34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference


Mr. John Walz
Mr. John Walz

Presidential Opening Remarks

Mr. John Walz, President, IEEE Computer Society

John Walz, 2012 President of the IEEE Computer Society, retired from Lucent/AT&T with more than 25 years of software and systems engineering-management leadership experience as Senior Manager, Quality Strategy, for Lucent’s Supply Chain organization where he was responsible for developing and deploying Lucent’s quality management strategy for Lucent and its key suppliers. As a Senior IEEE member, he was Vice President of the Computer Society Technical & Conferences Activities Board, and First Vice President of Standards Activities Board, where his teams’ revised products and services to provide increased value to the Society’s members. He also serviced on the Society’s Vice Chair of Software and Systems Engineering Standards Executive Committee, Chair of Planning Committee, and Chair of Bylaws. His first IEEE volunteer role was on the COMPSAC conference.

Mr Walz has coauthored three books on the use of IEEE Computer Society software engineering standards to support CMMI, ISO 9001, and Lean Six Sigma. Walz received his electrical engineering degree, and MS from the Ohio State University.

He has extensive experience in implementing process improvement techniques, including ISO 9001, TL 9000, Baldrige National Quality Award criteria, Software Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI), and IEEE Software Engineering Standards. He has experience in Business Process Management, Integrated Management Systems, Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and auditing, Software Assessments, Risk Management, and Information Technology (IT) process improvements. Mr. Walz is involved in standards development for ISO 9001, ISO 31000, TL 9000, and IEEE Software and Systems Engineering standards and participates in their committees.

Mr. Kazuo Furukawa
Mr. Kazuo Furukawa

Presidential Opening Remarks

Mr. Kazuo Furukawa, President, Information Processing Society of Japan

Kazuo Furukawa currently serves as Chairman of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd.

He joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1971, since then he has held a number of key leadership positions within Hitachi in the IT field and other business fields., including Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Ltd.; Chief Operating Officer of Information & Telecommunication Systems Group; and General Manager of Network Systems & Platform Solutions Division and IP Systems Division.

He spent approximately three years in North America as Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc. from 1994, where he was responsible for the successful formation of a business partnership with an American telecommunications carrier, and made a major contribution to the promotion of Hitachi's overseas telecommunication systems business. He subsequently led the company's communication network business using IP technology and contributed to the expansion of its solutions business in the IT field.

Mr. Furukawa is a graduate of the University of Tokyo, where he gained a B.S. in Electronics (1969) and an M.S. in Electrical engineering (1971).

He served as Vice Chairman of Nippon Keidanren(Japan Business Federation) from 2007 to 2009.

Mustafa GÜDEN

Opening Remarks

Mustafa GÜDEN, Rector, Izmir Institute of Technology

Mustafa GÜDEN, Rector of IZTECH, was a graduate, in the year of 1989, of Metallurgical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (Ankara/Turkey). Dr. Guden continued his graduate studies at the same department until 1992. Dr. Guden earned his PhD degree from Materials Science Program of the University of Delaware (UD) (Newark, Delaware, USA) in January 1998. Dr. Guden joined, in1998, as a faculty member to the Department of the Mechanical Engineering of İzmir Institute of Technology (IYTE) of Turkey, where he has kept his position till present. Dr. Guden acted as the Director of the Center for Materials Research of IZTECH between 2001 and 2005, head of the Materials Science and Engineering Program between 2008 and 2011 and Rector of IZTECH starting from 2010. The research field and the majority of the publications of Dr. Guden encompass the high strain rate behavior, modeling and processing of advance composite and light-weight materials for crash applications.

Dr. George O. Strawn
Dr. George O. Strawn

Keynote Speech: Trust and Confidence

Dr. George O. Strawn, Director, National Coordination Office/NITRD, OSTP, USA

Abstract: As IT becomes increasingly pervasive in human affairs, it is important that IT systems be worthy of trust and confidence . The U.S. Federal government includes an interagency research collaboration program called Networking and IT Research and Development (NITRD). NITRD has a major focus on interagency coordination for research in cybersecurity. In this talk, I will first make some personal observations on cybersecurity, then describe the cybersecurity research agenda recently proposed by the NITRD agencies, and conclude by relating a controversial proposal.

Dr. George O. Strawn is the Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Federal government’s multiagency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council. The NCO reports to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President.

Dr. Strawn is on assignment to the NCO from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he most recently served as Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO for NSF, he guided the agency in the development and design of innovative information technology, working to enable the NSF staff and the international community of scientists, engineers, and educators to improve business practices and pursue new methods of scientific communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

Prior to his appointment as NSF CIO, Dr. Strawn served as the executive officer of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and as Acting Assistant Director for CISE. Previously, Dr. Strawn had served as the Director of the CISE Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, where he led NSF’s efforts in the Presidential Next Generation Internet Initiative. During his years at NSF, Dr. Strawn was an active participant in activities of the interagency IT R&D program that is now called NITRD.

Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Strawn was a Computer Science faculty member at Iowa State University (ISU) for a number of years. He also served there as Director of the ISU Computation Center and Chair of the ISU Computer Science Department. Under his leadership, ISU became a charter member of MIDNET, a regional NSFNET network; he led the creation of a thousand-workstation academic system based on an extension of the MIT Athena system; and the ISU Computer Science department was accredited by the then-new Computer Science Accreditation Board.

Dr. Strawn received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University and his BA Magna Cum Laude in Mathematics and Physics from Cornell College.

Dr. Ross Anderson
Dr. Ross Anderson

Keynote Speech: Cyber Security: Threats Real and Imagined

Dr. Ross Anderson, Professor, Security Engineering, Cambridge University

Abstract: In the 1980s and 1990s, the Internet was a benign place, so we invented scary monsters such as the Dolev-Yao opponent or the global passive adversary and figured out how to protect systems against them. From the late 1990s we started to see real adversaries, from spammers to carders to online state actors. By 2000 systems had become so large and complex that we needed to invent security economics to reason about them. But economic models alone are not enough; we also need to know what the bad guys are doing, how much they're making, and what it costs the rest of us. Much of what's written on this is exaggerated, as vendors, policemen and intelligence agencies all have an incentive to talk up the threats. I will discuss some analysis we did for ENISA and more recently at the suggestion of the UK Ministry of Defence in which we try to get a more defensible set of numbers, as well as a better handle on what might go wrong in the future. The data are beginning to suggest that we are extremely inefficient at fighting cybercrime; we might place less emphasis on protection (firewalls, antivirus etc) and more on response – on hunting down the bad guys and putting them in jail.

Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. He is one of the founders of a vigorously-growing new academic discipline, the economics of security. Ross was also a seminal contributor to the idea of peer-to-peer systems and an inventor of the AES finalist encryption algorithm "Serpent." He also has well-known publications on many other technical security topics including hardware tamper-resistance, steganography, and the robustness of APIs, as well as on application areas from smart meters to payment systems. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IET and the IMA. He also wrote the standard textbook "Security Engineering - a Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems."

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