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UW CSE Ph.D. alum Karl Koscher named runner-up for SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award

Karl Koscher at CCS 2015

Karl Koscher (left) accepts his award at CCS

UW CSE Ph.D. alum Karl Koscher has been named runner-up for the second annual SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis in Computer and Information Security for his UW Ph.D. thesis, “Securing Embedded Systems: Analyses of Modern Automotive Systems and Enabling Near-Real Time Dynamic Analysis.” The award was announced at the Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC), held this week in Denver, Colorado.

Karl, who worked with UW CSE professor Yoshi Kohno in the Security and Privacy Research Lab, is now a postdoctoral researcher at UCSD. He was part of the team that hacked a car driven by correspondent Lesley Stahl for an episode of CBS News’ 60 Minutes, a dramatic illustration of his research assessing the security vulnerabilities of the connected systems found in today’s automobiles.

To learn more about Karl’s work, read his dissertation here, and see our previous blog posts on UW’s and UCSD’s car hacking research here, here and here.

Way to go, Karl!