Social Computing Research (SCoRe) Group

Dept. of Computer Science,
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Director: Dr. Sriram Chellappan

Location: 328 Engineering Research Lab (ERL)

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Current Research Projects

  • Assessing Human Behavior from Internet Usage [Supported by: National Science Foundation]
  • - This project designs techniques for extracting meaningful data emerging from human interactions with emerging technologies like Internet and Smart-Phones, and subsequently design classification algorithms to understand human behavior. Applications of this research are in pervasive mental health care, advancing cyber security and detecting cyber bullying.

  • Secure Communications in Wireless Sensor Networks [Supported by: Army Research Office and DARPA]
  • - This project will design and deploy cross-layer algorithms for enhnacing security and privacy of wireless sensor networks operating in the presence of adversaries.

  • Trustworthy, Secure and Privacy Preserved Communications in Vehicular Networks [Supported by: National Science Foundation, Department of Education and UM System Research Board]
  • - We are designing algorithms integrating theories from Computer Sciences (Wireless Communications, Information Management and Machine Learning) with theories from Transportaiton Engineering (Platoon Dispersion and Level of Service) to enhance trust, security and privacy in emergent vehicular networks.

  • Multi-sensor Fusion Techniques for Object Tracking [Supported by: National Science Foundation]
  • - We are designing fusion algorithms to integrate data of multiple modalities (accelerometers, gyroscope, GPS and vision) to localize and track mobile objects in both indoor and outdoor settings.

  • Protecting Information Confidentiality in Critical Infrastructure Systems [Supported by: National Security Agency]
  • - This project will design algorithms for protecting confidentiality in modern critical infrastructures like Smart-Grids which are characterized by tight cyber-physical interactions. The algorithms designed integrate network topology design, formal methods and control theories.


Current Group Members

  • Levi Malott (PhD)
  •      Cyber Forensics
  • Pratool Bharti (PhD)
  •      Algorithms for Smart-health
  • Srinivas Thandu (PhD)
  •      Participatory Sensing
  • Nicholas Hilbert(PhD)
  •      Security and Privacy in Smart-health
  • Anurag Panwar and Isam Alobaidi (MS)
  •      Social Networking for Community Health
  • Patrick Sullivan, Andrew Trainor and Tim Karleskint (UG)
  •      Smart Health and Cyber Security

Past Members

  • Mark Snyder (PhD - 2014)
  • Neelanjana Dutta (PhD - 2013)
  • Jake Bielefeldt (MS - 2014)
  • Srinivas Thandu (MS - 2014)
  • Ashok Bolla (MS - 2014)
  • Doyal Mukherjee (MS - 2014)
  • Sai Preethi Vishwanathan (MS - 2014)
  • Muhammad Al Mutaz (MS - 2013)
  • Gerry Howser (MS - 2012)
  • Raghavendra Kotikalapudi (MS - 2011)


  • Computing
  •     Dell T3600 workstations, Dell Latitude E 6330 Laptops, MacBook Pro Laptops

  • Embedded Devices
  •     Gumstix motes, Crossbow motes, LabRat robots

  • Smart-Phones
  •     Samsung GALAXY S3, Motorola Atrix 2, iPhone 5

  • Software
  •     MATLAB, SAS, Intel Math Kernel Library

Selected Recent Publications

  • Detecting Sybil Attacks in Vehicular Networks
  •      To appear in Springer Journal of Trust Management.

  • An Empirical Study on Symptoms of Heavier Internet Usage among Young Adults
  •      IEEE Int. Conf. on Advanced Networks and Telecommunication Systems (ANTS), Dec 2013.
    Press Release: ScienceDaily, Medical Daily

  • Unified Invariants for Cyber-Physical Switched System Stability
  •      IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol 5/1, Jaunary 2014.

  • Differences in Internet Usage Patterns with Stress and Anxiety among College Students
  •      IEEE Intl. Conf. on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (HealthCom), Oct 2013.

  • Leveraging Platoon Dispersion for Sybil Detection in Vehicular Networks
  •      IEEE Intl. Conf. on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST), July 2013.

  • Stability of a Cyber-Physical Smart Grid System using Cooperating Invariants
  •      IEEE Intl. Computer Software & Applications Conf. (COMPSAC), May 2013.

  • Associating Internet Usage with Depressive Behavior among College Students
  •      IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, Volume 31, No. 4, Winter 2012.   [.pdf]
         Press Release: NYTimes, MSNBC, Times of India, The Jerusalem Post, ScienceDaily, Slashdot, ACM TechNews, IEEE News, PC World, CNET, TIME, Forbes, PsychCentral

  • Scaling Laws of Key Pre-distribution Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks
  •      IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, December 2011.  [.pdf]

  • Providing End-To-End Secure Communications in Wireless Sensor Networks
  •      IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, September 2011.  [.pdf]

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