Entries for month: January 2013

Building Next-generation Autonomous Systems

Handheld Devices , Artificial Intelligence No Comments »

By James Edmondson,
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Research, Technology, & System Solutions

James EdmonsonAn autonomous system is a computational system that performs a desired task, often without human guidance. We use varying degrees of autonomy in robotic systems for manufacturing, exploration of planets and space debris, water treatment, ambient sensing, and even cleaning floors. This blog post discusses practical autonomous systems that we are actively developing at the SEI. Specifically, this post focuses on a new research effort at the SEI called Self-governing Mobile Adhocs with Sensors and Handhelds (SMASH) that is forging collaborations with researchers, professors, and students with the goal of enabling more effective search-and-rescue crews.


Reflections in Software Architecture: Presentations by Jeromy Carriere & Ian Gorton

Architecture No Comments »

By Bill Pollak
Transition Manager
Research Technology & System Solutions

Bill Pollak It’s undeniable that the field of software architecture has grown during the past 20 years. In 2010, CNN/Money magazine identified "software architect" as the most desirable job in the U.S. Since 2004, the SEI has trained people from more than 900 organizations in the principles and practices of software architecture, and more than 1,800 people have earned the SEI Software Architecture Professional certificate. It is widely recognized today that architecture serves as the blueprint for both the system and the project developing it, defining the work assignments that must be performed by design and implementation teams. Architecture is the primary purveyor of system quality attributes, which are hard to achieve without a unifying architecture; it’s also the conceptual glue that holds every phase of projects together for their many stakeholders. This blog posting—the final installment in a series—provides lightly edited transcriptions of presentations by Jeromy Carriere and Ian Gorton at a SATURN 2012 roundtable, “Reflections on 20 Years of Software Architecture.”


Semantic Comparison of Malware Functions

Binaries , Malware No Comments »

By Sagar Chaki,
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Research, Technology & System Solutions

Sagar ChakiA malicious program disrupts computer operations, gains access to private computational resources, or collects sensitive information. In February 2012, nearly 300 million malicious programs were detected, according to a report compiled by SECURELIST. To help organizations protect against malware, I and other researchers at the SEI have focused our efforts on trying to determine the origin of the malware. In particular, I’ve recently worked with my colleagues—Arie Gurfinkel, who works with me in the SEI’s Research, Technology, & System Solutions Program, and Cory Cohen, a malware analyst with the CERT Program—to use the semantics of programming languages to determine the origin of malware. This blog post describes our exploratory research to derive precise and timely actionable intelligence to understand and respond to malware.


Looking Ahead: The SEI Technical Strategic Plan

Agile , Cyber-physical Systems , Architecture , Acquisition , Ultra Large Scale Systems No Comments »

First in a Series
By Bill Scherlis
Chief Technology Officer, Acting

Bill Scherlis The Department of Defense (DoD) has become deeply and fundamentally reliant on software. As a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), the SEI is chartered to work with the DoD to meet the challenges of designing, producing, assuring, and evolving software-reliant systems in an affordable and dependable manner. This blog post—the first in a multi-part series—outlines key elements of the forthcoming SEI Strategic Research Plan that addresses these challenges through research and acquisition support and collaboration with DoD, other federal agencies, industry, and academia.