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Scott Arthur Moody
Kona Currents
Buckley, Washington

Scott Moody received a BS and MS from the University of Washington (UW) in the early days of its computer science (CS) program. His main interests include elegant language and compiler design across distributed systems. Having joined the ACM as a student in 1979, his email address has stayed constant—even before email really existed! Scott spent 31 years at Boeing in research and development, earning the Associate Technical Fellow honor for his involvement in exciting projects such as RAPID, his own Denali language, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet), Future Combat Systems (FCS), the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), P8, B1, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) STARS, and software reuse. He has published internally and internationally, was involved in both the OMG Real-Time CORBA and Ada language distributed programming standards, and hosted an ISORC conference in Seattle.

Scott’s interest in computer languages for distributed computing led to a patent award for controlling smart energy distribution. He has explored how slow ad-hoc networks might support a FCS; how disperse sensors, objects, and new user interfaces (UIs) could support advanced command and control systems like SBInet or AWACS; and how to scale his iDogWatch to remotely collaborate, view, and feed animals from a wristwatch. Through his research company, KonaCurrents, he builds apps and writes and teaches a course on software architecture in the Internet of Things (IoT) era (affectionately called “The Adventures of KnowledgeShark”).

Even before Scott’s 15 years of contributions to ACM Computing Reviews (since 2006), he anxiously awaited the next “transactions” in its nice, blue 7x10 inch format (in paper)—for example, ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS)—and looked forward to applying ideas from the likes of Sun or Xerox PARC to his own technical challenges (as graphics were primitive, distributed computing still evolving, concurrency languages more expressive than computer power, and so on).

Scott finds the history of CS exciting, and was happy to hear that the “dragon book” authors were finally awarded the ACM A. M. Turing Award in 2020. Reviewing new works, especially the occasional book, helps him to stay technically current.

In addition to energetic CS discussions and app development, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife (also of the UW CS department and a Boeing Fellow), family, and hound dogs, as well as travel, photography, and outdoor recreation.


A survey of cyber security threats and solutions for UAV communications and flying ad-hoc networks
Tsao K., Girdler T., Vassilakis V. Ad Hoc Networks 1332022.  Type: Article

FANET was coined for flying ad hoc networks, for example, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This survey paper is an in-depth discussion of the cybersecurity concerns and shortcomings unique to UAVs, as compared to more established mobile ad hoc net...


Digital political communication strategies: multidisciplinary reflections
García-Orosa B., Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, 2022. 249 pp.  Type: Book (978-3030815677)

This book is a refreshing look at digital politics in a worldwide setting; a paradigm shift with varying ramifications for political communication strategies. Despite being written before the recent wave of conversational artificial intelligence (...


Advanced computing and systems for security: volume nine
Chaki R., Cortesi A., Saeed K., Chaki N., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2020. 124 pp.  Type: Book

The 2019 Applied Computation and Security Systems (ACSS) symposium discussed using fuzzy logic, geo maps, and other approaches to analyze, forecast, scale, and secure wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This volume includes eight of the 1...


Reliable industrial IoT-based distributed automation
Lesi V., Jakovljevic Z., Pajic M.  IoTDI 2019 (Proceedings of the International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation, Montreal, Canada, Apr 15-18, 2019) 94-105, 2019.  Type: Proceedings

This paper shows improved reliability in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) distributed automation systems by following along at runtime against expected real-world fault models. This novel idea represents models using extended Petri...


Hospitality of chatbot building platforms
Srivastava S., Prabhakar T.  SQUADE 2019 (Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGSOFT International Workshop on Software Qualities and Their Dependencies, Tallinn, Estonia, Aug 26, 2019) 12-19, 2019.  Type: Proceedings

Chatbots provide for natural language computer conversations, popularized with personal voice assistants like Siri and Alexa. Suitable architecture frameworks for building chatbots are reframed into the “hospitality”...


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