Professor Clark Thomborson

BS(Hons)/MS (Stanford), PhD (Carnegie-Mellon)


  • 1975 B.S. (honors) Chemistry, Stanford University
  • 1975 M.S., Computer Science / Computer Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1980 Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • 1979-86 Assistant Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley
  • 1983 married Barbara Borske
  • 1983 changed surname from Thompson to Thomborson
  • 1986-94 Professor of CS at U Minnesota-Duluth
  • 1992-3 Visiting Professor of EECS at MIT
  • 1995 Principal Programmer, LaserMaster Corp of Minnesota
  • 1996 emigrated to New Zealand, joined University of Auckland

Research | Current

  • Obfuscated circuits
  • Steganographic protocols
  • Privacy requirements

Areas of expertise

The specification of secure systems, particularly for identity management and privacy protection.  Algorithms and applications for software watermarking and obfuscation.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tu, Y. C., Tempero, E., & Thomborson, C. (2016). An experiment on the impact of transparency on the effectiveness of requirements documents. Empirical Software Engineering, 21 (3), 1035-1066. 10.1007/s10664-015-9374-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ewan Tempero, Yu-Cheng Tu
  • Jarupunphol, P., & Thomborson, C. (2013). The dhammic framework for understanding the cause of system project failures from Buddhist insights. Paper presented at 12th IEEE International Conference Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing, New York, NY. 16 July - 18 July 2013. Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing, ICCI*CC 2013. 10.1109/ICCI-CC.2013.6622272
  • Yu, Z., Thomborson, C., Wang, C., Wang, J., & Li, R. (2012). A cloud-based watermarking method for health data security. Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation, HPCS 2012. 10.1109/HPCSim.2012.6266986
  • Thomborson, C. D. (2012). A Graphic Expression for Privacy and Identity Claims. Technology and Privacy Forum for the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand (Auckland, NZ). Technology and Privacy Forum for the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand (Auckland, NZ). Related URL.
  • Thomborson, C. (2012). The art and science of obfuscation. Paper presented at 6th International Conference, ICISTM 2012, Grenoble, France. 28 March - 30 March 2012. Information Systems, Technology and Management, Communications in Computer and Information Science. 10.1007/978-3-642-29166-1_43
  • Tu, Y.-C., Thomborson, C. D., & Tempero, E. (2012). Illusions and Perceptions of Transparency in Software Engineering. In T. D. Thu, K. Leung (Eds.) Proceedings of 18th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, 365-372. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: IEEE. 10.1109/APSEC.2011.42
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yu-Cheng Tu, Ewan Tempero
  • Yu, Z., Wang, C., Thomborson, C., Wang, J., Lian, S., & Vasilakos, A. V. (2011). A novel watermarking method for software protection in the cloud. Software: Practice and Experience, 42, 409-430. 10.1002/spe.1088
  • Yu, Z., Wang, C., Thomborson, C., Wang, J., Lian, S., & Vasilakos, A. V. (2011). Multimedia Applications and Security in MapReduce: Opportunities and Challenges. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 24 (17), 2083-2101. 10.1002/cpe.1846

Contact details

Alternative contact

021 2466 034

Office hours

By appointment on

Primary location

Level 5, Room 581
New Zealand

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