Holistic Safety and Security


Population growth and innovation are driving increasingly complex socio-technical infrastructures and system sustainability and resiliency are needed. But there continues to be inquiry into the safety, potential threats, and security of people and systems. HSS RIA has the unique capacity to bridge the gaps between theory and application, the flexibility of expertise and approaches, and a proven record of innovation. Therefore, our vision is to bring a holistic approach to create an increasingly sustainable, safe, and secure society by applying and integrating innovative State of the Art technologies into applications in the real world.

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Yifu Wu (graduate research assistant), Jiansong Zhang (co-principal investigator), Jin Wei-Kocsis (principal investigator), Byung-Cheol “B.C.” Min and Dongming Gan (co-principal investigators), standing in Knoy Hall’s D. Dorsey Moss Construction Lab with an unmanned aerial vehicle and a robotic vehicle

An interdisciplinary team of Purdue Polytechnic researchers received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to study how teams of humans and robots will work together at construction sites. The team hopes the NSF grant will serve as the foundation for years of collaborative research to improve the efficiency and scalability of human-robot teams in constrained and complex construction workplaces.

Jiahui Dong, graduate research assistant in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, discusses his research project "CryoVR - Virtual Reality Augmented CryoEM Training"

Undergraduate and graduate students in Purdue Polytechnic presented posters summarizing their 2021-2022 research projects. Student research projects affiliated with the Polytechnic’s Holistic Safety and Security research impact area are summarized here.

Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar

Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, associate professor of computer and information technology, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for her work in cybersecurity — specifically, for her upcoming research that will analyze the criminological differences and online grooming strategies of child sexual exploitation offenders in Spain, train Spanish law enforcement officers, and conduct community safety seminars.

Involved Faculty Expertise

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human Factors
  • Physical Safety
  • STEM Education Research
  • Sustainability
  • Systems & Networks
  • Transportation

Funding Opportunities

2019-2020 Seed Grant RFP

2018-2019 Travel Request Template

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Faculty Fellows

ChenYingjie “Victor” Chen
associate professor of computer graphics technology

Laux Chad Laux
associate professor of computer and information technology

“Safety and security concerns develop from many actors and through many different technologies in our advancing society. By applying inter-disciplinary, holistic community approaches to these problems, we will build safer and more secure systems, and in turn, build stronger communities.”

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