IBM created the Ph.D. Fellowship program in the 1950's to recognize and support outstanding graduate students. The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. This includes pioneering work in: cognitive computing and augmented intelligence; quantum computing; blockchain; data-centric systems; advanced analytics; security; radical cloud innovation; next-generation silicon (and beyond); and brain-inspired devices and infrastructure.
This year, Ph.D. student Chad Spensky from the SecLab at UCSB's Computer Science Department has received this prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship Award.
About Chad's Research: Our world is becoming increasingly digitized as computers continue to replace traditional analog systems (e.g., smart homes, self-driving automobiles, and smart grids). Chad’s research aims to secure these cyber physical systems (i.e., embedded systems that interact with the physical world) by developing both novel techniques to protect future systems and methods for analyzing already-deployed cyber physical systems. More precisely, Chad’s research has three major thrusts: creating a secure authentication ecosystems for cyber physical devices, advancing the state of the art in hardware modeling and static analysis to facilitate bug finding for embedded devices, and developing novel defenses for future devices.