Eminent Scholar Chaired Associate Professor Selcuk Uluagac’s research group has won the 2021 Google Android Security and Privacy Research (ASPIRE) Award for the team’s ongoing work to improve the security and privacy of Android devices.

Uluagac is director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab at FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing. He leads a team of researchers who range from undergraduate to graduate students and post-doc researchers; he has an additional courtesy appointment in the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Science. Uluagac and two of the postdoctoral researchers in his group, Ahmet Aris and Abbas Acar, are currently leading this effort.

“The award speaks to the quality of our research conducted at FIU,” Uluagac said. “It’s based on the excellence of our research faculty, postdSelcuk-Uluagac-fiu-college-engineering-computing Headshotoctoral researchers, the students, our facilities and, ultimately, the result of our research.”

Google initiated its ASPIRE program in 2018 to encourage the development of new security and privacy tools in the fight to deter the hacking of vulnerable devices. Current and past winners include Purdue University and UC Irvine.

“As the use of smart devices continues to expand, many people are using devices that are unprotected or unpatched,” Uluagac said. “Sometimes they are at risk because the user has never installed a system update, other times it’s because the device they are using is older and no longer supported by the manufacturer, so updates are no longer available.”

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