NSF program director to discuss cyber research

Published: Oct 7, 2008 6:06:55 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Scott F. Midkiff, National Science Foundation (NSF) program director, will present a seminar on cyber systems on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. in 239 Broun Hall. Midkiff will provide an overview of NSF programs that seek to advance the innovative application of cyber capabilities for advancing science and engineering. He will also discuss programs that seek fundamental advances in cyber systems, such as the new Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) initiative, the Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program and the Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS) core program. While the term "cyber" is used in different ways, it generally implies the tight integration of computing, communications and algorithms.

Midkiff joined the NSF in September 2006 as a program director for the IHCS Program of the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG). His responsibilities within the IHCS program include cyber systems that integrate communication, computation and algorithms, as well as signal processing.

He is a co-coordinator for the CPS initiative and is active in Engineering's Emerging Frontiers in Innovation (EFRI) program, the Integrative Graduate Education and Training (IGERT) program and the CDI programs. Midkiff is on assignment with the NSF from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research and teaching interests include wireless networks, mobile systems and pervasive computing.