Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR)

Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR)
Research Labs

Cyber-Physical Lab (Cy-Phy Lab): This lab includes multiple cyber-physical systems for conducting advanced cyber security research. It contains two automotive test beds, an advanced industrial control system testbed, and various mobile units.
·  The first automotive testbed consists of a driver interface, multiple emulated vehicle control modules and a simulation engine for conducting simulated driving research.
·  The second automotive testbed consists of many electronic control units from an actual car, including the smart key system, engine control module, instrument cluster and infotainment system.
·  The industrial control system testbed consists of an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC, HMI and the sensors and actuators needed to represent a water control system.
·  The mobile units include hardware-in-the-loop simulations of a wastewater aeration basin, a prison control system, a power substation and various other applications.
Reverse Engineering Lab (REL): The reverse engineering lab contains various soldering equipment, a robotic arm for positioning electromagnetic sensors, a surface mount rework station and a 3D printer. We will soon be adding a CNC for machining PCBs.
Graduate Education in Cyber Operations (GECO) Lab: The Graduate Education in Cyber Operations (GECO) lab is a 48-seat, stand-alone teaching and research classroom. It is used to investigate computer virus growth and eradication, as well as supporting student education and research in cyberspace related activities, to include network defense, network attack, forensics, and software reverse engineering. The GECO lab contains high-performance workstations, each capable of hosting more than 50 virtual machines. Additionally, the GECO lab is connected to CCR’s Virtual Cluster that consists of over 800 GHz of processing power, more than 5 TB of RAM, and more than 130 TB of disk space permitting the hosting of literally hundreds of virtual machines. CCR’s flagship classroom supports cyber related courses such as: Secure Software Design and Development; Advanced Reverse Engineering; Network Operating Systems; Cyber Forensics; Cyber Defense and Exploitation; Mobile, Wireless, and SCADA Device Security; and Cyber Attack.
RF Signal Exploitation Lab (RFSEL): The RF Signal Exploitation Lab (RFSEL) provides computing and experimental resources supporting sponsored research activity of 10-12 students annually under the supervision of 3-5 faculty members.  The lab collectively includes $2M of workstation and collection system hardware for exploiting intentional (communication, navigation, radar, and cyber) and unintentional (components, integrated circuits) RF emissions to characterize and discriminate RF systems.  The computing resources are Integrated within the Cyber Defense Network and provide post-collection signal processing capability for 6.1/6.2 proof-of-concept demonstrations aimed at enhancing the experimental-to-operational transition of dual-use commercial and military capabilities.
Human Systems Integration (HSI) Lab: The Human Systems Integration lab permits the measurement of human performance in a controlled environment. The laboratory is equipped with four reconfigurable work stations, permitting individuals or teams of individuals to work as co-located or simulated remote working conditions. Equipped with both niprnet and commercial internet with workstations dedicated to either network and administrative control of the workstations on the commercial internet, a variety of experimental protocols can be easily adopted. The laboratory is equipped with physiology monitoring equipment to include EEG, EOG, ECG, and EGG. Recent experiments within the laboratory have spanned from visual detection experiments under custom lighting configuration to various human-machine teaming experiments.  
AR/VR Lab: The AR/VR Workspace is dedicated to development of virtual and augmented reality systems for the Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR) and the Autonomy and Navigation Center (ANT). The workspace is outfitted with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive setups connected to workstations powered by the latest COTS graphics cards. Research supported by this workspace include serious games for cyber education and training, and autonomy and navigation.

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