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2017 CyLab Partners Conference

We are pleased to announce the 2017 CyLab Partners Conference!

Date: September 25-27, 2017
Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (Transportation | Walking Directions)

The conference agenda highlights the latest research in security and privacy with an interactive forum between faculty, students, and industry.

We've expanded the conference to three days with over 35 faculty and students presenting current research. This year we're excited to welcome several industry speaker slots presented by partners. All sessions will include brief presentations followed by active dialog with attendees.

Details on registration and lodging will be emailed directly to CyLab partners.

Not a CyLab partner? Learn how your company can benefit from becoming a CyLab partner. Contact Associate Director of Partnership Development, Michael Lisanti at or 412-268-1870.

The agenda is subject to change.

Monday, September 25, 2017: Cohon University Center Connan Room and Newell-Simon 3305 

8:00am - 8:45 Breakfast and Registration
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks by David Brumley
9:00 - 10:10

Session I: Network and Mobile Security

Speakers: Peter Steenkiste, Sekhar Bhagavatula, Rashad Eletreby
Making TLS and Middleboxes Play Together … Nicely
Peter Steenkiste
Reliability of Wireless Sensor Networks under a Heterogeneous Key Predistribution Scheme
Rashad Eletreby
10:10 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:10pm Session II: Machine Learning and Security Analytics
Speakers: Kyle Soska, Yang Cai, Mahmood Sharif, Dhivya Eswaran
Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning
Mahmood Sharif
Cognitive Learning - Introduction of Instinctive Computing
Yang Cai
ZooBP: Belief Propagation for Heterogenous Networks
Dhivya Eswaran
12:10 - 1:20 Lunch in Connan Room
1:20 - 1:30 Walk to Newell Simon Hall
1:30 - 3:00 Session III: Education and Recruiting
Speakers: Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Lorrie Cranor, Bill Scherlis, Daniel Tkacik
INI Security Programs
Dena Haritos Tsamitis
MSIT Program
Lorrie Cranor
Daniel Tkacik
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 Session V: Usable Privacy and Security
Speakers: Lorrie Cranor, Alessandro Acquisti, Rahul Telang, Hana Habib, William Melicher
Observing Passwords in Their Natural Habitat
Lorrie Cranor
Online Distractions, Website Blockers, and Economic Productivity: A Randomized Field Experiment
Alessandro Acquisti
Human Behavior in Reaction to Password Security Policies
Hana Habib
Fast, Lean, and Accurate - Modeling Password Guessablility Using Neural Networks
William Melicher
5:00 - 5:15 Break
5:15 - 6:00 Industry Research Talks
Adversarial Machine Learning: Implications for Security and Privacy
Saurabh Shintre, Principal Researcher, Symantec Research Labs
Cyber Challenges, Trends and Complexities in Power Systems
Max Wandera, Director, Global Products Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Eaton
Model Driven Security: It’s Already Here
Kim Kowalewski, Senior Security Advisor, Aetna
6:00 - 6:15 Closing Remarks
6:15 - 6:30 Transportation to small group dinners

Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Gates-Hillman Center 6115

8:00am - 8:45 Breakfast 
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks by Doug Sicker, Interim Director
9:00 - 9:30 Invited Talk: Cyber Security at the SEI by William Wilson, Deputy Director of CERT
9:30 - 10:20pm Session VI: Hardware and Systems Security
Speakers: Virgil Gligor, Ken Mai, Maverick Woo
Symbolic Execution for Python-Progress & Challenges
Maverick Woo
10:20 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:10pm Session VII: Software Security
Speakers: Ivan Gotovchits, Jonathan Aldrich, Jan Hoffman, Tiffany Bao
BAP Binary Analysis Platform
Ivan Gotovchits
Obsidian-Safely Programming Contracts on the Blockchain
Jonathan Aldrich
Software Security and Resource Usage
Jan Hoffmann
Tiffany Bao
12:10 - 1:45 Lunch
1:45 - 2:55 Session VIII: IoT
Speakers: Anthony Rowe, Jason Hong, Norman Sadeh, Vyas Sekar, Lujo Bauer
PrivacyStreams: Enabling Transparency in Personal Data Processing for Mobile Apps
Jason Hong
Privacy in the Age of IoT
Norman Sadeh
Quantifying security & privacy flaws in end-user IoT programming
Lujo Bauer
2:55 - 3:20 Break
3:20 - 5:10 Session IX: Formal Methods
Speakers: Franz Franchetti, Matthew Fredrikson, Shayak Sen, Yifei Yuan, Bryan Parno, Ryan Wagner
Accountable Information Use in Data-Driven Systems
Shayak Sen
Safe and Efficient Test Scheduling for Ensembles of Network Policies
Yifei Yuan
Building Provably Secure Systems
Bryan Parno
5:10 - 6:00 Industry Panel: "Industry Engaging Academia: What companies really want in relationships with universities"
Dawn Cappelli, VP Global Security and CISO, Rockwell Automation
Paul Conoval, Chief Technologist and Director, Technology Investments, Northrop Grumman
Tom Fletcher, VP of Energy Services (BAS) Engineering & Innovation, Trane NA/EMEA, Ingersoll Rand
Brian Witten, Senior Director of Symantec Research Labs Worldwide, Symantec

Michael Lisanti, Associate Director of Partnership Development, CyLab
6:00 - 6:10 Closing Remarks
6:10 - 6:30 Walk/Ride to Carnegie Museum for Dinner
6:30 - 9:30 Poster Session and Banquet Dinner

Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Gates-Hillman Center 6115 and CIC 2101

8:30am - 9:00 Breakfast 
9:00 - 11:30 Workshops

Ivan Gotovchits, Research Programmer, CyLab

Yang Cai, Senior Systems Scientist, CyLab; Director, Visual Intelligence Studio

11:30 - Lunch