systems, particularly for identity management and privacy
protection. Algorithms and applications for
software watermarking and
obfuscation. My inactive/former areas of interest
include software performance engineering
and R&D policy.
Teaching (S2 2013)
Construction. Wed 9-10 in Lib B28 (109-B28), Thu 12-1 in Lib B10
(109-B10), Fri 2-3 in PLT1 (303-G20).
Security. Lectures: Mo 12-1 in ALR6 (421W-501), Tu 9-10 in CAG10
(114-G10); Th 3-4 in ALR6 (421W-501). Tutorial sessions are held
during weeks 5-11: Tu 2-3 in 201E-512; We 12-1 in 206-202; Fr 11-12
- Office hours for S2 13: Wednesday 3-4pm and Friday 3-4pm, in
room 303S.593. Office hours are cancelled on Fri 23 August, sorry. Urgent queries should
be directed to the departmental front office 303S.384, phone (09) 3737
Current and Future Visitors
- Marc Jeanmougin, visiting
April-September 2013, to collaborate on the development of a model for
steganographic (stealthy) computation, and on solving some computational
problems in this model.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Lectures
- Protecting Privacy: Who Is
Responsible?, oral presentation to
Zealand Information Security Forum, Auckland, 12 September
- The Dhammic Framework for Understanding
the Cause of System Project Failures from Buddhist Insights, by
Pita Jarupunphol and Clark Thomborson, to appear
in Proc. 12th
IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive
Computing (ICCI*CC 2013, New York City, 16-18 July 2013).
- Securing Personas, oral presentation in the Security track at
Group Enterprise Transformation Conference, Sydney, 15-18 April
2013. This slideshow will also be published on the Open Group website,
in its official record of the conference.
Data Protection: Problem Statement and Requirements for Future Solutions,
A White Paper by Members of the Jericho ForumŽ, a forum of The Open Group,
17 pp., October 2012.
Cloud-Based Watermarking Method for Health Data Security, by
Zhiwei Yu, Clark Thomborson, Chaokun Wang, Jianmin Wang, and Rui Li,
in Proc. International
Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2012),
pp. 642-647, 2012. The only recipient of
Graphic Expression for Privacy and Identity Claims, oral
and Privacy Forum for
the Privacy Commissioner of New
Zealand, University of Auckland, 20 June 2012.
- The Art
and Science of Obfuscation,
Systems, Technology and Management (ICISTM 2012, Grenoble,
28-30 March 2012), Springer CCIS 285:9, 445-450, 2012.
Applications and Security in MapReduce: Opportunities and
Challenges, by Zhiwei Yu, Chaokun Wang, Clark Thomborson,
Jianmin Wang, Shiguo Lian, and Athanasios Vasilikos, Concurrency
and Computation: Practice and Experience 24:17, 2083-2101, 2012.
- A Novel
Watermarking Method for Software Protection in the Cloud, by
Zhiwei Yu, Chaokun Wang, Clark Thomborson, Jianmin Wang, Shiguo
Lian, and Athanasios Vasilikos,
Practice and Experience 42:4 409-430, Wiley, 2012.
Framework for System Security, by Clark Thomborson,
in Handbook of
Information and Communication Security, eds. P. Stavroulakis
and M. Stamp, Springer, 6 March
2010. Word cloud,
produced by Wordle.
list of publications.
Google Scholar listing.
Recent Professional Service
- Primary Representative to
the Jericho Forum
for the University of Auckland, since 2005.
- University of Auckland International Committee, from January 2013
to December 2013.
- Recent programme committees:
IEEE ICC 2014 -
Communication and Information Systems Security Symposium, 10-14
June 2014, Sydney;
Information Security Conference (ACSW-AISC 2014), 20-23 January
Secure Data Management, in conjunction with VLDB, 30 August 2013,
on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM
2013), 25-28 August 2013, Calgary;
IFIP TC-11 SEC 2013 International Information Security and Privacy
Conference, 8-10 July 2013, Auckland;
IEEE Intelligence and
Security Informatics 2013 (ISI 2013), 4-7 June 2013, Seattle;
2nd ACM SIGPLAN Program Protection and
Reverse Engineering Workshop (PPREW 2013), 26 January 2013, Rome.
- 1975 B.S. (honors) Chemistry, Stanford University
- 1975 M.S., Computer Science / Computer Engineering, Stanford University
- 1980 Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
- 1979-86 Assistant Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley
- 1983 married Barbara Borske
- 1983 Barbara and I transformed our surnames by "gene-swapping":
Thompson+Borske = Thomborson (but not Thomborsonske, nor Borthomp).
- 1986-94 Professor of CS at U Minnesota-Duluth
- 1992-3 Visiting Professor of EECS at MIT
- 1995 Principal Programmer, LaserMaster Corp of Minnesota
- 1996 emigrated to New Zealand
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Department of Computer Science
University of Auckland
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