August 31, 2017
While some cybersecurity threats are easy to spot, others can be more challenging. Now, consider identifying those same threats with a visual impairment. It's the vulnerability of that population that inspired a team of Texas Tech researchers to find a better way. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the group has focused its efforts on translating visual security warnings into sounds that best represent the threat.
"It becomes very difficult, even for screen readers, to actually translate what is going on in terms of cybersecurity attacks," Akbar Namin, an associate professor of Computer Science, said. "They (visually impaired) need some sort of assistive technology to inform them of (a) potential attack."
Computer Science (CS) spans the range from theory to practice to cutting−edge inventions. CS makes graduates aware of new technologies and new ideas and is a foundation for many different computing careers. Computer Scientists design and build software and create efficient solutions to real−world problems in fields such as robotics, computer−enhanced vision and digital forensics.
The need for computing professionals and executives right here in the U.S. is growing as companies become more global. Almost every major challenge facing our world is turning to computing for a solution, from conquering disease to eliminating hunger, from improving education to protecting the environment.
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.
Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.Twitter