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Securing the supply chain: CCI researchers expanding their field

May 20, 2024

 CCI researchers expanding their field

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Lishan Yang, computer science assistant professor at George Mason University, presented research about autonomous vehicles at the CCI supply chain cybersecurity workshop last month. Photo by Ron Aira for CCI; photo illustration by Kate Horwich.

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) has funded several projects to advance the state of supply chain cybersecurity, drawing together Virginia researchers to address securing autonomous vehicles, power grids, and more.

“Securing the supply chain helps protect our national economy and overall safety,” said Luiz DaSilva, CCI executive director. “Virginia’s research community, with its connection to industry, is working to keep our data, power grids, autonomous vehicles, and other critical areas safe from attack. CCI researchers bring their deep understanding to these challenges. We expect these seed grants to fuel future, large projects.”

CCI awarded 10 grants, totaling $650,000, to members of our research network. 

Recipients are at the CCI Hub, William & Mary (W&M), George Mason UniversityOld Dominion University (ODU), the University of Virginia (UVA), and Virginia Tech.

CCI held a supply chain cybersecurity workshop at the CCI Symposium in April to give funded researchers the opportunity to learn more about each other’s work. The intent is to help facilitate future projects that build off CCI seed grants, then earn funding from industry or government, DaSilva said.

Researchers took the opportunity to expand their network at the workshop, including Lishan Yang, a computer science assistant professor at Mason who’s research focuses on autonomous vehicles.

“I made some new friends in this workshop, and we are brainstorming for new ideas and collaborations,” Yang said.

Yi Shi, a CCI associate research professor, said he’s in the process of looking for large project opportunities; attending the workshop could help him build a future team. 

Learn more about the funded projects

Five projects focus on securing autonomous vehicles, including:

Additional supply chain funded projects include:

For more information, contact CCI’s Communications and Marketing Director Michele McDonald.