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Omar Chowdhury Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Omar Chowdhury receiving his DARPA YFA Award certificate from Dr. Michael Fiddy, program manager, DARPA/DSO

For his proposal entitled "PHOENIX: A Principled Approach to Identifying Cellular Network AttacksAssistant Professor Omar Haider Chowdhury has been awarded a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA).

Dr. Chowdhury aims at automatically identifying security and privacy weaknesses of the existing and emerging cellular network systems through the novel use of formal verification techniques. The successful completion of this project has the promise of substantially improving current and future generations of the cellular network ecosystem by empowering device users to be aware of cellular network attacks.

The project has been awarded $497,318.00 for two years with an option period lasting 12 months for $283,378.00, totaling $780,696.00.

More on award and project at The Daily Iowan [9/29/19].

According to DARPA "The objective of the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA’s program development process"