Lecture: "Biological Models for Software Security" by Stephanie Forrest Oct. 26

  • 10/26/2012 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Searles Science Building, Room 315
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture: "Biological Models for Software Security" by Stephanie Forrest Oct. 26Professor Stephanie Forrest of the Computer Science Department at the University of New Mexico will present "Biological Models for Software Security" at 3:30 p.m. in Searles Science Building, Room 315.

Forrest has provided the following abstract describing her talk:

"Computer programmers like to think of software as the product of intelligent design, carefully crafted to meet well-specified goals.

"In reality, large software systems evolve inadvertently through the actions of many individual programmers, often leading to unanticipated consequences. In addition, rapidly evolving malware has produced an arms race between software developers and malware authors. Biological design principles can potentially change the way we engineer, maintain, and evolve large dynamic software systems operating in hostile environments.

"The talk will highlight research applying ideas from biology to cyber security and automated software repair."

Stephanie Forrest is professor of computer science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she served as department chair from 2006 to 2011. She is also a member of the Santa Fe Institute External Faculty and currently the co-chair of SFI's Science Board.

Her research studies adaptive systems, including immunology, evolutionary computation, biological modeling, computer security, and software.

Forrest earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Communication Sciences at the University of Michigan and the B.A. at St. John's College. Before joining UNM in 1990 she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In 2011, she received the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award.