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IAA Seminar Series – Xiaofeng Wang, Indiana University
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Abstract in preparation.

From his website:
Dr. XiaoFeng Wang is a James H. Rudy Professor at Indiana University, Co-director of IU’s Center for Security and Privacy in Informatics, Computing and Engineering, and the Vice Chair of ACM SIGSAC (special interest group on security, audit and control). He is also a PC Co-Chair of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), the ACM’s flagship security and privacy conference during 2018 and 2019. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is considered to one of the most prominent system security researchers, a top author according to online statistics such as CSRankings and System Security Circus (ranked #5 among 7,600 authors during the past 18 years). Dr. Wang is known for his high-impact research on security analysis of real-world systems and biomedical data privacy. Particularly, the projects he led on payment and single-sign-on API integrations, Android and iOS security and IoT protection have changed the way the industry built these systems. Also he is a pioneer researcher on human genome privacy and a co-founder of the iDASH Genome Privacy Competition that contributes to reducing the gap between security and cryptography research and real-world demands for biomedical data sharing and computing protection. More recently, he is actively working on hardware-assisted secure computing, intelligent security, cybercrimes, and IoT security. Dr. Wang has received numerous awards, including Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (the PET Award), Best Practical Paper Award at the 32nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, and IEEE Fellow (for contributions to system security and genomic privacy). His work has been extensively reported by public media, including CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, Slashdot, Nature News, etc. Dr. Wang’s research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Army Research Office (ARO) and industry. Since joining IU in 2004, Dr. Wang has been involved in research grants totaling $10.8 million, serving as PI on over $9 million (before end of 2018). Here is his (less recent) CV.

IAA Seminar Series – Phil Thomas, UMass Amherst
Jan 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Details forthcoming.

Speaker information here.

IAA Seminar Series – John Leonard, MIT
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Title and Abstract forthcoming

Speaker info here

How Do We Create an Assured Autonomous Future?

Autonomous systems have become increasingly integrated into all aspects of every person’s daily life. In response, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA) focuses on ensuring that those systems are safe, secure, and reliable, and that they do what they are designed to do.

Pillars of the IAA


Autonomous technologies perform tasks with a high degree of autonomy and often employ artificial intelligence (AI) to simulate human cognition, intelligence, and creativity. Because these systems are critical to our safety, health, and well-being as well as to the fabric of our system of commerce, new research and engineering methodologies are needed to ensure they behave in safe, reasonable, and acceptable ways…


Autonomous systems must integrate well with individuals and with society at large. Such systems often integrate into—and form collectively into—an autonomous ecosystem. That ecosystem—the connections and interactions between autonomous systems, over networks, with the physical environment, and with humans—must be assured, resilient, productive, and fair in the autonomous future…

Policy and Governance

The nation must adopt the right policy to ensure autonomous systems benefit society. Just as the design of technology has dramatic impacts on society, the development and implementation of policy can also result in intended and unintended consequences. Furthermore, the right governance structures are critical to enforce sound policy and to guide the impact of technology…

  • In recent years, we have learned that the most important element about autonomous systems is – for humans – trust. Trust that the autonomous systems will behave predictably, reliably, and effectively. That sort of trust is hard-won and takes time, but the centrality of this challenge to the future of humanity in a highly autonomous world motivates us all.
    Ralph Semmel, Director, Applied Physics Laboratory
  • In the not too distant future we will see more and more autonomous systems operating with humans, for humans, and without humans, taking on tasks that were once thought of as the exclusive domains of humans. How can we as individuals and as a society be assured that these systems are design for resilience against degradation or malicious attack? The  mission of the Institute is to bring assurance to people so that as our world is populated by autonomous systems they are operating safely, ethically, and in the best interests of humans.
    Ed Schlesinger Benjamin T. Rome Dean, Whiting School of Engineering