UM To Host Cybersecurity Experts For Conference:  Six nationally recognized experts in the field of cyber security will discuss the latest cyber threats and trends in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. This all-day conference is open to the public at no cost from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuedsay, Oct. 19 at UM’s Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Experts speaking include: Cloud computing expert Christofer Hoff will talk about Bringing Sexy Back to Information Centricity. Hoff is director of Cloud & Virtualization Solutions at Cisco Systems. FBI Assistant Director and UM alumnus Gordon Snow will present Cyber Threats in the 21st Century. Snow is assistant director of the Cyber Division, Cyber National Security Section at the FBI. Learn how to pick a lock from Deviant Ollam in his demonstration, The Four Types of Physical Lock. Ollam is a lockpicker from The CORE Group. Former senior advisor to the Obama administration Melissa Hathaway provides a national perspective on “Cyber Security: A National Imperative.”  Hathway is a senior advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. The first person to break an iPhone, Charles Miller, will discuss the Past, Present, and Future of Smartphone. Miller is principal analyst at Independent Security Evaluators. Security pundit and CSO Marcus Ranum will comment on Scenes from the 2010 Cyber War between China and the US. Ranum is chief security officer at Tenable Security Inc. SUMIT_10 is an annual symposium hosted by the University of Michigan, with the goal of raising awareness and educating the community on cyber security trends. For more information and to register, visit

Oakland County robotics association kicks off season: The Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association, an association of Oakland County high school robotics teams, kicks off its 11th season Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a meeting at 4:30 p.m. at Oakland Schools in Waterford Townshipfor teachers, coaches and students to learn what the game will be this year. Registrations are rolling in and thus far, participating schools include Birmingham Groves, Birmingham Seaholm, Brandon, Brother Rice & Marian Catholic Central High School, Clawson, North Farmington, Holly, Notre Dame Prep, OSTC Northeast, OSTC Southeast, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Pontiac High School, Rochester Adams, Roeper, Royal Oak, South Lyon Schools, University High School Academy of Southfield Public Schools, Waterford Kettering and West Bloomfield. Competition dates and sites this year include Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m., Kickoff at Oakland Schools; Saturday, Sept. 24, Workshop at OSTC Northeast from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23, Tournament 1,  Waterford Kettering High School, 9 a.m.; Thursday, Oct. 28, Tournament 2, site to be determined; Saturday, Nov. 6, Diversity Showcase and Tournament 3, site to be determined; Thursday, Nov. 11, Tournament 4, Birmingham Seaholm High School, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20,  County Championship, Holly High School, 9 a.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 30, OCCRA Banquet at Oakland Schools, 5:30 p.m. Unlike the FIRST competitions, OCCRA requires the entire robot be student-designed and built. The rules of the competition will allow for and encourage corporate partnerships but will not allow precise machining or processes that cannot be carried out in the schools. This is a full contact robotics competition, where students will control 120 pound robogladiators as they clash on the field of play. The robots will try to score points by placing balls into goals while their opponents try to stop them. OCCRA robots play rough and some damage will surely occur, but unlike “Battlebots” the rules prohibit teams from intentionally damaging another machine. OCCRA is supported by the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, whose support is made possible through the generosity and support of area businesses and individuals. Current corporate sponsors include: DTE Energy Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chrysler, General Motors Powertrain, Keyang Electric Machinery Co., Ltd., SMC Pneumatics and 3 Dimensional Services. For more information on OCCRA, contact Terri Kroll, project coordinator, Oakland Schools at (248) 209-2432. You can also get more information on OCCRA by visiting

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