Kevin Fu


Associate Professor, Sloan Research Fellow
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan

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My research aims to make embedded computer systems smarter: better security and safety, reduced energy consumption, faster performance. As part of my 164-year research plan to improve the trustworthiness of medical device software, I direct the Archimedes Research Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research (SPQR) group. I write a blog on medical device security and safety.

Industry: I co-founded Virta Labs, Inc. in the heart of Ann Arbor's startup district. Plug in.

Fun stuff: I allegedly maintain a collection of links on why Ann Arbor is cool. Cybersecurity is a joke, and I am not kidding. See my YouTube cybersecurity standup. I wrote the lyrics of a Taylor Swift-inspired music video about the woes of programming, gdb, makefiles, unit testing, and autograders.

Undergrads considering graduate school: When my students are not kiteboarding on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, they are probably publishing security research with an emphasis on health care and medical device security. Prospective graduate students may enjoy watching our stand-up comedy act on how to write more effective graduate school applications. This event was part of a larger national set of workshops to broaden participation in computing research. Also see my links to reports on women in computing research.

Announcements: Senate testimony; House testimony; Program chair for USENIX Security; Appointment to CCC; Appointment to ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; first graduate course in the nation dedicated to medical device security.

Honors: Top Influencers in Health InfoSec, Top Security Change Agents, World Economic Forum Young Scientist, Fed100 Award, TR35 Innovator of the Year, Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER, Paper Awards [ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE S&P, USENIX Security]

Advising: Federal Advisory Board Member, NIST ISPAB; Member, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center Advisory Board

News: Slashdot interview, NBC Chicago, NY Times, Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, Slashdot, Economist, PBS Newshour, Forbes, BBC, LA Times, NIST. [Archived news]

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Selected talks (complete list):

      MSR Institute of Medicine Dartmouth College Hong Kong

Affiliations: THaW, Security @Michigan, SPQR Lab, Archimedes, SHARPS, TerraSwarm, RFID CUSP

Recent research support: National Science Foundation, HHS, Medtronic, Philips Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Underwriter Laboratories (UL), WelchAllyn

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