NSF, Intel award UPenn, Stanford $6M for Internet of Things security research

The Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy partnership between the National Science Foundation and Intel is setting its sights on researching better protections for technologies like the Internet of Things.

In an effort to refine an understanding of the socioeconomic factors influencing cyber-physical systems security, the partnership has awarded $6 million to research groups at the Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania and Stanford (Calif.) University.

"With this award, we will develop robust, new technologies and approaches that work together to lead to safer, more secure and privacy-preserving cyber-physical systems by developing methods to tolerate attacks on physical environment and cyberspace in addition to preventing them," Insup Lee, who leads the University of Pennsylvania research team, along with colleagues at Duke University and the University of Michigan, said in a statement.

The research groups will investigate how new communication architectures and programming frameworks can help developers avoid security vulnerabilities. The same cyber-physical technologies that make up the Internet of Things are capable of driving innovation beyond healthcare in industries such as agriculture, energy and transportation, according to the NSF.

The funds granted in the new program are part of more than $200 million that the NSF has invested in fundamental research on cyber-physical systems in the past five years.

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