Boeing Trusted Software Center

David M. Nicol (director)

Interior of plane
Interior of plane

The Boeing trusted software center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign represents a unique opportunity to develop research collaborations in trusted software between researchers at Boeing and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, resulting in significant benefits to both. "Trusted software" consists of research topics related to the trustworthiness (security, privacy, reliability, availability, correctness, safety, and survivability) of information systems, software, networks, and applications. A central focus of the program is the support of a number of projects expected to lead to innovations that can impact the long-term competitiveness of Boeing in a 5-to-10-year time frame. The relationship is managed by the Information Trust Institute. Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Network Security and Protocols
  • End-to-End Guarantee of QoS and Trust in Heterogeneous Networking Environments
  • Secure and Dependable Networks of Sensors/Embedded Devices
  • Highly Scalable Trustworthy Networks for Complex Sensor and Embedded Device Systems
  • Scalable Traffic and System Trust Engineering Methods
  • Survivability of Distributed Systems
  • Algorithms for Trust Assessment, Optimization, and Data Analysis
  • Network and Security Management
  • New Paradigms for Trustworthy Tactical Networking
  • Trustworthy Wireless Networking
  • Information Assurance Algorithms, Methods, and Architectures
  • Trusted Software for Next-Generation Air Transportation Management Systems

This relationship with Boeing is representative of the close industry partnerships that the Information Trust Institute is developing to ensure the impact of its cutting-edge research. The Information Trust Institute is pleased to collaborate in this way with Boeing, a world leader in its industry.

"We seek enduring, mutually beneficial relationships with colleges and universities around the globe," said Gary Fitzmire, vice president of Engineering and Information Technology at Boeing Phantom Works. "We know that universities provide innovative ideas and leading-edge technologies that will be important to Boeing's future growth. Strategic research alliances with great universities such as the University of Illinois help to ensure that the best technologies in the world are infused into Boeing products and systems."