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24 September 2008

JSU Computer Science Faculty
Awarded Research Grant

Drs. Ming Yang and Monica Trifas of the MCIS Department recently received a Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) one-year research grant of $7,500 for their proposal titled "Securing Patient Information in Medical Images."

The grant is funded by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and awarded on a competitive basis. Two MCIS undergraduate students, Dorothy Brown and Jaleesa Elston, contributed greatly to this proposal. Drs. Yang and Trifas will supervise the students' work on this project. The funds will be used for student stipends ($3,000 each) and related expenses in realizing the objective of the research project. The project results will be submitted for review and possible publication.

This project will determine how to efficiently use data encryption, information embedding, and compression techniques to ensure patient privacy during the electronic transmission of medical images. State-of-the-art technologies, developments in multimedia communication, and developments in information security will be applied during this project. A website to track the project progress and show the latest results can be found at

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