Troy University’s Computer Science Colloquium on Information Technology

Posted: Monday, 03 March 2008

Montgomery, AL – Civil, government and military information technology professionals and students will tackle “adversarial risk analysis” during the University’s Ninth Annual Colloquium on Information Technology on April 7.

The colloquium begins at 5:30 p.m. in Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum Auditorium and features Dr. David Banks as the key presenter.

Dr. Banks is a professor of the practice of statistics at Duke University and is currently the coordinating editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, chair of the American Statistical Association section on Defense and National Security. He is a member of the ASA Board of Directors. Previously, he held three positions in the federal government (the FDA, the DOT, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and academic positions at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Cambridge. His research involves risk analysis, metabolomics, network models and data mining.

Dr. Banks will present, “Applications in Adversarial Risk Analysis.” Adversarial Risk Analysis is a new research area that combines elements of statistical risk analysis, mathematical game theory and economic portfolio analysis. This talk describes applications in counterterrorism, computer security, corporate competition and regulatory policy. A key ingredient is the Kadane-Larkey formulation of game theory, which is a Bayesian alternative to the less flexible, and less realistic, minimax criterion.

Graduate and undergraduate computer and other technology students, as well as the greater Montgomery Civil/Government/Air Force community are invited to attend. The Colloquium is sponsored by the Troy University Department of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences and The Graduate School.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Mehmet Sahinoglu, Eminent Scholar and Professor, Department of Computer Science, Troy University at 334-832-7289 or E-mail (