Risk, Security, & Privacy
Speakers' Biographies
Matt Alsdorf
Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Dr. Matt Alsdorf is an experienced attorney who joined the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in 2011. Since then, Matt has worked extensively on pretrial projects and has led many of the Foundation’s efforts around pretrial risk assessment and related reforms.  He has spoken widely across the country on the use of data and analytics to ensure the justice system protects the public, operates as fairly as possible, and makes effective use of limited public resources. He has a Bachelor’s degree (Economics) from Williams College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Julie Ancis
Associate Vice President, Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Dr. Julie Ancis serves as the Associate Vice President for Institute Diversity at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Past-Chair of the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Section for the Advancement of Women. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology. As co-principal investigator of a $3.8 million Department of Education First in the World grant, she oversees research on the impact of accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities in minority-serving institutions. She is also Co-PI on an NSF Grant focused on revolutionizing Engineering Departments. Ancis was previously a tenured psychology professor at Georgia State University. Her scholarly publications, national and international presentations, and professional service have focused on issues of diversity, multicultural competence, and the legal system. Books include The Complete Women’s Psychotherapy Treatment Planner; Culturally Responsive Interventions: Innovative Approaches to Working with Diverse Populations; Promoting Student Learning and Development at a Distance; and, most recently, Gender, Psychology and Justice: The Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System.

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Suzanne Barber
ECE Professor and Director, Center for Identity, University of Texas at Austin 

Dr. Suzanne Barber is the AT&T Endowed Professor in Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as the university’s Director of Software Engineering. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and has served on numerous other conference and government committees including the Defense Science Study Group, ANSI Protected Health Information (PHI) Advisory Committee, State of Texas Information Security Workforce Development Committee and the co-founder of the International Workshop on Trust in Agent Societies.  As an active entrepreneur, Barber’s research has transitioned to commercial products and government operations since joining the faculty in 1992 after receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Jason Blackstock
Founding Head, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London

Dr. Jason Blackstock’s unique background spans fundamental physics research, technology development in Silicon Valley, and public policy. He is the Founding Head of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London. The department focuses on mobilizing technical knowledge and expertise to effectively address a wide range of societal opportunities and challenges, and has, since its inception in 2013, grown to a staff of 60, has educated more than 3000 students, and developed a £30M research portfolio. Blackstock has authored over 100 publications and patents, and currently co-leads the Standards, Policy and Governance work of the UK’s PETRAS (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability and Security) research hub on the cyber security of the IoT. He has a Master’s degree (Public Administration) from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, a graduate certificate in International Security from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Alberta.

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Andrew Bud
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iProov

Mr. Andrew Bud Chief Executive Officer of iProov, which he founded in 2011. He is an experienced technology entrepreneur and leader with a career spanning 30 years in mobile. In 1999 he founded mBlox, now the world’s largest provider of SMS transmission for enterprise applications. Bud also chairs MEF, the global trade association of the mobile content and commerce industry, and chairs the UCL Advisory Board on Computer Science. He has been a non-executive director of the UK regulator Phonepay Plus, and currently serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of ETX Capital and Passiv Systems, which he chairs. His earlier achievements include the world’s first DECT cordless communications product and the mobile network of Omnitel Pronto Italia (now Vodafone Italia). He has an M.A. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, holds 13 patents, and is a Fellow of the IET.

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Madeline Carr
Associate Professor, International Relations and Cyber Security, University College London

Dr. Madeline Carr is an Associate Professor in International Relations and Cyber Security at University College London. Her research looks at the ways in which new technologies both reinforce and disrupt conventional frameworks for understanding international relations and the implications of this for state and global security, order and governance. Carr is the author of U.S. Power and the Internet in International Relations: The Irony of the Information Age (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). She currently co-leads the Standards, Governance and Policy stream of the UK’s PETRAS (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability and Security) research hub on the cyber security of the Internet of Things. She is also the PI on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is a British Research Council-funded project looking at the ways in which cyber security policy advisors evaluate evidence. Carr is a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and a participant in the UK-China Track 1.5 Dialogue on Cyber Security. She has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Australian National University.

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Richard Ford
Chief Scientist, Forcepoint

As Forcepoint’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Richard Ford oversees technical direction and innovation throughout the business. He brings over 25 years of experience in computer security, with knowledge in both offensive and defensive technology solutions. During his career, Ford has held positions with Virus Bulletin, IBM Research, Command Software Systems and NTT Verio. He has also worked in academia, having held an endowed chair in Computer Security, and as Head of the Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. He holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and D.Phil in Physics from the University of Oxford.

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Douglas Guilbeault
Annenberg School for Communication

Mr. Douglas Guilbeault is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a member of the Network Dynamics Group. He is also a member of the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, where he studies social bots. His research is funded through a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Ph.D. Scholarship from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Guilbeault holds a B.A. in philosophy, rhetoric, & cognitive science from the University of Waterloo and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of British Columbia.

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Jason Hong
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr Jason Hong is an associate professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, part of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He works in the areas of ubiquitous computing and usable privacy and security, and his research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CBS Morning Show, CNN, Slate, and the World Economic Forum. He is an author of the book The Design of Sites. Hong is a cofounder of Wombat Security Technologies, which focuses on effective and measurable cybersecurity training. He has participated in DARPA’s Computer Science Study Panel, is an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow, a Kavli Fellow, a PopTech Science Fellow, a New America National Cybersecurity Fellow, and currently holds the HCII Career Development Fellowship.  He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley and his undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Serge Leef
Vice President, New Ventures, and General Manager, System Level Engineering Division, Mentor Graphics 

Mr. Serge Leef is the Vice President of New Ventures and General Manager of the System Level Engineering Division at Mentor, a Siemens business. He is responsible for identifying and developing product opportunities for EDA in adjacent, systems-oriented markets. In addition to early stage programs, Serge leads on-going businesses focused on markets where system-level design plays a pivotal role. Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Leef was responsible for design automation at Silicon Graphics, where his team created simulation tools to enable design of high speed 3D graphics chips. Leef previously managed a CAE/CAD organization at Microchip Inc and developed functional and physical design and verification tools for major 8- and 16-bit microcontroller and microprocessor programs at Intel. Leef holds B.S.E.E. and M.S.C.S. degrees from Arizona State University.

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David McGrew
Cisco Fellow, Corporate Security Programs, Cisco

Dr. David McGrew is a Cisco Fellow in Cisco's Corporate Security Programs office. He is an expert in cryptography and network security who is engaged in both theory and practice. He was instrumental in the development of several standards, including the Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) of operation high speed authenticated encryption algorithm, and Secure RTP, the industry standard protocol for encrypted voice and video. McGrew has authored several research results and holds 17 patents. He is currently chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Crypto Forum Research Group, and is active in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Previously, he managed Cisco's Advanced Crypto Development Group, which pioneered the technologies used in Dynamic Multipoint VPN and Group Encrypted Transport VPN. Before joining Cisco, he was a Cryptographic Scientist at Trusted Information Systems. He holds a B.S. in Physics from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Michigan State University.

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Arwen P. Mohun
Professor of History, University of Delaware 

Dr. Arwen P. Mohun is a Professor of History and Department Chair at the University of Delaware. She specializes in the social and cultural history of technology. Her most recent book, Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), explores the changing ways Americans have understood and managed everyday risk from the 18th century to the present, from runaway horses and smallpox to automobiles and roller coasters. Mohun has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the United States Park Service, and the Delaware Humanities Forum. She had had a small part in a BBC documentary on the history of technology, White Heat. She has a B.A. (Music) from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A. (History) from UC Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in History from Case Western Reserve University.

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Nikhil Naik
Prize Fellow, Harvard University

Dr. Nikhil Naik is a Prize Fellow at Harvard University, which is a three-year postdoctoral appointment. His work involves developing algorithms based on computer vision, deep learning, and crowdsourcing that harness digital data to obtain measures of the built environment and populations at unprecedented resolution and scale. With collaborators in the social sciences, he has used these measures to study important research and policy questions. While a graduate student, Naik worked at Google, Microsoft Research, and Samsung Research America. He has a B.Tech in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from the College of Engineering Pune and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Arvind Narayanan
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Princeton

Dr. Arvind Narayanan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. He leads the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project to uncover how companies collect and use our personal information. Narayanan also leads a research team investigating the security, anonymity, and stability of cryptocurrencies as well as novel applications of blockchains. He co-created a Massive Open Online Course as well as a textbook on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies. His doctoral research showed the fundamental limits of de-identification, for which he received the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award. Narayanan is also an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton and an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. His Ph.D. (Computer Science) is the University of Texas, Austin and he was a post-?doctoral researcher at Stanford.

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John Nay
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Skopos Labs

Dr. John Nay builds A.I.-powered tools to better predict and understand complex systems. He has applied his computational research to policy and business applications, including natural language processing of legal and regulatory texts, forecasting of policy-making outcomes, computer simulations of prediction markets, models for predicting human cooperation, and methods for estimating predictive models of decision-making. After interning for the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and graduating with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, John was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and ultimately turned it down to start graduate school at Vanderbilt's School of Engineering, where he received a Ph.D. in Computational Decision Science. John is the co-founder and CEO of Skopos Labs (skoposlabs.com), an A.I. software company, and starting Fall 2017 he will also serve as a Research Fellow at NYU Law, an Affiliate at the NYU Center for Data Science, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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Russ Warner
Vice President, Marketing and Operations

Mr. Russ Warner is vice president for marketing and operations at Converus, which has created a lie detection technology that track eye behavior. Prior to Converus, he was CEO at ContentWatch, makers of Net Nanny. Before that, he was Managing Director at SageCreek Partners. He was vice president for sales at Alianza Inc., a VoIP platform provider in the U.S. and Mexico. He has also worked at Novell, WordPerfect, and Altiris (part of Symantec). Russ has a B.S. in zoology pre-med and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.

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Vincent Weafer
Senior Vice President, Intel Security

Mr. Vincent Weafer is Vice President of McAfee Labs and was previously Vice President of Intel Security, managing more than 350 researchers across 30 countries. He previously spent 11 years as the leader of Symantec's Security Response team. He has testified before government committees including the States Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on Combating Cyber Crime and Identify Theft in the Digital Age in April 2010, the United States Sentencing Commission's Public Hearing on Identity Theft and Restitution Act of 2008 in March 2009, and the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Impact and Policy Implications of Spyware on Consumers and Businesses in June 2008. He has presented at many international conferences and was a committee member of the IEEE Industry Connections Study Group (ICSG) 2009-2010, and co-authored The Symantec Guide to Home Internet Security. He has a B. Eng. in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University.

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