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Emerging Trends in Cyber Security and Pervasive Computing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:45-6:45 pm
DISC 162

See student bios below

 

 

 

Abstract

UWB Students discuss their experiences at the RSA Security Conference (http://www.rsaconference.com/events/us16) and the IEEE Pervasive Computing Conference (http://www.percom.org/Previous/ST2016/).

About the Students

RSA
Rahul Bapat

Rahul is a second year graduate student in the Cyber Security Engineering Program and a research assistant working under Prof. Brent Lagesse. His research interests include Machine Learning, Risk Analysis and Intrusion Detection Systems(IoT). After graduation, Rahul aims to find a spot in the field of  cyber security as a risk analyst.

Chris Lakin

After six years in Marketing, Chris decided to make a career change and earn a Masters in Cyber Security Engineering. On campus, he is Vice-President of OWASP and Vice-President of Whiteboard Programming. Chris's interests include Behavioral Analytics, the Internet of Things, Medical Devices, and Electronic Health Records. After graduation, he hopes to find a career in the Medical Industry and eventually tap into his entrepreneurial roots by starting his own Cyber Security company. 

Skip Lester

Skip is a senior CSSE and Math double major interning at F5 Networks, where he writes tests for clustering software. His research interests include fully homomorphic encryption and ideal  lattice based crypto. After F5, Skip aims to find a role in computer security such as security engineer.

IEEE Percom
Cody Burkard

Cody is a first year graduate student in the cyber security engineering program. He is currently the student President and local chapter lead of OWASP, as well as a research assistant with Professor Lagesse. Cody's research interests are very broad, and include security of machine learning algorithms in adversarial settings, security of pervasive systems, and critical infrastructure security. Upon graduation Cody plans on working as a penetration tester.

Julio Perez

Julio is a senior in the CSSE major. He is a member of OWASP and the gray hats. His research interests include IoT machine learning and security. After he graduates he will be working on web and embedded system development at VoiceBox Technologies.

Architecture, Programming and Performance of the First Personal Supercomputer Intel Xeon Phi

Thursday, April 14, 2016
1:30-3:00 pm
UW2-141

Janusz Kowalik
Visiting Professor, University of Gdansk

 

 

 

Abstract

Dr. Kowalik will introduce the MIC (Many Integrated Core) technology by discussing the programming and software development issues for the coprocessor Phi. He will also compare the MIC coprocessor and GPU accelerators. His research topic is calculating the speedup of parallel software for scientific and engineering applications and the upper bound of speedup improvement. How much can we gain from parallelism?

About Janusz Kowalik

After Dr. Kowalik’s undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Technology in Gdansk, Poland, he went on to get a Ph.D. from the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, Poland. His professional positions include: postdoctoral study at the University of Technology, Trondheim, Norway; being a Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia; manager of computing technology at the Boeing Company; Professor of mathematics and computer science at Washington State University; and a visiting professor of informatics and the University of Gdansk, Poland. His technical competence include high performance computing, computational mathematics, scientific and engineering computer applications, parallel programming and algorithms.

How to Analyze RNA-Sequencing Data

Thursday, March 3, 2016
11:00 -12:30 am
UWBB 240

Sangsoon Woo
Statistical Geneticist, Axio Research

 

 

 

Abstract

Through recent developments in technology, we can now sequence DNA, RNA, exom regions and whole genome. Dr. Woo will be demonstrating how RNA sequencing data is analyzed using bioinformatics tools after the alignment.

About Sansoon Woo

Sangsoon Woo received a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington. Following that, she worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a postdoctoral fellow. During this time she worked on high/low-throughput data analyses with statistical methods and bioinformatics tools. Currently she works at Axio Research as a Statistical Geneticist.

Intelligent Informatics Through Heterogeneous Network Convergence

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
5:45-6:45 pm
DISC 062

Hiroshi Mineno
Associate Professor, Shizuoka University

 

 

 

Abstract

Interactions with distributed intelligent informatics and engineering as well as computer science is key to develop next generation IoT system. The talk discusses general problems in developing smart ubiquitous sensor/actuator network systems, and thereafter presents how to make these systems intelligent through heterogeneous network convergence by using a high fidelity emulation environment.

About Hiroshi Mineno

Professor Hiroshi Mineno obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering from Kyushu University, worked at NTT Service Integration Research Laboratory, and joined Shizuoka University in 2002. At present he is conducting research and teaching at Graduate School of Science and Technology and Department of Computer Science at Shizuoka University as Associate Professor.

Scrum for Maximum Awesome

Friday, February 26, 2016
10:00 - 11:15 am
UW2 031

Joe Justice
Consultant, Scrum Inc.

 

 

 

Abstract

There are new pockets of innovation as Agile practices and Scrum move beyond software.  This presentation shows how Agile software techniques can be applied in multiple domains including physical engineering and manufacturing, and how using Scrum can limit dependencies and constraints associated with traditional project management.

About Joe Justice

Joe Justice is a consultant at Scrum Inc., a TEDx speaker, and coach for agile hardware and manufacturing teams around the world. He is the creator of the eXtreme Manufacturing method, and founder of Team WIKISPEED: an all Scrum volunteer based green automotive-prototyping company, with a goal to change the world for the better. Joe has been featured in Forbes, CNN Money, the Discovery Channel, and others. Joe consults and coaches teams and companies on implementing Scrum at all levels of their organization, in software and physical manufacturing. 

Joe founded Team WIKISPEED in 2006, and with the distributed, collaborative, volunteer team tied for 10th place in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize and in the process formalized eXtreme Manufacturing, a process adapting the fastest moving methods of fast moving software startups to non-software development, testing, and manufacture. As a result, he is lucky enough to serve on the board of advisors for groups from aerospace engineering to manufacturing to education. Joe has spoken and/or launched teams at UC Berkley, Cambridge, Google, Microsoft, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, John Deere, and others; in Vietnam, India, China, Switzerland, Germany, France, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and others. Lucky for Joe, this is tremendously enjoyable and rewarding work, resulting in faster time to value in industries from medical devices to construction.

Preventing Errors Before They Happen

Monday, November 16, 2015
5:45-7:00pm
DISC 162

Michael Ernst
University of Washington

 

 

 

Abstract

Are you tired of null pointer exceptions, unintended side effects, SQL injections, concurrency errors, mistaken equality tests, and other run-time errors? Are your users tired of them in your code? This presentation shows you how to guarantee, at compile time, that these run-time exceptions cannot occur. You have nothing to lose but your bugs!

Formal verification is often considered an abstruse art:  it takes a lot of training to be able to formally verify a program, and it takes even more effort to create a formal verification system.  We show that these assumptions are no longer true.  Formal verification can be as natural to programmers as type-checking, and even novices can create their own type system to verify important properties of your code.

About Michael Ernst

Michael D. Ernst is a Professor in the Computer Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington. Professor Ernst's research aims to make software more reliable, more secure, and easier (and more fun!) to produce. His primary technical interests are in software engineering, programming languages, type theory, security, program analysis, bug prediction, testing, and verification. Dr. Ernst's research combines strong theoretical foundations with realistic experimentation, with an eye to changing the way that software developers work. He is an ACM Fellow (2014) and received the inaugural John Backus Award (2009) and the NSF CAREER Award (2002). His research has received an ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award (2013), 8 ACM Distinguished Paper Awards (FSE 2014, ISSTA 2014, ESEC/FSE 2011, ISSTA 2009, ESEC/FSE 2007, ICSE 2007, ICSE 2004, ESEC/FSE 2003), an ECOOP 2011 Best Paper Award, honorable mention in the 2000 ACM doctoral dissertation competition, and other honors. In 2013, Microsoft Academic Search ranked Ernst #2 in the world, in software engineering research contributions over the past 10 years. Dr. Ernst was previously a tenured professor at MIT, and before that he was a researcher at Microsoft Research.

Practical Programming: The Skills and Mindset You Need to Succeed as a Real-World Programmer

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
6:30-7:30pm
DISC 061

Chip Anderson
StockCharts

 

 

 

Abstract

Chip will talk about his experience transitioning from a programmer to a consultant and then to a company president.  He’ll discuss the skills needed by software developers in order to survive in today’s job market.  He’ll also talk about the challenges he and his team face every day as they maintain and improve their website.  Finally, he will gladly take questions from the audience after his presentation.

About Chip Anderson

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chip Anderson join Microsoft in 1987 and worked as a Software Engineer on core parts of Windows 1, Windows 2 and Windows 3.0.  He then became one of Microsoft’s first traveling Consultants on the east coast, helping companies understand and adopt key parts of Microsoft’s development methodology.  In 1996, he returned to Redmond to help Microsoft with it’s Java technologies.  After the birth of his son, he left Microsoft and founded StockCharts.com in 1999.  Chip now serves as the president of StockCharts - a subscriber-based financial website that provides high-quality financial charts to online investors.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events across North America and he hopes that one day he can drive to Seattle without stopping in traffic.

Data and Software

Monday, June 3, 2015
6:00-7:00 pm
UW1 103

Jim Pinkelman
Microsoft Research

 

 

 

Abstract

Over the past five years, our society has seen accelerated changes in the nature and use of data. These changes will continue into the future and this talk will address high level aspects of these developments and discuss some of the implications they will have on the use of software to collect, curate, analyze, and leverage data to understand patterns and make predictions.

About Jim Pinkelman

Jim Pinkelman is currently a senior director in Microsoft Research where he leads research collaborations programs and projects involving Microsoft's research and external researchers. Prior to coming to Microsoft Research, Jim was a senior director responsible for Microsoft’s academic outreach efforts to technical students and educators in the United States. He has been with Microsoft for 15 years. Jim currently serves on the STEM board of advisors for University of Washington, Bothell, and previously served on the University board of advisors. He has served as an ABET Program Evaluator for Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, and was an original member in the foundation of the Computing in the Core coalition to address computer science education in K-12 within the US. From 1997-2003, he was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago in the Graduate School of Business, Masters of Information Systems Management program, where he taught courses in Computer Programming, Information Systems and Technology Systems, and Statistics.   Before joining Microsoft, Jim served in senior technology roles at technology startups firms in Chicago, IL. In 1999, Jim co-authored a book on Business Intelligence, Microsoft OLAP Unleashed for Macmillan/Sams Publishing. He spent seven years as an officer in the United States Air Force as a project management engineer on space systems. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame where his area of research was digital signal processing.

Navigating and Cooperative Robot Research at BJUT

Monday, May 18, 2015
1:15-2:15 pm
UW2 141

Liying Su
Beijing University of Technology

 

 

 

Abstract

Some robot research at Beijing University of Technology is presented, including environment exploration by mobile robot with camera and laser sensors and modular robot cooperation. Moving object detection is completed based on background subtraction and frame difference, and effectively integrating images with distance obtained from laser sensor; Simultaneous Localization and Map Building based on an improved Particle Filter is introduced; a modular master-slave robot cooperation system is established and studied with the feedback from a dynamic optical meter-Optotrak. A tri-layered motion controller is designed for the two cooperative robots. A resolved motion rate control method is adopted to adjust the master robot to the desired position. With the kinematics constraints of the two robots including position and pose, joint velocity and acceleration constraints, the two robots can cooperate well.

About Liying Su

Dr. Liying Su is an Associate Professor at Beijing University of Technology in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Her main research interests include mobile robots, multi-sensor fusion, robot vision, and autonomous detection environment.

Loose Coupling and Dependency Injection

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
UW1 221

Francis Cheung
Microsoft

 

 

 

Abstract

Testability is more important than ever. With short ship cycles and the desire for continuous delivery, it is critical to quickly know if a modification has destabilized your code base. This session will enable you to use a dependency injection container of your choice to create testable code. We will examine tightly coupled code and what problems it causes and how DI can be used to avoid these problems. The Unity DI container will be used as the medium to understand the concepts.

About Francis Cheung

Francis has been a lead developer for the Microsoft patterns & practices group for more than nine years. Francis has been involved in a diverse array of projects including the Composite Application Guidance for WPF (aka Prism), SharePoint Developer Guidance, Windows Phone Developer Guidance, Mobile Web Development Guidance, and most recently Cloud Guidance using Microsoft Azure.

Wireless and Wearable Tech Revolution in Healthcare: Emerging Security Threats and Challenges

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00-7:00 pm
UW1 041

Geethapriya Thamilarasu
UW Bothell

 

 

 

Abstract

The integration of wireless mobile computing devices and health care has changed the landscape of modern medicine.  This talk will address current state of the art research on the use of wireless, mobile, wearable and implantable devices in healthcare applications. While mobile health devices and applications are proliferating, many challenges remain to provide the necessary usability, availability, security, and privacy. This talk will further examine the emerging cybersecurity threats and attacks, analyze their potential impact on wireless healthcare and discuss future research directions to secure these systems.

About Geethapriya Thamilarasu

Dr. Geethapriya Thamilarasu is an Assistant professor in the department of Computing and Software Systems at University of Washington Bothell. She holds a M.S in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University at Buffalo. Her research interests are in wireless network security, machine learning for security, mobile health, body area networks, pervasive computing and cloud computing.

I See What You Mean: An Introduction to Data Visualization

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:15-3:15 pm
UW2-005

Ben Jones
Tableau

 

 

 

Abstract

We are living in a world awash in data – lists, tables, spreadsheets, databases. From our cell phone bills to our Spotify playlists to the box score of the latest Seahawks game. How can we make sense of all this data? Visualizing data using charts, graphs and maps is a powerful way to find stories in the data, and then to communicate those stories to others. But like any tool, it can be used properly or improperly. In this session, we’ll consider principles that make for effective data visualization, and we’ll look a examples – the good, the bad and the ugly.

About Ben Jones

Ben Jones is the Sr. Tableau Public Product Manager for Tableau Software in Seattle and the author of Communicating Data with Tableau (O'Reilly, 2014). He leads a team of data analysts that work with journalists and bloggers to share interactive data on the web. He's also an avid user of Tableau Public himself, publishing vizzes and tutorials at DataRemixed. Ben has a background in mechanical engineering (BSME, UCLA 2000) and business (MBA, CLU 2011), and is co-chair of the Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference.

Lessons From 15 Years in Tech

Thursday, November 6, 2014
5:45 pm
DISC-061

Spencer Rascoff
CEO Zillow

 

 

 

Abstract

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff will be here to share his wisdom on “Lessons from 15 Years in Tech”.  His discussion will focus on his early quest to identify a career, his many internships/jobs along the way to finding the right fit, and experiences in the tech industry.

About Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff '97 is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace. Spencer joined the company as one of its founding employees in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Marketing and served as its Chief Operating Officer from October 2008 through his promotion to CEO in September 2010. Under Spencer’s leadership, Zillow achieved record Web and mobile traffic, revenue and profitability in 2011, and successfully completed its IPO in July 2011. Zillow was also given the Game Changer of the Year 2011 Award from the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors.

Getting Results from Testing

Monday, May 12, 2014
4:00-5:00pm
North Creek Events Center

Laura Dillon
MSU

 

 

 

 

Abstract

Can you afford to release software that could bring down the store, leave phone calls hanging, or route two airplanes into the same airspace? Can you prevent software bugs that "should be" caught in testing from eluding your testing team and coming back to bite you?

Testing is not capable of proving that a system behaves correctly under all circumstances. However, it remains the most cost-effective means of demonstrating system dependability, and as such it is a crucial software development activity. Yet the typical testing process is such a human intensive activity that it is by nature error-prone and unproductive. Put simply, testing is all too often inadequately done.
The automation and formalization of testing techniques can enhance productivity of software developers and reduce errors in the development process. Formalization entails the use of formal methods in specifying and reasoning about product requirements and also in defining requirements of the testing process.
This talk will describe an application to testing of a specific formal method related to temporal logic. (A temporal logic is a formal logic that has been extended with a notion of ordering in time. Classical logic does not include such a notion, which is important for expressing requirements of many embedded, real-time systems---e.g. phone switches, avionics.)

The talk will describe a logic in which to specify temporal properties of real-time systems, called Graphical Interval Logic (GIL), as well as a method for constructing "oracles" from GIL specifications. GIL oracles check for temporal faults in test executions, ensuring that the testing team does not overlook executions that exhibit subtle timing and ordering faults. The visually intuitive representation of GIL specifications makes them easier to develop and to understand than specifications written in more traditional temporal logics. Additionally, when a test execution violates a GIL specification, the oracle provides information about a failure. This information can be displayed visually, together with the execution, to help the system developer see where in the execution a failure was detected and the nature of the failure.

About Laura Dillon

Laura Dillon is a professor and past Chair of Computer Science at Michigan State University (MSU). Before joining MSU, she was on the faculty of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research centers on formal methods in software engineering, emphasizing specification and analysis of concurrent software systems.

An ACM Distinguished Scientist, Laura has served on numerous editorial boards, program committees, funding panels, and professional advisory committees.  She has enjoyed mentoring students and new faculty in CRAW workshops and ACM SIGSOFT mentoring events since the early 1990’s.  She served as Program Co-Chair and general Co-Chair of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in 2011 and 2012, respectively. 

Currently, she is the Vice Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, Chair the 2016 International Conference on Software Engineering, Academic Co-Chair for the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute, and on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Women and Information Technology’s Academic Alliance.  Laura was awarded the 2012 MSU College of Engineering Withrow Exceptional Service Award and the 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Award in Education.

Algorithmic Game Theory of eBay's Buyer-Selling Matching

Friday, April 4, 2014
10:30am-12:00pm
UW1-280

Kamal Jain
 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

At the broadest level, eBay is an intermediary, who is in the business of matching a buyer and a seller so that they can complete a mutually beneficial transaction. There are two important strategic choices eBay makes. First, how and whom does eBay charge a fee for its services. Two, how does eBay rank the possible product choices for a buyer. In this presentation, we see eBay as a part of the intermediation industry, e.g., Google is in the same business of intermediation where they match buyer-seller (i.e., searcher-advertiser as known in their world) . We compare some of the popular intermediation business-models in the industry. We then ask if the intermediary could choose any business model, which would be a profit maximizing business model. We also try to propose some algorithms to implement these business models.

VPN Gate: A Volunteer-Organized Public VPN Relay System with Blocking Resistance for Bypassing Government Censorship Firewalls

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6:45-7:45pm
UW2-005

Daiyyuu Nobori
SoftEther

 

 

 

 

Abstract

VPN Gate is a public VPN relay service designed to achieve blocking resistance to censorship firewalls such as the Great Firewall (GFW) of China. To achieve such resistance, we organize many volunteers to provide a VPN relay service, with many changing IP addresses. To block VPN Gate with their firewalls, censorship authorities must find the IP addresses of all the volunteers. To prevent this, we adopted two techniques to improve blocking resistance. The first technique is to mix a number of innocent IP addresses into the relay server list provided to the public. The second technique is collaborative spy detection. The volunteer servers work together to create a list of spies, meaning the computers used by censorship authorities to probe the volunteer servers. Using this list, each volunteer server ignores packets from spies. We launched VPN Gate on March 8, 2013.  By the end of August it had about 3,000 daily volunteers using 6,300 unique IP addresses to facilitate 464,000 VPN connections from users worldwide, including 45,000 connections and 9,000 unique IP addresses from China. At the time VPN Gate maintained about 70% of volunteer VPN servers as unblocked by the GFW.

About Daiyuu Nobori

Daiyuu Nobori is a software engineer and an entrepreneur.  His development and research interests include systems software such as Virtual Private Network (VPN), distributed systems, and security.  He entered University of Tsukuba in 2003 and started up a company, SoftEther Corporation in 2004.  He received his master's degree in Engineering from University of Tsukuba in 2014.  He is a Ph.D. course student at Department of Computer Science, University of Tsukuba.  In SoftEther Corporation, he has developed SoftEther VPN, a cross-platform multi-protocol VPN program, made it public for free, and opened its source code in 2013.  SoftEther VPN has attracted more than 100,000 users around the world since March 2013.  He is aiming to gain 1,000,000 users of SoftEther VPN in next three years.

Seizure Prediction & Machine Learning

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:00-9:00pm
UW1-040

Dr. Jeff Howbert
UW Bothell

 

 

 

 

Abstract

Epileptic seizures are a common neurological disorder, affecting 1% of the world’s population.  A major source of disability among epileptic patients is uncertainty around when their next seizure will occur, which often leads to anxiety and self-imposed limitations on activities.  This talk describes the first medical device designed for long-term, ambulatory monitoring of brain EEG activity in epileptic patients.  The device includes a real-time advisory system that can predict increases in seizure likelihood up to hours in advance of a seizure.  The latter part of the talk focuses on the speaker’s work developing a second-generation algorithm for the advisory system, using techniques from signal processing and machine learning to create new predictive features and a simple but robust predictive model.  Long-standing issues with the statistical validation of such models will be discussed.

About Jeff Howbert

Jeff Howbert received a BA in English from Stanford Univ. in 1977 and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Harvard Univ. in 1983. Over the ensuing 25 years, he led medicinal chemistry and drug discovery efforts at a large pharmaceutical company and several small biotech companies. He holds 45 US patents and is responsible for the entry of 6 compounds into clinical development. After earning a MS in Computer Science from Univ. of Washington in 2008, he began a second career in computational biology, with an emphasis on machine learning. He has worked in several labs on building predictive models for diverse biomedical problems, including seizure risk, cardiovascular biomarker discovery, and proteomic analysis. He is also currently teaching a course at UW Bothell on machine learning.

Implementing the Security Development Lifecycle in the Real World

Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:45-7:45pm
LBA-003

Don Ankney
Senior Security Researcher
Microsoft

 

 

 

 

Abstract

The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) was originally designed to codify security lessons learned from building Microsoft Windows and Office. We’re going to talk about real-world experiences implementing the SDL in a very different engineering environment.

About Don Ankney

Don Ankney is a Senior Security Researcher in Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group where he focuses on application and cloud security in a continuous integration/dev ops environment.

Privacy at Google - Life of a Privacy Analysis Engineer

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
3:30-4:30pm
UW2-305

Ivan Medvedev
Google

 

 

 

Abstract

The talk by a Google Privacy Analysis Engineer will overview some of the Privacy focused efforts Google is engaged in and how they affect our users, as well as touching on aspects of Privacy related research

About Ivan Medvedev

Ivan Medvedev leads a privacy engineering team in Google's Kirkland office. Ivan graduated from the Moscow State University in Russia in 1998 with a degree in Computer Science, and for the last 15 years has worked for software industry leaders Microsoft and Google, focusing on security and privacy.

Security in Emerging Environments

Thursday, February 6, 2014
5:45-6:45pm
UW2-031

Dr. Brent Lagesse
Assistant Professor
UW Bothell

Abstract

Many new systems are emerging beyond traditional desktop computing such as sensor systems, mobile systems, vehicular network systems, and wearable computing systems.  These emerging environments exhibit properties that are not accounted for in traditional security models.  For example, these systems are often diverse, mobile, ad-hoc, and consist of resource constrained devices.  This talk will describe several areas of research in emerging environments along with potential solutions that I am actively exploring alongside several student researchers.

About Brent Lagesse

Dr. Lagesse received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, he held positions as a research scientist in the cyber security research groups at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and BBN Techologies.

Dr. Lagesse's expertise is in the areas of cyber security and pervasive systems. His dissertation research was focused on developing trust in pervasive systems, such as mobile peer-to-peer or dynamic service composition. Through game theoretic techniques, he enabled more reliable and secure access to services and resources in pervasive computing environments. Further, he established a framework for increasing code and information reuse in distributed trust mechanisms and for easing the deployment of these mechanisms. His current research focuses on formal methods, internet voting, device and wireless privacy, and secure online machine learning.

Big Data - A Relative Term

Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:45-4:45pm Presentation
4:45-5:20pm Q&A
UW2 340

Roei Ganzarski
President & COO
BOLDIQ

 

 

 

Abstract

While ‘big data’ is all the hype now, it does not matter how much data you have, rather what you do with it to enhance your operations.

About Mr. Ganzarski

Prior to joining BoldIQ, Roei spent 13 years with the Boeing family of companies, most recently serving as Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division, a provider to the world’s airlines of products and services to safely and efficiently operate commercial airplanes. In that role Roei was responsible for leading all customer and market facing activity worldwide including: business development, communications, customer service, marketing, sales, sales operations, and strategy. Additionally Roei led the customer engagement culture transformation for the business. Roei’s other key positions with Boeing (including former acquired Alteon and FSB) included Chief Customer Officer Training, Vice President of Sales, Director of Marketing, Director of New Ventures, and Director of Sales and Business Development for Asia-Pacific.

Data Management for Clinical Trials of Medical Devices

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

3:15-3:45pm Refreshments / Networking
3:45-4:45pm Presentation with Q&A
UW2 340

Terrence Sweeney
Vice President Global Clinical Affairs
Philips Healthcare

Andrew Zydel
Senior Manager
Philips Healthcare

 

 

Abstract

Clinical Data Management saves lives!

Properly conducted clinical research using clinical trials ensures that medical devices used in clinics throughout the world are safe and effective. Soundly performed Clinical Data Management helps ensure that clinical research is performed accurately and safely.

This talk will cover an overview of clinical research and the regulatory environment, and then go into a little history lesson of data management, a deep dive into clinical trial operations processes, workflows that use clinical data management, examples of Case Report Forms (CRFs), and typical system architecture. Afterwards you should have a good idea of why and how data management is performed at medical device innovators and manufacturers.

About Mr. Sweeney

Mr. Terrence Sweeney’s career in regulatory affairs began in 1974 as a field biologist for the EPA. He then held the position of Radiological Health and Medical Device Specialist with the FDA. He has directed regulatory affairs departments for Johnson and Johnson, Quantum Medical Systems, Advanced Technology Laboratories, and Philips Healthcare. He is now Vice President Global Clinical Affairs for Philips Healthcare. He has worked with such medical devices as X-ray, MR and CT scanners, nuclear gamma cameras, diagnostic ultrasound equipment, patient monitors and external defibrillators.

He is an Executive Board member of the WBBA and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington College of Medical Sciences, where he’s an instructor for a Master’s program in regulatory and clinical affairs. He is on the Board of the Bothell Biomedical Device Innovation Zone. He represents the U.S. medical device industry on the Steering Committee of the Global Harmonization Task Force of international regulatory authorities.


About Mr. Zydel

Andrew Zydel is a Senior Manager at Philips Healthcare where he has data management responsibilities for clinical trials of medical devices. Prior to working at Philips, Andrew spent nearly 10 years at Merck where he developed custom software for using clinical data in a variety of applications. He also has experience providing clinical data software solutions to hospitals and clinics.

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Eating the Elephant!  Critical Infrastructure Protection: Context & Process

Thursday, August 8, 2013
5:00 - 6:00 pm
UW2-031

Bruce Beebe

 

 

Abstract

In October of 1997 the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection
(CIP) published its report “Critical Foundations: Protecting America’s Infrastructures” detailing what was new and unique about the “infrastructure” problem and, in broad terms, pointing a way ahead. This presentation outlines the development of Critical Infrastructure Policy since before that October report. Furthermore, it addresses the impact of culture and other organizational influences on the development of national policy (using CIP as the vehicle), it explains the state of current CIP policy and it recommends an alternative approach to that used today, a network-centric approach more in keeping with the recommendations of the October report’s authors.

About Bruce Beebe

Bruce M. Beebe, Colonel (Retired)
• Former Lecturer in the Master of Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructure Program
University of Washington Seattle, WA
• Three & one half years as the Senior Strategic Planner for Critical Infrastructure
Protection on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon
• First cyber-terrorism analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency

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Software Engineering Lessons Learned from 10 years in the Games Industry

Monday, June 3, 2013
8:00 - 9:00 pm
UW1-121

Brendan Walker
AI Engineer
Bungie

Abstract

Software Engineering is a large are complicated topic that means many things to many sub-industries in the field. In this talk, Brendan Walker, goes over engineer lessons learned working on several games over the last ten years. This includes small 6 month "casual" game projects with rapid iteration in a startup company post-college to large AAA titles with over 100 engineers working on them. Topics covered include interesting engineering problems on each game, as well as interesting scheduling, planning and design challenges. Near the end of the talk, Brendan will cover some the interesting AI programming problems he faces on Bungie's next game, "Destiny".

About Brendan Walker

Brendan Walker is a Seattle Area native. He is currently employeed at Bungie as an AI Engineer, specializing in environmental navigation and markup problems on Bungie's upcoming game "Destiny". Brendan attended UW in Seattle where he earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and his masters in Industrial Engineering. Brendan has a long time passion for game developement, augmented reality, indie game projects, and other small hardware projects that never get past the first month of tinkering. When he's not tinkering, he's spending time with his wonderful wife Valerie.

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Separated Presentation Patterns for Developing Applications on Windows Platforms

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
3:30 - 4:30pm
UW1-051

Francis Cheung
Lead Developer
Microsoft

Abstract

Developing well tested, maintainable and decoupled applications ford ASP.NET, Windows 8, and Windows Phone can be challenging. Francis will provide an overview of separated presentation patterns that are commonly used such as MVC, MVP, and MVVM as well as why these patterns were developed and how they promote testability and quality.

About Francis Cheung

Francis has been a lead developer for the Microsoft patterns & practices group for more than seven years. Francis has been involved in a diverse array of projects including the Composite Application Guidance for WPF (aka Prism), SharePoint Developer Guidance, Windows Phone Developer Guidance, Mobile Web Development Guidance, and most recently leading the development effort of the Prism for Windows Store Business App Development Guidance project.

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A Framework for Applied Cyber Security Research

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
11:00 am
UW1-370

Sathish Kumar

 

Abstract

The research talk focuses on the design and development of framework that
includes the design and development of algorithms, optimization models,
computational tools, Integrated Static and Dynamic vulnerability analyses
to address cyber security related research problems. The developed research
approach is to take away the complexities of real systems, isolate key
parameters that affect the performance of these systems, and build
mathematical and computational models to better understand the impact of
design parameters on the system as a whole. From application perspective,
the scope of the research deals with solutions to practical problems in
secure cloud Computing, Supply Chain Security, social networks threat
analysis and their Security.

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A Practical Overview of Machine Learning

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
1:15pm
UW1-221

Dr. Arthur Asuncion
Software Engineer
Google

Abstract

Machine learning is an important scientific discipline that has made inroads into virtually every academic field, from biology to business to robotics.

The main goal of machine learning is to automatically learn models from data in order to make accurate predictions.  In this talk, we will give a practical overview of machine learning.  We will discuss supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms and also highlight various applications of machine learning, many of which are already in mainstream use.

About Dr. Asuncion

Dr. Arthur Asuncion received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Irvine in 2011.  Supported by an NSF Graduate Fellowship, his research focused on large-scale machine learning and efficient statistical inference algorithms for Bayesian models such as topic models and social network models.  Dr. Asuncion has published in a variety of AI/ML venues and also reviews for ML conferences such as NIPS and ICML.

Currently, Dr. Asuncion is a software engineer at Google where he works on a variety of projects relating to machine learning and statistics.

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The Evolution of Microsoft Software Development Practices in the 21st Century

Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:45-7:45pm
UW2-005

Eric Brechner
Development Manager
Microsoft

Abstract

Compared to its current rivals, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, Microsoft is an old company with old ways of engineering software. Yet Microsoft continues to innovate and slowly gain advantage over its competitors. In this talk, we’ll discuss the ways software development practices at Microsoft have changed over the last decade. We’ll highlight what matters, what doesn’t, and why people are so resistant to altering bad habits.

 

About Mr. Brechner

Eric is the development manager for the Xbox Engineering Fundamentals team. He is widely known within the engineering community as his alter ego, I.M. Wright. Prior to his current assignment, Eric managed development for the Xbox.com web sites, was director of engineering learning and development for Microsoft Corporation, and managed development for a shared feature team in Microsoft Office.

Before joining Microsoft in 1995, Eric was a senior principal scientist at The Boeing Company, and worked in computer graphics and CAD for Silicon Graphics, GRAFTEK, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds eight patents, published two books, earned a BS and MS in mathematics and a PhD in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a certified performance technologist. Although Eric shares I. M. Wright’s passion for product, he tries to be a little more tolerant and open-minded.

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How to Crack the Coding Interview: Skills and Strategies for Software Engineers and PMs

Thursday, October 11, 2012
4:30-5:30pm
UW2-031

Gayle Laakmann McDowell
Founder/CEO
CareerCup.com

Abstract

CS interviews are a different breed from other interviews and, as such, require specialized skills and techniques. This talk will teach you how to prepare for coding and PM interviews, what top companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft really look for, and how to tackle the toughest programming and algorithm problems. This is not a fluffy be-your-best talk; it is deeply technical and will discuss specific algorithm and data structure topics.

Signed copies of McDowell's Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume will be on sale after the talk. Cracking the Coding Interview is the #1 interview prep book for software engineers. The Google Resume is a broader book to teach people what they need to do to position themselves for a tech job, starting from early in college up through the offer and job performance itself. The books are rated as 5 and 4.5 stars respectively on Amazon.

About Mrs. McDowell

Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder and CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume. CareerCup is the leading source of technical interview preparation and provides a free forum with 8000+ technical interview questions, a book, a video, and mock interviews.

Gayle has worked as a Software Engineer for Google, Microsoft and Apple and has extensive interviewing experience on both sides of the table. She has interviewed and received offers from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, IBM, Goldman Sachs and a variety of other firms, and she has interviewed over 120 candidates at Google and served on its hiring committee.

Gayle holds a BSE and MSE from UPenn in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Data Management for Clinical Trials of Medical Devices

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
1:15pm
UW1-221

Terrence Sweeney
Vice President Global Clinical Affairs
Philips Healthcare

Andrew Zydel
Senior Manager
Philips Healthcare

Abstract

Clinical Data Management saves lives!

Properly conducted clinical research using clinical trials ensures that medical devices used in clinics throughout the world are safe and effective. Soundly performed Clinical Data Management helps ensure that clinical research is performed accurately and safely.

This talk will cover an overview of clinical research and the regulatory environment, and then go into a little history lesson of data management, a deep dive into clinical trial operations processes, workflows that use clinical data management, examples of Case Report Forms (CRFs), and typical system architecture. Afterwards you should have a good idea of why and how data management is performed at medical device innovators and manufacturers.

About Mr. Sweeney

Mr. Terrence Sweeney’s career in regulatory affairs began in 1974 as a field biologist for the EPA. He then held the position of Radiological Health and Medical Device Specialist with the FDA. He has directed regulatory affairs departments for Johnson and Johnson, Quantum Medical Systems, Advanced Technology Laboratories, and Philips Healthcare. He is now Vice President Global Clinical Affairs for Philips Healthcare. He has worked with such medical devices as X-ray, MR and CT scanners, nuclear gamma cameras, diagnostic ultrasound equipment, patient monitors and external defibrillators.

He is an Executive Board member of the WBBA and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington College of Medical Sciences, where he’s an instructor for a Master’s program in regulatory and clinical affairs. He is on the Board of the Bothell Biomedical Device Innovation Zone. He represents the U.S. medical device industry on the Steering Committee of the Global Harmonization Task Force of international regulatory authorities.

About Mr. Zydel

Andrew Zydel is a Senior Manager at Philips Healthcare where he has data management responsibilities for clinical trials of medical devices. Prior to working at Philips, Andrew spent nearly 10 years at Merck where he developed custom software for using clinical data in a variety of applications. He also has experience providing clinical data software solutions to hospitals and clinics.

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