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Two computer science faculty members tabbed for expert comment

Calyam

Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam’s work with cyber security and cloud computing made him an expert source in several stories dealing with recent distributed denial of service attacks on the websites of the City of Columbia and KOMU TV.

A pair of computer science faculty members recently were called upon for expert comment by several media outlets. Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam was quoted in several stories dealing with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the websites of the City of Columbia and KOMU TV, and Associate Professor Kannappan Palaniappan was quoted in a pair of stories dealing with the use of drones for image detection and mapping.

Calyam discussed how entities handle DDoS attacks, which occur when a website is deliberately flooded with useless traffic in order to cause the website to temporarily crash, including how cloud computing can help combat such attacks.

Palaniappan

Associate Professor Kannappan Palaniappan’s work with computer vision and pattern recognition made him a quality source for a pair of stories on the use of drones to aid law enforcement and in 3D imaging of large parcels of land.

He was quoted in articles in the Columbia Daily Tribune and The Maneater, and he was used as a source by The Associated Press, which was picked up by other regional and national outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Miami Herald.

Palaniappan appeared in an article in The Atlantic, where he discussed the potential for the use of drones as a law enforcement tool in an article on the future of policing called “The Future of Getting Arrested.” He also provided comment to the magazine Science for an article on the use of drones to improve and expedite 3D modeling of wide swaths of land.