New Researcher Joins Florida Tech Harris Institute for Information Assurance


MELBOURNE, FLA.—Richard Ford, Harris Professor of Assured Information and director of the Harris Institute for Information Assurance at Florida Institute of Technology, announces that Associate Professor Marco Carvalho has joined the institute. Since his hire in January, Carvalho has obtained over a quarter of a million dollars in new sponsored research funding from several sources.

“Dr. Carvalho’s arrival helps us fulfill our commitment at the institute to keep growing and evolving. I have worked with him in funded research for more than four years and am very excited to now collaborate with him in the same group. The talents Dr. Carvalho brings mean a tremendous step forward for the institute and the university,” said Ford.

Carvalho already leads several cyber security research efforts. They include moving target defense, critical infrastructure protection and tactical communication systems. His work is primarily sponsored by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and industry.

Carvalho has worked extensively on the subject of systems resilience, and has organized several workshops and conferences in this field, including Biologically Inspired and Cognitive Approaches to Mission Survivability (BioCoMS), Biologically Inspired Security and Resilience (BISR) and the System and Optimization Aspects of Smart Grid Challenges Conference. He has also chaired and co-led tracks, panels and special sessions in cyber-awareness, mission assurance, cyber situation awareness and resilient control systems.

“I have collaborated with researchers at Florida Tech for several years in previous projects. It is exciting now to be part of the Florida Tech team, and help contribute to the success of this great University,” said Carvalho.
In addition to his involvement with the Harris Institute, Carvalho is affiliated with the Human Centered Design Institute at Florida Tech and is a member of the Center for Applied Optimization at the University of Florida. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B.

Carvalho earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Brasilia, Brazil; a master’s degree in computer science from the University of West Florida and a doctoral degree in computer science from Tulane University, with specializations in machine learning and data mining.

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