Dr. Pierre Larochelle

Pierre Larochelle (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Irvine) is the Department Head and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Previously he served as an Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the design of complex robotic mechanical systems and enabling creativity and innovation in design. He is the founding director of the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL), has over 100 publications, holds two US patents, and serves as a consultant on robotics, automation, machine design, creativity & innovation, and computer-aided design. He serves on the Executive Committee of ASME’s Design Engineering Division and will serve as Chair of the Division in 2018-2019. He serves on ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and as an ABET Accreditation Visit Team Chair. Moreover, he currently serves as the Chair of the U.S. Committee on the Theory of Mechanisms & Machine Science and represents the U.S. in the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism & Machine Science (IFToMM) (2016 – 2020). He has served as Chair of the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee (2010-2014) and as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics (2013 – 2016, 2017 – present), the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (2005 – 2011), and for Mechanics Based Design of Structures & Machines (2006 – 2013). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, ASEE, and the Order of the Engineer.

Title of the Talk:Manufacturing Industry 4.0: A Quartet in Harmony

Abstract:The industrial revolution of the 19th century brought forth a step change in manufacturing processes from manual human labor to hands-off dedicated production equipment. This paradigm remained intact until the 1970’s during which robotics, i.e. flexible automation was introduced. From the 1970’s until now we have seen a harmonious balance between the flexible automation provided by robots and the rigid automation provided by dedicated production machines. Today, a new paradigm is emerging; a quartet of humans, machines, robots, and humanoids working together to produce higher quality products that are customized to satiate the consumer’s ever increasing demands. This talk will explore this new paradigm and the opportunities it presents for the computing and information communication research communities as well as the challenges it brings to the employment of the human workforce.


berghelProf. Hal Berghel

Hal Berghel is currently Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he has previously served as Director of both the Schools of Computer Science and Informatics, and as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. He created and directed the first CyberSecurity degree programs (Bachelors, Masters and PhD) in Nevada in 2005. This program became an NSA Center for Academic Excellence two years later. He was the founding Director of the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center and CyberSecurity Research Center. His research interests are wide-ranging within the binary and digital ecosystem, ranging from logic programming and expert systems, relational database design, algorithms for non-resolution based inferencing, approximate string matching, digital watermarking and steganography, and digital security and privacy. Since the mid-1990’s he has applied his work in digital security to law enforcement and intelligence gathering, particularly with respect to digital crime, digital money laundering, information warfare and trusted identities. His research has been supported by both industry and government for over thirty years. His most recent work in secure credentialling technology was funded by the Department of Justice. In addition to his academic positions, Berghel is also a popular columnist, author, frequent, talk show guest, inventor, and keynote speaker. For nearly fifteen years he wrote the popular Digital Village column for the Communications of the ACM, and has written the Out-of-Band column for IEEE Computer since 2011 and since January, 2015 has been the lead editor for the Computer. Aftershock feature. His columns have been recognized as the “Best Columns” of 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the IEEE CS, and have been recognized as Notable Articles by ACM Computer Reviews in 2013,2014 and 2016. He has chaired the editorial panel of the Aftershock column in Computer since its inception in January, 2016.

Berghel is a Fellow of both the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and serves both societies as a Distinguished Visitor and Distinguished Lecturer, respectively. He has received the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE CS Golden Core Award, the ACM Distinguished Service Award, the ACM Outstanding Contribution Award, the ACM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award (four times) and was recognized for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. He is also the founder and owner of Berghel.Net, a consultancy serving government, business and industry. Berghel is a past member of the Nevada Technology Crimes Advisory Board and the past chair of the Nevada Privacy Subcommittee.

Title of the Talk:The Digital Fabric of Fake News

Abstract: This talk presents a unifying explanation of the use of digital technology in promulgating fake news, “alt-facts”, lies and other sundry forms of disinformation. It will be shown that while cyberspace didn’t create this problem (it has been with us forever) it exacerbated and weaponized it. This was made most clear in the US presidential election of 2016. It will also be argued that fact checking, while a necessary public good, is no match for weaponized cyber-propaganda as it’s pointless to direct the results at those who can’t change their mind and won’t change the subject. Instead, it will be argued that our primary focus should be on developing a set of online tools that facilitate the fact-checking process while at the same time taking full advantage of the capability of the deep web. This talk will also cover the interplay of Alt-News, Post-Truth, Fake News, lies and an occasional truth in modern political discourse.


cohen_0Dr. Aaron E. Cohen

Dr. Aaron E Cohen(Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, M. S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, B. S. in Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL) is a senior member of the IEEE. He has also the research experience as an Electronics Engineer in the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) USA, Washington, D. C. Dr. Aaron E Cohen was the Adjunct Professor in
George Mason University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering United States. He has coauthored many research papers and patents in the areas of digital communication, signal processing, cryptography, and networking. He has past experience managing small business innovation research (SBIR) proposals. He has been awarded multiple SBIR phase 1 awards and one SBIR phase 2 award before leaving industry to join the federal government.His research interests in the area of Communications and Signal Processing, Error Control Coding, Applied Cryptography.He were also conferred with the awards like Technology Transfer Award, Alan Berman Research Publication Award (ARPAD), Invention Award etc.

Title of the Talk:Future Tactical Communications on a Budget

Abstract:The landscape for tactical communications is rapidly evolving but the funding lines are not moving at the same pace, the available radio frequency spectrum has been reduced, the required range of operation has increased, the complexity of relaying has increased, and newer threats have emerged. This presentation will present the outlook for tactical communications, emerging threats due to new technology insertion in the tactical environment, and difficulties with leveraging Industry for tactical communications. Several emerging threats are driven by COTS insertion, autonomy insertion, presence of and insertion of the Internet of Things (IoT), extended beyond line of sight operations from tactical to strategic environments and radio frequency spectrum interference in the tactical environment. The US Naval Research Laboratory is a leader in developing beyond line of sight communications in high altitude airborne platforms for tactical communications. Our research results with regards to COTS insertion for communications relays and COTS emerging threats for tactical communications relays will be presented. For the vast majority of emerging threats due to technology insertion in the tactical environment, there will be many who view these new emerging areas/technologies as too risky to even bother investing in but at the end of the talk it should be clear to the audience that investing in these areas is a smart strategy to increasing capabilities for the Military and ensuring that our forces stay ahead of the curve for these emerging threats due to technology insertion in the tactical environment.


kunzDr. Thomas Kunz

Dr. Thomas Kunz is the Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa. He graduated from the Computer Science Department of the Technical University of Darmstadt (THD) with a Ph.D. (Dr. Ing.) in Computer Science in May 1994. He worked as a research associate in the Automaton Theory and Formal Languages group. The focus of his research activities so far has been in the area of distributed and parallel systems. He examined issues in load-balancing while staying as exchange student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His master’s thesis dealt with distributed object-oriented programming languages. His Ph.D. research addresses the behaviour visualization of distributed and parallel applications to facilitate the program understanding task, for example during distributed debugging. More recently, He shifted my focus on issues in wireless networks and mobile computing.He is also the Senior Member of IEEE and ACM. Dr. Kunz was also the Faculty Representative of Carleton University Board of Governors during the year 2012-15. His research interests are in the field of Software-defined networks, Network function virtualization, Internet of Things (Smart Grid/Smart City), Mobile ad-hoc networks, Wireless sensor networks, Tactical radio networks etc.

Title of the Talk:Robust and Efficient Broadcasting in Multihop Wireless Networks

Abstract: Broadcasting (communicating information from one to all or many to all nodes in a network) is an important communication primitive. It is used as a building block in many MANET routing protocols, for example. In addition, broadcasting is a key primitive in multihop networks to support applications of all-informed voice, group push-to-talk, situational information sharing etc. Supporting one-to-all and many-to-all communication patterns in multihop wireless networks efficiently is therefore important. The key metric we are interested in our work is the number of packet transmissions at the MAC layer: if a protocol can deliver data packets to all nodes with fewer packet transmissions at the MAC/PHY layer, this will lower energy and network resource consumption and mitigate the traffic congestion problem in the network, compared to simply flooding the network. Many researchers have addressed that problem by having only a subset of nodes re-broadcast data packets. For example, RFC 6621 describes SMF (Simplified Multicast Forwarding), a broadcast/multicast protocol that selects a subset of nodes, called MPRs, to re-broadcast the packets, establishing an approximation of the Minimum Connected Dominating Set for a given topology. However, such protocols need to learn at least the local 2-hop topology, and their selection of MPRs will be poor when this neighborhood changes due to mobility. In addition, packet transmission is highly unreliable as wireless links may suffer from fading and interference, and random access MAC protocols such as IEEE 802.11 may cause packet collisions. In this talk I will give discuss our recent work in this area, where we have studied both lower bounds and the efficiency and robustness of actual broadcasting protocols. The work has explored both routing/packet forwarding solutions as well as approaches based on network coding. I will particularly highlight how broadcast protocols such as SMF are impacted by unreliable packet transmissions and topology changes. This will be contrasted with a broadcast protocol we developed, based on network coding, that performs consistently well, even under adverse conditions, and that is more efficient in many cases.


wangProf. Nan Wang

Nan Wang is currently a Professor in the California State University at Fresno, USA.Dr. Wang received his PhD in Computer Engineering in 2007 , Master of Science in Computer Engineering in 2000 from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (1990) from Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.Dr. Wang has several publications in noted journals and in many conferences also.He is also associated with IEEE and ASEE and faculty advisor for Asian Christian Student Organization.Prof. Nan Wang is the Editorial Board Member of Journal of Cyber-physical Systems, and Session Chair, reviewer and TPC member of many conferences. He has more than 20 years of industry experience in Hughes Network System, San Diego as a Hardware Engineer and in BICE, Beijing in Hardware Engineer and Project Manager.His research interests include System-on-chip/network-on-chip communication architecture,Embedded system,FPGA/ASIC design and implementation,Real-time computing and VLSI design,Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET),Wireless Network-on-chip Communication.


rob_mitcellDr. Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell is currently a member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He received the Ph.D, M.S. and B.S. from Virginia Tech. Robert served as a military officer for six years and has over 12 years of industry experience, having worked previously at Boeing, BAE Systems, Raytheon and Nokia. His research interests include game theory, linkography, moving target defense, computer network operations, network security, intrusion detection and cyber physical systems. Robert has published 22 peer reviewed articles.

Title of the Talk:Recent Developments in Linkography-Based Cyber Security

Abstract: Cyber attacks on critical cyber systems are not decreasing in frequency or complexity. Aggressors choose the time and place of these engagements; protectors must identify, research and develop defensive techniques that provide an asymmetric advantage. A static, data-driven, preventative, automated defense is a losing strategy; an effective defense must be dynamic, behavioral, responsive and capitalize on a human in the loop. We propose human and machine performed linkography to detect, correlate, attribute and predict attacker behavior and present a moving, deceptive target. Recently, our team generated a technology transfer strategy for linkography based cyber security, proposed algorithms to extract and refine linkograph ontologies and subsessionize our input stream and completed our previous related machine learning work. Linkography has been in the literature for decades, and our investigation indicates it is an open, fertile topic for basic and applied cyber security research.


Webp.net-resizeimage (1)Dr. Thaier Hayajneh

Dr. Thaier Hayajneh is the Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences in Fordham Center of Cybersecurity, program director of MS in Cybersecurity, program director of MS in Data Analytics, and Director of the Cybersecurity Research and Education lab at Fordham University. Dr. Hayajneh received his PhD and MS degrees in Information Sciences with specialization in cybersecurity and Networking from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 2009 and 2005, respectively. He also received his MS and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, in 1999 and 1997, respectively.
He is currently serving as the Co-Editor in Chief for EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology, and as guest editor for Sensors and International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. He also served as Program Chair for the IEEE International Conference on High Performance and Smart Computing 2016, NY, and served on the technical program committee of several leading conferences including IEEE NSS, GLOBECOM, and ICC. He also serves as a reviewer (reviewed over 50 papers) for several prestigious journals.His research focuses on cybersecurity and networking, including wireless networking security, information assurance and privacy, crypto-resilient attacks, applied cryptography, cyber-physical systems and WBAN security, steganography, lightweight cryptographic algorithms and protocols, cloud-computing security, ad hoc and WSNs etc.