Chesley Lecture uncovers the workings of computer networks and online security

March 29, 2017

Carleton College invites the public to a presentation designed to explain how computer networks work and related issues of online security and authentification. Dr. Radia Perlman will present “Who Am I? Adventures in Authentification” on Wednesday, April 5 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema.

A renowned computer scientist, Perlman's work has had a profound impact on how computer networks work today, enabling huge networks, like the Internet, to be robust, scalable, and largely self-managing. Her technology has also transformed Ethernet from a technology that could support a few hundred nodes within a building, into a technology that can support networks of hundreds of thousands of nodes. She has made important contributions in network security, including robustness despite malicious trusted participants, assured delete, key management for data at rest encryption, distributed denial of service defense, and user authentication.

Perlman is currently a fellow at Dell EMC, and has taught as adjunct faculty at MIT, Harvard, and the University of Washington. She is the author of the popular textbook Interconnections, and co-wrote the textbook, Network Security.

Perlman holds over 100 issued patents and has received numerous awards including induction into the Inventor Hall of Fame, lifetime achievement awards from ACM's SIGCOMM and Usenix, election to National Academy of Engineering, induction into the Internet Hall of Fame, and an honorary doctorate from KTH. She has a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Computer Science and made possible thanks to The Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship Fund. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4360. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at Third and College Streets in Northfield.