to the SecHCI Project @ hooklee.com
(formerly supported by Microsoft Research Asia)
What does SecHCI Mean?
SecHCI means Secure Human-Computer Identification (or Interface) System against Peeping Attacks. Generally speaking, SecHCI is an alternative name of so-called "HumanAut" (or HUMANOIDs), which is an ongoing project funded by Aladdin Center of CMU.
What is the Goal of the SecHCI Project?
The goal of the SecHCI project is to find practical and cryptographical secure solutions to SecHCI problem. Here, "practical" is really important since it is hard for users to accept a system with poor usability. It is much more difficult to design a practical and secure system than to degsign a secure system. There are some points about a practical SecHCI system: - almost humans can use without special technical training; - the login time should be small enough; - the passwords should be easily set, changed and recalled; - the idea of CAPTCHA can be easily incorporated to frustrate attacks from malicious robots; - the system can be easily configurated in ATM machines; etc.
When and How was the SecHCI Project Launched?
From April 2002, when I was a visiting student in Microsoft Research Asia (supervised by Dr. Harry Shum), the SecHCI project was launched as my research project. Initially, this project is our efforts to find a new direction lying between computer security and computer vision & computer graphics. After I left MSRA in Sep. 2002, the project is continued in Institute of Image Processing, Xi'an Jiaotong University. Now it is a free project without any financial support from neither MSRA nor IPC-xjtu.