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Upcoming Talks

Martha Pollack 

Martha Pollack
AI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Filene Auditorium, Moore Building

Cyrus Farivar 

Cyrus Farivar
50 Years of Surveillance Law in America
Monday, April 29, 2019
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth
5:00 p.m.


Past Talks

Sarit Kraus

Dr. Sarit Kraus
Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University
Attention Based Fraud Detection of Online Banking Transactions
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Haldeman Center 041
4:00 PM

Amro Farid Professor Amro Farid
Associate Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Hetero-functional Graph Theory for Interdependent Smart City Infrastructures
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Life Sciences Center 201
5:00 PM
Meredith Patterson

Meredith Patterson
Co-originator of the Language-theoretic Approach to Computer Security
Computational Linguistics & Computer Security
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kemeny Hall 108

Samantha Ravich

Samantha Ravich
Deputy Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Why America’s Private Sector is now on
the Front Lines of an Emerging Battlefield
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Room)

William Regli, Ph.D

William Regli, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Systems Research at the Clark School of Engineering, 
Professor of Computer Science at the 
University of Maryland at College Park
A New Type of Thinking
Friday, June 22, 2018
Life Sciences Center 105
11:00 AM

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Dr. Gautam Shroff
Vice President, Chief Scientist, and Head of Research at Tata Consultancy Services 
Enterprise AI for Business 4.0: from Automation to Amplification
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Haldeman 041 Kreindler Conference Room
3:30 PM

John Dickerson UMD

John P Dickerson
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland
Using Optimization to Balance Fairness and Efficiency in Kidney Exchange
Monday,  May 21, 2018
Kemeny Hall 008
3:30 PM

Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
Russian Interference in American Politics and Cyber Threats to Our Democracy
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Alumni Hall (Hopkins Center)
11:00 AM

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco
Former Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama
In Conversation: Lisa Monaco, Fmr Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Filene Auditorium (Moore Building)
5:00 PM
Sponsored by The Dickey Center for International Understanding

John Stewart EPRI

John Stewart
Sr. Technical Leader, Cyber Security, EPRI
Securing Grid Control Systems
Friday, January 12, 2018
Sudikoff L045 Trust Lab
12:00 Noon

M. Todd Henderson

M. Todd Henderson
Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Hacking Trust: How the Social Technology of Cooperation Will Revolutionize Government
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Sponsored by: Rockefeller Center

Dr. Liz Bowman

Dr. Elizabeth Bowman
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Information: Army Social Computing Research
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Haldeman 041 Kreindler Conference Room
4:00 PM

Dr. Fabio Pierazzi

Dr. Fabio Pierazzi
Royal Holloway University of London
Network Security Analytics for Detection of Advanced Cyberattacks
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sudikoff Trust Lab (L045)
12:30 PM

V.S. Subrahmanian

V.S. Subrahmanian
Dartmouth Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society
Bots, Socks, and Vandals
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Carson L01
5:00 PM 

Rand Beers

Rand Beers ('64)
Big Data, the Internet, and Social Media:  The Road to the November 2016 Election
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
4:30 PM 

Fright Night Imge

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?
ISTS Looks at the Dark Web on Halloween Night
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
udikoff  045 Trust Lab (dungeon)
7:30 PM - RSVP
Space is Limited 

Sal Stolfo

Salvatore J. Stolfo 
Columbia University
A Brief History of Symbiote Defense
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Rockefeller 003
5:00 PM

Russian Bear

A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine
Thursday 6 April 2017, Oopik Auditorium 5:30 PM
Video of Roman's and Oleksii's presentations


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Students Convene at Dartmouth for Cyber Security Bootcamp – SISMAT 2014

SISMAT Class of 2014

Since 2008, ISTS has hosted the Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training (SISMAT) program. Each summer, 16-18 undergraduate students spend an intense eleven days on the Dartmouth campus in what amounts to a cyber security boot camp, then go off to internships in industry, nonprofit organizations or academia. SISMAT targets regional and liberal arts colleges whose curricula will have prepared upper-level undergraduates for this hands-on cyber security work but cannot offer such a program themselves.

This past June marked the seventh summer of SISMAT at Dartmouth College. Fifteen students from colleges all across the US and Canada were joined by two international students from the American University of Kuwait, with which Dartmouth has a partnership program. SISMAT was led once again by former ISTS research fellow and current University of Calgary computer science professor Michael Locasto who was assisted by Dartmouth graduate student Pete Johnson. States Locasto, "SISMAT directly addresses the critical shortage of well-trained information security professionals in a way that standard college classes and most industry training courses can't. The SISMAT program recruits talented undergrads from liberal arts institutions and other small colleges who rarely have an opportunity to hone or even initially develop their cyber security skills." Indeed, SISMAT was a win for both Jason Swannack, a student at Eastern Washington University, and the cyber security industry. States Swannack, "It was easily one of the best experiences of my life and it helped me decide that I will be pursuing a career in computer security. I can't remember the last time I had that much fun being in class for that long!"SISMAT endorsements

Activities this summer ranged from labs involving assembly language programming, shell coding and packet crafting with Scapy (an interactive packet manipulation program) to "weird machines" (a computational artifact where additional code execution can occur outside the original specifictions of the program). Ethical computing and the daylong PacketWars information warfare simulation competition ( are also part of the program. As in previous years, the course was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was completely free of charge to the students, including room and board. (With NSF funding no longer available, ISTS is seeking funding in order to run the program in 2015.)

Post-SISMAT, students go off to internships in industry, nonprofits or academia. This summer, three SISMAT students stayed local to intern with Dartmouth's Computing Services and one remained to work with the Collaboratory for Healthcare and Biomedical Informatics at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Others interned at companies such as Renesys, Nextmark, ADP, Tripwire and FAST Enterprises. SISMAT student Sam Daulton from Colgate University stated, "I am so glad to have participated in the SISMAT program last summer. It was a great introduction to computer security, and I acquired skills that have helped me tremendously in other computer science endeavors. Applying those skills to real projects during my internship at Dartmouth Technical Services was really cool."

SISMAT Wordle 2014

Last Updated: 1/5/15