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AdVanced Empirical Software Testing & Analysis (AVESTA)

About the AVESTA Group

[NEWS Updated August 2017] One Postdoc and Five RA positions are available in my research group:
  • Postdoctoral Fellows in Cyber Security (1 position), available now
  • Cyber security (3 positions), available now
  • Security (Hyman Factors), (1 position), available now
  • Usable Security, (1 position), Spring 2017 (guaranteed for 4 years)
Please send me your CV along with your research statement, if you are interested in doing your Ph.D. in any of these areas (Dr. Akbar Namin: akbar.namin@ttu.edu).

The AdVanced Empirical Software Testing & Analysis (AVESTA) research group focuses on conducting research in various areas of software engineering including testing, empirical studies, and program analysis as well as many aspects of cybersecurity including security testing and security analysis.. The group was founded in the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University in August 2009. Test

Current Research Projects

Several research projects are active with their focus on the following areas:

  • Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) on Determination of Skillsets of Professional Attackers/Defenders (A New NSF Funded Project, Funded September 2015)
  • CyberExercises, Simulation-based Cybersecurity Training (An NSF Funded Project, Funded January 2015)
  • Sonification of Security Cues (An NSF Funded Project, Funded September 2013)
  • Keystroke Dynamics and Active User Authentication
  • Cybersecurity & Security Testing: Adaptive Security
  • Moving Target Defense
  • Cybersecurity & Software Security: Automatic Generation of Cyber Attacks

Past Research Projects

This a short list of projects we have worked on in the past:

  • Cybersecurity education (An NSG Funded Project, Funded September 2012)
  • Statistical Fault Locatiozations
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Mutation Testing and Analysis
  • The role of coverage on fault coverage
  • Energy-aware Software Engineering
  • Adaptive random testing.
  • Testing multi−core and multi−threaded systems

If you would like to know more information, please refer to the research page.

Joining the Group

The AVESTA group always welcomes motivated students to conduct research in several interesting areas of cybersecurity, software engineering and program analysis. In particular, the undergraduate and graduate students have the unique opportunity to benefit from learning applicable concepts while pursuing their theses/dissertations. Contact Dr. Akbar Siami−Namin for further information.