Spotlight

Spotlight

 Each month, the Office of Sponsored Programs will spotlight a different PI and their research. If you are interested in being featured in our next spotlight, please email sponsoredprograms@jjay.cuny.edu  . Please be sure to provide us with an abstract (3-5 paragraphs) about your research, explanation of your recent project, the amount your project (s) were funded for, special events that you are hosting or coordinating, obstacles or challenges you faced during the application process, if applicable, and a photo of yourself .   

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Shweta Jain
Shweta Jain, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Shweta Jain is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of the Graduate faculty in the John Jay Digital Forensics and Cyber-security program and Doctoral faculty in the Computer Science department at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is a senior member of the IEEE and her research interests are in networks.

Her current research is in Ewitness - a system that allows a civilian to use their smart devices to collect forensically sound multimedia evidence. This research is in collaboration with Dr. Nasir Memon and Dr. Brendan Dolan-Gavitt at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The National Science Foundation has funded this research with $250,000 as an Early-concepts Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) for an initial period of two years.  In this research,  the team is developing a framework that ensures that a witness can prove the forensic soundness of digital evidence that is collected using consumer devices. In order to be considered authentic and forensically sound, a digital evidence needs to have proof of being untampered and the time and location of the event needs to be attested in a way that it is immutable. Therefore, the building blocks of Ewitness will consist of (a) a secure smart phone application, (b) a time-stamping service implemented as a public blockchain maintained and c) a location attestation service that provides confidence on the truthfulness of the location reported by the evidence device. A prototype will be developed and performance analysis will be performed over a testbed deployment to ensure correctness of all components of the system.

Dr. Jain along with Dr. Douglas Salane are project directors in a departmental project, “Supporting Gender Diversity in a Computer Security Major”. This project, funded on an annual renewalable basis for $25,000 per year, is funded by WiTNY. The goals of this project are recruitment and retention of women in the Computer Science and Information Security (CS) major at John Jay. Activities of this project include organizing mentoring and enrichment activities for women in CS as well as outreach to attract High School and Community College students to our CS major. 

Apart from the externally funded research described above, Dr. Jain and her collaborators at CUNY are also exploring evolutionary dynamics of two player games such as prisoner’s dilemma and stag-hunt in social networks. The expected outcome from this project is better insight into how social influence helps shape opinions in a group.

Dr. Jain currently advises two doctoral students and an undergraduate student working toward his honors thesis. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at John Jay.