Volume 2, Number 4 Spring 2001
The Official Publication of the Central Coast Section of the Los Angeles Council, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Find us on the Web at:http://www.ieee.org/central_coast
Get all the latest LA area news at the IEEE Los Angeles Council Electronic Bulletin
link to past Newsletters: Volume 1, Number 1Volume
1, Number 2Volume 1, Number 3
Volume 2, Number 1 Volume 2, Number 2 Volume 2, Number3
Meet Our New Interim Chair!
We are happy to introduce Dr. Medhat Ibrahim, who will be replacing Marty Kaliski as Central Coast Section Chair. He retired from Fresno State where he served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1992-1995. We wish Dr. Ibrahim the best of luck with the Section and thank him for agreeing to serve.
from Dr. Medhat Ibrahim
I have agreed to serve as Chair of the Central Coast Section of the IEEE to save all the achievements attained so far. I am also convinced that the Central Coast Section should continue to play its role in fostering the objectives and goals of the IEEE in our area of the country. We should continue to interact both technically as well as socially and be an active part of the IEEE 3 network.
As I reflected on the status of CCS while I was strolling on several beautiful beaches (A must among other things a retired person should do!) somewhere in the world either outside or inside the USA, I realized that the mission of the Central Coast Section should continue for the sake of the membership.
I have worked in industry as well as universities. I am
a member of some national IEEE committees and subcommittees. I look forward
to meeting and working with all the members of the outgoing, as well the
incoming, ExCom. During my tenure, I hope to interact with as many
members of the Section as I can, to get any feedback or suggestions. I
am hoping to get a slate of elected officers for the Section as soon as
it is possible.
Central Coast Greetings
by Marty Kaliski, Section Chair
The Central Coast Section is undergoing a transition in mid-June. As I indicated in the previous newsletter, I have decided to step down from the job of Section Chair at that time -- after running either the Section or its predecessor 都ubsection" for close to seven years. (Ali Shaban is similarly stepping down from his seven-year stint as Secretary.) Despite fears that we would need to go into a "sleep state," replacements have emerged! Dr. Medhat Ibrahim (retired EE and Computer Engineering Department Chair from Fresno State) will be replacing me, and Dr. Bill Ahlgren (a professor in my own EE Department at Cal Poly) will be replacing Ali Shaban. We even have a new member-at-large for SLO -- Hans Van Tilburg of Infogard.
Medhat and Bill will be interim, 田aretaker" officers (although active) until an official election can be put together later in the year. Jerry Skarnulis, our treasurer for the past few years, has offered to stay on as well, at least until the end of this calendar year. It is my hope that our monthly meetings in San Luis Obispo will continue along with the quarterly newsletter. We hope to develop regular meetings in Santa Barbara and Vandenberg as well.
I wish to thank all of the folks who have supported me and the Section over the years, either via their regular meeting attendance or by their volunteering to be speakers. I wish to give special thanks to my Executive Committee for all of their help. I would also be remiss in not explicitly recognizing my long time assistant, Carol Erickson, for her professional and conscientious preparation of our newsletters and her invaluable help with the many other Section clerical matters. Carol has done her fair share too, and has new challenges in her life that will require her full attention, so she will be stepping down as well. She is being replaced by Cal Poly EE Department Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Allen.
Having an IEEE professional section on the Central Coast
remains a top priority for me, and so I am delighted that we shall continue.
We hope to see you at our various activities during the year ahead.
Keeping You Informed
by John Armstrong, Computer Chapter Chair/Central Coast Representative
Computer Society News
California Conferences from http://computer.org/conferences/calendar.htm
4-8 Nov: ICCAD 2001, IEEE/ACM Conf. on Computer-Aided Design, San Jose, Calif. Contact Rolf Ernst,
5-10 Nov: 5th Ann. Linux Showcase & Conf., Oakland, Calif.
7-9 Nov: MTAC 2001, Multimedia Technology & Applications Conf., Irvine, Calif. .
11-14 Nov: ICNP 2001, 9th Ann. Int値 Conf. on Network Protocols, Riverside, Calif. Contact Satish Tripathi
26-29 Nov: ASE 2001, 16th Ann. Int値 Automated Software Eng. Conf., San Diego, Calif. Contact Yves Ledru
29 Nov.-2 Dec: ICDM 01, 2001 IEEE Int値 Conf. on Data Mining, San Jose, Calif. Contact Xindong Wu
30 Nov: MBRE 2001, 1st Int値 Workshop on Model-Based Requirements Eng., San Diego, Calif.
2-7 Dec: LISA 2001, 15th Systems Administration Conf., San Diego, Calif.
11-13 Dec: Bluetooth Developers Conf., San Francisco. Contact Terri Lagrisola
7-9 Jan: WORDS 2002, 7th Int値 Workshop on Object-Oriented Real-Time Dependable Systems, San Diego, Calif. Contact Kane Kim
16-17 Jan: InfoWorld Next-Generation Web Services Conf., San Francisco.
18-25 Jan: MMCN, Multimedia Computing & Networking Conf., San Jose, Calif. Contact Prashant Shenoy
28-29 Jan: FAST 2002, Conf. on File & Storage Technologies, Monterey, Calif. Contact Ellie Young
26 Feb.-1 Mar: ICDE
2002, 18th Int値 Conf. on Data Eng., San Jose, Calif. Contact
Los Angeles Council News
On May 5th, the Los Angeles Council (LAC) met at
UC Santa Barbara in conjunction with the Southern Area Student Paper &
Micromouse contests. There were several topics discussed:
http://www. ee. com./grid
by Jerry Skarnulis, Section Treasurer
I am sure that anyone reading this issue
of the newsletter will notice that the current Chair (Marty Kaliski) and
Secretary (Ali Shaban) will be resigning in June. As one of the remaining
officers of the IEEE Central Coast Section, I would like to personally
thank Marty and Ali for the tremendous job they have done over the years.
I have only been associated with them the last three years, but I was very impressed with their support of the Section in the monthly meetings at Cal Poly and the Executive Committee Meetings. Their promotion of the IEEE Central Coast Section and the Student Section has been exemplary. I would also like to thank them for their effort in getting people to replace them so that we can continue for the future.
It has been a pleasure to work with them and I wish their replacements the best of luck.
2000 Income $6251.05
Expenses thru 6/4 $943.04
In the field of information security, a cryptographic
algorithm conceals the plaintext by using an encryption key to encrypt
this plaintext into a cipher text. Anyone who has the corresponding decryption
key can efficiently decrypt the ciphertext into the original plaintext.
Everyone else has to derive the plaintext by using the ciphertext only,
and this is supposedly infeasible in a secure cryptosystem.
In the mid-seventies. the invention of public-key cryptography provided the first solution that addressed the needs of security in our modern information society. In a public-key cryptosystem, one key is kept private while the other is made public. This cryptosystem's security is based on the assumption that it is infeasible to deduce the private key from the public key.
An important property of public-key cryptosystems is the assumption of the existence of one-way functions (i.e., functions that are easy to compute, but difficult to solve in an efficient manner). It has never been proven that one-way functions exist.
There is also a trapdoor one-way function. This is a one-way function where if one knows the trapdoor information, the inverse can be efficiently computed, thus solving the problem. Without the knowledge of the trapdoor information, the function behaves as a regular one-way function.
Numerous public-key cryptosystems have been proposed based on various trapdoor one-way functions. Most of the proposed cryptosystems have been shown to have serious security flaws or were quickly broken.
For a long time, only two types of cryptosystems have been considered secure, efficient, and practical. They both are classified according to the mathematical problem on which their one-way function is based:
Central Coast Section Executive Committee
Marty Kaliski SECTION CHAIR firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Shaban SECRETARY email@example.com
Jerry Skarnulis TREASURER firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans van Tilburg SAN LUIS OBISPO M.A.L.* email@example.com
Wally Kammer VANDENBERG M.A.L.*firstname.lastname@example.org
John Armstrong COMPUTER CHAPTER CHAIR email@example.com
*Member at Large
Meeting Summary Notes
by Ali Shaban, Section Secretary
March 31, 2001
Present: Martin E. Kaliski (Section Chair), Jerome Skarnulis (Treasurer), John T. Armstrong (Computer Society Chair), Ali Shaban (Secretary)
Upcoming IEEE Meetings
The following speakers are scheduled for June 2001 Central Coast Section meeting:
June 5, 2001: Jerry Skarnulis, President. Computer Software Design LLC of Santa Barbara, on "Analytical Electron Microscopy--Past, Present and Future."
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each
month (October through June) from 7-8 p.m. in Engineering East Faculty
Office Building 20, Room 206 at Cal Poly unless otherwise specified. Refreshments
are available around 6:30 p.m. Meeting information will be announced via
e-mail. Please notify Carol Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
not receiving these announcements and would like to.
IEEE Central Coast News is published quarterly by the Central Coast Section of the Los Angeles Council, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. in San Luis Obispo, California. Inquiries, comments and submissions may be e-mailed to Carol Erickson at email@example.com or mailed to the address below. Circulation: 1,017
IEEE Central Coast Section
c/o Martin Kaliski, Section Chair
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407