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CSE’s Matthew Wright Awarded Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

March 1, 2010

University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Matthew Wright has received a five-year, $499,880 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, allowing him to complete his research project “anon.next: Privacy-enabled Routing in the Next-generation Internet.”

The award recognizes and supports junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Dr. Wright aims to design a new anonymity system that takes advantage of ongoing research in new Internet architectures. By embedding anonymizing proxies in the network backbone, the network itself can provide efficient and effective privacy protection in a way that existing designs cannot.

“Developing anon.next will require addressing several major challenges in network privacy and distributed systems design,” said Dr. Wright. “We need to construct fast, privacy-protecting paths in the network; build a robust, distributed directory service; and determine how to measure privacy in a systematic way so we can compare proposed designs.”

The project will help network designers to provide personal privacy as well as censorship resistance and protection for whistle-blowers, journalists and intelligence services.

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, has emerged as one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas and the nation. The college’s eight baccalaureate, 12 master’s and nine doctoral degree programs serve approximately 3,800 students, making it the fourth largest engineering college in Texas. With more than 21,000 alumni, the college provides the local, regional and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. Research expenditures in the past year grew to more than $40 million, and the University will invest $160 million to add 295,000 square feet of facilities in the next three years. With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today’s most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is helping to propel UT Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.

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