By Jeff Boleng
Advanced Mobile Systems Initiative
their current state, wearable computing devices, such as glasses,
watches, or sensors embedded into your clothing, are obtrusive. Jason
Hong, associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon
University, wrote in a 2014 co-authored article in Pervasive Computing that
while wearables gather input from sensors placed optimally on our
bodies, they can also be “harder to accommodate due to our social
context and requirements to keep them small and lightweight.” For
soldiers in battle or emergency workers responding to contingencies,
seamless interaction with wearable devices is critical. No matter how
much hardware soldiers wear or carry, it will be of no benefit if they
have to stop what they are doing to interact while responding to enemy
fire or another emergency situation. This blog post describes our joint
research with CMU’s Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII)
to understand the mission, role, and task of individual dismounted
soldiers using context derived from sensors on their mobile devices and
bodies to ensure they have the needed information and support.
By Douglas C. Schmidt
part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed about our latest work, I
would like to let you know about some recently published SEI technical
reports and notes. These reports highlight the latest work of SEI
technologists in malware analysis, acquisition strategies, network situational awareness, and resilience management (with three reports from this research area), incident management, and future architectures.
This post includes a listing of each report, author(s), and links where
the published reports can be accessed on the SEI website.
By Kate Ambrose Sereno
SEI Emerging Technology Center
This post was co-authored by Naomi Anderson
In 2012, the White House released its federal digital strategy. What’s noteworthy about this release is that the executive office distributed the strategy using Bootstrap, an open source software (OSS) tool developed by Twitter and made freely available to the public via the code hosting site GitHub. This is not the only evidence that we have seen of increased government interest in OSS adoption. Indeed, the 2013 report The Future of Open Source Software revealed that 34 percent of its respondents were government entities using OSS products. The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has seen increased interest and adoption of OSS products across the federal government, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the intelligence community (IC), and the Department of Homeland Security. The catalyst for this increase has been innovators in government seeking creative solutions to rapidly field urgently needed technologies. While the rise of OSS adoption signals a new approach for government acquirers, it is not without risks that that must be acknowledged and addressed, particularly given current certification and accreditation (C&A) techniques. This blog post will discuss research aimed at developing adoptable, evidence-based, data-driven approaches to evaluating (open source) software.