Announcing Spring 2022 Pitt Cyber Accelerator Grant Recipients

Pitt Cyber is pleased to announce its awardees for the Spring 2022 Pitt Cyber Accelerator Grants Program (PCAG). PCAG provides support for projects that aim to establish or reinforce Pitt and Pitt Cyber as places of distinction and excellence in cyber studies and practice. 

The grants provide initial funding for novel and innovative multidisciplinary efforts that advance Pitt Cyber’s mission:  to bring the breadth of one of the world’s leading public research universities to bear on the critical questions of networks, data, and algorithms, with a focus on the ever-changing gaps among law, policy, and technology. 

Scaling Up Cyber Physical Systems Security Education - From Theory to Practice

To develop a testbed that integrates with Pitt’s Cyber Range and allows students to work together to explore how cyber-physical systems can be attacked and defended.

Ahmed Ibrahim, Teaching Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information

Daniel Cole, Associate Professor, Swanson School of Engineering; Director of Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program

 

Hour of Code and CEC/English Community Liaison and Digital Infrastructure 

To continue building the infrastructure to bring Hour of Code events to 4-10th graders from under-resourced schools in Homewood.

Gayle Rogers, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Chair of English, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Jessica FitzPatrick, Lecturer, Director of Digital Narrative and Interactive Design Program, English Department, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

 

Modeling Threats to Sustainability of Social Networks as Critical Infrastructure

To develop a proof-of-concept for analyzing the coevolution of systematic threats under a unifying framework.

Amin Rahimian, Assistant Professor, Swanson School of Engineering

Jacob Otto, PhD student, Political Science, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

 

Extended Reality Tour of a Media Archaeology Lab to Widen Access to Material Resources Representing a History of Technology 

To design and implement an extended reality (XR) tour of the Media Archeology Lab (MAL) at University of Colorado-Boulder to enable Pitt learners to virtually access MAL’s rich media holdings.

Jessica FitzPatrick, Lecturer, Director of Digital Narrative and Interactive Design Program, English Department, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

libi Striegl, Lab Manager, Media Archeology Lab, University of Colorado

Annette Vee, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Composition Program, Department of English

Dmitriy Babichenko, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information

 

Studying Trust in Civic Data Portals and its Potential for Enhancement

To develop a better understanding of how intermediary organizations can enhance the trustworthiness of civic data. The proposed project will also help to identify research questions that can be explored in collaboration with Pitt faculty.

David Walker, Lead Software Developer, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center University Center for Social & Urban Research

Jacob Biehl, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information

Robert Gradeck, Project Director, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, University Center for Social & Urban Research

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