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AUS team gets IoT award from IEEE

Research paper on affordable IoT security wins award from IEEE

AUS team gets IoT award from IEEE
The award-winning paper looks at how IoT devices can be secured in a cost-effective manner, says Dr Aloul.

A team from the American University of Sharjah has received an award for best research paper from the IEEE.

The paper, Securing Low-Resource Edge Devices for IoT Systems, was selected for the ‘IEEE International Symposium on Sensing and Instrumentation in the IoT Era Award'.

The research looked at how to secure edge devices in Internet of Things systems, while keeping costs of devices affordable to consumers.

The IEEE event took place in China earlier this month, and the paper was chosen from 67 shortlisted research papers.

The paper was co-authored by computer science student Shams Shapsough; Dr Fadi Aloul, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, HP Institute Director and Interim Director for the High-Performance Computing Center; and Dr Imran Zualkernan, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at AUS.

"When we connect everyday devices to the Internet, they become known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Examples could include being able to monitor what is happening in your house through your home camera, which is connected to your phone, or monitoring the blood pressure and certain vital signs for your ill parents or loved ones from afar to make certain decisions swiftly," said Dr Aloul.

He noted that Gartner, the global leading advisory and research firm on information technology, predicted that there will 22 billion IoT devices worldwide by 2020, which is a conservative estimate in comparison to what large multinational companies predict.

"If you want to make these devices available for public consumption, they need to be cheap, which also means that they do not have the proper systems to secure your data," said Dr Aloul. "Accordingly, this paper looked at how we can maintain the affordability of these IoT devices, which will flood our lives, while maintaining the security of our data."

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