John Trono, professor of computer science, gave an invited talk on March 18, 2015, at Middlebury College, presenting his “A Reasonably Secure Cryptosystem Based on Addition.” He also presented his paper “Transactions: They’re Not Just For Banking Any More” at the Central Plains regional conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC-CP) which was held on April 10-11 in Branson, MO. John also presented the culmination of a recent collaborative effort, with colleague Philip Yates (Saint Michael’s associate professor of mathematics), at the 27th European Conference on Operational Research, which was hosted by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, during July of 2015. His presentation, entitled “Predicting the NCAA Men’s Postseason Basketball Final Poll More Accurately,” described several improvements upon this duo’s joint work. Their earlier paper, “How Predictable is the Overall Voting Pattern in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Post Tournament Poll?” was published in 2014, and appeared in volume 27, #2 of Chance – a quarterly “… magazine for people interested in the analysis of data” published by the American Statistical Association.
(posted September 2015)