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Grant of $1 Million Awarded to Researchers to Enhance Resilience and Cybersecurity of Vital Infrastructure

When power outages occur, it can be unsettling. In an instant, screens go dark, lights dim, and air conditioners stop working. If the problem only affects a single area due to something like a downed power line, the local utility can usually fix it fairly quickly. However, when an outage spreads across an entire city, complications and even dangers can arise, requiring innovative solutions.

Assistant Professor M. Hadi Amini, founding director of Sustainability, Optimization and Learning for InterDependent Networks laboratory (SOLID lab) at FIU’s Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, states that government officials and researchers are prioritizing the creation of secure and resilient electricity-generation and transmission infrastructure across the country to address these types of situations.

M. Hadi AminiAmini (pictured) leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering and Computing that has been awarded a five-year $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This grant is to use machine learning and AI to develop new solutions for critical infrastructure resilience and also focus on bolstering cybersecurity to combat potential cyberattacks that could threaten critical infrastructure.

Amini, who is the principal investigator on the grant and an expert in AI and its application in homeland security and infrastructure resilience, expressed his excitement about the grant. The grant will enable an exploration of equipping interconnected infrastructures, such as transportation and energy systems, with autonomous resilience.

Additionally, the grant supports the newly established Advanced Education and Research for Machine Learning-driven Critical Infrastructure Resilience (ADMIRE) Center, which provides students with the experience necessary to excel in areas aligned with the DHS mission. It includes covering tuition for participating students and helping them secure internships at national labs.

Co-principal investigators on the grant include Jason Liu, Endowed Computer Science Professor and Director of the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences; Assistant Professor Stephanie Lunn; Assistant Professor Ruimin Sun; Assistant Professor Cuong Nguyen; Associate Professor Leonardo Bobadilla; and Assistant Teaching Professor Gregory Reis.

Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama
Leah Sirama, a lifelong enthusiast of Artificial Intelligence, has been exploring technology and the digital realm since childhood. Known for his creative thinking, he's dedicated to improving AI experiences for all, making him a respected figure in the field. His passion, curiosity, and creativity drive advancements in the AI world.


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