Once every week while school is in session, EECS invites a distinguished researcher or practitioner in a computer science or electrical and computer engineering-related field to present their ideas and/or work. Talks are generally targeted to electrical engineering and computer science graduate students. This colloquium series is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming Colloquia

What should be in an XAI explanation? What IFT reveals by studying RTS

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LPSC 125

Speaker Information

Jon Dodge
Ph.D. Student
School of EECS
Oregon State University


"What should be in an explanation and what should they look like?” This is a fundamental question to answer in order for Explainable Artificial Intelligience (XAI) to gain the trust of human assessors. To this end, we conducted a pair of studies investigating generation, content, and form of explanations in the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) domain, specifically StarCraft II. First, we observed expert explainers' (shoutcasters) foraging patterns and speech, as they provide explanations in real-time. Second, we used a lab study to examine how participants investigated agent behavior in the same domain - but without the real-time constraint. By conducting this pair of studies, we are able to study both (1) explanations supplied by experts and (2) explanations demanded by assessors. Throughout our studies, we adopted an Information Foraging Theory (IFT) perspective, which allows us to generalize our results. In this talk, we present what these results tell us about how to explain AI systems.

Speaker Bio

Jonathan Dodge is a Ph.D. student in EECS, working on Explainable AI.

Enabling Complete and Efficient Attack Provenance at Scale

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LPSC 125

Speaker Information

Adam Bates
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


In a provenance-aware system, mechanisms gather and report metadata that
describes the history of each data object being processed, allowing users
to understand how objects came to exist in their present state.
Excitingly, we can also use provenance to trace the actions of system
intruders, enabling smarter and faster incident response. In this talk, I
will detail our efforts to achieve trustworthy data provenance in
malicious distributed environments. These efforts have led to the design
and implementation of a provenance-aware operating systems anchored in
trusted hardware, a mechanism that leverages the confinement properties
provided by Mandatory Access Controls to perform efficient policy-based
provenance collection, and most recently an efficient distributed
provenance management framework. Using these architectures, I will
demonstrate that provenance is an invaluable tool for combating critical
security threats including data exfiltration, SQL injection, and even
binary exploitation. By addressing key security and performance
challenges, this work is paving the way for the further proliferation of
provenance capabilities.

Speaker Bio

Adam Bates is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an Affiliate
Assistant Professor in the Electrical & Computing Engineering Department.
He received his PhD from the University of Florida, where he was advised
by Professor Kevin Butler in the study of computer systems and cyber
security, and completed multiple internships at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Adam has conducted research on a variety of security topics, including
SSL/TLS, cloud computing, USB attack vectors, financial services, and
telephony infrastructure. He is best known for his work in the area of
data provenance, particularly the construction of secure provenance-aware
systems. He received the NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative award in
2017, and served as Program Chair for the 2017 Workshop on the Theory and
Practice of Provenance (TaPP).

Past Colloquia

Julia Rubin
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Adriana Kovashka
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Attila Yavuz
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Harpreet S. Dhillon
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:45am to 9:45am
Gautam Das
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Jácome Cunha
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Matthew Johnston
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:45am to 9:45am
Andrew Clark
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:45am to 9:45am
Roy Olsson
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am