Cyber, Data, Security Science & Engineering

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, WPI is engaged in cybersecurity research in a wide range of disciplines that is addressing a host of security threats.

WPI faculty and student researchers in data science are spearheading initiatives that spur technological and commercial advances and make an impact on society. Their work also focuses on improving data mining tools and techniques and developing new methods for leveraging big data to make data-driven predictions and decisions.

In fire protection engineering, faculty and student researchers are applying advanced experimental and computational techniques to address a wide range of fire safety issues.

Security in the Cloud

Like cryptographic plumbers, WPI’s Vernam group develops sophisticated tools that identify leaks that put sensitive data at risk — whether on our computers, on smartphones, or in the cloud — and finds ways to keep that data secure. 

Security in the Cloud

WPI’s Susan Landau On What the FBI Needs to Learn About Security

The fight about encryption, Landau said, “is, at its core, about freedom and liberty.”

Fighting Oil Spills with Fire

If drilling in the Arctic causes a spill, burning the oil may be the best way to clean it up. In pioneering research, Professor Ali Rangwala studied how ice and cold would affect oil burning, which led to a new technology that may improve the way we respond to spills in any climate.

Fighting Oil Spills with Fire

Man or Machine? Distinguishing Malware from Human User Actions in Corporate Networks

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor’s cyber defense software receives Department of Homeland Security funding; software detects user-generated data versus malware actions to better protect corporate networks. 

When Hot Flames Meet Cold Steel

Pioneering tests by WPI fire protection engineering researchers explore how new building methods hold up to post-earthquake fires. The study shows that earthquake-related damage to a building's structural elements and fire protection systems can accelerate the spread of fires and make it harder for firefighters to respond and occupants to evacuate, presenting new challenges to keeping buildings safe.

WPI Professor Raghvendra Cowlagi Receives Grant to Assist U.S. Air Force in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research

Intelligent algorithms placed on board UAVs could assist remote military and civilian pilots and lead to improved operational safety.