Monday, October 18, 2010

Jacobs School Engineers at "SUPERMATH: Better Living Through Analytics"

SUPERMATH, is a one day conference in San Diego bringing together national analytics experts and business practitioners across industries for a day of thought provoking presentations and discussions to inspire, educate and collaborate.

Jacobs School engineers will be participating in participate in the SUPERMATH "Expo and Neighborhoods."

Elelctrical and computer engineering PhD student Anup Doshi will present some of his work on innovative approaches to making future automobiles safer and “intelligent.”

Yuvraj Agarwal (Ph.D.'09), a Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will be highlighting various aspects of SleepServer, a software-only approach for reducing energy consumption.

Elelctrical and computer engineering PhD student Luke Barrington will describe his work on the Valley of the Khans virtual exploration project.

Conference details below:

On November 10, 2010, San Diego Software Industry Council ( will be hosting a first-of-its-kind event – "SUPERMATH: Better Living Through Analytics” - to showcase and celebrate the history and innovation of analytics technologies and applications. The invitation-only conference will also include an Expo open to the public, to demonstrate how analytics affect our lives today and tomorrow.

There are four Neighborhoods for participation:
• Healthcare and Medicine
• Energy and CleanTech
• Security, Fraud and Risk
• Social Networks and Marketing/Sales

The Conference will be held at the Del Mar Marriott and the expo is open to the public. The rest of the conference requires paid admission.

CAPTCHA Project on NPR Weekend Edition

The August 2010 CAPTCHA paper from computer scientists at UC San Diego made it's way to NPR's Weekend Edition on Sunday. Listen to the story, "Spammers Use the Human Touch To Avoic CAPTCHA"

The paper referenced in the NPR story is below:
Re: CAPTCHAs -- Understanding CAPTCHA-Solving from an Economic Context, by Marti Motoyama, Kirill Levchenko, Chris Kanich, Damon McCoy, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and Stefan Savage from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UC San Diego, published in Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Washington, D.C., August 2010.

Savage talks big picture about CAPTCHAs and hits one of the findings from the paper:

"On the one hand, CAPTCHAs do not keep the bad guys out, but at the same time, they actually are effective at keeping the problem in control," Savage says.

Below is the abstract to the paper Re: CAPTCHAs -- Understanding CAPTCHA-Solving from an Economic Context:
Reverse Turing tests, or CAPTCHAs, have become an ubiquitous defense used to protect open Web resources from being exploited at scale. An effective CAPTCHA resists existing mechanistic software solving, yet can be solved with high probability by a human being. In response, a robust solving ecosystem has emerged, reselling both automated solving technology and realtime human labor to bypass these protections. Thus, CAPTCHAs can increasingly be understood and evaluated in purely economic terms; the market price of a solution vs the monetizable value of the asset being protected.We examine the market-side of this question in depth, analyzing the behavior and dynamics of CAPTCHA-solving service providers, their price performance, and the underlying labor markets driving this economy.