NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site:
Human Communication in a Connected World

About ISI
Our REU site participants will be engaged in research that spans four themes under the umbrella of Human Communication in a Connected World. These themes are: (1) communication, (2) cybersecurity, (3) information retrieval and (4) information flow. The themes span the vertical stack of human communication, starting with protocols and physical communication medium (communication theme), continuing on to protocols, application and usage patterns (cybersecurity theme), continuing on to semantics of communication (information retrieval theme) and ending with dynamics of information flow in social systems (information flow theme). These themes are emerging today because of the increased use of the Internet in daily lives. This poses challenges for communication and cybersecurity, and creates the need for information retrieval and understanding information flow. Below are the projects, which we expect to have during the summer 2018.

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Anycast Visualization (Supervisor: John Heidemann)

Safe Automated Patching (Supervisor: John Heidemann)

Whole-Internet RTT Estimation (Supervisor: John Heidemann)


Secure and Memorable Passwords (Supervisor: Jelena Mirkovic)

Pink Glasses (Supervisor: Jelena Mirkovic)

Critter@home (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

RecogPass-RSVP (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

RecogPass-CGI (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

GrayStar (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

Remote Identification of DoS Victims (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

Novel Insights for DDoS Detection (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

Vulnerability Discovery: Complexity Attacks (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

Software Isolation for Desktop Environments (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

A World of Trust (Supervisor: Srivatsan Ravi)

Software Attestation (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Information Retrieval

Record Linkage to Build Sports Data Sets (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Decipherment of Historical Manuscripts (Supervisor: Kevin Knight)

Machine Translation (Supervisor: Kevin Knight)

Whole-sentence Semantics (Supervisor: Kevin Knight)

Machine Reading (Supervisor: Kevin Knight)

Creative Language Generation (Supervisor: Kevin Knight)

Information Flow

Information Diffusion (Supervisor: Kristina Lerman)

Network Structure (Supervisor: Kristina Lerman)

Behavior Modeling (Supervisor: Kristina Lerman)

Popping the Filter Bubble (Supervisor: Fred Morstatter)

Identifying and Quantifying Unfair Models (Supervisor: Fred Morstatter)

Creating Human-Perceptible Models (Supervisor: Fred Morstatter)