IEEE’s Privacy, Security, Trust conference (PST) was held here in Ottawa this year. The talks were an interesting mix ranging from very technical to public policy topics, including a keynote by Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Dan, Alain, and Robert presented a paper on using eye-gaze as a tool to predict likely click-based graphical password click-points. Sonia taught a half-day tutorial introducing usable security and how to run usability evaluations.
Each summer, Carleton hosts a group of high school students for Shad Valley’s summer enrichment program in sciences, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship. We held a half-day workshop in our lab for some of the students interested in HCI. Students imagined new applications as they learned about multitouch tabletop technologies, pretended to be attackers as they learned about usable security, and thought of new authentication mechanisms as they tried out the haptic input device.
The NSERC Internetworked Systems Security Network (ISSNet) annual workshop was held in Ottawa last week. Several members of our lab presented posters at the opening reception and poster session. Robert introduced theme 3 (human-oriented security), and talked about our lab’s research. Max, Alain and Elizabeth gave short talks about ongoing research. The workshop was a great opportunity to hear about research and network with other ISSNet researchers and students.
Last week several members of our lab were in Atlanta for CHI 2010. It was a great conference as usual, with nearly 2400 attendees, lots of fun demos, and interesting talks. Elizabeth earned 3rd place in the undergraduate Student Research Competition. Alain’s talk and poster presentations went very well too.
ISSNet is an NSERC strategic network on computer security. Each year, a week long summer school is organized for members of the network. This first year, it was held at the École Polytechnique de Montréal from August 2nd to August 7th. It is an opportunity for ISSNet researchers and students across the country to get to know each other, discuss on-going research, and learn about various security topics. Each day, in-class and hands-on lab sessions were taught by instructors from participating universities on subjects like experimental security research, phishing, and network device and protocol abuse. Two members of our lab, Robert Biddle and Sonia Chiasson, co-presented a one-day workshop on usable security and HCI methodologies with Kirstie Hawkey from UBC. Students from our lab found that the week-long summer school was “cool and seriously informative”.