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Gong Awarded Grant from UMass President's Office

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Weibo Gong and his doctoral student, Sheng Xiao, have been selected to receive a $25,000 Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) Technology Development Fund award from the University of Massachusetts president’s office. The name of their project is "Wireless Secret Key Management Using Communication Randomness."

As Professor Gong explains it, “Communication randomness, such as transmission errors and user movements, are considered negative factors in wireless communications. This UMass technology converts the randomness into security shields against hackers. The new security model offers much better security at very low cost.”

The CVIP award will be used to prototype this technology for commercialization. The CVIP Technology Development Fund was established by the president’s office to provide UMass researchers with supplemental funding to advance previously disclosed university technologies toward commercialization.

Dr. Gong’s research interests include security of communications networks, modeling and control of communication networks, optimization methods, queuing theory, stochastic dynamic systems in electrical engineering, and cognitive searching methods. He was elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow in 1998 and received the College of Engineering Senior Faculty Award in 2002. Last year he was chosen by UMass Amherst to deliver one of its prestigious Distinguished Faculty Lectures. Students from his lab have become faculty members of Columbia University, New York University, Central Florida University, and various high-tech companies, including Google and Cisco.

March 2010