NESD 2015
New England Security Day

News | Program | Posters | Venue | Hotels | Anti-Harassment Policy | Organization


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  • Check in and poster setup

  • Welcoming remarks

    Brian Levine, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Katherine Newman, Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Keynote: The importance of being earnest(ly secure)

    Jeremy Epstein, National Science Foundation

Session 1: Networking (chair: Yuriy Brun)
  • NSEC5: Provably preventing DNSSEC zone enumeration

    Leonid Reyzin, Boston University
  • Measuring and mitigating AS-level adversaries against Tor

    Phillipa Gill, Stony Brook University
  • Privacy issues from rise of mini drones

    Xinwen Fu, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

  • coffee break (group photo at 10:45)

  • Secure Systems Panel

    William Robertson, Northeastern University
    Stephen Chong, Harvard University
    Emery Berger, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (moderator)
  • Lunch

Session 2: Privacy (chair: Gerome Miklau)
  • It's all in the metadata

    Susan Landau, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Sharing private information in public

    Ari Trachtenberg, Boston University
  • Modern censorship resistance

    Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Session 3: Cryptography and Cloud Computing (chair: Daniel Holcomb)
  • DP-WHERE: Differentially private modeling of human mobility at metropolitan scales

    Rebecca Wright, Rutgers University
  • Privacy-preserving bartering

    Susanne Wetzel, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Verifiable query on cloud databases

    Bernardo Palazzi, Brown University

  • break

  • Secure Hardware Panel

    Marten van Dijk, University of Connecticut
    Sean Smith, Dartmouth College
    Sandip Kundu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Srini Devadas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Wayne Burleson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (moderator)
  • Poster presentations, coffee, and networking

Session 4: Web and Mobile (chair: Amir Houmansadr)
  • Control jujutsu: On the weaknesses of fine-grained control flow integrity

    Hamed Okhravi, MIT Lincoln Lab
  • Research directions in systems security

    Engin Kirda, Northeastern University
  • Privacy leaks in the modern web

    Nick Nikiforakis, Stony Brook University
  • Mobile (in)security in the age of composite apps

    Long Lu, Stony Brook University

  • Closing remarks


We encourage you to assemble after the NESD program ends and have a meal together (at your own expense). Several UMass faculty will be leading groups.

Thursday evening is the Amherst Block party which offers many activities and food. There are also many high-quality restaurants, including:

For those headed in that direction, Northampton has an even larger set of options.


Poster Title (authors) Affiliation
Privacy Preserving Analysis of Big Data
(Gerome Miklau)
UMass Amherst
Physically Aware yet Physically Unclonable Functions
(Xiaolin Xu and Wayne Burleson)
UMass Amherst
My Google Glass Sees Your Password!
(Qinggang Yue and Xinwen Fu)
UMass Lowell
ZipPhone: Preserving Location Privacy without Carrier Cooperation
(Keen Sung, Brian N. Levine, and Marc Liberatore)
UMass Amherst
Zero-Knowledge Authenticated Order Queries and Applications
(Esha Ghosh, Michael T. Goodrich, Olga Ohrimenko, and Roberto Tamassia)
Brown University
ICLab: the information controls measurement platform
(Abbas Razaghpanah and Phillipa Gill)
Stony Brook University
Games without Frontiers: Investigating Video-games as Covert Channels
(Rishab Nithyanand and Phillipa Gill)
Stony Brook University
Covert Communication when a Jammer Employs Random Power
(Tamara V. Sobers, Boulat A. Bash, Dennis Goeckel, Saikat Guha, and Don Towsley)
UMass Amherst
Security and Privacy Measures for Bitcoin
(Pinar Ozisik, George Bissias, Brian Levine, Amir Houmansadr, and Gavin Andresen)
UMass Amherst
Classifier Adjusted Density Estimation for Anomaly Detection and One-Class Classification
(Lisa Friedland, Amanda Gentzel, and David Jensen)
UMass Amherst
Optimizing Information System Security Investments with Risk: Insights for Resource Allocation
(Yueran Zhuo and Senay Solak)
UMass Amherst
Rank Aggregation under Differential Privacy
(Liudmila Elagina, Michael Hay, and Gerome Miklau)
UMass Amherst
Deep Specifications and Certified Abstraction Layers
(Ronghui Gu, Jérémie Koenig, Tahina Ramananandro, Zhong Shao, Xiongnan (Newman) Wu, Shu-Chun Weng, Haozhong Zhang, and Yu Guo)
Yale University
Principled Evaluation of Differentially Private Algorithms using DPBench
(Michael Hay, Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Gerome Miklau, Yan Chen, and Dan Zhang)
UMass Amherst
Preventing Integrated Circuit Piracy via Custom Encoding of Hardware Instruction Set
(Vinay C Patil, Arunkumar Vijayakumar, and Sandip Kundu)
UMass Amherst
TrueClick: Automatically Distinguishing Trick Banners from Genuine Download Links
(Sevtap Duman, Kaan Onarlioglu, Ali Osman Ulusoy, William Robertson, and Engin Kirda)
Northeastern University
Game Theoretic Model for Cybersecurity with Nonlinear Budget Constraints
(Shivani Shukla, Anna Nagurney, Ladimer Nagurney, and Patrizia Daniele)
UMass Amherst
Covert Communications on Poisson Packet Channels
(Ramin Soltani, Dennis Goeckel, Donald Towsley, and Amir Houmansadr)
UMass Amherst
A Network Economic Game Theory Model of a Service-Oriented Internet with Price and Quality Competition in Both Content and Network Provision
(Sara Saberi, Anna Nagurney, and Tilman Wolf)
UMass Amherst
Cyber Security Issues — Inmetro/Brazilian Perspective
(Charles Prado)
ZigZag: Automatically Hardening Web Applications Against Client-side Validation Vulnerabilities
(Michael Weissbacher, William Robertson, Engin Kirda, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna)
Northeastern University


NESD 2015 will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts, at the UMass College of Information and Computer Sciences, located at 140 Governors Dr., Amherst, MA 01003.

Please park in lot 31. You do not need a permit to park in this lot. However, if you park at a meter (without paying the meter), you will be ticketed. So don't park at a meter.

Area Hotels:

Anti-Harassment Policy:

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of NESD; these require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, NESD is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience, and implements the ACM policy against harassment.

Participants violating these standards may be sanctioned or expelled from NESD, at the discretion of the organizing committee members.

A useful related resource is the Geek Feminism Wiki, which includes models for public announcements and guidance for conference staff. If you hear an inappropriate remark, intended or misjudged, we encourage you not to stay silent. You may find this list of comebacks to be useful.

Organizing Committee:

Huge thanks to our NESD Event Planner, Michele Roberts

Mila Getmansky

Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts President's Office