Prof. Mohit Tiwari, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering, has been selected to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program, providing up to five years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.
Prof. Tiwari received the award for his research on “Exo-Core: An Architecture to Detect Malware as Computational Anomalies.” Today, intelligent malware can subvert the best software-level defenses by impersonating benign processes on mobile devices or by attacking victim processes through the hardware on shared datacenter servers. Prof. Tiwari proposes to combat intelligent malware by advancing hardware-software organization of computer systems.
This is the seventh NSF CAREER award received by Texas ECE faculty in the past five years, and it is the ninth consecutive year a Texas ECE faculty member has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award.