Science For Alaska

Protecting Our Eye-dentity: New Methods for Information Security

Image courtesy of Popular Mechanics.

Lecture Description:

What if your computer could recognize you without having to type a password? What if your computer could know that you are there and unlock itself for you, and could relock itself if you leave? What could happen if your computer knew what you are looking at on its monitor? Eye tracking technologies have been around for 40 years, but are only now becoming affordable and powerful enough to come to a computer near you. This presentation will introduce some of the many applications of eye tracking in marketing, psychology and graphic design, as well as new research on using eye tracking for information security.

Presenter Information

Photo courtesy of K. Mock.

Kenrick Mock

Kenrick Mock, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Before coming to UAA in 2000 he taught at Washington State University Vancouver, Portland State University, and worked in industry for Intel Corporation, as an independent game developer, and as Chief Technology Officer for a startup company developing internet search technologies.

He has taught over 20 courses in computing and conducts research in artificial intelligence, complex systems, computer security, and computer science education. He has over 20 years of programming experience and has co-authored four textbooks on programming in Java and C++. Dr. Mock is also interested in promoting research experiences for undergraduates through grants, student activities, curriculum, and faculty development. He is currently the chair of the Task Force for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

Photo courtesy of B. Hoanca.

Bogdan Hoanca

Bogdan Hoanca is a Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He moved to Alaska in 2011. Before joining UAA, Prof. Hoanca co-founded, started up and sold a company that builds components for fiber optic communications. He also helped start and consulted with a number of other startup companies in optical fiber communications. Dr. Hoanca received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1999, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and an Electronics Engineer degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania. His current research interests revolve around information security and societal implications of technology.  

Dr. Hoanca received a Teacher of the Year award from the College of Business and Public Policy at UAA in 2005. He is a co-inventor on three patents and has published more 70 papers, book chapters and case studies.

He likes to bike, hike, fish and ski with his wife and two daughters. He has travelled over much of Alaska, from King Cove, to Barrow, to Ketchikan and much of the area in between. Though, he still has much more to see and do.