Retirement Lecture


Cybersecurity: A Grand Challenge for the Society"

Professor John Savage

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.

Room 368 (CIT 3rd Floor)

The Department of Computer Science will host Professor John Savage on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 4pm in CIT 368. Savage has spent 51 years at Brown and became Professor Emeritus in July 2018. To commemorate this occasion, he will give a lecture entitled "Cybersecurity: A Grand Challenge for the Society".

The cyber security problem is now a grand challenge problem that impacts all aspects of life. Making cyberspace safe is a complex problem that requires the engagement of all segments of society.

Dr. John E. Savage is the An Wang Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 1965, joining Bell Laboratories in the same year. He moved to Brown University in 1967, co-founded the Department of Computer Science, and served as its second chair from 1985 to 1991. He has served Brown in many capacities including as Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee and Chair of the 2002-2003 Task Force on Faculty Governance. He was a member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for EECS from 1991-2002. In 2011 he gave Congressional testimony on cyber security before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism of the United States Senate. He has done research on coding and communication theory, theoretical computer science, VLSI theory, silicon compilation, scientific computing, computational nanotechnology, the performance of multicore chips, reliable computing with unreliable elements, blockchain governance, and cyber security policy.

He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of AAAS and ACM, and a Life Fellow of IEEE. He served as Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State in 2009-2010. He is a Professorial Fellow at the EastWest Institute, a member of the Board of the Michael Dukakis Institute, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Verified Voting Foundation. He served as a member of the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission and participated in the 2016 Munich Security Conference as a member of the McCain-Whitehouse U.S. Congressional Delegation.

Reception to follow.

Host: Professor Ugur Cetintemel