Yubao Wu Wins Homeland Security Grant
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $350,000 grant to a team of faculty members from Georgia State’s Department of Computer Science and Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. The two-year grant will be used to investigate strategies for network disruption and theft of online data.
Dr. Yubao Wu, an assistant professor of computer science, will serve as a co-PI on the grant. He specializes in analyzing and mining large-scale networks and their applications in social domains. Dr. Wu will work alongside two researchers from GSU’s Criminal Justice department: assistant professor Marie Ouellet, the grant’s principal investigator, and associate professor David Maimon, a co-PI on the grant.
The team plans to collect data on and assess the trends of stolen online data, including stolen credit card information and social security numbers, while also tracking the criminal trajectories of vendors, clients, and offenders within these markets. The researchers intend to develop tailored interventions based off their data that will slow the growth and further emergence of markets for stolen online data.
The Department of Homeland Security has provided a total of $40 million in funds to help U.S. colleges research and develop ways to better predict, avoid, and prosecute crimes against homeland security. DHS also established a Center for Excellence at George Mason University, called the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) Center. Georgia State’s grant was awarded by CINA, which helps manage incoming projects and proposals that are part of the $40 million allocation.
Story by Ashlie Swanson