We are pleased to announce the 2018 CyLab Partners Conference!

Date: October 3-5, 2018
Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (Transportation | Walking Directions)

The conference agenda highlights the latest research in security and privacy with an interactive forum between faculty, students, and industry.

We've expanded the conference to three days with over 35 faculty and students presenting current research. All sessions will include brief presentations followed by active dialog with attendees.

Details on registration and lodging will be emailed directly to CyLab partners.

Not a CyLab partner? Learn how your company can benefit from becoming a CyLab partner. Contact Director of Partnerships, Michael Lisanti at mlisanti@cmu.edu or 412-268-1870.


The agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 3 2018: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall

8:00am - 8:45 Breakfast and Registration
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks - Douglas Sicker
9:00 - 10:30

Session I: Machine Learning and Security Analytics

  • Speakers: Nicolas Christin, Kathleen Carley, Mahmood Sharif, Eliezer Kanal, Fei Fang
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:40 Session II: Security Potpourri
  • Speakers: Yang Cai, Srini Seshan, Yuvraj Agarwal
11:40 - 12:45pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:50 Session III: Usable Privacy and Security
  • Speakers: Lorrie Cranor, Rahul Telang, Timothy Libert, Norman Sadeh, Maggie Oates, Cori Faklaris
2:50 - 3:10 Break
3:10 - 4:20 Session IV: Software Security
  • Speakers: Ivan Gotovchits, Limin Jia, Lujo Bauer, Ipek Ozkaya
4:20 - 4:40 Break
4:40 - 5:40 Session V: Initiatives and Centers
  • IoT Initiative
  • Cyber Autonomy Research Center
  • CyLab-Next Manufacturing Collaboration

  • picoCTF
5:40 - 6:15 Board vans to dinner venue


Dinner and Poster Session

Phipps Conservatory Special Event Hall

6:00 - 6:30

Arrival at venue

6:30 - 7:30

Poster Session
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

7:30 - 9:30

Seated Dinner

9:00 - 10:00 Board vans to hotels and campus

Thursday, October 4, 2018: Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Quad

8:00am - 8:45 Breakfast 
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00 - 9:55 Session VI: Hardware and Systems Security
  • Speakers: Virgil Gligor, Ken Mai, Dan Costa
9:55 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:45 Session VII: IoT
  • Speakers: Anthony Rowe, Maverick Woo, Vyas Sekar, Niranjini Rajagopal, Dan Klinedinst
11:45 - 12:45pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Session VIII: Keynote Address
  Priya Narasimhan
  CEO & Founder of YinzCam Inc.,
  Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, CMU
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 2:30 Session IX: Education I
  Mary Ann Blair
  Chief Information Security Officer, CMU
2:30 - 3:40 Session X: Formal Methods
  • Speakers: Bryan Parno, Matthew Fredrikson, Corina Pasareanu, Michael Coblenz
3:40 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 5:00 Session XI: Education II
  • Heinz College - Randy Trzeciak
  • SCS MS in Privacy Engineering - Lorrie Cranor
  • SCS & ECE Undergraduate concentrations in Security and Privacy - Lujo Bauer
  • ECE MS concentration in Security and Privacy - Lujo Bauer
  • Institute for Strategic Analysis - Colin Clarke
  • Information Networking Institute - Martin Carlisle
5:00 - 5:15 Closing Remarks
5:30 - 5:45 Board vans to dinner venues
6:00 - 9:00 Faculty hosted dinners

Friday, October 5, 2018

8:30am - 9:00 Breakfast 
9:00 - 11:30




Gates-Hillman Center, Room 6115

CMU researchers are focusing on four main themes of blockchain research:  Economics and policy (using blockchain technology for various applications, and the regulations and public policy that may shape how the technology is used); Cryptography, security and anonymity (techniques to protect data posted on the Blockchain as well as the identities of those involved); Programming languages (develop tools and techniques to analyze new and existing smart contracts; improve existing smart-contract languages, and even design new ones, all with the goal of ensuring that smart contract users can effectively write contracts that behave securely and correctly); and Systems (understanding the transaction patterns and security vulnerabilities in the Blockchain implementations).  Attend the workshop to learn about existing and contemplated projects, provide feedback, and meet the researchers.


Cyber Autonomy

Wean Hall, Room 2302

CMU researchers are working at the intersection of AI and security to develop new capabilities that leverage advanced machine learning and AI algorithms to make us more secure while reducing the human effort to do so. The four main research thrusts include: automatic vulnerability detection and prevention (techniques to automatically or semi-automatically find exploitable bugs in software); predictive intelligence (techniques that give security analysts and end users actionable advice to keep systems secure); network-level, rapid defense (approaches to defending against a broad range of attacks at the network level); and counter-autonomy and trustworthy autonomy (investigation of whether AI and ML algorithms can be subverted by adversaries and designing AI and ML algorithms that are safe against such attacks). Attend the workshop to learn about existing and contemplated projects, provide feedback, and meet the researchers.  


picoCTF STEM and Workforce Education

CIC Building, Room 2101

Most CyLab partners know that picoCTF is the world's largest cybersecurity competition targeting middle and high school aged youth. This year's competition will be occurring during CyLab partners conference. Do you want to leverage picoCTF for cybersecurity education activities in your organization or communities you serve? As examples, how about using our year-round picoCTF 2018 deployment to boost understanding of computer security concepts among participants, or using our open-source CTF platform to develop and run your own CTF? Come to this workshop to hear the thinking behind the design and development of picoCTF 2018, gain insights on the 2018 problems through live demos and solution walk-throughs, and join our discussion on how CyLab can improve future picoCTFs and other outreach missions to help you meet your cybersecurity education needs. 

11:30 - 12:00pm Lunch