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The CWDS seminar series is centered around intellectual exchange and interaction, and the audience is encouraged to ask questions during presentations. The goal is a seminar that looks less like a lecture and more like a spirited discussion of issues raised in a relatively brief presentation of a paper or a research project.

All seminars will be held at 12:30 on Wednesdays in TLB 307B on the third floor of the Tioga Library Building. We will aim to conclude by 1:30.

If you are interested in learning more about our seminar series please contact Mohamed Ali.

Title Date of Presentation Speaker Affiliation Research Focus
Modern Platform-Supported Rootkits 04/13/2016 Rodrigo Rubira Branco Intel Corporation in the Security Center of Excellence

Abstract -Talks on modern rootkit techniques are often presented in conferences around the world, but most of them basically updates existing techniques to work with new kernel improvements. This talk goes beyond and proposes a new approach: the usage of many architectural (x86-64) capabilities in order to have a resilient malware. Different aspects of the architecture are going to be explored and detailed in order to demonstrate attacker leverage against detection tools. Most of those features are widely available. Some of them, are niche or fairly new enhancements.

Building Pervasive Geospatial Understanding of the Transportation Ecosystem 04/20/2016 Kenn Cartier INRIX

Abstract - The global transportation system must respond to many forcing functions such as expanding urbanization, global warming, decreasing availability of resources, and changing expectations of travelers. As these pressures continue or accelerate, geospatial technology has become increasingly critical to optimizing and controlling many aspects of this system.  Already underlying many familiar systems such as in-car navigation and intelligent personal assistant systems, geospatial technology will become more pervasive and transparent in the future.

Simulated Strategies for Finding a Mate 04/27/2016 Chris Marriott Institute of Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma

Abstract - Evolutionary simulations are a tool for studying biological and societal phenomena.  We use evolutionary simulations to study breeding strategies in populations of sexual reproducing agents.  In this talk I will present the details of our evolutionary model and share the interesting results of our experiments.  In particular our agents have evolved many interesting behaviors to ensure they can easily find a mate.  These include formation of herds, assortative mating, natal philopatry, and eusocial division of reproductive labor.

The UW Primary Care Innovation Lab (PCI-Lab): Opportunities for new technological approaches and collaborations in primary care settings 05/04/2016 Matthew Thompson Department of Family Medicine, UW

Abstract - The gulf between primary care clinical practice and adoption of new technologies seems vast. Demands on primary care are increasing, prompted by a growing need for coordinated care, an aging population, the rise in chronic diseases, and a shift from volume-based to value-based payment. Yet adoption of new technology has been poor in most primary care settings - relatively few new technologies are implemented. With nearly 1 billion ambulatory care visits per year in the US alone, the need (and market) for new approaches is vast.

Cloud Computing in Research at UW 05/18/2016 Rob Fatland UW IT Director of Cloud and Data Solutions

Abstract - We are now witnessing (or participating in) the leading edge of adoption of cloud technology for basic research. From geosciences to oceanography to molecular engineering to genomics to astronomy to biogeochemistry to medicine: The data deluge is starting to meet its match thanks in part to unintended consequences of -- to put it briefly -- the Christmas holiday. To wit: As this holiday has driven demand in eCommerce the consequent supply of compute resources have created a glut of unused computing cycles over the remaining eleven months of the year.