Professors Memon and Karri and NYU collaborators awarded $2 million NSF grant to study security and privacy issues

Polytechnic Institute of NYU’s Nasir Memon, professor of computer science and engineering, and Ramesh Karri, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and their NYU collaborators were awarded a $2.124 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) based on the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship For Service (SFS) program for research and teaching of security and privacy issues on the Internet and other critical information infrastructure.

The three-year grant was given to Professors Memon and Karri and three professors from New York University – Anindya Ghose of NYU Stern, Helen Nissenbaum of NYU Steinhardt, and Rae Zimmerman from NYU Wagner – to provide funding for their interdisciplinary program, “ASPIRE: An SFS Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education.”

The grant will support faculty research and curriculum innovation. It will also provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students participating in the program in order to stimulate the growth of a cadre of scholars with expertise in security and privacy issues.

This NYU-wide collaboration will focus on identifying and providing practical, cost effective solutions to information security and privacy problems from technical, ethical, policy, and business perspectives.