News Update :: Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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News for Tuesday, March 28, 2006

1 ] Midwest Schools Face Off in Cyber Defense Competition
2 ] Copyright Snag Might Derail French B-School’s iPod Deal
3 ] Montclair State Uses GPS Cell Phones for Campus Security
4 ] Berkeley Students Design Fire-Fighting Management System
5 ] MIT Adds ‘Social Impact Prize’ to Entrepreneurship Contest
6 ] Alaska Education Network Connects to Next-Gen Internet2

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1 ] Midwest Schools Face Off in Cyber Defense Competition

Over the weekend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted seven other colleges and universities for the first Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), a three-day challenge for students studying computer security to test their ability to fend off attacks .

The organizers of the competition include DePaul University, Southern Illinois University, Baker College, Washtenaw Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Indiana Tech, and Madison Area Technical College. They say the event will help the schools evaluate their computer security programs and provide a venue for students to put their learning to the test. The competition builds on the first Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which was hosted last year by the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The collegiate teams will be focused on defense while a red team, operated by a security consulting firm called the Cyber Defense Agency, will perform attacks. The competition will involve eight teams, each with eight students from a mix of four-year universities and community colleges. Each team will be given identical computer configurations at the start of the competition. Throughout the event, the teams must ensure that the systems supply specified services while under attack from the red team. In addition, the teams will have to satisfy periodic 'injects' that simulate business activities that IT staff must deal with in the real world.

For more information visit http://www.cssia.org

2 ] Copyright Snag Might Derail French B-School’s iPod Deal

Apple Inc. announced a two-year partnership with HEC, a leading French business university, to promote educational technology based on the Apple iPod. Under the terms of the deal, HEC will develop and provide course material, administrative information, and student-created content via the Apple iPod.

The HEC deal – the first of its kind in Europe for Apple – follows the example of similar agreements with Stanford University and Duke University. Starting next fall, every MBA student at HEC will be given a video iPod engraved with the school's logo to view and listen to lectures, about half of which will be digitized and stored within an hour of being presented. The iPods will also contain campus maps, class schedules, RSS feeds of news stories, and language training courses.

However the plan could hit a snag: last week the French legislature passed a new digital-rights law that could require Apple to accept songs for the iPod from services other than iTunes, Apple’s music service. Apple says the law would require it to disclose its proprietary copy protection scheme, and called the law “piracy.”

For more information visit http://www.macnewsworld.com/rsstory/49532.html

 

3 ] Montclair State Uses GPS Cell Phones for Campus Security

Montclair State University, N.J., has launched a mobile phone program with a GPS feature that lets students alert campus safety personnel of their location anytime they are feeling unsafe.

The program, called Rave Guardian, allows students to activate a timer on their mobile phone that alerts campus security if it is not turned off within a set period of time. If the alarm g'es off, campus safety will call the phone to ensure everything is all right. If there is no answer or there is a problem, the system displays the student's location along with any other pertinent information, such as medical conditions, photograph, and local address.

Since the system uses the same GPS technologies as E911 emergency centers, students can use it on- or off-campus and anywhere in the U.S. The program was developed at Montclair State with Rave Wireless, a provider of GPS-based mobile phone “lifestyle” applications. Using the system, students can also identify the GPS location of campus shuttle buses, as well as check class assignment changes, get specials at local merchants, and share their GPS location with friends.

Montclair State President Susan Cole said “our students lead active lifestyles, so whether they're running to class or meeting a friend at night, they have peace of mind in knowing that, if they wish, someone can know where they are and where they are going, and help can be immediately on the way if needed.'

For more information visit
http://www.ravewireless.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=39

 

4 ] Berkeley Students Design Fire-Fighting Management System

Graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley are designing a remote-sensing system to help the Chicago Fire Department locate fires in buildings and avoid becoming trapped. The Fire Information and Rescue Equipment (FIRE) project uses masks with micro-displays to show firefighters where they are in a burning building, and where to find fellow fire fighters and victims.

Remote sensors previously installed throughout the building will transmit floor plan information to “FireEye” head-mounted micro-displays so firefighters can see where to go to find potential victims. Wristbands will monitor firefighter heart rates and other vital statistics so commanders know every team member's status. Students used 3-D computer-aided design software from SolidWorks Inc. to design the systems to be lightweight, rugged, and dependable.

The project is supported by Ford Motor Co. and CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society). 'Firefighters need to know as much as possible about a building when they go in, often in zero visibility,' said Chicago Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter. 'Now they will be able to see instantly where they are, what obstacles lie ahead, and where to find people in trouble. It's all about saving lives.'

For more information, please visit http://bmi.berkeley.edu

 

5 ] MIT Adds ‘Social Impact Prize’ to Entrepreneurship Contest

MIT has doubled the prize money – to $100,000 – for winners of its annual Entrepreneurship Competition. In addition to its annual $50K “Business Venture Prize,” this year the school will also award a $50K “Social Impact Prize” for business plans that focus on improving the economies of low income communities.

The business prize targets high tech projects for specific markets, while the social impact prize will focus on business plans that serve low-income communities in developed and developing countries. They “are easy to scale up, sustainable, and can operate independently as a business or a non-profit organization,” said Ken Morse, managing director the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

This year the “MIT $100K” has 164 entries, with 55 teams competing for the social impact prize. “This year we have the highest number of entries since the peak of the dot-com bubble,” said Lawrence Walmsley, a contest organizer and MIT Sloan MBA student. Winners will be announced on May 18.

For more information, visit: http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu

 

6 ] Alaska Education Network Connects to Next-Gen Internet2

Alaska's statewide education network, AK20, will become the 35th state education network to connect directly to Internet2's nationwide high performance network. The deal was announced by officials from Internet2 and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

AK20 will participate in the Internet2 K20 Initiative which will give Alaska's students access to applications and sessions not available today on the commercial Internet. The connection, via the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, will enable advanced videoconferencing technology to bring together students from around the world in live sessions. Students from the University of Alaska, which has a well-regarded marine science department, will also use the network to view live undersea exploration demonstrations from remote locations.

AK20 connects hundreds of Alaskan schools, libraries, community colleges, and museums. Schools within urban areas such as Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau will connect via a fiber-optic network, while outlying rural areas will use satellite and digital microwave connections. 'By sponsoring the state's K20 Initiative, we are extending next-generation capabilities to a community that would not otherwise have access to these valuable educational resources,” said Steve Smith, UAF's chief information officer.

For more information visit
http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/0,1413,113~7244~3275232,00.html

 

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