The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (the Center) is the locus on campus for interdisciplinary research bringing together computer scientists, forensic scientists, and social scientists, along with researchers and faculty from business, engineering, and health professions to solve problems. The Center’s core areas include information assurance, information intelligence and analytics, and forensic science — digital and physical.

Gary WarnerEstablished in 2011-2012, we are professors, researchers, students, and professional partners across many disciplines all devoted to one mission — solving enduring and new problems and making our increasingly interconnected world a safer place. Our strengths are built on the multifaceted expertise of our members including cybersecurity and computer crime investigation; intelligence analytics; geospatial imaging; “big data” analytics, high speed computing, and machine learning; drug chemistry/DNA analytics; health informatics; social network analytics; and regulatory compliance. Across these areas, the Center pursues both basic R&D as well as applied research to identify and solve problems facing business, industry, and government in a fast-paced, interconnected world.

Though still in our infancy, we have seen great success and learned, in working with both internal and external partners, about the challenges and opportunities ahead. With this knowledge and core competency at the heart of the Center, we will continue our pursuit of excellence.

Our Mission

The Center MissionThe mission of the Center is to create and promulgate innovative solutions to emerging and enduring threats to business, industry, and government using state-of-the-art research and advanced development activities undertaken by Center personnel. The foundation of the Center includes business and government relations, education, training, and scholarship that support its core areas. Those areas then generate outcomes including new intellectual property, workforce development, and economic development.

Our Vision

The Center is committed to becoming a premier, world-class research center. We look to foresee and tackle today’s vulnerabilities in information assurance, information intelligence/analytics, and forensics and provide innovative, tangible solutions to ensure a more secure, productive world.


The continued partnership among academia, government, and the private sector will foster novel research and developments in the cyber community. As a premier academic center for cyber research and forensic science, UAB has an opportunity to continue to develop and expand its boundararies to impact not only the local community, but to be a vehicle for advancement among industry.

The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at UAB is truly a unique program. With passionate members committed to enriching the student experience and contributing to results for a greater good, the Center looks to thrive in its pursuits and success and maintain its tradition of excellence.