ACCU/Bletchley Autumn Lectures 2011

Milton Keynes
Saturday, 12 November 2011


ACCU / Bletchley Park Autumn Lectures

Saturday 12th November 2011

ACCU/Bletchley Autumn Lectures 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011

Bletchley Park
The Mansion
Bletchley Park
Milton Keynes

Map and Directions

ACCU is proud to announce its 2011 Autumn Lectures at Bletchley Park 

All the proceeds from this conference will be shared equally between the Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing to help with the upkeep of the Bletchley Park site, and to support the Museum.

Each year the ACCU organises a one day conference on security to raise money for the Bletchley Park Trust, the body which runs Bletchley Park, the World War II UK cryptography centre where the legendary German 'Enigma' code was first cracked, and for The National Museum of Computing, also housed at Bletchley Park.

The first speaker has been confirmed!
 We are excited to announce that Frances Allen will be speaking at this year's conference and giving a talk on "A code breaking language and system for the NSA in the 1950's and 1960's".

Frances Allen joined IBM in 1957, and retired in 2002, and she is justly famous for her work on program optimization, work which forms the basis of optimizing compilers to this day. For obvious reasons her work with the US National Security Agency (NSA) is less well known! In 2002 she won the  Augusta Ada Lovelace Award presented by the Association for Women in Computing. In 2006 she became the first woman recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery A.M. Turing Award in 2006, a prize generally considered to be computing's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The second speaker has been confirmed! It has now been confirmed that Brian Oakley will be speaking at this year's conference and giving a talk on "Language and Codebreaking at Bletchley Park in WWII"

The talk will focus on the place of linguists in the Bletchley Park Structure; the vital need to interpret correctly the German (and some 20 other languages) military texts of the intercepted signals; the place of cribs in the breaking of Enigma; and of lingustic structure in breaking both Enigma and the Fish codes. He's promised to waffle a bit about Alan Turing and his algorithmic approach to code-breaking, and the problems of language processing as exemplified by the work at BP and subsequently in the UK at NPL, etc.

About Brian Oakley:
Brian was in the Royal Signals at the end of WWII, enabling him to get to Oxford where he read Natural Philosophy (...physics to normal mortal). He worked on early data handling systems at TRE/RRE/RSRE, etc fir some 20 years, programming in Algol and the early military real-time languages leading to Ada. He was then posted to the Ministry of Technology in 1969 where he was involved with the IT industry and held the Software Industry seat, etc. Brian became Secretary of the Science & Engineering Research Council, and then ran the Alvey programme. After retirement he worked as Chairman of Logica (Cambridge), their research centre when C++ was in its heyday. He was President of the BCS in 1988 and Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society for a number of years. Since retiring, Brian has remained involved with Bletchley Park, serving as a Trustee and a facility Guide. He now acts as a historian of the war-time work.

Update - Third speaker confirmed!
We are delighted to announce that Dr David Hartley will be speaking at this years conference and will be giving a talk titled, "CPL - The Great Grandfather of C"

About Dr David Hartley:
David Hartley read Mathematics and what is now called Computer Science at Cambridge in the 1950's. He was Director of the Cambridge University Computing Service for over 23 years before moving on to run JANET, the UK academic part of the internet. He has advised various academic, industry and government bodies including the British Prime Minister in the 1980's. David is a past President of the BCS and for the past 4 years has been Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society. He is now an Honorary Member of the Cambridge Computer Laboratory and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

Final Speaker Confirmed! We're pleased to announce that Professor Fred Piper will be speaking at this years conference and will be giving a talk titled, "Cryptography: How it has changed since 1945"

Summary: For many people the war time activities at Bletchley Park signal the beginning of both 'Modern Cryptography' and '(digital) computers'. However there have been significant advances/changes in both of these topics since then and, in particular cryptography has progressed from being a mysterious black art to becoming a popular science (with advances in computing and communications playing significant roles in this transition).
In this talk we will discuss some of these advances in cryptography and the impact it now has on our daily lives.

About Professor Piper:
Fred Piper obtained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics at Imperial College (University of London) in 1962 followed by a PhD in 1964. He began an academic career as an Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics at Royal Holloway College (University of London) and after one year was promoted to Lecturer. He transferred to Westfield College (University of London) in 1969, was promoted to Reader in 1971 and to Professor in 1975. He is currently Director of the Royal Holloway Information Security Group that was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998. He has held a number of visiting positions at other universities, including Illinois (Chicago campus), Florence, Perugia, New York State (Albany), Michigan State, Western Ontario, Natal and Beijing.
Fred has published over 100 research papers, 6 books (4 on Cryptography), and is on the editorial boards of two international journals. He has also supervised over 50 PhD students and is one of the organisers of the MSc's in Information Security and Secure Electronic Commerce being offered at Royal Holloway. He has lectured world-wide on a wide range of topics in information security, both academically and commercially.
In 1985 he formed a company, Codes and Ciphers Ltd which offers consultancy advice in all apsects of information security. He has acted as a consultant for a number of financial institutions and major industrial companies in the UK, Europe and USA. This consultancy has covered a wide range of subjects including design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, and work on a number of ATM and EFTPOS systems. In the last few years, he has served on a number of committees offering security advice to the UK's Department of Trade and Industry.
Fred is a member of the Board of Trustees, Bletchley Park. In 2002 he was awarded an IMA Gold Medal for "Services to Mathematics". In 2002 he was also awarded the first honorary CISSP for a European (this was for "leadership in Information Technology"). In 2003 Fred received an honorary CISM for 'globally recognised leadership' and 'contribution to the Information Security Profession'. In 2005 he was elected to the ISSA Hall of Fame. He was named Professional of the Year at the Communications in Business Awards 2005. In 2008 he was elected to be a Fellow of (ISC)2. In 2008 he was the first person to be elected to the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was elected to the International Advisory BOard of IMPACT (the International Multilateral Programme Against Cyber Threats) and in 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Royal Holloway, University of London.

Last year's speakers were Bruce Schneier, Whitfield Diffie, Andy Clark and David Kahn.


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