Virginia Tech researchers receive cybersecurity research collaboration grants from the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative
Led by Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s (CCI) Southwest Virginia node received eight multidisciplinary grants to advance the field in research areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and automated systems, paving the way for additional extramural funding. Twenty-seven cybersecurity research collaboration grants funded cyber research initiatives across Virginia, totaling more than $4 million.
“Virginia Tech is an influential research university and strives to increase its research initiatives every year,” said Gretchen Matthews, director of the Southwest Virginia Node and professor in the department of mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. “Having the Southwest Virginia Node so well represented in this wave of funding from CCI brings us closer to that goal.”
Six grants awarded to Virginia Tech faculty-led research teams will help further the expansion of autonomous systems, AI, 5G applications, and new approaches to security. Additionally, two Virginia Tech faculty-led projects received grants as part of the CCI Building Bridges Arts and Design Collaboration Program, which engages the community of artists and researchers in arts and design to reimagine and depict the results of cybersecurity research either for scientific or creative arts purposes.
“These artists bring new perspectives into cybersecurity research, for example how the study of dance movements can help in artificial intelligence-based privacy preservation in surveillance systems,” said Luiz DaSilva, executive director of CCI. “They also illuminate issues that we face every day, like how our data isn’t truly undeleted from our smartphones. I’m looking forward to watching how these projects evolve and what they teach us.”
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