Bruce Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient. In addition, Bruce is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and VerifiedVoting.org; and a special advisor to IBM Security. He is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books--including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World--as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. Bruce holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Rochester and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from American University.
Tarek Abdelzaher is a Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He conducts research on systems, including operating systems, networking, sensor networks, distributed systems, and embedded real-time systems. In particular, Tarek is interested in developing theory, architectural support, and computing abstractions for predictability in software systems, motivated by the increasing software complexity and the growing sources of non-determinism. Applications of his research range from sensor networks to large-scale server farms, and from transportation systems to medicine. One recent area of research has been the Internet of Battlefield Things where he is working to enable new predictive battlefield analytics and services. Tarek received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He also holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Prior to establishing his lab at the University of Illinois, Tarek served on the faculty at the University of Virginia. He has authored/coauthored three book chapters and more than 60 refereed publications in leading conferences and journals in several fields including real-time computing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and control. Tarek is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, the International Journal of Embedded Systems and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal, as well as Editor of ACM SIGBED Review. He was Guest Editor for the Journal of Computer Communications and the Journal of Real-Time Systems, and is Co-Editor of IEEE Distributed Systems Online.