PhD student Upal Mahbub and Prof. Rama Chellappa win IEEE UEMCON best paper award 

PhD student Upal Mahbub (ECE/UMIACS) and Rama Chellappa, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of electrical and computer engineering with an appointment in UMIACS, have received one of the IEEE UEMCON 2016 best paper awards for their paper, “PATH: Person Authentication using Trace Histories.” The paper was presented at the 7th IEEE Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference in New York City, October 20-22. The award honors the authors of papers of exceptional merit.

Their paper addresses a solution to the problem of Active Authentication using trace histories. The goal of their research is to generate a confidence score for authenticating the current user of a smartphone using recent location traces based on historical trace data of the original user. Their project is supported by Google ATAP and DARPA. Mahbub reported that their work and presentation received many compliments from conference attendees.

IEEE UEMCON 2016 provides an opportunity for researchers, educators and students to discuss and exchange ideas on issues, trends, and developments in Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication. The conference promotes an intense dialogue between academia and industry to bridge the gap between academic research, industry initiatives, and governmental policies. 

Published October 26, 2016