UMass Dartmouth professor awarded $452,454 National Science Foundation CAREER award to study software reliability and security

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Lance Fiondella

UMass Dartmouth Assistant Professor Lance Fiondella (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has received a 5-year, $452,454 National Science Foundation CAREER award to examine software reliability and security risk.

NSF CAREER awards are given to promising early-career faculty across the country who have the potential to serve as research and education role models at their universities or organizations.

"Producing reliable and secure software is difficult because of its growing complexity, which poses serious challenges to many large companies and government organizations," Dr. Fiondella said.

The focus of Dr. Fiondella’s work will be assessing security and reliability of software as the sector continues to expand in the U.S. and world economies and remains a driving force for global prosperity and stability in the form of trillions of dollars in revenue and millions of rewarding careers. At the same time, the spread of computing has increased society’s dependence on reliable and secure software to ensure national security and system safety.

Quantitative models to assess software reliability and security can assist organizations in the delivery of software systems on time and within budget. However, government and industry procedures to acquire and integrate software into systems have become so complicated that they must be broken down into multiple stages.

To overcome limitations of past research, Dr. Fiondella’s project seeks to advance the science of securely managing software. An open source platform will be developed to foster collaboration within the international software reliability research community and communicate the research to software practitioners.

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