2023 Design and Research Conference

Cyber Engineering Senior Projects

Integrated Engineering and Science Building 226.

1:30 p.m.

The Spot

Team Members: Claire Aydell, Joseph Brown, Calvin Domangue, Nikolas Morgan, John Norris

Advisor: Dr. Miguel Gates

This parking spot detection project, known as The Spot, is designed to detect open parking spots in a specific parking lot by utilizing two small cameras connected to a Raspberry Pi. Once pictures are taken, the Pi utilizes advanced encryption standard encryption to send the images to a computer containing object detection software that detects the number of cars in the lot and outputs that result to a mobile application. The mobile application will use GPS to determine the user’s location and will give users the option to select which parking lot to look at (right now there will only be one option). Within the parking lot selection, there will be an aerial view of the parking lot, or at least a diagram of the lot, as well as a display of how many spots are available.

2:00 p.m.

SRRS – Study Room Reservation System

Team Members: Averie Hardy, Abigail Jernigan, Christopher McElroy, Stephanie Orellana

Advisor: Dr. Miguel Gates

The objective of SRRS is to design and develop a system for efficiently managing and reserving study rooms at the Louisiana Tech Integrated Engineering and Science Building. The project team thoroughly analyzed existing reservation systems and technologies to identify best practices and potential improvements. Implementing these ideas, our team developed a website from the ground up that would handle a reservation system using Louisiana Tech’s credential software, Central Authentication Service, providing a secure and efficient service that blends seamlessly into the suite already in use by the University. This website provides a user-friendly system with a pleasing design to ensure ease of use, as well as an intuitive back-end design that handles API requests and reservations.

2:30 p.m.


Team Members: Lathe Allen, Joshua Brack, Andrew LeBlanc, Luke McMillan, Brandon Rogers

Advisor: Dr. Miguel Gates

The objective of our project is to address the limitations of traditional password authentication systems, such as vulnerability to brute-force attacks and password guessing, by leveraging users’ typing behavior. The project involves collecting data on users’ keystroke dynamics, including keystroke timing and duration, from which we derive individualized keystroke profiles. These profiles are used to authenticate users by comparing their typing behavior during login with their previously recorded keystroke dynamics.

3:00 p.m.

MoDNS – A Modular DNS Framework

Team Members: Timothy Huhn, Bronson Jordan, Aankit Pokhrel, Carter Ray, Seth Warren

Advisor: Dr. Miguel Gates

DNS, or Domain Name Service, is an integral part of the Internet. As the technology has developed, users have found numerous uses for customizing the behavior of their local DNS resolver. These customizations come with the drawback that they are typically distributed as standalone servers — meaning that utilizing multiple DNS services requires a daisy chain of containers, virtual machines, or physical machines, increasing latency and network overhead. DNS requests will be required to traverse up the stream to be inspected and handled by each of the individual DNS services. MoDNS seeks to solve this problem by allowing a single DNS server to perform multiple functions. To accomplish this, MoDNS uses a framework that allows user-defined plugins to modify the way DNS requests are handled in a modular fashion.

3:30 p.m.

GTTX – Table Top Excersize Platform

Team Members: Joy Brown, Zachery Hoover, Joshua Iselin, Kevin Oubre, Nolan Yelverton

Advisor: Dr. Miguel Gates

In today’s world, cyber preparedness is a necessity. One way to prepare is to use tabletop exercises to evaluate the capability of an organization. Tabletop exercises are simulations of real-life scenarios that help organizations identify gaps in their cybersecurity plans and improve their response capabilities. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed a set of tabletop exercises called the Cyber Exercise Program (CTEP) to help organizations prepare for cyber incidents. CTEP provides a series of exercises that simulate different types of cyber incidents, such as ransomware attacks or data breaches, and helps organizations test their incident response plans. We, GTTX, have developed a platform to help organizations conduct CTEP exercises more easily through a friendly web user interface. The platform provides a way that makes it easy for organizations to conduct tabletop exercises and evaluate their cybersecurity plans. By using GTTX’s platform, organizations can identify gaps in their cybersecurity plans and improve their incident response capabilities.