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Jeffrey Todd McDonald, Ph. D.
Professor of Computer Science
 University of South Alabama





School of Computing

SoC Gonfolan



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J. Todd McDonald
Professor of Computer Science
Phone: (251) 460-7555
Fax: (251) 460-7274
jtmcdonald [at] southalabama [dot] edu

Shelby Hall, Room 1121
150 Jaguar Drive
Mobile, AL 36688

Office Hours (Spring 2017)
Tu: 1200-1500
Th: 1200-1500

Class Schedule (Spring 2017)
CSC-490/590: Tu/Th 0930-1045
CSC-527: Tu/Th 1530-1745
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News


Cyber Scholars Program
USA is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and offers scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants interested in federal service with focus on cyber and information security careers. Scholarship opportunities from the National Science Foundation's Scholarship for Service provide a fully funded educational opportunity. I am part of the management team here at USA for the NSF Scholarship for Service program, which has brought in over $6M in scholarship funding since 2012.



SSPREW
I am an organizer for the Software Security, Protection and Reverse Engineering Workshop (SSPREW), an annual workshop currently co-located with the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). Our last workshop was held at the Hilton Universal in Los Angeles, CA, December 5-6, 2016.

DayZero Cybercompetition Club
I am the faculty advisor for the DayZero Cyber Competition Club. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students who would like to sharpen their cybersecurity skills in national and regional competitions. USA has fielded teams in the National Cyber Collegiate Defense Competition since 2014 and has competed against other teams in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) that is hosted annually in the Spring by Kennesaw State University.

In 2017, our team won an invitation to compete at the on-site regional competition in April.

There are several cyber security and capture the flag events that occur on a regular basis . DayZero meets weekly for training, practices, and organization of teams to participate in a wide variety of events.



Research Interests


I am currently engaged in various projects focused on program protection, circuit obfuscation, malware analysis, anomaly detection, secure software engineering, and embedded systems protection.

System Protection and Exploitation
The System Protection and Exploitation Research Group (SPERG) is a multi-disciplnary research group at USA, looking for graduate and undergraduate students interested in studying various aspects of protecting and exploiting software and hardware programs.


SPERG Spring Meetings 2017
Fridays, 1000-1100
Shelby Hall, Room 2327


SUDEP Challenge
In the last year, I along with SoC doctoral student Patrick Luckett and retired ORNL scientist Dr. Lee Hively were selected as finalists for our submission to an InnoCentive challenge sponsored by the SUDEP Institute. We are currently working to help find predictive biomarkers for epileptic seizures and our research will hopefully improve the lives of those who deal with epilepsy. We ultimately hope to provide accurate and reliable prediction and detection of seizure events in ambulatory settings, outside of traditional clinical monitoring units.

The SUDEP Institute focuses on "Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy", which occurs when a person with epilepsy dies unexpectedly and was previously in their usual state of health. Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from SUDEP and it occurs more frequently in people with epilepsy whose seizures are poorly controlled.

Collaborations


CFITS
I am actively involved with the USA Center for Forensics, Information Technology, and Security. We are exploring several research partnerships with the Army's Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center and the Federal Voting Assistance program.


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