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

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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 and cybersecurity, (2) scientific experimentation and knowledge capture, and (3) social data science. These themes are emerging today because of the increased use of the Internet in daily lives. The abundance of applications and the ever-increasing traffic volume cannot be sustained by the current infrastructure. Today’s businesses and critical infrastructure rely on the Internet more and more; this makes them attractive targets for cyberattacks. Young people are also increasingly using the Internet for learning and communication, putting themselves at risk of cyberbullying, cyber-predators, misinformation, etc. Communication and cybersecurity theme explores solutions to the above problems. Further, much information is automatically collected today by many digital devices, and much information is published online by various sources. This volume creates challenges for effectively making sense of information, and detecting important pieces, which can be presented to humans in a meaningful way. The scientific experimentation and knowledge capture theme explores these issues, and also focuses on broadening participation in science through education. Finally, increasing use of social networks allows us to study how people connect to each other, how information propagates in social systems, and how it is acquired and processed by humans. Social data science theme comprises of such projects. Below are the projects, which we expect to have during the summer 2021.

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Communication and cybersecurity

Anycast Visualization (Supervisor: John Heidemann)

Covid-19 Change Visualization (Supervisor: John Heidemann)

Understanding DNS Resolvers (Supervisor: Jelena Mirkovic)

Novel Insights for DDoS Detection (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

Stateless Password Manager (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser, Jelena Mirkovic)

Practical Searchable Encryption (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

Discovering Vulnerabilities in Embedded Code (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

Software Isolation for Desktop Environments (Supervisor: Christophe Hauser)

Cyber-physical Fuzzing Framework (Supervisor: Luis Garcia)

Automating the Generation of Software Knowledge Bases for Reverse Engineering Embedded Systems (Supervisor: Luis Garcia)

Detecting Bias in College Football Recruiting (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Textual, Structural and Semantic Analysis of Phishing Datasets (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Scientific Experimentation and Knowledge Capture

Generation of a Sports-based Introductory Data Science Curriculum to Increase Participation of Underrepresented Groups in STEM (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Disparities in Educational Achievement (Supervisor: Kristina Lerman)

Integration of Frame Semantics to Cyber Ontologies (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Long form dialogue bots (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

Building a Simulation-Driven Pedagogic Activity for Cyberinfrastructure Learning (Supervisor: Rafael Ferreira da Silva)

Search Engine for Scientific Software (Supervisor: Daniel Garijo)

Towards Automated Understanding of Scientific Software (Supervisor: Daniel Garijo)

What Does Your Program Do? Using Non-Supervised Methods for Scientific Software Classification (Supervisor: Daniel Garijo)

Are STEM Faculty Members Diverse Enough (Supervisor: Mohammad Rostami)

Is SSIM a Fair Image Quality Assessment Metric? (Supervisor: Mohammad Rostami)

Social Data Science

Social Network Expansion: Construction of a human-subject spearphishing experiment (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Social Graph Analysis and Attribution of Software Exploit Contributors Using GitHub (Supervisor: Jeremy Abramson)

Studying Anti-Science Vulnerabilities (Supervisor: Keith Burghardt and Goran Muric)

Identifying and Characterizing Online Stereotypes (Supervisor: Fred Morstatter)

Preventing Gaming of Machine Models (Supervisor: Fred Morstatter)

Characterizing Malicious YouTube Videos (Supervisor: Jelena Mirkovic, Fred Morstatter)

Bias Awareness in your News Diet (Supervisor: Jelena Mirkovic, Fred Morstatter)

Clickbait Summarizer (Supervisor: Genevieve Bartlett)

Social Media Analysis (Supervisor: Emilio Ferrara)