Oct 14 2013
Oct 14 2013
Oct 01 2013
Schloss Dagstuhl is a computer science research centre in the Saarland, Germany. In September there was a seminar on Live Coding: typically electronic music improvised and programmed live. It made me want to run away and join the circus. The key idea is that live coding is an experience in programming that is common, and exciting, but seldom discussed or supported.
Aug 14 2013
Sunset over the University of Calgary in July 2013; and soon sunset over ISSNet.
For the past 5 years, ISSNet has been a big part of our lives. ISSNet is the NSERC Strategic Research Network on Internetworked Systems Security, and it was a real networking and research success. Through ISSNet, we made connections between many of the researchers in computer security across Canada, and built a community that will last a long time. But ISSNet itself is ending, and its 5 year term is done at the end of 2013. To start the process of moving on, we held a summer event in July at the University of Calgary. Normally the ISSNet summer events were “summer schools”, and featured background sessions on all the kinds of work involved in contemporary practical security research. But this year we looked forward, and held one day each on the perspectives from the government, academic, and industry sectors. The students held extra sessions to round out the week. It all worked well, and reinforced the feeling that there is a strong spirit of collaboration that lightens the challenges in this kind of work. What will come after ISSNet? Some plans are already hatching: one is the VENUS effort. But more will unfold in the months ahead: the real legacy of ISSNet is the ongoing community it built.
Jul 17 2013
The SurfNet 2013 Workshop was at the University of Calgary again this year. We had the usual updates on research around the network, and interactive displays for our industry partners. The display space was in the wonderful Taylor Family Digital Library, which despite its name is a real bricks’n'mortar facility, but full of space and displays for digital media. We borrowed a multi-touch table, and showed our tool for collaborative security analysis, ACHW. It’s based on the “Analysis of Competing Hypotheses” technique, but with touch interaction and visualizations for collaboration, structured walkthrough support, and seamless persistence across multiple devices, all using HTML5.
Jun 17 2013
GRAND is the Canadian network on Graphics, Animation, and New Media. Our annual conference was in Toronto this year, right downtown beside the CN tower at the Toronto Convention Centre. We shared the space with Canada 3.0, a large annual digital media event. For GRAND, this was a transition time: we hope to renew our network in 2014, so there were many discussions about what kind of metamorphosis to propose. For our project on usable privacy and security, we decided on literacy as our new theme: literacy about the technology, the law, and about what actually happens out there.
Jun 16 2013
In May we had a visit from Rilla Khaled and Pippin Barr. They were once here doing post-doctoral work, and are now at the Digital Games Institute at the University of Malta. There were in Canada because Pippin was “Game Designer in Residence” at Concordia University in Montreal, and Rilla was working on grants and book chapters. In Ottawa, Pippin gave the keynote talk at the Interface 2013 conference on Digital Humanities, organized by Carleton graduate students.
May 20 2013
Our ISSNet workshops have been annual events to update ourselves on work across our network, hear about new ideas from outside, and brainstorm future plans. This year we were in Victoria, British Columbia at perhaps the most inspiring location we’ve had, right beside the inner harbour. The 2013 workshop followed the typical plan, although with more talks from people outside the network, Corman Herley and Jaeyeon Jung from Microsoft Research, Joe Bonneau from Google, and Ed Rebane and Catherine Hart from Bell.
Jan 01 2013
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Jan 01 2012
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May 26 2011
We’ve recently returned from beautiful Vancouver for the 2nd Annual GRAND Conference. We are part of projects on “Usable Privacy and Security for New Media Environments” and “Digital Games for Learning and Training”. It was an oppportunity to discuss on-going projects, get feedback from others in different disciplines, talk about research priorities, and plan for the next year.