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Tech talk: A Brief History of Verifiable Elections

abstract: Since the ideas were first published in 1981, verifiable election technologies have undergone decades of research successes and deployment failures. This talk will trace the history of these technologies, their evolution, and the practical challenges that they have faced. We’ll then look forward at the potential for near-term successes and the public benefits that […]

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Tech talk: Effective Verification of Low-Level Software with Nested Interrupts

abstract: Interrupt-driven software is difficult to test and debug, especially when interrupts can be nested and subject to priorities. Interrupts can arrive at arbitrary times, leading to an explosion in the number of cases to be considered. We present a new formal approach to verifying interrupt-driven software based on symbolic execution. The approach leverages recent […]

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Tech talk: An Overview of Emerging Cybersecurity Policy and Law

abstract: Why is cybersecurity such a hard problem? The US government, its citizens, and the organizations that write software are all on the same team, but in many cases, our interests are just not aligned. For instance, there have been endless political and social disagreements about the best way to share cyber threat intelligence without […]

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Tech talk: The CH2O project: making sense of the C standard

abstract: CH2O is the PhD project of Robbert Krebbers and has as its goal a formal version of the ISO standard of the C programming language. A problem with this is that the C standard is fundamentally inconsistent. There are three versions of the CH2O semantics: a (small step) operational semantics, an executable semantics, and […]

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Tech talk: High Tech Amateur Rockets at PSAS

abstract: Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is a student aerospace engineering project at Portland State University. We’re building ultra-low-cost, open source rockets that feature some of the most sophisticated amateur rocket avionics systems anywhere. Learn some of the history of the group, why steering a rocket is very, very hard, and what we’re doing to […]

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Tech talk: From Haskell to Hardware via CCCs

abstract: For the last several years, speed improvements in computing come mainly from increasing parallelism. Imperative programming, however, makes parallelization very difficult due to the many possible dependencies implied by effects. For decades, pure functional programming has held the promise of parallel execution while retaining the very simple semantics that enables practical, rigorous reasoning. This […]

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Tech Talk: Rust, its FFI, and PAM

abstract: Jesse has been using Rust to write a PAM module. He will tell us about what he has learned about working with Rust, and about getting Rust’s lifetime-checking to mesh with external C functions. bio: Jesse Hallett is a research engineer at Galois. He has extensive experience in web and high-level programming; but has […]

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