ESP Biography



BENJAMIN AGRE, Junior who does CS




Major: Math/CS

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2012

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I deal with computer security. I have been a programmer for a few years, and have dealt with major systems and computer security research for multiple years.



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


Introduction to Python in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
A short 2 hour introduction to python with some hands on activities. This will assume you have no background in computer science and no background in programming. We'll cover basics, have you do some simple exercises and just learn some python. Also remember children http://xkcd.com/519/


Introduction to Programmatic Debugging in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
So you've messed around with a computer, you might have started tearing it apart, hell you might even have some idea how things work. Well this is going to teach you how to programmatically debug programs, to reason about what they're doing, how they're doing it. We'll show you how some well known pieces of software work, as well as some things about plugin writing for VDB. There will be a brief refresher on assembly at the beginning of the class. There will also be a brief introduction to vtrace framework.


Pwning 101 in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
This class will be an introduction to applied computer security, with an emphasis on breaking things. This class will focus on application security, not on system security. In other words, there will be a simple end goal, one will not analyze a full system. It will consist of two parts, the first half an hour to forty-five minutes will be an introduction to assembly as well as some tools. The second will be hands on usage. Students will have two separate challenges to exploit.


What's Wrong With The Internets in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Ever wanted a really high score on Tetris? Want to know what your friends are _really_ saying about on Google Chat? Well, we'll show you some techniques for figuring that sort of thing out.