Tuesday, September 21, 2010 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Institute for Computer Research presents a seminar on

Each term, Facebook has been sending a PhD-level member of their engineering group along with their co-op recruiting team. We've been asking them to give talks on topics crucial to Facebook as a way to build awareness, attract PhD interns and potentially start research collaborations.

​​"Protecting the social graph"

By

Dr. Tao Stein
Facebook

Date

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Time

2:00pm

Place

University of Waterloo, Davis Centre, Room DC 1304

Abstract

The Facebook Social Graph contains 500 million people, the communication interactions and friendships between them, and other important entities such as groups, pages, and events. The Social Graph is an attractive target for attackers. They want to steal private information or expose people to spam. This technical talk will outline the challenges of protecting the graph and some of the approaches we have taken to protect people and their information.

Biography

Tao Stein is an Engineer at Facebook. For the past two years he has been building large-scale computer systems to protect the social graph from numerous attacks. Pior to Facebook Tao was a Researcher at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China for three years building experimental operating systems and systems for video distribution across the Chinese internet. Tao received a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard University where he researched operating systems and distributed file systems. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Tao graduated from Queen's University School of Business wher he studied Commerce and Finance.

Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
1304
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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