K-State Assistant Prof Gets $73,000 Research Award

K-State Assistant Prof Gets $73,000 Research Award

Computing and information sciences assistant professor wins Innovation Research Award from Hewlett-Packard.

Kansas State University is one of 52 universities worldwide to receive a 2010 Innovation Research Award from Hewlett-Packard Co. Labs Innovation Research Program.

Assistant professor of computing and information sciences, Xinming "Simon" Ou, received a $73,000 award to fund investigation on automating security. His project will pair him with researchers at HP labs to develop quantitative security metrics for enterprise networks.

Ou's work was also recognized nationally earlier this year when he received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. That award provides him almost $430,000 for five years of work on a project titled "Reasoning under Uncertainty in Cybersecurity."

Ou joined K-State in 2006 and directs research for the cybersecurity research group Argus. His work is primarily in enterprise network security defense with a focus on attack graphs, security configuration management, intrusion detection and security metrics for enterprise networks.

He received his doctorate in computer science from Princeton University in 2005 and earned his bachelor's and master's in computer science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

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