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 (S1 2017)
Topic Diploma Courses.
- My office hours during S1 2017 are by appointment only.
Urgent queries should be directed to the departmental front office
303S.384, phone (09) 3737 599 x85857.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Lectures
- Five Decades of
Software Obfuscation: A Retrospective, keynote address at
Conference on Applications and Techniques in Information Security
(ATIS 2017), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand / 6-7 July
Seberry Invited Lecture at
the 22nd Australasian
Conference on Information Security and Privacy (ACISP), Auckland,
New Zealand, 3-5 July 2017.
Memes, WannaCry is the Latest Viral Sensation, 12-minute interview
on "The Wire with Ximena Smith" show, 95bFM, 17 May 2017.
Patterns, by Clark
14th Annual Conference on Privacy, Security, and Trust
(PST 2016, Auckland, 12-14
December 2016), pp. 656-663, 2017. A preliminary version of this
article is available
as arXiv:1612.01553, 5
Experiment on the Impact of Transparency on the Effectiveness of
Requirements Documents, by Yu-Cheng Tu, Ewan Tempero, and
Clark Thomborson, Empirical
Software Engineering 21:3 1035-1066, June 2016.
and Hiding Surprising Fragments in an Obfuscated Program, by
Yuichiro Kanzaki, Clark Thomborson, Akito Monden, and Christian
Collberg, Proceedings of
the 5th Program Protection and Reverse
Engineering Workshop, affiliated with
ACSAC 2015, Los Angeles,
CA (USA), 8 December
- Benchmarking Obfuscators
of Functionality, arXiv:1501.02885, 8 pp., 13 January 2015.
list of publications.
Google Scholar listing.
Recent Professional Service
- Coordinator, Computer
Science Sustainability Network, from March 2016.
- Member, Faculty
of Science Sustainability Network, from 2015.
- Recent programme committees:
Australasian Conference on Information Security and Privacy (ACISP
2017), Auckland (NZ), 3-5 July 2017;
and Privacy for Internet of Things: Strategies, Technologies, and
Implementations (WICSPIT 2017), co-located with IoTBDS 2017,
Porto (Portugal), 24-26 April 2017;
Information Security Conference (ACSW-AISC 2017), Geelong VIC
(Australia), 31 January - 3 February 2017;
Software Security, Protection, and
Reverse Engineering Workshop (SSPREW-6), co-located with ACSAC
2016, Los Angeles CA (USA), 5-6 December 2016;
2nd Workshop on Software
Protection (SPRO-2016), co-located with ACM CCS in Vienna
(Austria), 28 October 2016;
IEEE Intelligence and
Security Informatics (ISI 2016), Tucson AZ (USA), 28-30 September
Information Security Conference (ACSW-AISC 2016), Canberra
(Australia), 2-5 February 2016;
Software Security, Protection, and
Reverse Engineering Workshop (SSPREW-5), co-located with ACSAC
2015, Los Angeles CA (USA), 8 December 2015;
- 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
Department of Computer Science
University of Auckland
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