LERSAIS News 2006 Joshi Receives NSF-CAREER Award

Joshi Receives NSF-CAREER Award

Joshi Receives NSF-CAREER Award

January 24, 2006 - The School of Information Sciences is pleased to announce that James Joshi, Assistant Professor, has been honored with the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Joshi was recognized for his work on “A Trust-Based Access Control Management Framework for Secure Information Sharing and Multimedia Workflows in Heterogeneous Environments.” The NSF CAREER Award, totaling $416,419 over a five-year period, was announced on January 5, 2006. The goal of Joshi’s research is to address the complex security and management issues related to emerging multidomain application (EMA) environments. These EMAs may include grid environments, peer-to-peer environments, and mobile environments which utilize multi-media and workflow technologies. These types of environments have the potential to efficiently automate workflow processes and to facilitate unprecedented levels in sharing of information and resources. Joshi will develop an access control and interoperational framework that will provide security for EMAs and that will address the privacy issues related to sharing multimedia data and workflows. The results of this research are expected to have a long-term impact on the development of secure data application environments and to contribute significantly to efforts to protect complex systems and infrastructures such as the national and global information grids.

Joshi’s research results will be incorporated into this security curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh, which is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Joshi came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 upon completion of his Ph.D. studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. This tenure-track faculty member teaches courses on security management, developing secure systems, and program design and software tools.

Joshi is the co-founder of the Laboratory of Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS), a research center at SIS that facilitates the technical expertise of the University’s faculty to address the multidimensional problems in information assurance (IA). LERSAIS was developed to host high impact research on two key aspects of information assurance: security and availability, and to develop and support high quality education in security and information assurance.

The NSF CAREER Award supports the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of the organization. Previous NSF CAREER honorees from the School of Information Sciences include associate professors Marek Druzdzel and Peter Brusilovsky, as well as adjunct professor Sujata Banerjee.

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