Calit2@UCI Hosts National Cyber Trust Conference

By Anna Lynn Spitzer

9.20.05 – More than 200 network researchers and developers will present the latest research on improving the security of networked information systems at the third annual National Science Foundation Cyber Trust Principal Investigators Meeting, Sept. 25-27, in Newport Beach, Calif. The meeting, which will take place at the Fairmont Hotel, is hosted by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and the ResCUE project at the University of California, Irvine.

Researchers from all over the United States
will come to discuss network security.

The world relies on networked computers, both in critical national infrastructures and in people’s homes, cars and offices. Today, many of these systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks that can inhibit their operation, corrupt valuable data or expose private information. 

The Cyber Trust PI meeting brings together world-renowned researchers to share their achievements and innovations, and foster new research endeavors. Representatives from government and the private sector also will attend the conference to learn about progress that has been made and ideas that can be adapted to protect their interests, and to help the NSF identify gaps between real-world problems and current research projects.

The meeting opens with a reception and dinner Sunday evening, September 25, followed by a panel that will present the results of an NSF invitational workshop on a Secure Next-Generation Internet. Speakers will include Darleen Fisher, a program director in the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) division and David Clark, a senior research scientist from MIT.

The program on Monday, Sept. 26 will incorporate a series of plenary talks and panels that will feature internationally-known speakers who will examine the past and future of research in this area, as well as the challenges raised by a new generation of healthcare information technology and networking. Featured speakers include: Butler Lampson, distinguished engineer from Microsoft Corp. and adjunct professor of computer science and electrical engineering at MIT; Joel Birnbaum, recently retired special technical assistant to the chairman and CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Co.; David Brailer, national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Bob Blakley, chief scientist in security and privacy at IBM Tivoli Software.

A poster session and research demonstrations showcasing progress in Cyber Trust will be presented Monday evening. Researchers will have the opportunity to communicate their ideas and results both to each other and to government and industry visitors.

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About Calit2: Calit2 is a two-campus multidisciplinary research institute. By integrating UCI and UCSD research expertise with industry insight, Calit2 seeks innovative information technology approaches that will benefit society and ignite economic development. The institute is conducting research in areas as diverse as the environment, transportation, emergency management, health care, global economics, education and entertainment.

About the University of California, Irvine: Celebrating 40 years of innovation, the University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3 billion. For more UCI news, visit

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