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Optimized Context-specific Configuration for Attack Surface Minimization (OCCAM)

  • A DARPA-funded project for Vencore Labs with Dr. Vijay Gehlot leading a subcontract effort within the project.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT), driven by the economies of scale and supported by a myriad of technologies, has given rise to growth and deployment of network-connected systems of systems not just in the consumer space but also in the enterprise and defense domains. However, IoT systems tend to use low-cost commodity hardware with minimal built-in security. Such vulnerabilities can expose the entire system of systems to cyber-attacks if the individual sub-systems are not patched and configured properly. The proposed research will make use of Colored Petri Nets models of the system architecture to analyze vulnerabilities. A semi-automated approach for creating a CPN from the description of the system components is proposed. The generated CPN model will be instrumented with data collection monitors. The generated data will be analyzed against defined vulnerability metrics to assess and mitigate the attack surface of the underlying system.
  • Started Fall 2018; ongoing

Smart Stormwater Green Infrastructure Services

  • An NSF-funded project under Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program. Vijay Gehlot is a collaborator on this project, which is headed by Dr. Bridget M. Wadzuk from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • The project aims to advance and realize the market potential of a platform technology enabling smart stormwater management services. Stormwater services are inherently cross-disciplinary and technology dependent.
  • To accelerate smart service implementation, this project enlists a research-based approach that integrates application with the socio-technical system. This outcome will be achieved by optimally using all physical processes in a green infrastructure (GI) system (i.e., detention, infiltration, evapotranspiration), which demands sensors and controls integrated with real-time weather and system conditions, forecast data, and social media. Novel, dynamic, self-learning algorithms will be applied to meet various, and often competing, stormwater management goals.
  • Fall 2014 to Spring 2018

Villanova Immersive Studies System Development (VISS)

  • The project manager is Frank Klassner. It is an NSF-funded collaboration with Edmond Dougherty from Villanova's College of Engineering and Villanova Library liaison Darren Poley to integrate immersive video and robotic telepresence with virtual reality CAVE technology.
  • Besides developing best practices for integrating CAVE technology into course design and cross-disciplinary research programs, the project has the goal of supporting interdisciplinary research projects in science, arts, engineering, business, and nursing areas through the visualization capabilities of CAVE technology.
  • Started Fall 2013; ongoing

Comcast Applied Research for IPv6 Modeling, Migration and Adoption (CARMMA)

  • This project is a collaboration with Villanova's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department being directed by Vijay Gehlot (CEET manager) aiding Comcast's efforts in effecting a smooth transition from IPv4 network protocols to IPv6 protocols by recommending and developing, wherever needed, new software tools and techniques to measure, analyze and report on network performance.
  • Started Fall 2011; ongoing

Program for Website Creation and Evaluation (PWCE)

  • This is a program for providing technical assistance to small non-profit organizations seeking help in the creation or upgrading of web presences. It is supported by a recurring grant from the Casey Feldman Foundation and directed by Robert Beck. Gilda's Club of Delaware Valley, the Francisvale Animal Shelter, the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, Nancy's House (respite service for family caregivers), and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP are among the organizations that have benefitted from this program.
  • Started Fall 2010; ongoing

Robotic Analysis and Modeling Simulator (RAMS)

  • This project is a collaboration with Jet Propulsion Laboratories supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and managed by Frank Klassner. The RAMS project is investigating interfaces that can be scaled by instructors to offer students simulation details appropriate to the course at hand. RAMS is using a platform-neutral approach to model robots to help educators more easily identify and exploit pedagogical commonalities among the many educational robotics platforms in use today. The project has broader impact in making computer science education's "robotics revolution" more accessible at colleges with little hardware engineering support to help students develop robotic programming skills.. The simulator is built on top of JPL's <a href="">ROAMS</a> platform. Those wishing to try the RAMS simulator should contact Part of the sharing process will involve verifying through CalTech's Office of Technology Transfer ROAMS' continued status as a JPL product not subject to ITAR
  • Fall 2010 to Fall 2015

Comcast Service Analysis Project

  • Vijay Gehlot and Thomas Way, CEET Project Managers.
  • This project produced a comparative assessment of technology offerings which could provide analysis of service usage and trend reporting for large-scale network telemetry data sets. This project was the lead-in for a larger project involving collaboration with the Villanova Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • Fall 2010 to Spring 2011

Stake-Holder Asset-based Planning Environment (SHAPE)

  • This project was for a two-year US DoD SBIR Phase II subcontract, Vijay Gehlot, Project Manager. In collaboration with Colorado Engineering, Inc., CEET designed a system architecture that incorporates participatory and asset-based community development methodologies in a `Systems Thinking' approach. The key objective of the SHAPE system was to evolve an existing open-source distributed processing SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) into an integration platform for dynamic information interchange on heterogeneous systems.
  • Fall 2008 to Spring 2010.

Vatican Virtual Reality

  • This is a project is for the Vatican Internet Office, Frank Klassner, CEET Project Manager. This joint project with the Communication Department of Villanova developed a series of virtual reality presentations of the major basilicas and Sacred Places of Rome (St. Peter's, St. Paul's, Saint Mary Major, St. John Lateran, Sistine Chapel) for the Vatican's website It is currently developing material for virtual reality presentations of the Vatican Radio's Marconi Museum, the Redemptoris Mater papal chapel, and other sites at the Vatican.
  • Started Fall 2008; ongoing

Applied Research in Computing Enterprise Services (ARCES)

  • This project was for the US Air Force, headed by Thomas Way, Project Manager. In collaboration with Gestalt, LLC, the ARCES team developed simulation and test lab environments for analyzing Gestalt software's performance. The team has developed models for the HTTP and SIP channels of a Single Multi-channel Service Oriented Architecture (MCSOA), and is investigating constraints on SOA processing arising from field specifications.
  • Fall 2004 to Spring 2007


Frank Klassner

Frank Klassner, Director 
Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology 
Villanova University 
800 East Lancaster Avenue 
Villanova, PA 19085 
(610) 519-7310