Stevens Hosts ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security March 22-24

   Story by Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

March 19, 2010

NEW one day registration is now available!

The Third Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec ’10) will be held on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology on March 22 - 24, 2010 and now offers the option of single day registration, allowing attendees greater flexibility and the opportunity to visit specific portions of the conference. For a detailed conference program please visit our overview page.

Susanne Wetzel, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stevens, serves as the general chair of the conference which aims to explore attacks on wireless networks as well as techniques to thwart them. The considered networks encompass cellular, metropolitan, local area, vehicular, ad hoc, satellite, underwater, cognitive radio, and sensor networks as well as RFID. “The conference, which focuses on one of Stevens’ thrust areas, is a unique opportunity for Stevens' faculty and students to learn firsthand about the most recent developments in wireless security,” said Wetzel. “Participants will also have the opportunity to meet security researchers from all over the world.”

The ACM Conference features nine full papers and twelve short papers on various topics in wireless security. It also includes two sessions for poster presentations and practical demos as well as prestigious keynote speakers Andrew Odlyzko and Philip R. Zimmermann.

The conference is open to all, so please act quickly to ensure your spot. For a detailed conference schedule, local information and travel guides, please visit the ACM WiSec '10 website.

To register for this event, please visit our registration page.

The conference is sponsored by ACM SIGSAC and supported by AT&T, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Google and Microsoft.

About the Keynotes Andrew Odlyzko is a Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He is currently writing a book that compares the Internet bubble to the British Railway Mania of the 1840s, and explores the implications for future of technology diffusion. Between 2001 and 2008, he also was at various times the founding director of the interdisciplinary Digital Technology Center, interim director of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, Assistant Vice President for Research, and held an ADC Professorship, all at the University of Minnesota. Before moving to Minneapolis in 2001, he devoted 26 years to research and research management at Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T Bell Labs, and AT&T Labs, as that organization evolved and changed its name. He has written more than 150 technical papers in computational complexity, cryptography, number theory, combinatorics, coding theory, analysis, probability theory, and related fields, and has three patents.

He has an honorary doctorate from University Marne la Vallee and serves on editorial boards of more than 20 technical journals, as well as on several advisory and supervisory bodies. He has managed projects in diverse areas, such as security, formal verification methods, parallel and distributed computation, and auction technology. He may be known best for an early debunking of the myth of Internet traffic doubling every three or four months and for demonstrating that connectivity has traditionally mattered much more for society than content.

Philip R. Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy, the most widely used email encryption software in the world. He is currently consulting for a number of companies and industry organizations on matters cryptographic, and is also a Fellow at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. He was a principal designer of the cryptographic key agreement protocol for the Wireless USB standard. His latest project is Zfone, which provides secure telephony for the Internet. Before founding PGP Inc, Zimmermann was a software engineer with more than 20 years of experience, specializing in cryptography and data security, data communications, and real-time embedded systems. His interest in the political side of cryptography grew out of his background in military policy issues.

Zimmermann has received numerous technical and humanitarian awards for his pioneering work in cryptography. In 2008 PC World named him one of the Top 50 Tech Visionaries of the last 50 years. In 2003 he was included on the Heinz Nixdorf Museums Forum Wall of Fame, and in 2001 he was inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame. In 2000 InfoWorld named him one of the Top 10 Innovators in E-business. In 1999 he received the Louis Brandeis Award from Privacy International, in 1998 a Lifetime Achievement Award from Secure Computing Magazine, and in 1996 the Norbert Wiener Award from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility for promoting the responsible use of technology. He also received the 1995 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the 1995 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the 1996 PC Week IT Excellence Award, and the 1996 Network Computing Well-Connected Award for "Best Security Product." In 1995 Newsweek named Zimmermann one of the "Net 50", the 50 most influential people on the Internet. In 2006 eWeek ranked PGP 9th in the 25 Most Influential and Innovative Products introduced since the invention of the PC in 1981.

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