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Malware 2018 Best Paper Award

Malware 2018
Best Paper Award - Research Track

Presented to

William Fleshman, Richard Zak and Mark McLean

Laboratory for Physical Sciences, USA

and

Edward Raff and Charles Nicholas

Booz Allen Hamilton and

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

 

In recognition to their contributions to the Field of Information and Systems Security

and the quality and timeliness of their work as embodied in the manuscript:

 

“Static Malware Detection & Subterfuge: Quantifying the Robustness of Machine Learning and Current Anti-Viruscalable Encryption Fingerprinting in Dynamic Malware Trace" 

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Fernando C. Colon Osorio









Fernando Cristino Colon Osorio is a Puerto Rican engineer, inventor, educator, and entrepreneur who is currently a Professor at the Computer Science Department of Brandeis University[1]. In 1975 he was the primary architect of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) PDP 11/60 floating point unit , the FP11E [2]. The design, for the first time in the history of floating point processors for minicomputers, incorporated the Newton-Raphson method[3] as a mechanism to accelerate floating point division by a factor of 6X. Later in his career at DEC he was the principal architect of the Vax 8650[4], the Vaxft series [5]of Fault Tolerant computers, as well as Centaurus, an out of order execution ECL implementation of the Vax architecture. In 1982, he proposed and designed the precursor to the MicroVax [6], a first implementation of a system on a chip utilizing 1 micron technology. The Project code



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named  "System On A Chip", was the first attempt at DEC's semiconductor division to incorporate 1 million transistor on a single chip. In 2000. Colon Osorio changed fields, and focused his research efforts on what he considered at the time to be the next biggest challenged in the computer field, that of guaranteeing the security, privacy, and availability of systems and data. As a result of this new research direction, in 2006, Colon Osorio founded the Malware Conference[7], which celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. The Malware Conference, one of the premier research conferences in the security field, seeks to advanced the knowledge as well as the state of practical applications of current research to the problem of "System Security". Of particular emphasis of the conference is the understanding of both Broad Spectrum Malware and Targeted Attacks, as they posed the predominant threat to large organizations, as well as governments today.


Colon Osorio received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico[8], Mayaguez Campus, his master's degree and doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst[9] in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Colon Osorio is also the co-author of the textbook, Engineering Intelligent Systems[10], published by Digital Press in 1981. In 2009 Colon Osorio created and became executive director of the Brandeis two-year master’s program in computer science and IT entrepreneurship. The program designed to go beyond a traditional graduate technology degree — teaches students how to form a business around their ideas in the IT sector, from IT research to software development. The program combines graduate level computer science coursework with electives that emphasize cutting-edge research and the special skills required for launching a successful business in the Technology Sector.

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