U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Security and Privacy for Robots and Brains

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Dr. Tamara Bonaci
University of Washington
Tamara will present her recent work on security and privacy of biomedical cyber-physical systems. She will focus on two questions: (1) how do human idiosyncrasies open these systems for exploitations and attacks, and (2) how can we leverage human uniqueness to personalize these systems, but also to make them more security – and privacy-preserving and enhancing. In addressing these questions, two technologies will be presented: brain-computer interfaces and teleoperated robots. She will show how brain-computer interfaces can currently be misused to extract private information about users based on their EEG signals. Information about her novel bio-authentication method will be presented, leveraging haptic information between human operators, and haptic-enabled devices.
Speaker Bio

Tamara Bonaci received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, focusing on security and privacy issues of cutting-edge cyber-physical systems. She is a lecturer at the same university, where she is also involved in an effort to commercialize a component of her dissertation work. Tamara’s research interests include security and privacy of cyber-physical systems, human-computer interaction, robotics, and analysis of a human’s electrophysiological and bio-signals.

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