Slavin Receives NSF CRII Award

Assistant Professor in Practice Rocky Slavin received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) grant. Referred to as the “Mini CAREER Award”, the goal of the NSF’s CRII program is to encourage research independence early in a faculty member’s career.

Slavin received the $175,000 award for his proposal titled “Automatic Generation of API to Natural Language Data Type Mappings for Developer and End User Privacy Risk Mitigation.” The project aims to use machine-learning to produce an automated, generalizable model for generating relationships between code-level application program interfaces and natural language data types. These relationships can then be used to detect and mitigate privacy threats in mobile applications. The long-term goal of the work is to enable and implement various practical, publicly available tools for app developers and end users.

The CRII program is part of CISE’s strategy to increase its investments in the development and growth of the research capabilities of future generations of computer and information scientists and engineers, including computational and data scientists and engineers. This grant provides the opportunity for early-career faculty support to jumpstart their research career. Slavin and his team plan to use this project to help bridge previous research in mobile privacy into new fields and techniques such as IoT security and deep learning.

The CRII award was Slavin’s first grant solicitation to apply to as the principle investigator (PI). Slavin is also the first non-tenured track Assistant Professor of Practice at UTSA to receive this CRII award.

Please join the Department of Computer Science in congratulating Dr. Slavin. For more information about Slavin’s project and his research lab, please visit