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CIS Seminar: “Contesting Secure Development to Understand Security Mistakes”
November 5 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Professor in the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland
Michael W. Hicks is a Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Maryland, and is the Past Chair of ACM SIGPLAN, the Special Interest Group in Programming Languages. His research focuses on using programming languages techniques to improve the security, reliability, and availability of software. He has explored the design of new programming languages, formal methods, analysis tools, and testing technologies for helping programmers find bugs and software vulnerabilities. He has studied the end-to-end challenges of secure software development through the security-oriented programming contest, “build-it, break-it, fix-it,” that he co-invented offered to students, including those in his Coursera class on Software Security. He has explored technologies to shorten patch application times by allowing software upgrades without downtime. He has extensively explored synergies between cryptography and programming languages, and is currently exploring how PL techniques an improve the quality and reliability of quantum programs. He established and currently edits the SIGPLAN blog at https://blog.sigplan.org.