ACM WiSec 2012

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Toward a Healthy Wireless Privacy Ecosystem
Prof. Edward Felten, U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Princeton University

Abstract: Privacy can be a fraught topic even on traditional desktop systems, and mobility only complicates the issue. Consumers, companies, researchers, and government all want an outcome in which consumers feel safe entrusting their data to mobile technologies, rapid innovation continues, and researchers create the technologies of the future. What does this healthy outcome look like, and how can we get there? What can we do now to make it more likely? How can researchers contribute?

Biography: Dr. Edward W. Felten is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and is the founding Director of Center for Information Technology Policy. He is currently serving as the Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about eighty papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law, and policy. He is a Fellow of the ACM. He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified in other important lawsuits. He has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.

Security for Cyber-physical Systems: Case Studies with Medical Devices, Robots, and Automobiles
Prof. Tadayoshi Kohno, University of Washington

Abstract: Today's and tomorrow's emerging technologies and cyber-physical systems have the potential to greatly improve the quality of our lives. Without the appropriate checks and balances, however, these emerging technologies also have the potential to compromise our digital and physical security and privacy. This talk will explore three case studies in the design and analysis of secure cyber-physical systems: wireless medical devices, robots, and automobiles. We will discuss the discovery of vulnerabilities in leading examples of these technologies, the challenges to securing these technologies and the ecosystem leading to their vulnerabilities, and new directions for security.

Biography: Dr. Tadayoshi Kohno is an Associate Professor in the University of Washington, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Information School. His research focuses on computer security and privacy, broadly defined. In fact, he believes that almost every topic in computer science can have an exciting security-related twist. Originally trained in applied and theoretical cryptography, his current research thrusts span from secure cyber-physical systems (including wireless medical devices and automobiles) to private cloud computing. Kohno is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an MIT Technology Review TR-35 Young Innovator Award, and multiple best paper awards. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of California at San Diego.

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