Winning Team of the 'Sustainability through Cybersecurity’ track of Siemens' Tech for Sustainability 2024 Competition


Our team (PhD students Amal Alshehri and Burak Tufekci, and Assistant Prof. Cihan Tunc) have worked on identifying IoT/OT devices based on their network behavior to enforce Zero Trust in cyberspace, we refer to as "OTZET: Operational Technology Zero Trust Engine for Trustworthiness". This allows utilizing also legacy devices and minimally changing the environment to achieve higher sustainability. We presented our proof-of-concept using multiple devices with different sensors. Our group was selected as the winning team (March 14, 2024) of the 'Sustainability through Cybersecurity' track of Siemens' globally organized Tech for Sustainability 2024 Competition.

Tech for Sustainability is a global initiative for students, researchers, startups, and innovative individuals to leverage technology to solve real-world sustainability challenges and shape our future along with Siemens. Participants could choose one of six challenges and worked on real problems by submitting their ideas or participating as hackers.

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Publication: "A Lightweight Drone Simulator" accepted by SDS 2023


Our recent submission to The Tenth International Conference on Software Defined Systems (SDS2023) was accepted.

Title: A Lightweight Drone Simulator
Authors: Evan Blake Putnam*, Dylan Nihal Senarath*, Giselle Ramirez Urquijo*, Cihan Tunc, Renee Bryce

We would like to thank to the authors for their hard work (the authors with asterisk in their name are REU students who collaborated in the submission during Summer 2023).


Publication: "Phoenix: Trust Evaluation in Internet of Things Using Game Theory with a Second Chance Protocol" accepted by IOTSMS 2023


Our recent submission (Phoenix: Trust Evaluation in Internet of Things Using  Game Theory with a Second Chance Protocol) was accepted by the 10th International Conference on Internet of Things: Systems, Management and Security (IOTSMS 2023), which will be held in San Antonio, TX in Nov 2023.

Title: Phoenix: Trust Evaluation in Internet of Things Using  Game Theory with a Second Chance Protocol
Authors: Himan Namdari, Cihan Tunc, Ram Dantu