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NEW -  Important Information for Investigators with International Collaborations

Oct 02

We are pleased to announce a full and diverse line-up of grantsmanship workshops for the 2019-2020 Academic Year to support faculty with submitting winning proposals. Please see our Fall schedule below and register for the workshops that interest you:

We have additional workshops slated for the Spring semester that include How to Write Successful Proposals for NSF CAREER, DoD Young Investigator and Other Grants for Early-Career Researchers; and Developing Center-level and Team Proposals - stay tuned for more information!

Jun 27

For the second year in a row, Stony Brook University researchers attended SUNY DOD DC DAY, an exclusive and interactive networking event that brought together 90 outstanding researchers across eight campuses of The State University of New York (SUNY) to meet with Department of Defense (DOD) leadership and program management.  The two-day event was held June 13 and 14 at the Arlington Hilton in Arlington, Virginia.

DOD Day

Back: Maureen Piekos, Klaus Mueller, Yue Zhao, Emre Salman, Alexander Orlov, Christian Luhmann, Ji Liu; Front: Xiaoqing Zhang, Lauren Brookmeyer, Chao Chen, Scott Smolka, Nina Maung and Hassan Arbab. Not pictured: Irena Tannenbaum, Lester Paldy

The event kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Bindu Nair, Acting Director of the DOD Basic Research Office. Researchers also received valuable insights from Office of Naval Research (ONR), Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and United States Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC) speakers.  Faculty participated in numerous one-on-one speed networking sessions with program directors representing ONR, CDMRP, Army Research Laboratory (ARO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Additionally, faculty had the opportunity to discuss potential collaborations with other SUNY colleagues throughout the day and at the hosted evening reception

Dr. Nina Maung, Associate Vice President for Research and lead organizer for Stony Brook stated, “By leveraging the SUNY/RF system, we created a rare and important opportunity for large scale networking among participants from various SUNY institutions and DOD agencies.”

DoD Day

Hassan Arbab, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Stony Brook researchers had very positive feedback regarding the event; Alexander Orlov, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, commented that “SUNY DOD Day was really an eye opening and incredibly enriching experience. Realizing that my work can help to solve national security challenges and being able to discuss my ideas with funding officers was truly inspirational.”

The networking portion of the day was particularly well-reviewed by Christian Luhmann, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, noting, “From the outside, the DOD can seem very opaque to many academic researchers.  The ability to talk to representatives face-to-face was valuable and an efficient way to find your way to the most appropriate programs, learn about program priorities, and evaluate research compatibility.” Many researchers have been invited to submit white papers and have plans to explore new collaborations with their SUNY colleagues.

The 11 Stony Brook faculty who participated were from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.  Together they represented expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Big Data, Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Electronics & Photonics, Materials Science, Quantum Computing and Specialty Sensors.

Representatives from Stony Brook’s Office of Government Relations  attended the event and assisted Stony Brook Research in efforts to build key relationships with federal funding agencies. The event was centrally organized by the Research Foundation for SUNY in collaboration with SUNY Central.

May 29

OPD is launching their annual lineup of services to support faculty who are developing CAREER Award proposals. This comprehensive set of services, which will begin on Wednesday May 29th, will include an overview of the CAREER proposal requirements, a networking lunch with previous awardees, a networking lunch with campus experts in education and outreach, weekly drop-in office hours, writing support, as well as assistance with developing your budget, myResearch, and proofreading. Please see the schedule below for events. We will share OPD's CAREER Award Walk In Hours shortly.

New this year will be 1) a writing strategy workshop specifically designed for the CAREER Award and 2) a mock panel review specifically for first time applicants. These new additional services will be led by Dr. Susan Brennan, Professor of Psychology and former NSF Program Director in the Education and Human Resources Directorate.

To receive any of the services listed above, please sign up here before May 24th. Signing up does not obligate you to attend all sessions or receive all services. We look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, May 29th  11:00am - 12:00 pm:  Overview Workshop (presented by the Office of Proposal Development)

Friday, May 31st  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Writing Strategy Workshop Option 1 (presented by Dr. Susan Brennan)

Tuesday, June 4th  10:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Writing Strategy Workshop Option 2 (presented by Dr. Susan Brennan)

Monday, June 3rd  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm:  Networking lunch with campus experts in education and outreach (facilitated by the Office of Proposal Development)

Friday, June 21  9:00 am - 11:00 am:  Mock panel review for first -time applicants (presented by Dr. Susan Brennan). Breakfast will be served.

Drop-in office hours: 

Mondays: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm;   Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm;   Wednesdays: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm;   Thursdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Events and Services to Include:

Budget development assistance (provided by the Office of Proposal Development)

Assistance with myResearch (provided by the Office of Proposal Development)

Writing Support (provided by Dr. Susan Brennan)

Proofreading (provided by the Office of Proposal Development)

Jan 22

Quantum Immersion Workshop

Monday, February 25, 2019

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Charles B. Wang Center, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794

 

The goal of this Quantum Immersion Workshop was to

build a Quantum Information Science (QIS) community of researchers at

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.  

This workshop showcased State of the Art Research in QIS and

provided a forum to discuss opportunities to engage in QIS research.  

 

Please click the links in the agenda below for recordings of the workshop sessions.

 

Click here for a downloadable event flyer.

For questions about the event, please email mandy.frantz@stonybrook.edu


Workshop Agenda

8:00 AM - Breakfast 

 

8:30 AM - Opening Remarks

Dr. Richard J. Reeder, Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation, Stony Brook University

Dr. James Misewich, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Photon Sciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

9:00 AM - Session #1: Quantum Networking and Cryptography

Speaker: Dr. Eden Figueroa, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Session Moderator: Dr. Robert Harrison, Director of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University and Director of the Computational Science Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Respondents:

Dr. Andrei Nomerotski, Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Dimitrios Katramatos, Technology Architect, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Paul Stankus, Physicist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Mehdi Namazi, CEO, Qunnect LLC

 

10:15 AM - Session #2: Quantum Algorithms and Programming Environment

Speaker: Dr. Tzu-Chieh Wei, Associate Professor, C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics

Session Moderator: Kerstin Kleese van Dam, Director, Computational Science Initiative, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Respondents: 

Dr. Vladimir Korepin, Professor, C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics

Dr. Annie Liu, Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science

Dr. Predrag Krstic, Research Professor, Institute for Advanced Computational Science

Dr. Michael McGuigan, Computational Scientist, Broohkaven National Laboratory

Dr. Layla Hormozi, Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

11:30 AM - Provost Lecture: Building a Quantum Computer

 Speaker: Dr. Barry Sanders, Director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary 

 

12:30 PM - Networking Lunch

 

1:30 PM - Provost Lecture: Quantum Machine Learning

Speaker: Dr. Seth Lloyd, Nam P. Suh Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Physics at MIT

 

2:35 PM - Session #3: Analog Quantum Simulation

Speaker: Dr. Dominik Schneble, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Session Moderator: Dr. Axel Drees, Chair and Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Respondents: 

Dr. Michael McGuigan, Computational Scientist, Broohkaven National Laboratory

Dr. Alexander Abanov, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Deputy Director, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics

Dr. Derek Teaney, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Leon Shterengas, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Stony Brook University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

3:50 PM - Session #4: Quantum Materials and Devices

Speaker: Dr. Dmitri Kharzeev, Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Session Moderator: Dr. Petar Djuric, Chair and Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Respondents: 

Dr. Charles Black, Director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhven National Laboratory

Dr. Gabriella Carini, Deputy Division Head of the Instrumentation Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Xu Du, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Sergey Suchalkin, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

4:50 PM - Closing Remarks

Dr. Richard J. Reeder, Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation, Stony Brook University

Sponsored by Office of the Vice President for Research (SBU), SUNY Center for Quantum Information Science on Long Island (SBU/SUNY), Computational Science Initiative (BNL), Institute for Advanced Computational Sciences (SBU), College of Arts and Sciences (SBU), College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SBU), Department of Physics and Astronomy (SBU)

Oct 18

Penguins are noisy, as any visitor to an aquarium knows. Penguins may be noisy in others ways too, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Scientists have long used Adélie penguin populations to monitor the health of the Southern Ocean and to understand how major factors such as fishing and climate change impact the oceans and the animals that rely on them. Now an extensive analysis of all known data on Adélie penguin populations over the last 35 years has found that only a small fraction of year-to-year changes in Adélie penguin populations can be attributed to measurable factors such as changes in sea ice.

A new study reveals that it is difficult for scientists to understand fluctuations of Adélie penguin populations in Antarctica from year-to-year.

Instead, most of the short term fluctuations in the number of penguins breeding has no known cause; such ‘noise’ in the system is likely due to a host of marine and terrestrial factors that have not, or cannot, be measured at the majority of sites where penguins breed.

 “In many ways, our study shows that watching Adélie penguin abundance may be like watching the stock market—short term fluctuations may be exceptionally hard to predict and may not signal any change in the fundamental health of the system,” explains senior author Heather Lynch, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University.

“Therefore, adaptive management of marine resources, whereby we stand ‘at the ready’ to adjust our conservation strategy as new data are collected, may be as difficult, and as risky, as trying to time the stock market. Instead, our results suggest that to the extent Adélie penguins are used as a barometer of ecosystem health, the true dynamics may emerge only very slowly.”

This finding, detailed in the paper “Pan-Antarctic analysis aggregating spatial elements of Adélie penguin abundance reveals robust dynamics despite stochastic noise,” is important because it means that tracking abundance at individual colonies, one of the cornerstones of monitoring the health of the Antarctic ecosystem, may not provide a reliable signal on short time scales.

“By analyzing the data, we found that relatively little of the year-to-year variability in Adélie penguin abundance could be linked to something in the environment we can actually measure,” said lead author Dr. Christian Che-Castaldo, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University. “Precipitation at the site is one factor we know is likely to drive some of this unexplained variation, but like many other potential factors, it’s not one we can easily measure in Antarctica.”

Heather Lynch

“This doesn’t mean that monitoring isn’t important, only that we may have to adopt an even more conservative strategy for conserving marine resources. In the face of so much uncertainty, we may not detect a real decline until it’s already too late,” Dr. Lynch explained.

Adélie penguins are one of four species of penguins with significant breeding populations in the Antarctic. Adélie penguins are the most well studied of all penguin species and, being distributed around the entire coastline of the Antarctic continent, are often considered the “canaries in the coal mine” for anthropogenic threats like fishing and climate change.

In this study, the authors analyzed data from all 267 Adélie penguin populations in Antarctica stretching back to 1979, using data collated from the scientific literature under the auspices of a NASA-funded tool called the Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Predicted Dynamics (MAPPPD).

They used a statistical technique known as hierarchical Bayesian modelling to accommodate the fact that most Adélie penguin breeding locations are surveyed only rarely. Finding a statistically-rigorous way to ‘fill in’ missing data was key to the effort, since it allowed the research team to look at the population dynamics of penguins at larger spatial scales than has been possible in the past.

Dr. Lynch emphasized that not only did the research uncover more details about the increase in Adélie penguin populations over the last three decades, but it suggests that monitoring more breeding colonies sporadically, rather than fewer sites consistently, may provide more timely and more reliable information for policymakers, despite short term fluctuations common in Adélie colonies.

The study also illustrates a new method of tracking Adélie penguin populations throughout the entire continent rather than at selected study sites where the majority of the data are actually collected. They hope to study other penguin species in Antarctica using the same method.

“The findings, overall, provide clear guidance on how to extract the most information from our monitoring efforts, and highlight the benefits of working across disciplines for effective conservation,” added co-author Dr. Jenouvrier at WHOI.

Co-investigators of the research included scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Ma.; the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Co.; the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Science in Reno, Nv.; the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Fla.; and the Centre d’Edudes Biologiques de Chize in France.

This work was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ecosystem Forecasting program and by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs.

Sep 21

A team of researchers in the Department of Computer Science was recently awarded $3.5M by the Office of Naval Research to support “debloating,” a process that could help guard against security breaches that threaten the privacy and integrity of personal data.

Professors R. Sekar, left, and Michalis Polychronakis, in the classroom

Debloating is the process of removing and streamlining code, thus enhancing software performance as well as security. As part of the researchers’ debloating project, titled “Multi-layer Software Transformation for Attack Surface Reduction and Shielding,” Professors R. Sekar and Michalis Polychronakis will leverage recent advances they have made in binary code analysis and transformation to remove code bloat and tighten security of today’s software.

“Our project is based on the experience and insight gained from our prior research in this area,” said Polychronakis, a cybersecurity expert who joined the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor in 2015. “To keep it well-managed and to optimize effectiveness, we specifically targeted three main areas: code analysis foundations, debloating and dynamic attack surface reduction, and software shielding,”

The funding is particularly timely in light of recent news that one of the country’s largest credit reporting agencies, Equifax of Atlanta, was the victim of hacking on a scale that has not been seen in years, exposing Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers of 143 million U.S. citizens.

So why has cybersecurity become such a problem?

One issue arises from the latest software development practices, which can turn out new programs and products for advanced speed and convenience in record time. Unfortunately, the increased coding, or “code bloat,” creates a larger attack surface with a proliferation of security vulnerabilities, just waiting for hackers. These recent advances in software development often result in the need for constant system updates or bug fixes.

But failure to implement these fixes can result in breaches — some of which, like the Equifax hack, can result in the mass exposure of private data.

“This is the absolute worst digital data breach in recorded history,” said Radu Sion, professor in the Department of Computer Science, and founder of Stony Brook’s National Security Institute. “Not only is its magnitude staggering, but its implications are bordering on disastrous and are likely to haunt us for decades.”

Radu Sion of Stony Brook’s National Security Institute

This is because the type data leaked are much more important than email account login info or targeted phishing results, Radu said. As a culture dependent on technology and thus more coding across our digital infrastructure, we have left ourselves vulnerable because we value growth in the market over stronger security, he explained.

“The attack surface will be reduced by removing unnecessary code and restricting capabilities of remaining code,” said Sekar, who received his PhD from Stony Brook in 1991. “We plan to disrupt unintended data flows that are often used in exploits and freeze data that does not need to be modified during operation.”

New protection mechanisms will help shield software against exploitation while significantly advancing control-flow containment, code isolation and diversification, Sekar added.

“Professors Sekar and Polychronakis’ transformative work is critical to addressing the issues we face in today’s era of exponential technological growth,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). “I congratulate them on this recognition from the Office of Naval Research, and thank them for their important contributions to the College and to Stony Brook University.”

This funding comes to Stony Brook through an Office of Naval Research Broad Agency Announcement that seeks “innovative scientific and technological solutions to address U.S. Navy and Marine Corps” challenges. The Department of Computer Science, part of CEAS, has received nearly $7 million in research awards this summer. According to Samir Das, the department chair, cybersecurity research conducted through Stony Brook’s National Security Institute represents more than 60 percent of the summer research funding.“Unfortunately, this is not the last breach to expect,” Sion said.

About the Researchers

R. Sekar is a graduate of the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook, earning his PhD in 1991. His research focus is on software and systems security, and on solving practical problems and building real systems including software vulnerability mitigation, malware, intrusion detection, and management of distributed systems.

Michalis Polychronakis joined the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor in 2015 and earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Crete, Greece. Before joining Stony Brook, he was an associate research scientist at Columbia University. His research focuses on network and system security, network monitoring and measurement, and online privacy.

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