Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A best paper and a position paper.

Our paper on Fast Self-Healing Gradients won Best Paper (Artificial Intelligence & Agents Theme) at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. This feels really good because it's a big conference (nearly 400 papers all told) and we were one of six selected for awards. The accompanying talk was very well received. I also felt proud of our Self-Organizing Pervasive Distributed Systems track, because every one of us gave a live demo as part of the talk!

I've also posted a position paper on Cognitive Security for Personal Devices, which I wrote with Rachel Greenstadt, a postdoc at Harvard. We're exploring together some ideas about "trusted computing" machines that own themselves, and how broad-spectrum passive biometrics could allow such a machine to imprint on its owner and make security decisions in a way that is more intuitive to humans.