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FALL 2021 offered hybrid.

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Join this team and tackle problems on how to mitigate cyber-threats against and big data challenges with limited capacity devices that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Examples range over small portable and implantable devices that have resource limitations, yet are cyber-enabled. Protecting these devices and their users against cyber-exploits requires fresh thinking beyond the traditional approaches. The internet of things enhances personal and public health, wellbeing and prosperity, but makes individuals and society vulnerable to cyber threats. How do we protect people and the nation? This project engages students and faculty of various backgrounds in the analysis and potential alleviation of this very central contemporary challenge. Moreover, this project is open to entrepreneurial development of significant findings.

Experience Gained

The learning outcomes include:

  • Students will design and build a device that performs certain tasks with basic energy resources.
  • Students will assess the energy capabilities of special purpose small devices.
  • Students will identify vulnerabilities enabled by wireless communication among devices.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of security issues in relation to the design, development and use of implantable medical devices.
  • Students will communicate cybersecurity issues effectively to a variety of audiences.

Gain hands-on experience in the following tools and methodologies:

  • Arduino & Rasberry Pi Computing
  • Coding and coding software
  • Case studies
  • Design thinking
  • Engineering lab
  • Human interface design
  • Laboratory testing
  • Market research
  • Mobile tech development
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Systems engineering
  • Writing

Majors and Interests Needed

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Information Technology & Supply Chain Management
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Physics

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Marion Scheepers is a Distinguished Professor in the Mathematics department.
Dr. Liljana Babinkostova is a Professor in the Mathematics department.
Dr. Edoardo Serra is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department.
Jerome Radcliffe is the Director of Product Security Testing and Research at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Robert Erbes is the Senior Cyber Security Researcher, Cyber Research and Development Department
Idaho National Laboratory.

Course Information

VIP  200-021, VIP 400-021, or VIP 500-021.
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register, contact Marion Scheepers at Phone: 208-426-1033 OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.  Check out this document for tips on contacting a professor about joining a team.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 021 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions