Human Computation with an Application to Passwords

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 9:00am9:30am

Manuel Blum, Bruce Nelson University Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Never memorize passwords. Compute them in your head instead, using secure humanly computable functions from challenges (website names) to responses (passwords).

Additional Materials: Publishable Humanly Usable Secure Password Creation Schemas, Manuel Blum and Santosh Vempala

Manuel Blum, Bruce Nelson University Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Manuel Blum received his BSEE from MIT in 1959. He started his career working in the Neurophysiology Laboratory of Dr. Warren S. McCulloch. He got his PhD in Mathematics at MIT under the supervision of Professor Marvin Minsky in 1964. After a brief stint as Assistant Professor of Math at MIT, he joined the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, 1968-2000. From 2000 to the present, he has been a Professor of CS at Carnegie Mellon University. Manuel is a Turing award winner and member of the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Association of Arts and Sciences. He is the proud academic father of 34 unique and exceptional PhD students. For recreation, Manuel replaced his motorcycle–which gave him no exercise–with a bicycle.

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