Yidan Hu and Ivan De Oliveira Nunes have each won Meta Research Awards for their cutting-edge cybersecurity research. Computer Security Assistant Professors work to protect people’s safety on their augmented reality and smart devices.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has invited scholars to propose research in specific areas that address challenges, help build community and bring the world together. The awards support innovative research by outstanding faculty and help build long-term relationships with academia.
Hu won an award in the 2022 Privacy Enhancing Technology category for his project titled “Protecting Location Privacy for Augmented Reality”. It aims to better protect the privacy of the location of augmented reality users who are on the move.
Exposing users’ location data directly to apps would pose a serious threat to informational and physical security. Recent advances in mobile location privacy protection systems help prevent direct exposure to apps, however, most of this security focuses only on a single static location or trace privacy. This is impractical for augmented reality (AR) apps and products because it lacks real-time defense for an extended period of time.
To fill this gap, Hu’s project will develop location privacy protection techniques that allow an AR application to continuously protect the privacy of users in a sequence of locations, while maintaining accurate and immersive services. at the same time. Hu is working with Zhengxiong Li, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, on the project. The project was one of 10 selected from 161 proposals.
“It is a great recognition and honor to be selected as a recipient of a Meta Research Award,” said Hu. “Meta selects only several highly competitive funding proposals, and these winners come from leading universities around the world.”
Nunes won an award in the 2022 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices category for her project titled “Resolving the conflict between runtime integrity and real-time smart devices.” It aims to ensure that smartphone and tablet users no longer have to sacrifice speed and usability for better security.
The project aims to improve the security of smart devices by addressing the limitations of existing Proof of Execution (PoX) and Control Flow Attestation (CFA) security techniques. Current PoX and CFA methods prevent interruptions while software is running. This means that PoX and CFA fall short of the real-time needs of smart device users, where asynchronous processing via interrupts allows multiple programs to run at the same time.
Nunes plans to develop new PoX and CFA methods that can safely coexist with real smart application demands and are capable of handling asynchronous and real-time events. Essentially, the new security features will work more smoothly, so they won’t interfere with other programs users might be running at the same time. His project was one of 11 selected from 69 proposals.
Hu and Nunes are professors in the RIT Computer Security Department at Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.