February 4, 2016
Kyle Soska, a CyLab Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship. These fellowships are granted to two to three Ph.D. students each year who are conducting innovative research that has real-world value. Soska’s one-year fellowship will provide up to $20,000 that may be used to cover his tuition fees or research expenses.
“This fellowship is going to allow me to apply some of the technology that I’ve developed to a global dataset,” Soska said. “It’s going to allow me to immediately realize an improvement and the ability for Symantec to not just detect existing malware, but to predict future threats.”
Soska’s research involves machine learning and applying algorithms that are able to answer questions about large datasets. With this fellowship, Soska will have access to such datasets collected by Symantec, such as geo-located and time-stamped virus occurrences.
“The emphasis of our work is in finding good uses of existing machine learning algorithms on large datasets,” Soska said. “Access to Symantec’s datasets allows us to ask questions that we normally aren’t able to.”
Recipients of fellowship are strongly encouraged to take a separate salaried internship with Symantec, in which they are paired with a mentor from Symantec and work directly with Symantec Research Labs. Soska will be taking an internship this summer, likely in Symantec’s research lab in Mountain View, Calif.
Read more about the Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship at Symantec’s website.
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