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[Computer Science] Research paper accepted in IEEE PRDC 2019

SUNY Koreaㅣ2020-02-05 15:26

Joon Kuy Han, an undergraduate student in the computer science (CS) department, and Dr. Dennis Wong, a CS assistant professor, wrote a research paper that was submitted to the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and was accepted. Joon is the first author of the paper. In addition, he participated in the IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing (PRDC 2019) conference to present his research in Kyoto, Japan with Dr. Dennis Wong on December 1-3, 2019. We recently spoke with Dr. Wong and Joon about the paper and the conference. 


Question(Q): How was your trip to the conference in Kyoto?

Joon: The conference was great because I got to meet a lot of professors and researchers who share the same interest. The feedback I received from them about our research was really helpful. It was a great experience to share my research at the conference with many professors and researchers.


Q. How did you find out about the conference? How did it work?

Joon: The IEEE PRDC is an annual conference which is well known in the computer science (CS) field. There are two major CS organizations which are IEEE and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). A lot of researchers and professors submit papers to conferences from these organizations once a year. If the paper is of high quality, it is accepted. We found the IEEE PRDC conference, which was in our research area, so we submitted it and, thankfully, it was accepted. 


Q: What is the title of the paper? Could you briefly explain what it is about?

Joon: The title of the paper is "SNudge: A Slidebar Nudge for Users to Practice Better Habits for Mobile Fingerprint Authentication." When you do an in-display fingerprint, it can be hacked. As a result, we have introduced SNudge (Slidebar Nudge) which is a simple tweak on the user interface during in-display fingerprint authentication to nudge users to wipe their fingerprint to resist smudge attacks. It is a reminder and notification application that helps people to wipe their fingerprints. In the conference, people liked the idea. They thought it is a novel idea which they had not thought a lot about. Because of the good feedback, we want to continue our research. 


Q: What motivated you to get interested in this topic?

Joon: I looked at the news saying the Galaxy S10 in-display fingerprint had been hacked. This kind of function had been advertised heavily, but it is easily hackable. I was thinking and brainstorming what could be a good solution for that. I went to Professor Wong to discuss my rough draft, we put a paper together to explore the idea, and it got accepted. It was my initial idea and Professor Wong gave me a lot of feedback because it was one of my first papers and he knows how to write a good research paper. 


Q: What were some of the challenges you faced?

Joon: Time. If we had missed the deadline to submit a paper, we would have had to wait for another year to submit it. For this conference, we had a week to actually work on it. Until the deadline, we were continually fixing it to make a perfect paper for the conference. 

Dr. Wong: We also had difficulty with the research budget because I didn’t have much research money. Eventually, we had financial support for the research from the CS department. They helped us a lot. I'd like to give a special thanks to Professor Arthur Lee who is the Chair of SUNY Korea’s Computer Science department. This project would have been impossible without him. 


Q: What was the most meaningful achievement during the process? What have you learned?

Joon: This first conference was very memorable. You see all these professors and knowledgeable researchers. I realized the community of research is really big. There are so many researchers around the world who want to share ideas. 

Dr. Wong: This conference is usually for graduate students. But Joon is an undergraduate. He was the only undergraduate student in the conference. Some students need a lot of guidance to do research, but Joon was very self-motivated and he searched for conferences himself. He had the idea and drafted the paper on his own. He has a good research ability and it was very nice working with him.


Q: Do you have a motto?

Joon: Don’t be afraid of rejections. A lot of people get rejected and people can doubt your idea. If you get rejected, then fix the paper up and submit it again. Keep trying!


Q: What is your goal and future plan?

Joon: I applied to graduate schools in both Korea and abroad. I’m also going to continue working on this research with Professor Wong. We can expand my initial idea a lot more. Maybe we can partner with a company or make the interface bigger. There are a lot of areas we can explore with this idea. Hopefully we can get accepted in other ACM or IEEE conferences.


Q: What do you think about the future of Computer Science?

Dr. Wong: There is indeed a lot of demand in Computer Science. Many students think they can do a computer science job when they graduate. In fact, computer science is all about problem-solving. You can do all kinds of jobs. I have friends who became a lawyer and worked in the financial industry. There are many possibilities and directions in this major. 


Q: Do you have any message for future students who want to study Computer Science?

Joon: As a student, work with professors. Ask questions and have a friendly relationship with them. 

Dr. Wong: Undergraduate students can also conduct good research like Joon. Research is not just for graduate students. I want to encourage all students to try everything when they are at the university. Also, don’t be afraid to contact professors. 


The details of the conference can be found here.

For more information about SUNY Korea Computer Science, please click here.


Written by Sungwon Hyun

Edited by Andrew Schenck


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