I am a professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of Illinois. I teach and do research on security and privacy for computer systems. My current primary projects relate to security and privacy in the healthcare and electric power sectors and for networking. I am the director of Illinois Security Lab (ISL) where I work with an interesting group of students, postdoctoral researchers, and research staff.
My primary activity is the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research on Security (SHARPS). This is one of four large projects on Health Information Technology (HIT) funded by HHS. SHARPS is a consortium of twelve universities focused on security and privacy considerations for HIT. It is led by the University of Illinois where I serve as the project director. SHARPS covers a range of topics broadly classified as audit, encryption and trusted base, automated policy, and mHealth. In ISL we work primarily on the audit and mHealth areas. The University of Illinois has a range of interesting projects in HIT and supports the area through the Health Information Technology Center (HITC), where I serve as director.
Aside from SHARPS I am involved with the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) funded by DoE and DHS. I am also getting started on a new NSF Frontier project called Trustworthy Health and Wellness (THaW), which is concerned with the security and privacy issues arising from the use of clouds and mobiles for HIT.
I teach courses in the area of security and privacy. In particular, I am teaching Computer Security II (CS463/ECE424), which covers an eclectic range of intermediate topics.