Wright leads US delegation at 2nd Japan/US workshop


Workshop brings together US and Japanese researchers

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Dr. Rebecca Wright, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, led the US delegation and co-chaired the Second Japan/US Workshop on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) on June 26 and 27 in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), addressed research in all aspects of protection of information systems and networks. A major goal of the workshop, which follows up on an earlier workshop held in Arlington, Va., in September 2004, is to foster collaboration between US and Japanese researchers in these areas.

"NSF and JST are committed to promoting bilateral cooperation in critical information infrastructure protection research," said Dr. Carl Landwehr of NSF. "Both the US and Japan have significant, though limited, expertise in this important area. By working together, we can make the most of these limited resources to develop both new results and new researchers who can contribute to our common goals of maintaining safe and secure societies."

Wright led a delegation of 22 US researchers from 13 universities, two industry research labs (IBM T. J. Watson and AT&T Research), one non-profit research lab (SRI International), and the National Science Foundation. The Japanese delegation consisted of about 70 Japanese researchers, led by Professor Eiji Okamoto of the University of Tsukuba and Professor Norihisa Doi of Chuo University. Professors Wright and Okamoto have already been funded by NSF and the JST, respectively, to engage in research collaboration on privacy-preserving cryptographic mechanisms. Wright's funding supplements her existing PORTIA project funding (http://www.cs.stevens.edu/~rwright/PORTIA), and includes travel support for the US participants in the workshop.

Plenary talks were given overviewing Japanese CIIP research by Dr. Suguru Yamaguchi of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology and US CIIP research by Dr. Landwehr. There were 17 research talks by US and Japanese researchers, including topics such as network forensics, public key infrastructures, and dealing with software monocultures. Wright spoke about her work on privacy-preserving data mining, and Stevens professor Susanne Wetzel spoke about her work on biometric key encapsulation. There was also a poster session with additional presentations, including a poster by Stevens professor Arnold Urken on error-resilient communications.

More information about the workshop, including the program and list of US attendees, can be found at http://www.cs.stevens.edu/~rwright/JapanUS/.

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