• Shiqing Ma

Congratulations to Prof. Shiqing Ma for receiving the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project titled "CAREER: Interpretable Provenance Analysis for Heterogeneous Systems at Scale". The award duration is five years from July 1st 2023 to June 30, 2028. The total budget is $530,737.

The CAREER program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty, who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. 

Project Overview

The number of cybercrime incidents and the complexity of modern attacks are increasing, making forensic analysis more challenging. Provenance analysis is a common technique that records historical system execution events and converts them into causal graphs with dependencies among events. Investigators can identify root causes of attacks and the induced damages from them using graphs. This project's novelty is a scalable and interpretable provenance collection software for heterogeneous systems consisting of cutting-edge artificial intelligence components. The project's broader significance and importance is in building the foundation for reasoning about the opaqueness of modern complex systems  and training research and security analysis skills of students and professionals. The resulting techniques have the potential to improve the resilience of modern computing systems to cyber-attacks. 

More information about the award can be found on the NSF website: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2238847&HistoricalAwards=false