ISR News Story
Baras wins 'Innovator of the Year' Award
Professor John Baras (ECE/ISR) has been honored as a 2009 Maryland Innovator of the Year, for his invention “Method and Implementation for Key Generation and Replacement using Markov Models.” The awards are sponsored by the Maryland Daily Record.
Baras has created a technology that allows for message encryption and its reversal while greatly reducing the potential for third-party security breaches. The system was created in collaboration with alumnus Dr. Paul Yu (ECE Ph.D 2008), a doctoral student of Dr. Baras at the time and now a researcher at the Army Research Laboratory, and Dr. Brian Sadler of the Army Research Laboratory. This innovation builds upon the physical layer authentication system previously developed by the team.
About the technology
The innovative system has a very wide applications space including health care, banking and e-commerce, numerous defense applications, and can be used with any portable electronic device (PDAs, phones, computers, sensors. It is applicable to nearly any situation in which keeping information secret is important, such as any scenario requiring secret keys, message authentication codes, high rate encryption/decryption, physical layer authentication of portable wireless devices, as the invention allows one to vary the authentication structure over time and it enables rapid and low cost key switching.
About the Innovator of the Year awards
Nominees can be individuals or companies from any sector. The innovation can be a product, a service, a program or a process. The only requirements are that the nominee live or work in Maryland and that the innovation was introduced in the 12 months previous to the deadline.
The award ceremony and reception took place at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Baras is one of 26 winners statewide.
October 29, 2009