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DoCS/CSD seminar
David Kotz: Challenges to ensuring human safety throughout the life-cycle of Smart Environments
Location: ITC 1211, Time: 11:00

Abstract: The homes, offices, and vehicles of tomorrow will be embedded with numerous “Smart Things,” networked with each other and with the Internet. Many of these Things are embedded in the physical infrastructure, and like the infrastructure they are designed to last for decades -- far longer than is normal with today's electronic devices. What happens then, when an occupant moves out or transfers ownership of her Smart Environment? This talk outlines the critical challenges required for the safe long-term operation of Smart Environments. How does an occupant identify and decommission all the Things in an environment before she moves out? How does a new occupant discover, identify, validate, and configure all the Things in the environment he adopts? When a person moves from smart home to smart office to smart hotel, how is a new environment vetted for safety and security, how are personal settings migrated, and how are they securely deleted on departure? When the original vendor of a Thing (or the service behind it) disappears, how can that Thing (and its data, and its configuration) be transferred to a new service provider? What interface can enable lay people to manage these complex challenges, and be assured of their privacy, security, and safety? We present a list of key research questions to address these important challenges.

Bio: David Kotz is the International Paper Professor in the Department of Computer Science and, presently, Visiting Professor in the Center for Digital Health Interventions at ETH Zürich. He previously served as Interim Provost, as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences, as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies, and on the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 200 refereed papers, obtained over $67m in grant funding, and mentored nearly 100 research students. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the ACM, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty. For more information see

Half-Time Seminar
Monday 27 Jan
Adrien Coulier: Multiscale Modelling in Biology: methods and perspective
Location: ITC 2345, Time: 10:15


Despite their apparent simplicity, biological cells can show incredibly complex behavior. Computational systems biology provides powerful tools to analyze and understand them. There exist a vast variety of models and methods to study these systems at various temporal and spatial scales. Bringing these models together, however, is a challenging problem. In this talk, I will first provide a short introduction to computational systems biology, describe which modelling approaches exist, and what their advantages and drawbacks are. I will then present a framework for simulating multicellular systems with spatially resolved stochastic kinetics in individual cells. I will also discuss a comparative study between a fast, coarse model, and a more detailed and computationally expensive one, as well as a method improvement to bridge the gap between the two. I will then conclude this talk with my own perspective regarding my field and future works.

Disputation | Dissertation
31 March
Jing Liu: Towards Fast and Robust Algorithms in Flash X-ray single-particle Imaging
Location: BMC B41, Time: 9:15

Jing Liu will present and defend her PhD thesis: Towards Fast and Robust Algorithms in Flash X-ray single-particle Imaging.
Opponent: Professor Helmut Grubmüller, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen.
Supervisors: Stefan Engblom

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