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June 16, 2013

Week 2.pdf  

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June 11, 2013

Last week was my introduction to people in North Sydney office. This week Although is a short week but is going to be really productive. I'm working on test enviorment here and more to come. Cheers!

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June 09, 2013

Week 1.pdf  

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June 08, 2013

ACTIVITIES:

I was right. The summer will be over before I know it and I feel like I just wrote this report.

This week was spent in at the university working on projects and not much time was left to get out and enjoy the culture. I hate to talk about the weather but here its been rainy and cloudy for the past 2 weeks, but no this past week. The one day I planned to spend time in the park, you guessed it...it rained.

On another note, I found this great Turkish place to grab a bite on the run and a great Thai place. Germany has many things including approximately 1500 varieties of sausage or Wurst. This food is amazing, even the leberwurst (Liverwurst) taste great even though im not a fan of anything liver. The addition of the Turkis and Thai place is a welcome variety to my daily calorie intake.

ISSUES/PROBLEMS:

Time is escaping me and I’m freezing in the office.

 

PLANS:

My expectations to travel to Berlin may be deferred yet again in lieu of more work that cropped up this past week. The weekend is expected to be rainy so maybe its not the best time to be walking around the city anyway; I will try again for next weekend.

 

PAPERS

Sunshine, J., Egelman, S., Almuhimedi, H., & Atri, N. (2009). Crying Wolf: An Empirical Study of SSL Warning Effectiveness. Presented at the Proceedings of the 18th 

Rader, E., Walsh, R., & Brooks, B. (2012). Stories as Informal Lessons about Security, 1–17

Sheng, S., Magnien, B., Kumaraguru, P., Acquisti, A., Cranor, L. F., Hong, J., & Nunge, E. (2007). Anti-Phishing Phil: The Design and Evaluation of a GameThat Teaches People Not to Fall for Phish, 1–12. 

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June 03, 2013

The first week in Austoralia is done, and I'm almost over the jet lag. This is going to be a great expreince for me as I am learning a new culture. I am looking forward to a productive week which is the official starting point of my journey.

Talk to you all later, 

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June 02, 2013

ACTIVITIES:

If this past week is any indication of how the rest of my time here will pass then the summer will be over before I know it. I have seen some new things but since there were two paper deadlines this week plus late night interviews via Skype, I was not able to do much in terms of exploration.

Earlier in the week, Schlossgrabenfest was being prepared. Thursday, May 30, was the first day of food, music, and friends. I was fortunate to visit once for lunch and again when I left the university for a light dinner. The fest is scheduled to run until Sunday so there will be further opportunities to meet and interact with people as best as I can. I am looking forward trying some of other food at the fest also. 

ISSUES/PROBLEMS:

Being harassed by little kids and by that, I mean 5 year olds; they love me.

PLANS:

I am planning my trip to France in the next few weeks for the Tour de France. Once I finalize that part, I plan on using a Euro Pass to catch an ICE to first Berlin then other parts of Germany.  Making the plans is nothing more than a short-term to-do item. 

PAPERS 

Rader, E., Walsh, R., & Brooks, B. (2012). Stories as Informal Lessons about Security, 1–17 

Sheng, S., Magnien, B., Kumaraguru, P., Acquisti, A., Cranor, L. F., Hong, J., & Nunge, E. (2007). Anti-Phishing Phil: The Design and Evaluation of a GameThat Teaches People Not to Fall for Phish, 1–12. 

Usability and Psychology. (2008). Usability and Psychology, 1–46.

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May 24, 2013

ACTIVITIES:

This has been a week of learning and new experiences, I'm definitely sure there are much more to come. My flight departed Charlotte at 4pm and arrived in Frankfurt, Germany 7am the following day. It was only a 20 minute bus ride to Darmstadt where I was left to find my hotel. This may sound easy as first until you consider the lack of sleep and a less than accurate GPS. I walked Darmstadt for about one hour - including the ~.75 mile walk from the bus station to the city center where my hotel is located all the while in a state of shock to see the beauty of this city.

As of this writing, I have finally earned a solid night of sleep, explored some, and have began working with our partner at the Center for Advanced Security Research (CASED). I still have much to see and do in the remaining 9 weeks I am here so, there is more to come.  

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

Just the basics in terms of living like navigating the city and arriving at my destination in a reasonable amount of time, in other words, not getting too lost; adjusting to the pace of the city and business schedule and the like. 

ISSUES/PROBLEMS:

As a non-german speaker I have had few encounters where language was a real issue. Due largely to the fact that the majority of the population speaks enough english to get by with almost able to converse, for this, I am thankful. Unfortunately for me, I have no prolonged exposure to the German language but I am listening very carefully and quietly observing the nuances of life here so that I can be a more active participant and less of a bystander. Otherwise, things are truly wonderful.

PLANS: 

Every day I try to eat at a new place and take a different route to the university, I will continue this as each day brings new experiences. Beginning next weekend, I will begin taking day trips to various parts of Germany and possibly neighboring countries. I have recommendations for places to visit and things to do outside of Darmstadt as the city is a little sleepy at times. 

This weekend I will also begin my workout routine again as I am expecting my sleeping patterns to further stabilize, this I am definitely looking forward to.

 

Papers Read this week: 

Kauer, M., Pfeiffer, T., Volkamer, M., Theuerling, H., & Bruder, R. (2012). It is not about the design - it is about the content! Making warnings more efficient by communicating risks appropriately.

Bartsch, S., & Volkamer, M. (2012). Towards the Systematic Development of Contextualized Security Interventions, 1–4.

Volkamer, M., Bartsch, S., & Kauer, M. (2013). Contextualized Security Interventions in Password Transmission Scenarios, 1–10.

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August 30, 2012

This is almost my last day of being in Brazil but it is really hard for me to leave here and come back to Miami. I learned a lot of things, made a lot of friends, and started interesting researches here. In last three weeks, I’ve edited one paper and finished the other one and also we start to work on the other topic on software engineering.  I’ve visited many places in Rio de Janeiro and enjoyed the food and coffee of Brazil. Brazilian people are so kind and friendly and you can start conversation with all Brazilians (if they know English). There are many places you can visit but you need to have friends here to learn how you can reach. I can say they have really good public transportation, and you can use boats, buses and subway to reach to everyplace, but the problem is the language and in most places it is only Portuguese which is a little bit annoying.

Beside the people and country, I really enjoyed working at the university, everything and everyone is friendly and also, you have free coffee. My advisor, Professor Clua and his students are really friendly and they invited me to many places. Last day, I and Professor Clua went to sailing and it was first time of me to be in the ocean, I really enjoyed the trip over the ocean and I am very thankful to him to help me to enjoy my time and doing strong research in Brazil.

I am pretty sure that I will return to Brazil to visit other places, I really enjoyed the trip and find many friends, but three weeks isn’t enough to visit everywhere and know the whole country.

 

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This week was amazing; I’ve just visited Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf.  Christ status is on the top of the tallest mountain of Rio and it is possible to see the whole city from there. But Sugar Loaf is beautiful for another reason. It has a great view over a lake, ocean and the city and also it is a wonderful place for rock climbers. In this week I need to finish a paper before 15th of this month, so I just attach some pictures from my trip to Rio. I will add more information by next week.

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I am pretty sure this trip will be one of the most important experiences of my life.  Brazil is really beautiful country with kind and friendly people and of course delicious foods.

After arriving to Niteroi, Professor Clua picked me up from Rio airport and he brought me to my current place in Niteroi. My place is quite close to the university (5 – 10 minutes’ walk). After that we went to the place near university for lunch and it was my first delicious meal in Brazil. They do have an amazing system for their restaurants, you must go there and pick a plate and put whatever you want in the plate (rice, meat, salad and …) then you should pay according to the weight of your food.

From the day after it, I just started my work in the university but in the weekend I go to Rio by using a boat which takes 20 – 30 minutes to reach Rio. And I don’t need to say Rio is one of the most beautiful places of the world with a lot of places for visiting including lot of catholic churches and beautiful beaches. For first week I’ve just visited some art museums and beaches which you can see some pictures from it.

The other important thing about Brazil is their people; they are really kind and friendly. I’ve got many friends in last week and they helped me a lot and have shown a lot of places to me.  

 

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