IEEE SP 2006

May 28th, 2006

The IEEE Security & Privacy 2006 conference was held this week from May 22-24 at the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, and I was there! Our professor, Dr. Irvine, invited us to volunteer at the conference to help with registration and thus get to check out some of the latest research going on in computer security. The conference was quite a success this year with over 240 in attendance, up for under 200 last year – and partly because there were more papers presented this year. There were several great short papers and “works in progress” presented that provided a more diverse picture of current research and livened up the tone a bit from the long 30min paper presentations. One downside to the large success, is that we did not print enough proceedings! There was certainly plenty to eat and drink though.

Noteable “computer security” celebrities in attendance included (among others): Paul Syverson (creater of The Onion Router/Tor), Paul Karger (as in the Multicians Karger & Schell), Peter Neumann (anotherMultician), and a gentleman who introduced himself as ‘Whit Diffie’. Apparently he did some work in a thing called PKI. So it was a pleasure to rub shoulders with such giants. I also got to work in a couple early morning runs, including up to the Lawrence Hall of Science which offered a spectacular view of the San Francisco bay!

Big Sur Hiking/Camping

May 12th, 2006

The BSIM has definitely kicked off a “Big Sur” chain of events for me now lately! After running the 26.2 miles from Big Sur back to Rio Rd in Carmel, the very next weekend I drove down with my friend Ephraim on the 6th of May to do some hiking all day long. We went to Pfeiffer Big Sur at first, then decided we actually wanted to be at Julia Pfeiffer Burns for the famous McWay Falls – one of the most scenic and well known sites in Big Sur! After hiking a bit there, feeding a bird (yes, it’s bad I know) and doing a trail lunch ourselves – we were off to a explore a beach, some sea caves, and Limekiln SP a little further south. See the photoalbum of pics.

Just last night, I spent my first night camping in Andrew Molera State Park… the unique part was this was a Wednesday night and I had class at 8:00am today! I saw it as a challenge and great opportunity, and couldn’t resist as I was taking my 2 French guests from the HospitalityClub down there anyways. We met a couple surfers heading south, camped out together and just had a good time. I packed up camp starting at 5:30am this morning, had a quick breakfast and saw off Eloi and Damien (who were probably going back to sleep)! I remembered to say “Au revoir” as I parted and wished them both luck hitchiking to LA and San Diego. Maybe I’ll meet them in France some day? That’s the beauty of the hospitality club!