Auburn's Qin awarded NSF grant for computer course research

Published: Jul 28, 2009 3:32:00 PM
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Xiao Qin

Xiao Qin, assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for more than $149,000 for his program titled, "OoSec: A Novel Middleware-based Approach to Teaching Computer Security Courses." Qin is the primary investigator for the project.

Along with faculty members Kai Chang, Drew Hamilton and Wei-Shinn Ku, Qin is developing OoSec, a middleware framework for courses on computer security. The program allows teachers to help students learn the rapid development of critical security software and is the first educational material of its kind designed to teach real-world computing system security to undergraduate students. The researchers anticipate that the project will address the complications with information assurance skill shortage while better preparing future computer security engineers.

Qin has been a member of the Auburn Engineering faculty since 2007. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. He received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. His research interests include reliability modeling, performance evaluation, fault tolerance, storage systems and real-time computing, as well as parallel and distributed systems.

For more information about this project, visit Qin's Web page at, or contact him at or 334-844-6327.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes