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Conference for women converges at Cornell ECE to discuss cybersecurity, privacy and data protection

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cornell ECE was the 2014 host of the Women’s Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE), bringing together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors from varying disciplines interested in cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection, and the social, political, and economical ramifications associated therein.

The WISE Program is part of the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST), which is focused on the development of cyber security science, and technology that will radically transform the ability of organizations to design, build, and operate trustworthy information systems for our nation’s critical infrastructure.

"WISE provides an excellent opportunity for students and younger faculty to establish enduring professional relationships," said Stephen Wicker, Cornell PI and WISE organizer.

The event was held June 16-19 and included more than 25 faculty, graduate students and post docs from universities and community colleges across the country, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Seminar topics include Ethical and Policy Issues in Big Data Research, Kristene Unsworth, Drexel University; Privacy Aware Technology (Stephen Wicker, Cornell ECE); Knowledge Base Construction and Curation from Big Text, Image and Crowd Data, Daisy Zhe Wang, University of Florida; Challenges in Mobile Cloud Computing, Dilma Da Silva, Qualcomm Research; Technological Challenges Ahead for Cryptocurrencies, Emin Gun Sirer, Cornell, CIS; Distributed Computing Puzzles, Kenneth P. Birman, Cornell, CIS; and Cybersecurity Doctrine: Towards Public Cybersecurity, Fred B. Schneider, CIS.

Thought leaders from academia, industry, and government come to WISE to teach power courses in several disciplines, including computer science, engineering, economics, law, and public policy. The one-week summer program includes rigorous classes and allows participants opportunities for career development and networking.

TRUST is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center addressing technical, operational, legal, policy, and economic issues affecting security, privacy, and data protection as well as the challenges of developing, deploying, and using trustworthy systems.


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