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[CCICADA-announce] Announcement: Reconnect 2016 Program

Christine Spassione spassion at
Wed Jan 27 11:39:38 EST 2016

RECONNECT Workshop 2016

Mathematical and Computational tools for Cyber Security

Where:  West Point, US Military Academy
When:   June 12 - 18, 2016

About Reconnect:

The CCICADA Summer Reconnect Workshops expose faculty teaching 
undergraduates to the role of the mathematical and computer sciences in 
homeland security and provide an opportunity to researchers in 
government or industry to learn about recent material in various areas. 
Topics are presented in a weeklong series of lectures and activities; 
participants are involved in both research activities and in writing 
materials useful in the classroom or to share with their colleagues. 
Participants may develop materials for publication in either the CCICADA 
Technical Reports Series or the Educational Modules Series published by 
the DIMACS Center at Rutgers University.

Topic:   Mathematical and Computational Tools for Cyber Security

Day 1 will feature Historical Encryption (Caesar to early 1900s) and 
Encryption Analysis (how to attack ciphers mathematically) start the 
program.  As part of the encryption analysis, we will discuss the 
history of the Enigma Machine and bring a real German Enigma machine out 
of the vault at West Point for participants to see and touch. Exciting 
Unsolved Ciphers to wet participants’ appetites about ciphers that are 
still unsolved will lead to possible projects/lessons.  Day 2 will 
feature the Intersection of Game Theory and Cyber, while Day 3 focus on 
Machine Learning and Behavioral Characterizations.  The final day of 
presentations focuses on Policy and Regulations in the Cyber Domain and 
will feature presentations from the FBI and other agencies.

Organizers:   Dr. Margaret (Midge) Cozzens, Research Professor at DIMACS 
Rutgers University
               Natalie E Vanatta, MAJ US Military Academy

Speakers:     TBD

Registration fees, lodging, meals and travel: Academic participants from 
US institutions: registration, lodging in single rooms and meals will be 
provided through DHS funding. Academic participants from non-US 
institutions: $350. Government participants: $350. For-Profit 
Corporation participants: $500 (includes all meals from Sunday dinner to 
Saturday lunch). Limited funds are expected to be available to provide 
partial support for travel.

Deadline for Applications is March 15, 2016 or until all slots are 
filled. Applications will be submitted online found on the Reconnect on 
the web page under education/Reconnect 2016, and will be 
reviewed as they are received.

Presented under the auspices of CCICADA ( and 
the DIMACS Special Focus on Cybersecurity 

For more information: Christine Spassione (spassion at 
or Midge Cozzens (midge6930 at or visit the Reconnect web page

Christine Spassione                         Tel: (848) 445-4304
Center Administrator/Program Coordinator    Fax: (732) 445-5932
DIMACS Center                               spassion at
Rutgers University
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8018

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