Computer Science Special Speaker
Friday, September 16, 2016
Room 130 – Rice Hall auditorium
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas:
Winning 2nd Prize in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge
On August 4th, 2016, DARPA conducted the final event of the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) in Las Vegas. The challenge in CGC was to build an autonomous system capable of playing in a “Capture The Flag” hacking competition. The final event pitted the systems from seven finalists against each other, with each system attempting to defend its own network services, proving vulnerabilities (“capturing flags”) in other systems’ defended services, all the while meeting strict performance, time and space overheads.
Our team built Xandra, the system that won the $1M second-place prize in the final event. In this talk I will give an overview of CGC, describe our experience participating in CGC, outline the techniques and approaches used in creating Xandra, and highlight future research directions.
Xandra was jointly developed by researchers at GrammaTech (D. Melski, D. Nguyen, E. Rizzi) and the University of Virginia (M. Co, J. Davidson, W. Hawkins, J. Hiser, D. Morris, A. Nguyen-Tuong, and awesome support from the UVA CS System Staff).
Bio: Anh Nguyen-Tuong is a senior research scientist in the Department of Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science here at U.Va. in 2000.