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Always focused on the future, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) advances software as a strategic advantage for national security. We lead research and direct transition of software engineering, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence technologies at the intersection of academia, industry, and government. We serve the nation as a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and are based at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a global research university annually rated among the best for its programs in computer science and engineering.

The 2022 SEI Year in Review highlights the work of the institute undertaken during the fiscal year spanning October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022.

The Stories

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Implementing the National Agenda for Software Engineering

The SEI is engaging with the software engineering community to realize the National Agenda for Software R&D.

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Juneberry Version 0.5 Simulates Attacks on Machine Learning Systems

The tool simulates property inference attacks that could disrupt computer vision systems.

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SEI Co-Authored Papers Awarded by International Conferences

Papers on technical debt, machine learning, and decompilation were recognized for contributions to their fields.

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Implementing Responsible Artificial Intelligence

A guide on responsible AI is influencing commercial prototyping and acquisition programs in the Department of Defense.

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Modernizing Land-Based U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

The SEI continues its software assurance and cybersecurity work for the Sentinel program.

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Zero Trust Industry Days Starts Critical Conversation

Researchers, vendors, and government bodies gathered to share solutions for implementing a zero trust architecture.

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The Drive Toward Stability

SEI chief technology officer Tom Longstaff describes the institute’s technical strategy in the face of change.

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Enabling Proactive Cyber Threat Detection in the Federal Civilian Executive Branch

The Unexpected Outbound Protocols processor ingests SiLK binary files to help capture and analyze network flow data.

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AI Engineering Symposium Assembles AI Community

Participants evolved the state of the art, fostered relationships, and shared knowledge in AI engineering.

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Collaborations Increase Impact

The SEI worked with other research and development organizations on multiple defense projects.

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Applying Causal Learning to Reduce Testing Times and Costs

The SEI helped innovate a novel approach to improve simulations for testing advanced systems.

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SEI Lends Expertise to Key Air Force Missile System Acquisition

The SEI helped the Long-Range Standoff System Program Office execute a software acquisition strategy.

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Keeping Ahead of Insider Risk

The Common Sense Guide to Mitigating Insider Threats includes a new best practice and privacy-framework mapping.

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Codifying Test and Evaluation of Machine-Learning Aerial Object Detectors

A new report assembles guidance on the testing and evaluation of machine-learning models for aerial object detection.

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Increasing American Competitiveness in Semiconductor Chips

The SEI partnered with DARPA to support testing and evaluation in two projects of the Electronics Resurgence Initiative.

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Assuring Increasingly Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems

The SEI and academia are developing resources to analyze AI functions’ impact on the assurance of safety-critical systems.

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Updated Energy Sector Cybersecurity Maturity Model Helps Keep the Lights On

A revised Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2) gives utilities a snapshot of their cybersecurity posture.

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New Model Provides Blueprint for DevSecOps

The DevSecOps Platform-Independent Model gives instructions on creating, maintaining, and evolving DevSecOps pipelines.

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SEI Breadth and Depth Help DOT&E Adapt to Modern Software Development

The SEI has been helping the Department of Defense meet the challenges of modern software operational test and evaluation.

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