Robert Watson (computer scientist)

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Robert Watson
Robert N Watson March 2008.jpg
Robert Watson in 2008
Born (1977-05-03) 3 May 1977 (age 37)
Harrow, London
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields Computer security[1]
Operating systems[2][3]
Network stacks
Programming languages
Computer architecture[4][5]
Institutions Cambridge Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Wolfson College, Cambridge
Thesis New approaches to operating system security extensibility (2011)
Doctoral advisor Ross Anderson
Known for contributions to FreeBSD, TrustedBSD, OpenBSM
Website
www.watson.org/~robert
www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rnw24
people.freebsd.org/~rwatson

Robert Nicholas Maxwell Watson (born 3 May 1977) is a FreeBSD developer, and founder of the TrustedBSD Project.[6] He is currently employed as a University Lecturer in Systems, Security, and Architecture in the Security Research Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.[7][8][9][10]

Education[edit]

Watson graduated in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and has attained a PhD from University of Cambridge. As well as Cambridge, he has worked at the National Institutes of Health, Carnegie Mellon University, Trusted Information Systems, Network Associates, McAfee, and SPARTA. He obtained a PhD in computer security[11] from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, supervised by Ross Anderson and sponsored by Google.[11]

Research[edit]

Watson's work has been supported by DARPA, Apple Computer, the Navy, and other U.S. government agencies. His main research interests are network security and operating system security. His main open source software contributions include his work in developing the multi-threaded and multi-processor FreeBSD network stack, the TrustedBSD project, and OpenBSM. His writing has been featured in forums such as ACM's Queue Magazine,[12] the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, BSDCon, and a Slashdot interview.[13] He was also a FreeBSD Core Team member from 2000–2012.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murphy, S.; Lewis, E.; Puga, R.; Watson, R.; Yee, R. (2001). "2001 IEEE Open Architectures and Network Programming Proceedings. OPENARCH 2001 (Cat. No.01EX484)". p. 63. doi:10.1109/OPNARC.2001.916839. ISBN 0-7803-7064-3.  |chapter= ignored (help) edit
  2. ^ Watson, R. N. M.; Anderson, J.; Laurie, B.; Kennaway, K. (2012). "A taste of Capsicum". Communications of the ACM 55 (3): 97. doi:10.1145/2093548.2093572.  edit
  3. ^ Watson, R. N. M. (2013). "A decade of OS access-control extensibility". Communications of the ACM 56 (2): 52. doi:10.1145/2408776.2408792.  edit
  4. ^ List of publications from Google Scholar
  5. ^ Clayton, R.; Murdoch, S. J.; Watson, R. N. M. (2006). "Privacy Enhancing Technologies". Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4258. p. 20. doi:10.1007/11957454_2. ISBN 978-3-540-68790-0.  |chapter= ignored (help) edit
  6. ^ FreeBSD Week: Interview with Robert Watson. OS News, 2002-01-29
  7. ^ http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/news/2013/05/two-new-lectureships-announced/ Announcement of Lectureship
  8. ^ http://dl.acm.org/author_page.cfm?id=81328490800 Robert Watson's ACM author page
  9. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  10. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  11. ^ a b Watson, Robert Nicholas Maxwell (2011). New approaches to operating system security extensibility (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  12. ^ Kamp, P. H.; Watson, R. (2004). "Building Systems to Be Shared, Securely". Queue 2 (5): 42. doi:10.1145/1016998.1017001.  edit
  13. ^ Robert Watson on FreeBSD and TrustedBSD, Slashdot, 2001-01-18
  14. ^ FreeBSD Core Team Alumni, 2012-07-20