New Dayton cyber-security firm celebrating new home

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Doug Ebersole, former executive director of the Air Force Research Laboatory, at 444 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton in a photo taken in April. AFRL researchers will join civilians at the downtown Dayton location. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

A computer science firm dedicated to strengthening cyber security will have an invitation-only event celebrating its new Dayton office Wednesday.

The Portland, Ore.-based company, Galois, is also noting its hire of John Launchbury as chief scientist.

Launchbury, who is expected to visit Dayton Wednesday, was previously director of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) at DARPA, where he oversaw what Galois called “nation-scale investments in the future of cyber-security and artificial intelligence.”

“I’m thrilled to be rejoining an organization that understands the critical need for trustworthy systems, and has the ability to develop technologies that enable such systems to be built,” Launchbury said in a statement. “The cyber threat is real, and there is emerging industrial and political will to build secure systems on a national level. Now is the time to act.”

Galois is opening an office in downtown Dayton’s newly minted Innovation District at 444 E. Second St.

Galois focuses on building “trustworthy” computer systems, secure computer systems that work only as they are intended to work, driven by new programming languages, said Aaron Miller, who will head the company’s Dayton office.

Galois and its work have been spotlighted in Wired and Popular Science magazines, among other places. The company recently completed a cyber-militarized systems program, “the most secure avionics program that has ever been created,” Miller has said.

Dayton is Galois’s third U.S. location. In April, the company announced that it had signed a lease for 3,000 square feet in the same building that also houses employees of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Nucleus incubator, Mile Two LLC, the Wright Brothers Institute and others.

Wednesday’s open house is private.

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