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Recent Talks

Dan Wallach

STAR-Vote: A Secure, Transparent, Auditable and Reliable Voting System

Professor Dan Wallach
Rice University
Thursday April 27, 2017
Carson L01, 5:00 PM

Ben Miller Dragos

Pandora's Power Grid - What Can State Attacks Do and What Would be the Impact?

Ben Miller
Chief Threat Officer, Dragos, Inc.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
Kemeny 007, 4:30 PM
Brendan Nyhan




Factual Echo Chambers? Fact-checking and Fake News in Election 2016.

Professor Brendan Nyhan
Dartmouth College
Thursday May 4, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dickie George


Espionage and Intelligence

Professor Dickie George
Johns Hopkins University
Thursday May 11, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dan Wallach

A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine

Ukrainian Cybersecurity Researchers
Thursday April 6, 2017
Oopik Auditorium 5:30 PM

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Professor Sean Smith, Director of the ISTS and Bill Nisen, Associate Director, spoke at the

School House residential cluster on the Internet of Risky Things  - February 21, 2017, 5:30 PM

Craig Smith




You Don't Own Your Car
Craig Smith
Tuesday May 10, 2016 
Carson L02 @4:15

David Safford


Hardware Based Security for GE's Industrial Control Systems
David Safford
GE Global Research
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Carson L02 @4:15



"It's Fine," They Said. "Just Ship It," They Said.
Dan Tentler
The Phobos Group
Tuesday April 12, 2016 
Carson L02 @4:15

Harold Thimbleby




The Best Way to Improve Healthcare is to Improve Computers
Harold Thimbleby
Swansea University
April 23, 2015

Craig Shue




Managing User-Level Compromises in Enterprise Network
Craig Shue
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
March 31, 2015



Oct news 2015


ISTS Information Pamphlet



Institute for Security, Technology, and Society
Dartmouth College
6211 Sudikoff Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755 USA

Synthetic Environment for Emergency Response Simulation

Project Summary

Our objective is to develop synthetic environments that specifically approximate mass casualty emergency situations due to accidents, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks. We are employing both military simulation technology and computer game technology to achieve robust, realistic environments. We plan to reuse (as much as possible) simulations and models already developed for terrain, vehicles, agent plume dispersals, etc. Our emphasis will be the integration of these different models and creating simulated agents that have realistic first responder behaviors and roles.

While we encountered our fair share of dead ends and frustrations, our project met and, in some ways, exceeded our goals. Our original vision of leveraging DoD simulations did not bear fruit, but our success in using game engines produced better-than-expected results. We created four synthetic environments using different platforms and engines, and we and modeled six different scenarios including mass casualty incidents, hazardous materials accidents, and routine detection of radiological materials. We succeeded in demonstrating the utility of simulation in the context of two emergency response exercises, which had a direct benefit for the user community. We successfully integrated simulation with emergency response information systems.

Our current project, Simulation of Large Scale Catastrophic Events (SLSCE), is using technology developed in the SEERS project to simulate events that exceed the capability of local response organizations. The State of Vermont and the National Infrastructure Institute (NI2) are partners in this effort.

  • Project Lead: Dennis McGrath