CIISE-supervised Ph.D. student, Mr. Gaby Dagher, discussed about his new cybercrime data mining tools on CTV News. This is a collaobrative progect with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Cda) and Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
We are pleased to announce that three Ph.D. students have received prestigious doctoral scholarships. Mr. Elias Bou-Harb recieved the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D). Mr. Claude Fachkha and Mr. Taoufik Bdiri recieved the FQRNT Doctoral Scholarships. Elias is under the co-supervision of Dr. Chadi Assi and Dr. Mourad Debbabi. Claude is under the supervision of Dr. Mourad Debbabi. Taoufik is under the supervision of Dr. Nizar Bouguila.
In many places today, people are carving, decorating and displaying pumpkins of all kinds for this fun time of the year. Here is CIISE's twist on an old favorite - taking part in Hockey Spirit despite what's happening at the bargaining tables.
BRAVO to our CIISE staff members Rima, Lilia, Mireille, Silvie and Nina for all of their artistic efforts and a great showing at this year's ENCS Pumpkin Competition!!
We are pleased to announce that the Concordia Institute for Information
Systems Engineering is now accepting applications to the Ph.D. program
in Information and Systems Engineering.
The academic aim of this Ph.D. program is to prepare students for leadership roles in the area of Information and Systems Engineering with the knowledge and skills to advance the discipline from the academic, research and practical
standpoints. The Ph.D. program will prepare the students to address the current and future challenges in information and systems engineering such as designing, modeling, analyzing and managing complex systems, exploiting systems of systems, managing systems complexity, studying systems' attributes and understanding human factors in the system. The intent is also to prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative research in university, government and industrial contexts. During this educative process, doctoral students will participate in knowledge generation and improvement activities, research synthesis, and knowledge/technology transfer. More info...
For those prospective students who already have access to "MyConcordia", please choose the link "Application Center" (on the left) to enter your application. New applicants to Concordia University should use "Connect2Concordia".
Dr. Nizar Bouguila and his student Mr. Wentao Fan won the best paper award at the 5th international Conference on Multimedia Communications, Services & Security (MCSS'12) with paper entitled: "Face Detection and Facial Expression Recognition Using A Novel Variational Statistical Framework."
Our Ph.D. students, Rui Chen, Babak Khosravifar, and Noman Mohammed, have received the prestigious FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellowships.
The President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University, Dr. Frederick Lowy, together with Mr. Luc Portelance, the President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), today co-signed a memorandum of understanding that connects the university to the Public Service of Canada through a collaboration that supports education, research and professional training. One example of these partnerships is the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), which has shared with CBSA the expertise of its research laboratories working on computer security, telecommunications service engineering and design. More info...
We are pleased to announce that eight Ph.D. students under the (co-)supervision of CIISE professors have received the following prestigious FQRNT doctoral scholarships.
- Supervisor: Dr. Bouguila
- Supervisor: Dr. Debbabi
- Supervisors: Drs. Desai and Fung
(4) Wentao FAN
- Supervisor: Dr. Bouguila
(5) Aleksandar KIRCANSKI
- Supervisor: Dr. Youssef
(6) Wen Ming LIU
- Supervisor: Dr. L. Wang
(7) Ali MOTAMEDI
- Supervisor: Dr. Hammad
(8) Abu Sayeed Md. SOHAIL
- Supervisors: Drs. Bhattacharya and Mudur
A co-authored paper by Mourad Debbabi, Lingyu Wang, and Amr Youssef - all from the Concordia Institute of Information Systems Engineering; as well as by colleagues, H. Binsalleeh, T. Ormerod, A. Boukhtouta, and P. Sinha; received the Best Paper Award during the Eighth Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, held this past August in Ottawa. The paper is entitled, “On the Analysis of the Zeus Botnet Crimeware Toolkit,” and was published in the conference’s Proceedings.
Dr. Nizar Bouguila and his collaborators Drs. Mohand Said Allili from Université du Québec en Outaouais, Djemel Ziou, and Sabri Boutemedjet from Sherbrooke University won the best vision paper award at the Seventh Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV 2010) with paper entitled: "Unsupervised Feature Selection and Learning for Image segmentation."
The Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) Canada organized a one day colloquium on Information Systems Security at Concordia on May 4, 2010 (Tuesday).
Concordia University is amending its graduate fee billing structure to align it with the funding rules and schedule applied by the Ministère de l'Éducation, Loisirs et Sports (MELS) and the billing practice at other Quebec universities. More info....
INFORMS focuses on large scale optimization tools in telecommunications network design and management. [ conference website ]
We are pleased to announce that four Ph.D. students under the (co-)supervision of CIISE professors have received the following prestigious NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships (Doctoral).
(1) Rui CHEN (CGS)
- Supervisors: Drs. Desai and Fung
Aleksandar KIRCANSKI (CGS)
- Supervisor: Dr. Youssef
Wen Ming LIU (CGS)
- Supervisors: Drs. Debbabi and L. Wang
Abu Sayeed Md. SOHAIL (CGS)
- Supervisors: Drs. Bhattacharya and Mudur
ENCS is delighted to officially announce the creation of the new Cisco Network Security Laboratory for CIISE students, made possible by a generous donation from Cisco Canada. More info...
Prof. Mourad Debbabi discussed the risks associated withthe electronic trail we leave behind during everyday computing in the president's conference. Special guests from the RCMP, Competition Bureau and Sûreté du Québec gave real life examples of how Cyberforensic technology can be used to prevent fraud, combat sophisticated online attacks, and find digital evidence to convict criminals.
[ conference video ]
Our Ph.D. student, Noman Mohammed, won the best student paper award at the 15th ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD 2009) with paper title "Anonymizing Healthcare Data: A Case Study on the Blood Transfusion Service." ACM SIGKDD is the most prestigious international forum in the field of data mining. This award is the result of interdisciplinary research collaboration with medical doctors in Hong Kong Red Cross and Dr. Benjamin Fung at CIISE.
[ video on award ceremony @ Time 20:00 ]
[ video on paper presentation ]
Dr. Brigitte Jaumard and her Ph.D. student, Samir Sebbah, won the best paper award at the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2009) with paper title"A Resilient Transparent Optical Network Design with a Pre-configured Extended-tree Protection."
The 23r Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Data and Applications Security (DBSec 2009) was hosted at Concordia University.
Dr. Amin Hammad, Associate Professor at CIISE, has received a Fulbright Award as the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Chair award is offered every year to about 10-15 Canadian scholars. As a resident in the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University, Dr. Hammad will conduct research, develop partnerships, and provide guest lectures on Canada-U.S. issues, focusing on his project titled "Collaborative Emergency Management of Canada-U.S. Border Crossings."
A group of students from the CSL (Computer Security Laboratory) at CIISE won the OCTAS'2009 competition in the "Releve Etudiante - Universitaire" during the gala that took place at the Opera Club on April 8th, 2009. The OCTAS competition is organized by the "Fédération de l'Informatique du Québec (FIQ)" on an annual basis since 1987 and is a unique opportunity to recognize the achievement of excellence in Quebec's Information Technology industry. Each year the FiQ rewards individuals, companies, universities or organizations for their creativity, vitality and exceptional contribution to the growth of the IT. Please visit the following URL:
The gala of OCTAS'2009 was Saturday May 23rd, 2009 at the Palais des Congrès of Montreal, and here is the video.
The students worked on a project that addressed the "Security Evaluation and Hardening of Free and Open Source Software: A Synergy between Aspect Orientation and Security Hardening Patterns". The objectives of this research are:
* Elaborate methodologies for integrating practical and efficient tools for the security evaluation of free and open source software products.
* Build and implement a catalogue of validated security hardening patterns that compiles the know-how of security experts.
* Devise an aspect-oriented framework for the systematic security hardening of free and open source software products.
* Elaborate robust semantic theoretical foundations for security evaluation and hardening of free and open source applications.
The students affiliated with this project published 36 research publications in high quality international journals and conferences (10 journals papers, 2 book chapters, and 24 conference papers). The project is funded by NSERC, National Defense, and Bell Canada at a level of $777,000 for three years.
The students are:
Our Ph.D. student, Noman Mohammed, has received five prestigious national and Concordia awards:
(1) NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS). The CGS is offered to the top-ranked applicants in the NSERC scholarship competition.
(2) FQRNT Doctoral Research Scholarship. Noman has been ranked the first among the 21 applicants in the Province of Quebec.
(3) David J. Azrieli Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to the highest ranking candidate in the Concordia Graduate Fellowship competition. Only one award is offered in Concordia.
(4) Concordia University Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded based on academic excellence. Twenty-five awards are offered in Concordia.
(5) Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Scholarship. One award is offered in each department.
Topic: How to Apply Systems Engineering with SysML to a Parking Lot Management System
Date and time: Tuesday, April 21, 7 PM.
Speaker: Mr. Mike Lussier, Senior Advisory Tech Rep, IBM Canada
At the INCOSE International Symposium, June 2008 held in Utrecht, Netherlands, participating systems engineering tool vendors were asked to provide a solution to the following systems engineering problem: to develop an automated parking lot management system for a hotel chain with low-cost, high valued business hotels in city centers around the world. Each hotel has some space for parking, but the space is often occupied by people working in nearby offices, causing arriving guests not to find space for parking their car near the hotel. In order to secure parking space for their guests, the hotel needs an automated system to manage the use of the limited parking space. Tool vendors were expected to:
1. Compose the system specification
2. Demonstrate requirements handling
3. Define the system in its environment
4. Define logical sub-systems, flows from sub-systems to the environment and flows between sub-systems
5. Define sub-system activities
6. Include the particularities of the human sub-systems (=humans) that are part of the total system
7. Describe the functional modes of the system and transfers between them
8. Draw a timeline for the development of the system
9. Show how your tool supports the System Engineering activities
The presentation relates the solution from IBM Telelogic based on the use of DOORS for requirements management, Rhapsody SysML for systems modeling and the Harmony SE process that guides the systems engineer as he/she produces a validated requirements model to hand off to the software engineer.
Please reserve by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "INCOSE meeting".
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Dr. Prabir Bhattacharya and his computers might. He and Concordia graduate student Abu Sayeed Sohail are developing a computer image processing system that detects and classifies human facial expressions.
The aim of this system is to take and analyze photos of individuals, potentially in areas of high traffic where security is a primary concern, such as an airport. If one could take random photos of the crowd and process them fast enough, there is the potential to identify those individuals who might be problematic.
Facial expressions do not actually involve the entire face, but rather specific sets of muscles under the face near the eyes, nose and mouth. Bhattacharya and Sohail's system measures 15 key points on the face and then compares these measures against images of identifiable facial expressions. Although there is great variety in expression across both individuals and cultures, the pair has identified seven basic expressions that seem to be relatively universal.
The results of their research to date were recently published by Verlag Dr. Müller in Classification of Human Facial Expression: A Prospective Application of Image Processing and Machine Learning .
More information on The Gazette.
Concordia, together with Bell Canada, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Rogers Communications, and Microsoft Canada, are proud to be the founding members of the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada). This new Alliance will be hosted by CIISE at Concordia University. More infomration from Media Relations.
On June 1, 2008, Dr. Mourad Debbabi was appointed the Director of the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering.
On May 21, 2008, the faculty members and administrative staff of CIISE organized a farewell meeting for Dean Esmail to wish him goodbye and thank for his support in developing CIISE in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University. CIISE has taken off in Canada since 2002 following a series of graduate programs, research projects, and interdisciplinary collaborations with the industry.
Dr. Nizar Bouguila, Assistant Professor at CIISE, was recently awarded the prestigious 2007 "Prix d'excellence de l'association des doyens des etudes superieures au Quebec (Quebec ADESAQ prix d'excellence)", in a ceremony held in Montreal on October 11, 2007. This prize is awarded each year to the best Ph.D thesis in Engineering and Natural sciences in Quebec. Previously, Dr. Bouguila was a runner-up for the prestigious NSERC Doctoral prize in Engineering and Computer Sciences (awarded only to the top 4 in Canada), and he received the award for best Ph.D thesis from the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences in Sherbrooke University. In addition, in May 2007, Dr. Bouguila was also awarded Best IAPR student Paper award in the IEEE Fourth Canadian conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV2007), for a paper that he co-authored with Mohand Said Allili and Prof. Djemel Ziou of the University of Sherbrooke.
Dr. Rachida Dssouli was appointed the Associate Dean Information Technology at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.
Dr. Mourad Debbabi was appointed the Acting Director of the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering.
Drs. Wang and, Sushil Jajodia, and Duminda Wijesekera wrote a book on On-line Analytic Processing (OLAP) Systems. This book addresses the privacy issue of On-Line Analytic Processing (OLAP) systems. OLAP systems usually need to meet two conflicting goals. First, the sensitive data stored in underlying data warehouses must be kept secret. Second, analytical queries about the data must be allowed for decision support purposes. The main challenge is that sensitive data can be inferred from answers to seemingly innocent aggregations of the data. This volume reviews a series of methods that can precisely answer data cube-style OLAP, regarding sensitive data while provably preventing adversaries from inferring data. The book is published by Springer Verlag.
Dr. Debbabi together with his research assistants M. Saleh, C. Talhi and S. Zhioua wrote a book on embedded Java security. The book is a detailed study of J2ME CLDC security. The book details the Java ME security model, its vulnerabilities together with the underlying risk assessment. Notice that Java ME is deployed on more than a billion cell-phones. The book is published by Springer Verlag and is the first on Java ME security and it is on sale at Amazon and many other places!