Symantec announced the recipients of the Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowship for 2010. This year’s fellowships have been awarded to Xin Hu and Martim Carbone. Both Hu and Carbone will receive full one-year fellowships covering 100 percent of tuition and fees, along with a competitive stipend to fund ongoing research in their areas of expertise.
Xin Hu is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. His current research emphasis is malware analysis and detection. Hu's recent research will allow Symantec to explore innovative techniques to quickly identify new malware strains and rapidly deploy countermeasures. His research involves utilizing the structural representations of viruses to discover their origins, identify similarities with existing malware types and quickly process thousands of new malware samples daily.
Martim Carbone is a PhD candidate at Georgia Tech with a focus of virtualization and program analysis techniques. While virtual machines are proliferating as a core infrastructure for cloud computing, they can also introduce potential new risks. Martim's passive virtual machine introspection research looks within the virtual machine to detect malicious activity and can help to prevent malicious hijacking of virtual machines.
The SRL Graduate Fellowship program is currently in its fourth year and plays a vital role in Symantec’s efforts to develop innovative solutions to real-world business and technology challenges. Past recipients of the SRL Graduate Fellowship have made substantial contributions to our market-leading products, prestigious industry groups and the academic community. The program is one of several efforts we undertake with top universities to foster future technical leadership, generate innovative ideas, and develop next-generation technologies to solve real-world problems.
The fellowship program is awarded to promising graduate students who demonstrate an interest in investigating innovative solutions to real-world challenges in security, storage and systems management. We received many exceptional applicants and it’s always a challenge to make our final selections. This latest group of student researchers represent some of the most promising students in their fields. Congratulations to Hu and Carbone!
For more information regarding how to apply for the SRL Fellowship visit: http://www.symantec.com/about/careers/college/fellowship.jsp.