School of Computing
J. Todd McDonald
Professor of Computer Science
Phone: (251) 460-7555
Fax: (251) 460-7274
jtmcdonald [at] southalabama [dot] edu
Shelby Hall, Room 1121
150 Jaguar Drive
Mobile, AL 36688
Office Hours (Spring 2017)
Class Schedule (Spring 2017)
CSC-490/590: Tu/Th 0930-1045
CSC-527: Tu/Th 1530-1745
Cyber Scholars Program
USA is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and offers scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants interested in federal service with focus on cyber and information security careers. Scholarship opportunities from the National Science Foundation's
Scholarship for Service
provide a fully funded educational opportunity. I
am part of the management team here at USA for the NSF
Scholarship for Service program, which has brought in over $6M in scholarship funding since 2012.
I am an organizer for the Software Security, Protection and Reverse Engineering
Workshop (SSPREW), an annual workshop currently co-located with the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). Our last workshop was held
at the Hilton Universal in Los Angeles, CA, December 5-6, 2016.
DayZero Cybercompetition Club
I am the faculty advisor for the DayZero Cyber Competition Club. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students who would like to sharpen their cybersecurity skills in national and regional competitions.
USA has fielded teams in the National Cyber Collegiate Defense Competition since 2014 and has competed against other teams in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) that is hosted annually in the Spring by Kennesaw State University.
In 2017, our team won an invitation to compete at the on-site regional competition in April.
There are several cyber security and capture the flag events that occur on a regular basis . DayZero meets weekly for training, practices, and organization of teams to participate in a wide variety of events.
I am currently engaged in various projects focused on program protection, circuit obfuscation, malware analysis,
anomaly detection, secure software engineering, and embedded systems protection.
System Protection and Exploitation
The System Protection and Exploitation Research Group (SPERG) is a
multi-disciplnary research group at USA, looking
for graduate and undergraduate students
interested in studying various aspects of
protecting and exploiting software and hardware
SPERG Spring Meetings 2017
Shelby Hall, Room 2327
In the last year, I along with SoC doctoral student Patrick Luckett and retired ORNL scientist Dr. Lee Hively were
selected as finalists for our submission to an
InnoCentive challenge sponsored by the
We are currently working to help find predictive biomarkers for epileptic seizures and our research will hopefully improve
the lives of those who deal with epilepsy. We ultimately hope to provide accurate and reliable prediction and detection
of seizure events in ambulatory settings, outside of traditional clinical monitoring units.
The SUDEP Institute focuses on "Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy", which occurs when a person with epilepsy
dies unexpectedly and was previously in their usual state of health.
Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from SUDEP and it occurs more frequently in people with epilepsy whose
seizures are poorly controlled.
I am actively involved with the USA Center for Forensics, Information Technology, and Security. We are exploring several research partnerships with the Army's Aviation
& Missile Research, Development &
Engineering Center and the Federal Voting