CAE-R CoP Research Symposium

The 2023 CAE-R CoP Research Symposium will be held at Moraine Valley Community College on Friday, September 22, 2023 as part of the National Cybersecurity Education Colloquium. The goals of the symposium are to (1) further establish the CAE-R as a community of practice, (2) build a community that involves PhD students, and (3) showcase the excellent research done at CAE-R designated institutions. The symposium will be attended by representatives from CAE-R schools as well as invited government employees.

Program Co-Chairs

    William Enck, North Carolina State University
    Heather Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Program Committee Members

    Kevin Butler, University of Florida
    Adam Doupé, Arizona State University
    L. Jean Camp, Indiana University Bloomington

CAE-R Symposium Program Elements

Research Dissertation Panels. The research dissertation panels will showcase  PhD students from the CAE-R institutions. Each panel will consist of 5-7 PhD students who will each give short pitches of their dissertation. A panel moderator will then lead a discussion of trends in research. PhD students generally spend four to six years becoming world experts in their topic areas, and the panels will provide a glimpse into a variety of cutting-edge research topics with an eye on future challenge areas. For CAE institutions, this provides an opportune time to start recruiting PhD students.

This year, we will have two panels. Each CAE-R school is encouraged to nominate strong students who are nearing completion of their PhD (but must not necessarily be in their last year). Most importantly, students should have some interest in pursuing a faculty position, though it is okay if they have not yet made up their mind. Post docs are eligible for nomination.  The program committee will select panelists with the goal of ensuring a diversity of research areas and representing a variety of CAE-R institutions.  Travel support is available for up to 10 panelists. Only panelists who are US Citizens are eligible for travel support. All other panelists are responsible for covering their own travel expenses.

PoCs and faculty members should nominate students by July 30, 2023 using this Google Form.


Research Highlights Posters. The poster session will showcase the wide variety of research being conducted at the CAE-R institutions. While only a small number of CAE-R schools can be represented in the research dissertation panels, we invite all PoCs to submit nominations for research highlights posters from their institutions. Posters should cover ~1 paper published in the last 1-2 years. Due to space constraint and limited number of easels, it might not be possible that all submissions will be accepted.  

It is expected that each CAE-R PoC or his/her alternate will be provided a travel stipend for the meeting. A limited number of additional faculty travel stipends may be available to US citizens. Ideally the poster will be presented by an author of the work. However, if needed the CAE-R PoC can present the poster.

PoCs and faculty members should nominate research highlight posters by July 30, 2023 using this Google Form.


Research Funding Agency Panel. We plan to have a panel of program managers from various funding agencies. Panelists will provide a brief presentation on the types of research they fund. The moderator will then open the discussion for audience questions. There will be time during breaks to meet with the program managers.


INSuRE+C Research Talks. We will have 4 talks from INSuRE+C funded projects. Talks will be 20 minutes each with questions.

CAE-R Symposium Agenda

8.00 – 8.30am PT: Registration and Breakfast
8.30 – 8.45am PT: Welcome
8.45 – 9.45am PT: Keynote
9.45 – 10.30am PT: Research Dissertations (PhD Student Panel 1)
10.30 – 10.45am PT: Break
10.45 – 12.15pm PT: INSuRE+C Research Talks
12.15 – 1.00pm PT: Box Lunch
1.00 – 1.45pm PT: Research Highlights (Posters)
1.45 – 2.30pm PT: Research Dissertations (PhD Student Panel 2)
2.30 – 3.15pm PT: Research Funding Agency Panel
3.15 – 3.30pm PT: Break
3.30 – 3.55pm PT: CAE-R Discussion and Reflection
3.55 – 4.00pm PT: Closing Remarks