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Computer Security Laboratory

With 7 full-time faculty members, the Computer Security Laboratory (CSL) is definitely an important research structure in the field of IT security. The 7 CSL faculty members are leading research activities in several areas of information systems security. To name just a few:

  • Trusted free and open source software
  • Cyber forensics
  • Intrusion detection
  • Biometrics
  • Secure communication
  • Security and privacy
  • Database security
  • Cryptography
  • Network security
  • Information hiding
  • Software protection
  • Data mining and security

IT security is a strategic research and education theme for the Engineering and Computer Science Faculty of Concordia University. This is exemplified by the hiring of 7 full-time faculty members, with expertise in IT security, and the creation of two specialized Master programs:

[Link to the Computer Security Laboratory]


Design Laboratory

The mission of the design lab is to enhance the designer’s innovative and creative capability and capacity by developing design tools. The design tools being developed in the lab include design methodology and computer-assisted design software systems. The foundation of this development is the science of design, which provides scientific means for studying design activities. The design tools aim to help companies rapidly develop high quality new products.

The focus of research in the design lab is Environment Based Design (EBD) methodology, which is the formalization of the recursive logic of design (Zeng and Cheng, 1991). This methodology supports the design process from the gathering of design requirements to the generation and evaluation of design solutions. It is based on an understanding of environment as the source of design problem (Zeng, 2004), which we have developed from the science of design (Zeng, 2002). Cognitive experiments are being conducted in the lab to validate its role in the innovative and creative design process.

[Link to the Design Laboratory]


Telecommunications Service Engineering Research Laboratory

Telecommunications service engineering, or more simply service engineering, is the discipline that addresses the technologies and engineering processes for the specification, implementation, testing, deployment, usage of value added services in telecommunication networks. Value added services, or more simply services, can be defined as anything that goes beyond two party voice calls. They are either call related (e.g. call diversion, multiparty gaming, conducted conferences) or non-call related (e.g. customized stock quotes, Web surfing from a cellular phone). Some services may combine call related and non-call related features (e.g. call centers).

Services are the reason of next generation telecommunication networks. This gives a strategic importance to service engineering. However, there are still very few research laboratories in academia focusing on service engineering. The Telecommunications Service Engineering (TSE) Lab is among these few laboratories. It has been created in January 2003 as part the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE).

Our main sponsors are:

  • Concordia University
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Fonds de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (NATEQ)
  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Prompt-Quebec

[Link to the Telecommunications Service Engineering Research Laboratory]


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