Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alum Yoshi Kohno featured on NOVA Science Now

A--very belated--kudos for alum Yoshi Kohno, who appeared in an episode of NOVA Science NOW in October 2012. We found out about the show while talking to a NOVA crew during a test at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center this past weekend.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Kohno was a graduate student in the research group of Mihir Ballare here at the Jacobs School. During his almost two-decade long academic career, he has hacked into cars, voting machines and even chips that expert runners insert into their shoes, among other exploits. The show retells his life since childhood when he was, of course, a computer wiz interested in cryptography.

"Thanks goodness that Yoshi is on our side," his wife, Taryn, says at one point during the show.

You can watch the show here (the segment on Kohno begins around 41:00).

You can also read about his work to hack into cars' electronic components in conjunction with Stefan Savage's research group  here at the Jacobs School in this New York Times story.

A couple of Jacobs School press releases about Kohno's work: on hacking into Diebold voting machines, which led to a testimony in front of Congress; and on a free software he helped develop to track lost or stolen laptops.

 In 2007, he landed on the MIT Technology Review's prestigious list of innovators under 35

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