Notre Dame joins CyberSMART, a NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center

Author: James Gilman

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Jaroslaw Nabrzyski

The University of Notre Dame received a full National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Collaborative Research Center (IUCRC) continuing grant to create a CyberSMART (Science, Management, Application/s, Regulation, and Training) site at Notre Dame.

Led by Georgetown University, CyberSMART offers a new approach to cyber research by combining computer science, social and economic sciences, and behavioral and cognitive sciences. It is the first multidisciplinary and collaborative IUCRC of its kind. Its key goals include enabling innovative and effective cyber research, education, and training, as well as improving the depth and breadth of research available commercially.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to propel the impactful work with Georgetown University and know there is great potential for the CyberSMART partnership,” says Jaroslaw Nabrzyski, principal investigator for Notre Dame’s CyberSMART site, founding director of the Center for Research Computing (CRC) at Notre Dame, and concurrent professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

“By combining the established expertise of such prominent cyber research institutions with the support of the National Science Foundation, we hope to improve cyber for a safer and more effective society.” 

Other principal investigators at Notre Dame are Martin Barron, assistant teaching professor of IT, Analytics and Operations at Mendoza College of Business; Kevin Bowyer, Schubmehl-Prein Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Taeho Jung, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering; and Ian Taylor, a CRC computational scientist and research professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

Notre Dame is the first university partner of the Center and offers computer science, social and economic sciences, and behavioral and cognitive science expertise that complements that of Georgetown. The Notre Dame site also brings industry-leading experience in artificial intelligence (AI), cyber crime and national security, cryptocurrency analytics,  digital ledger technology including blockchain, and biometrics anti-spoofing and bioethics. The NSF grant will fund further contributions and advancements, as well as connect CyberSMART with industry partners and government agencies.

The Center for Research Computer (CRC) at the University of Notre Dame facilitates multidisciplinary discoveries through advanced computation, software engineering, AI, and other digital research tools. The center enhances the University’s innovative applications of cyberinfrastructure, provides support for interdisciplinary research and education, and conducts computational research. Comprised of three groups – Computational Science, High Performance Computing, and Software Development – the CRC supports discoveries in science, engineering, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. To learn more about the center, please visit

Originally published by James Gilman at on July 16, 2021.