University of New Mexico
Stephanie Forrest is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and directs the Adaptive Computation Laboratory at UNM. She is best known for her work in adaptive systems, including genetic algorithms, computational immunology, biological modeling, automated software repair, and computer security. Her work has included developing the first practical anomaly intrusion-detection system; designing automated responses to cyberattacks; writing an early influential paper proposing automatic diversity and introducing instruction-set randomization as a particular implementation; developing noncryptographic privacy-enhancing data representations; agent-based modeling of large-scale computational networks; and recently, work on automated repair of security vulnerabilities. She has conducted many computational modeling projects in biology, where her specialties are immunology and evolutionary diseases, such as Influenza and cancer. She is currently a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Before joining UNM she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Stephanie also is a member of the External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute and Co-chair of its Science Board.
Keynote Address (CCS’15 Conference Dinner): The Biology of Software (Forrest Plenary Abstract)