CyLab’s Cyber Autonomy Research Center is a university-wide effort focused on research at the intersection of AI and computer security. It seeks to leverage recent transformational advances in machine learning and AI to develop new capabilities to defend our computer systems and networks more effectively and efficiently and minimize human effort. The Center draws on CMU’s renowned leadership in AI and in computer security, bringing together faculty from across the University, including the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science, and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Defending our computer systems and networks is becoming more difficult. The number and complexity of the systems we need to defend continues to rapidly increase, in part because of the pervasive deployment of cyber-physical systems and Internet-of-Things devices. Attackers are becoming more technically sophisticated, increasingly well organized, and use better tradecraft than ever before.

The Center’s mission is to foster both the fundamental research and the short-term application of research results to practical problems. Through interactions with government and industry, we aim to improve our ability to address new challenges to foster both fundamental research and the short-term application of research results to practical problems.