A Look Inside DARPA
Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM
110 E 2nd St
Everyone knows DARPA developed the Internet, but it’s lesser known that DARPA shepherded inventions like pocket-sized GPS, Siri, night vision goggles, self-driving cars, and countless other technologies. DARPA hires brilliant engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to identify impossible problems and then allocates millions of dollars to solve them. Dan Kaufman, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation office, believes in impossible things. And he thinks no is a lazy answer. The Silicon Valley veteran and former co-COO of Dreamworks Interactive has assembled a team of experts to solve some of the biggest problems in cybersecurity and big data. Join Dan as he discusses his journey to DARPA, how the agency is applying software innovation to issues like human trafficking, how computers will soon self-heal after a hacking attempt, and how technologies designed for national security will also make the world a better place.
Dir, Information Innovation Office
Dan Kaufman is a Bay Area technology veteran who is now director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), the office charged with the agency’s software innovations, particularly in cybersecu...Show the rest
Dan Kaufman is a Bay Area technology veteran who is now director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), the office charged with the agency’s software innovations, particularly in cybersecurity and big data analytics. He created the office in August 2010 under then-director Regina Dugan.
Dan is responsible for identifying and creating promising new information technologies and developing DARPA programs to exploit these advances for the benefit of national security.
Dan is building on the legacy of predecessor offices at DARPA which developed innovative technology such as the Arpanet, now the internet, and Personalized Assistant that Learns, now commercially transitioned and known as Siri on the Apple iPhone.
He staffs the Office and works with I2O program managers to develop concepts and plans for new programs and to transition I2O R&D products to end users at various defense and government agencies.
Dan believes that “no” is a lazy and safe answer.Hide the rest
Computer Security Reporter
The Wall Street Journal
Danny Yadron covers cybersecurity from The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau. He usually writes about hackers, cybercops and what companies do (and don't do) to stay safe on the Internet. ...Show the rest
Danny Yadron covers cybersecurity from The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau. He usually writes about hackers, cybercops and what companies do (and don't do) to stay safe on the Internet. At the Journal, he also has covered tech policy, a presidential campaign, national politics and the Midwest – his home. Before that, he wrote for McClatchy, the Austin American-Statesman and The Buffalo News.Hide the rest