David M. Nicol is the Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and Director of the Information Trust Institute (iti.illinois.edu). He is PI for two recently awarded national centers for infrastructure resilience: the DHS-funded Critical Infrastructure Reliance Institute (ciri.illinois.edu), and the DoE funded Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (cred-c.org). Prior to joining UIUC in 2003, he served on the faculties of the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College (1996-2003), and before that the College of William and Mary (1987-1996). His research interests include trust analysis of networks and software, analytic modeling, and parallelized discrete-event simulation, research which has lead to the founding of startup company Network Perception, and election as Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the ACM. He is the inaugural recipient of the ACM SIGSIM Outstanding Contributions award, and co-author of the widely used undergraduate textbook "Discrete-Event Systems Simulation". He received the M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in computer science from the University of Virginia, and the B.A. degree in mathematics (1979) from Carleton College.
Benjamin is a Managing Security Consultant in MWR with more than 5 years of security consulting experience working with Financial, Government and Fortune 100 companies. His skills range from hands on penetration testing, to low level source code reviews across various fields and disciplines, and has a history of uncovering high severity vulnerabilities, including those found in operating systems, critical infrastructure management systems, and enterprise security software. Benjamin has been actively working on growing the MWR technical team in Singapore into one of the best professional offensive and defensive security teams in the APAC region by ensuring that technical delivery is kept to the high standards that the MWR brand represents.
Professor Zbigniew Kalbarczyk's research interests include design and validation of reliable and secure computing systems. The research focuses on development of methods and tools for designing and experimental assessment of reliable and secure systems. His projects encompass design and implementation of a software middleware for reliable networked computing (the ARMOR middleware), operating system level transparent error detection and recovery (the Reliability Microkernel, RMK), hardware (processor) level support for reliability and security (the Reliability and Security Engine, RSE) error detection and recovery, formal verification of techniques for detection of accidental errors and malicious attacks (the Symbolic Program-Level Fault Injection and Error Detection Framework, SymPLFIED) and experimental system/application validation using fault/error injection (the NFTAPE fault injection framework).