NSF awards $499,500 grant to GSU

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $499,500 grant to Grambling State University. The Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies will use the funding for a project titled “iMed-Sec: Exploring Hardware-Assisted Solutions for Energy-Efficient Low-Overhead Security and Privacy for the Internet-of-Medical-Things.”  

The project will address the security concerns of physical devices that are connected to internet.  

“The combination of a network of physical devices embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and sensors, that can communicate and interact with others over the Internet is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). An IoT-based framework for the healthcare industry is called the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT),” said Dr. Babu Baniya, a GSU assistant professor and the principal investigator for the project. Dr. Vasanth Iyer, a GSU assistant professor of cybersecurity; along with Dr. Bibhudutta Rout, and Saraju Mohanty of the University of North Texas are co-principal investigators.  

The security of implantable medical devices and wearable medical devices is one of the major concerns of IoMT, in addition to medical data privacy.  

“Imminent threats to the safe use of IoMT include the vulnerability of IoMT-devices to hacking,” Baniya said. “The project will undertake research to explore hardware-assisted security with low-overhead, energy-efficient solutions for the IoMT. The uniqueness of the iMed-Sec project is a unified multilayer effort involving devices, circuits, and systems for robust cybersecurity.”  

The goal is energy-efficient protocols for IoMT device cybersecurity and the creation of IoMT cybersecurity course materials (such as modules, training materials, and syllabi) ) to boost various STEM undergraduate curricula. It will provide training to students in smart healthcare paradigms, thus serving the national interest. It will also broaden the participation of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) students in STEM education and research.

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