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Prof. Blum gives talk at UCSD as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Rick Blum, I-CPIE faculty and Robert W. Wieseman Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering traveled to Southern California in late September to guest lecture at the University of California, San Diego. Blum’s talk was part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Lecturer Program. The program is meant to provide chapters of the IEEE Signal Processing Society access to well-known educators and authors in the fields of signal processing.

As the director of Lehigh’s Signal Processing and Communication Research Lab, Blum is making contributions to the foundational theories of machine learning, statistical decision-making, and cybersecurity. His lecture, Cyber-Attacks on Internet of Things Sensor Systems for Inference, described how to provide tight bounds (with sufficient data) on the performance of the best inference algorithms after attack. In this context, he discussed trying to estimate a parameter after any cyber-attack aimed at degrading the estimation performance. Blum also described low complexity unsupervised learning algorithms that achieve performance very close to these bounds. This theory can be applied to attacks on object localization algorithms, which are employed in automobiles to avoid hitting people and other vehicles based on RADAR and other available sensors. As terrorists have already driven automobiles into people, it is urgent we stop them from remotely causing collisions with humans. The research indicates that employing a set of diverse sensor resources and smart algorithms has significant potential to identify and mitigate such attacks.

Blum has had a summer full of speaking engagements as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, with talks in Toronto, California (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), several cities in China, Indiana (Purdue University), Ohio (Ohio State University), Paris, Brussels, and Munich. His next talk is scheduled for early November in Israel. He will be discussing cyberattacks on Internet of Things sensor systems for inference with the Israel chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.


Prof. Blum gives talk on CyberSecurity concerns for Internet-of-Things

The Internet of Things is coming of age.

The explosion of connected devices—and their rapid insurgence into our homes and workplaces—has so far outpaced investment in keeping them secure.

But that’s starting to change, as buyers and sellers of “smart” products are less willing to throw caution to the wind when it comes to cybersecurity, according to Dr. Rick Blum, the Robert W. Wieseman Professor of Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University.

Read the full story regarding the talk here.


Rick Blum named IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer

In recent news, Professor Rick S. Blum was named as an IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2018 calendar year.

Blum was previously appointed the honor in 2011.

During his 2018 term, Blum presented lecturers to:

  • The IEEE Chicago Chapter (at University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • The IEEE Philadelphia Chapter (at Temple University)
  • The Lehigh Valley Computer Society Chapter
  • An extended tour of India that included a plenary talk at the International Conference on Control Communication and Computing in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala; talks to the Chennai Chapter, Bangalore Chapter (at the India Institute of Science) and the Chapter in Ahmadabad, Gujarat.

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Upcoming and Recent Talks by Prof. Rick S. Blum


Postdoctoral positions

Positions available for outstanding theoretical researchers with demonstrated outstanding publications in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and similar quality journals to work on signal processing and communications for smart grid and related sensor networking problems. Please send resume along with names of three references, a research plan, and sample publications to rblum(at)lehigh(dot)edu.

Stories of our lab in the news

  • Researchers in Lehigh’s Integrated Networks for Electricity research cluster are part of a new center that aims to develop new technologies to protect the nation’s power grid from cyber attacks. Check out the full story here: Cybersecuring the Smart Grid
  • Prof. Rick S. Blum was awarded the prestigious Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award: Check out the full story here: Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award