Faculty Profile

Bruce Caulkins, PhD

Colonel Bruce Caulkins, PhD is a research associate at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) where he teaches within the cyber graduate certificate program, focusing on the behavioral aspects of cybersecurity and how modeling and simulation plays a vital role in cyber. Beginning his career in academia teaching at the US Army’s Computer Science School at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA, Col. Caulkins later became the computer security lead for the school and developed courses for the Army officers as well as enlisted students. He served as the Chief of the Cyber Strategy, Plans, Policy, and Exercises Division at U.S. Pacific Command before retiring from the Army. His key areas of research include proactive cyber defense, cyber security and analysis, cyber strategy, policy and legal issues, cyber modeling for zero day attacks, and behavioral aspects of cyber.

Col. Caulkins has published numerous articles including Proactive Self-Defense in Cyberspace, Bootstrapping Methodology for the Session Based Anomaly Notification Detector (SAND), and A Dynamic Data Mining Technique for Intrusion Detection Systems. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Furman University, an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Modeling and Simulation from UCF. In addition, he received a Master’s in Strategic Studies (MSST) from the US Army War College. 

Barbara Truman, DCS

Barbara Truman holds a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from UCF and a DCS in Computer Science, Emerging Media from Colorado Technical University. She serves as Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning and Collaboration within the Mixed Emerging Technologies Integration Lab (METIL) in the Institute for Simulation & Training. Her research involves Human Computer Interaction (HCI) using collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). She studies how avatar use can develop identity and authenticity useful for collaboration across communities within networked physical and virtual spaces.

Technology has always played a role in Dr. Truman’s academic pursuits and professional involvement. Originally hired to create the faculty development course Interactive Distributed Learning for Technology-Mediated Course Delivery, she founded the Course Development & Web Services unit which has been nationally recognized for program excellence by multiple professional associations. This unit became critical to sustaining campus operations which led to Truman serving on the Information Security Council and the Continuity of Operations Planning team.

A current research focus is exploring how UCF can participate in NIST’s Global Cities Challenge to pilot new technological capabilities and services that can connect people in new ways for scholarship, research, and enrichment. This research includes making UCF one of the most physically and virtually accessible campuses. Such a community needs to have cyber security enculturated to promote safety and well-being. 

Wingyan Chung, PhD

Wingyan Chung, PhD is Associate Professor in the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF. His scholarly interests and expertise include cybersecurity, business intelligence, social media analytics, data science, text mining, knowledge management, health informatics, and human-computer interaction. His primary role is to conduct research in high-impact areas and to develop collaboration with academic and industry partners in alignment with IST’s and UCF’s goals. After earning a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, Dr. Chung became a business-school faculty and continued to develop his research in text and web mining, social media analytics, and cybersecurity. He joined UCF IST in August 2015.

Dr. Chung has received multiple awards, including the Intel Corporation Grant Award on the Security Curriculum Initiative, the UCF In-House Research Grant Award, and the Outstanding Researcher Award, among others. He has published extensively in prominent journals, such as Scientific Reports, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE Computer, and Journal of Medical Internet Research. His paper “Web Searching in a Multilingual World” was the featured cover story in Communications of the ACM, a top-tier journal in computing and information systems.

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