Professor of Computer Science
Fulp is an expert in cyber security and computer networks.
Errin Fulp is an expert in cyber security and computer networks. As cyber attacks become an increasing concern to national security and personal privacy, Fulp has focused his research on issues related to the next generation of high-speed and QoS-enabled networks and prediction methods for critical computer failures. Recently, his research group developed a genetically… Read More »
Errin Fulp is an expert in cyber security and computer networks. As cyber attacks become an increasing concern to national security and personal privacy, Fulp has focused his research on issues related to the next generation of high-speed and QoS-enabled networks and prediction methods for critical computer failures.
Recently, his research group developed a genetically inspired algorithm that leverages the concept of “survival of the fittest” to fighting the continual evolution of viruses, worms and malware. Fulp’s team aims to improve defense mechanisms of computing infrastructures with minimal human interaction by developing the first-ever automated computer configurations that adjust as quickly as the threats.
In an ongoing project with scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Fulp is training an army of “digital ants” to turn loose into the power grid to seek out computer viruses trying to wreak havoc on the system. The project has received national attention, leading one of the graduate students under Fulp’s mentorship to be named one of the “nation’s top new inventors” by Inventor’s Digest magazine.
And in a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored research project, Fulp and William Turkett, an assistant professor of computer science, are investigating how the usage and intent of Internet users can be discerned based on interaction patterns. The method is inspired by techniques initially developed for bioinformatics, and can be used to better manage network resources and enforce network security policies.
Fulp is also currently leading an interdisciplinary group of faculty in creating an academic center dedicated to the study and teaching of bio-inspiration and biomimicry, a discipline that applies nature’s design principles to develop innovative new ways of thinking.
In addition to NSF and PNNL, many prominent national agencies, foundations, and corporations – including AFOSR, DARPA, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NEC C&CRL USA, Shively Family Fellowship, and U.S. Department of Energy – have sponsored his research.
December 17, 2012
Digital “ants” will protect the U.S. power grid from cyber attacks. Programmed to wander networks in search of threats, the high-tech sleuths in this software, developed by Wake Forest University security expert Errin Fulp, leave behind a digital trail modeled after the scent streams of their real-life cousins. When a digital ant designed to perform a task spots a problem, others rush to the location to do their own analysis. If operators see a swarm, they know there’s trouble.
Areas of Expertise
- Bio-Inspiration and Biomimicry
- Computer Configurations
- Computer Networks
- Cyber Security
- Deploying “Digital Ants” on the Power Grid
- Determining Network Usage and Intent Based on Interaction Patterns
- Dynamic Resource Allocation
- Failure Prediction and Management
- Genetically Inspired Computer Configurations to Fight Cyber Threats
- Moving Target Defense
- Multimedia Systems
- Network Pricing and Auctions
- Peer-to-Peer Systems
- Programming Languages
- Quality of Service (QoS) Management and Related Security Issues
North Carolina State University: Ph.D., Computer Science
North Carolina State University: M.S., Computer Science
North Carolina State University: B.A., Computer ScienceContact
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