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 2018)
Algorithmics. Weeks 1-4 only: MoTuTh 2-3 in 303-G23 (MLT1).
Security. Lectures: Tu 3-4 in 303-G23, Th 11-12 in 303-G23, Fr
3-4 in 303-B09. Tutorial sessions are held during weeks 4-11: Tu 4-5
(206-314), Th 4-5 (303-B05), Fr 4-5 (206-314).
- My office hours during S2 2018 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
Hackers and the Trade War, interview
Williams Drive, Newstalk
ZB, 21 December 2018 from 15.05pm to 15.13pm.
by Clark Thomborson and Marc
Security and Privacy
Conference on Information Security and Privacy, ACISP 2017, Auckland
NZ), LNCS 10343, Springer,
- 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
Software Engineering 21:3 1035-1066,
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
- 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
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