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UMass Reseachers Work on Team That Develops the Theory And First Demonstration of Covert Optical Communications

Dennis Goeckel

Dennis Goeckel

Encryption of a message to make it undecipherable to an unintended observer is often the goal of modern security research. But what if the mere presence of the message is enough to compromise the security of the transmitting and receiver parties? Then, the detection of the presence of a transmission, even if that observer cannot decode the message due to encryption, can be highly problematic. For example, an authoritarian government is not going to allow encrypted messages to go between potentially “dangerous” parties.

Collaborative Project Aims at Controlling Offshore Wind Turbine Blade Instabilities

Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi


Researchers at the College of Engineering, led by principal investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE), together with their collaborator at Northeastern University have received a $440,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct intensive research on controlling wind turbine blade instabilities.

McLaughlin Plays Major Role in NSF Celebration of Engineering Research Centers

Lynn Preston & David McLaughlin

McLaughlin &
Lynn Preston

On October 22, the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration David McLaughlin was a featured speaker at a National Science Foundation (NSF) Capitol Hill event in Washington DC to celebrate 30 years of knowledge, innovation, and technology research created by the NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC). McLaughlin is the former director of the $40-million NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), centered in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Irwin Directs Team Funded to Build Privacy into Smart Buildings

David Irwin

David Irwin

The UMass Amherst News Office reports that a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a three-year, $486,524 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project to enhance privacy in smart buildings and homes. The project is under the direction of David Irwin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Prashant Shenoy of the College of Information and Computer Sciences.


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