitated a focused discussion on career tips for senior Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral researchers interested in their first job in industry or academia. Dr. Xi Zhao served as the registration chair, and Dr. Georgios Evangelopoulos, as the media co-chair, developed an informative and appealing website. Their efforts contributed to the overwhelming participation and success of this year’s conference.

Additional information on the BTAS can be found on the conference website, www.btas2013.org.(external link)

Published by admin on 2013-11-15

Mr. Varun Prakash successfully defended his master dissertation on "Resurrection Rethinking Magnetic Tapes for Cost Efficient Data Preservation". The thesis investigates the role of tape storage in cloud infrastructure and the economic benefits of integrating tape storage with the current cloud framework. In addition, the thesis proposes a hybrid and multitier cloud storage system that combines hard disk/SSD based storage with large scale tape storage.

Varun will join Samsung, California. Godspeed, Varun!

Published by larryshi on 2013-11-15

Mr. Tao presented our poster "Person-Of-Interest Detection System Using Cloud-Supported Computerized-Eyewear" in the conference. The technique leverages the emerging computerized eyewears such as Google Glass and the processing power of cloud to protect law enforcement officers from risks and help them to stop person of interest.

In addition, Mr. Tao presented our work "Touch Panel with Integrated Fingerprint Sensors Based Identity Management". The technique enables user friendly identity management on smartphones by integrating optically transparent fingerprint readers with a touch panel. It represents a giant step forward beyond what one can find in Iphone 5S.

Published by admin on 2013-10-29

http://www.examiner.com/article/electronic-fingerprint-ids-astound-scientists#sthash.ZpOAmIOl.dpuf(external link)

Optics giving way to electronic identification of fingerprints, to be featured at The IEEE International Conference on Homeland Security in Boston

DALLAS (Oct. 28, 2013) – Although our very latest devices rely on fingerprint detection technology, replacing the need for passwords, they will shortly be obsolete as detection by optics is replaced with ultimately reliable electronic pick-up.

As demands for user fingerprint IDs applications grow—for everything from firearms, smart phones, safe area access—the use of optics to ensure accuracy will be replaced with incredibly sensitive electronic detection. “The different variations on your finger is enough to get capacitance valley changes depending on the distance between the two ridges,” Says Pranav N. Koundinya, one of four scientist at the University of Houston working on the method. He wants to be known as Pranav and explained further how “the fingerprint ridges and valleys are enough variations—has a small difference even though it is a micrometer difference—that is enough to form two different capacitors. So basically this is an electronic way of recording and reproducing fingerprints.”

Pranav spoke by phone from the University of Houston on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience. The other three scientists on the program with Pranav were Dr. Weidong (Larry) Shi, Mr. Tao Feng, and Dr. Xi Zhao.

Their revolutionary technology will be presented at the IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference HST ‘13 held at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 12-14 November 2013.

HST ’13 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation and showcase peer-reviewed technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in:

  • Cyber Security
  • Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
  • Land & Maritime Border Security
  • Biometrics & Forensics

HST ‘13 is produced by IEEE with technical support from Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon and MITRE are providing organizational support.

IEEE (www.ieee.org) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE-USA (www.ieeeusa.org) advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 206,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Published by admin on 2013-10-28


Touch Panel with Integrated Fingerprint Sensors Based User Identity Management

Dr. Weidong (Larry) Shi, Dr. Xi Zhao, Mr. Tao Feng, Mr. Pranav—Scientists at University of Houston department of computer sciences

http://www.promiseoftomorrow.biz/bizradio/102813/102813.htm(external link)


Published by larryshi on 2013-10-27

PhD student Mr. Tao Feng completed his summer internship in Samsung Research America (SRA). Mr. Feng demonstrated his research results, a mobile system app that can verify user identity in the background using touch gestures to his Samsung colleagues.

Published by larryshi on 2013-10-27

A cloud paper written by Mr. Yuanfeng Wen won a best paper award in the Fourth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization. The paper proposes a novel concept of "Forensics-as-a-Service (FaaS)" that leverages the power of cloud computing for reducing the cost and improving efficiencies of digital forensics. The complete title of the paper is "Forensics-as-a-Service (FaaS): Computer Forensic Workflow Management and Processing Using Cloud".

Mr. Wen graduated from UH with a Master degree and now works for Microsoft.

Published by admin on 2013-10-22

Introduced by Houston Mayor office, the delegation from Shandong Economic and Information Technology Committee(external link) visited Dept. of Computer Science on Oct. 21, 2013. Dr. Xi Zhao and Mr. Kelvin Gao in I2C Lab presented Cloud Computing and Big Data in E-Government and IT Management.

Mr. Kelvin Gao presented Cloud Computing in E-Government


Dr. Xi Zhao presented Big Data


Mr. Zhao, Shuling, Chief Technology Officer of Shandong Economic and Information Technology Committee



The delegation from Shandong Economic and Information Technology Committee


Toured by a UH student, Miss Reah Kelly, the delegation visited UH main campus


Published by admin on 2013-10-14

http://newsfixnow.com/2013/08/13/cars-are-the-newest-target-for-hackers/(external link)

HOUSTON, TX – Worried about getting hacked in your car? Maybe you should be.

As technology makes life easier for us, it may also make things more complicated. Modern cars are computers on wheels, and as we all know computers are vulnerable.

Varun Parkash, a University of Houston Graduate Student studying embedded systems security explained, “When you have sophisticated computers on the cars, there’s always a possibility that someone can hack into the computer and make the car behave in ways that it shouldn’t be doing.”

What you see in Hollywood movies, isn’t usually too far from the realm of possibility.

Larry Shi, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Houston said, “If the car is smart and uses any wireless communication, on the car then definitely that can be hacked.”

It means possibly taking control over anything from your radio to the steering.

So is this something we should all be worried about?

Parkash said, “It’s not just the scientific community which are finding flaws in current system, yes, it is a big concern for everyone.”

When buying your next car, you might want to find out just how much thought the manufacturers have put into making sure the car doesn’t end up taking you for a ride.

Read more: http://newsfixnow.com/2013/08/13/cars-are-the-newest-target-for-hackers/#ixzz2hii0ArJN(external link)

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