SKM 2014

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Dr. Marc Dacier, Principal Scientist in Cybersecurity, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Doha, Qatar

Title: BGP hijack: myth or reality?

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Divy Agrawal, Director of Research, Data Analytics, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar

Title: Database Scalability, Elasticity, and Autonomy in the Cloud

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Dr. Rahul Banerjee: Dr. Rahul Banerjee is a Professor and the Head at the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at BITS, Pilani. He holds a PhD in CS&E from the FE&T, AU.  His primary research and teaching interests lie in the areas of Wearable Computing, Computer Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Operating Systems and Ubiquitous Computing. 

He has participated in several funded research projects including those funded by European Commission in the area of Next Generation Networking involving IPv6 (in a five-nation project), Govt. of India in the area of Technology-enabled Learning, Govt. of France (in a four-nation project) in the area of IPv6-enabled Low-Power Wireless Sensor Networking. In addition, his work has been supported by Microsoft Research, IBM, Cisco, DEC and Google in a variety of forms. He has been a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Communications, IEEE Transactions on ITS, IJCNDS and IISc Journal.

Of late, he has also been involved in creation of an Open-edX based MOOC/SPOC Learning environment called ‘Any-Learn’ for catering to the scalable learning and outreach needs of the university.


Dr. Krishna Gummadi: Dr. Krishna Gummadi is a tenured faculty member and head of the Networked Systems research group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) in Germany. He received his Ph.D. (2005) and M.S. (2002) degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. He also holds a B.Tech (2000) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Krishna's research interests are in the measurement, analysis, design, and evaluation of complex Internet-scale systems. His current projects focus on understanding and building social Web systems. Specifically, they tackle the challenges associated with protecting the privacy of users sharing personal data, understanding and leveraging word-of-mouth exchanges to spread information virally, and finding relevant and trustworthy sources of information in crowds. Krishna's work on online social networks, Internet access networks, and peer-to-peer systems has led to a number of widely cited papers and award (best) papers at ACM/Usenix's SOUPS, AAAI's ICWSM, Usenix's OSDI, ACM's SIGCOMM IMW, and SPIE's MMCN conferences.


Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi is the head of the System Security Lab at the Center for Advance Security Research Darmstadt (CASED), Technische Universität Darmstadt. Since January 2012 he is the Director of Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) at TU Darmstadt, Germany.

He received his PhD in Computer Science with the focus on privacy protecting cryptographic protocols and systems from the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany. Prior to academia, he worked in Research and Development of Telecommunications enterprises, amongst others Ericson Telecommunications.  He has been leading and involved in a variety of national and international research and development projects on design and implementation of Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Trusted Computing, Security Hardware, Physically Unclonable Functions (PUF), Cryptographic Privacy-Protecting Systems, and Cryptographic Compilers (in particular for secure computation). He has been continuously contributing to the IT security research community and serving as general or program chair as well as  program committee member of many conferences and workshops in Information Security and Privacy, Trusted Computing and Applied Cryptography. He served on the editorial boards of the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC). Currently he is on the editorial board of ACM Books and acts as guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design (Special Issue on Hardware Security and Trust.

Prof. Sadeghi has been awarded with the renowned German prize “Karl Heinz Beckurts” for his research on Trusted and Trustworthy Computing technology and its transfer to industrial practice. The award honors excellent scientific achievements with high impact  on industrial innovations in Germany. Further, his group received the second prize of German IT Security Competition Award 2010.


Nikolaos Freris: Nick Freris an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New York University Abu Dhabi. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 2005 and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the M.S. degree in Mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively. His research lies in cyberphysical systems, in particular: a) distributed algorithms for estimation, optimization and control, b) big data: data mining/machine learning algorithms with provable guarantees, c) wireless sensor networks, and d) signal processing and sparse sampling. Dr. Freris has published in several top-tier journals and conferences on Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, held by IEEE, ACM and SIAM. His research has been recognized with the 2014 IBM High Value Patent award, two IBM invention achievement awards, a Vodafone fellowship and the Gerondelis foundation award.

Previously, Dr. Freris was a senior researcher in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he was the project manager of a long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm, San Diego, conducting research on sparse sampling and wireless sensor networks. From 2010-2012, he was a postdoctoral researcher in IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland, where he was involved in a 5-year ERC project on Big Data, as well as the IBM Operations Research Group. During his graduate years, he also worked as an intern in Deutsche Telekom and Xerox Research labs. Dr. Freris is a member of IEEE, SIAM and the Technical Chamber of Greece.


Aurelien Francillon : Aurelien Francillon is an assistant professor in the Networking and Security department at EURECOM, where he is co-heading the System and Software Security group ( Before this he received PhD degree in 2009 from INRIA and Grenoble INP, then he was a postdoctoral researcher in the System Security Group at ETH Zurich. He is mainly interested in practical aspects of the security of embedded devices.  In this context he has worked on topics such as code injection, code attestation, random number generation, hardware support for software security, bug finding techniques as well as on broader security and privacy topics. He served in many program committees and was program co-chair of CARDIS 2013.


Prof. Michail: Michail Maniatakos is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi and a Research Assistant Professor at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Prof. Maniatakos received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012, as well as a M.Phil. and a M.Sc. in 2009 and 2008 respectively. He has also received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science and Embedded Systems from the University of Piraeus, Greece in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He is the director of the Modern Microprocessor Architectures (MoMA) lab in NYU Abu Dhabi, an IEEE Member and an author of multiple publications in IEEE Transactions and conference papers. His research interests include homomorphically encrypted general-purpose computation, hardware security and heterogeneous microprocessor architectures.


Dr. Taha: Husrev Taha Sencar is a faculty member in the Computer Engineering Department at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey. He currently serves as the local director of the New York University Abu Dhabi’s cyber security center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His research interests include digital forensics and security problems in multimedia applications. He obtained the BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical and Electronics engineering, respectively, from Middle East Technical University and Baskent University of Ankara, Turkey. He received Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, in 2004.


Prof. PK: Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK") Assistant Professor, is currently the Hemant Bharat Ram Faculty Research Fellow at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, India. PK is the Founding Head of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC). PK is one of ACM India Eminent Speakers. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His research interests include Privacy, e-Crime, Online Social Media, and Usable Security, in particular, these days he has been dabbling with complex networked systems (e.g. social web systems like Twitter, Facebook, and telephone logs). He is also very passionate about issues related to human computer interaction. As Principal Investigator, PK is currently managing research projects of about 2 Crores INR. PK is a Co-Principal Investigator in a project approved at the Europe Union FP7 which is about 5.3 million Euros. PK has received research funds from Government of India, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, industry bodies in India, and International Development Research Centre. He is serving as a PC member in prestigious conferences like WWW, AsiaCCS and he is also serving as a reviewer for International Journal of Information Security and ACM's Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT). PK’s Ph.D. thesis work on anti-phishing research at Carnegie Mellon University has contributed in creating an award winning start-up Wombat Security Technologies PK founded and manages PreCog, a research group at IIIT-Delhi. PK is actively working with budding entrepreneurs to convert their technological ideas into products and services, a few examples: Wizters and backpack PK can be reached at


Dr. Debin Gao: Dr. Debin Gao is an Assistant Professor from School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University.  Having obtained his PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Debin is an active researcher in software and systems security for more than 10 years.  He publishes in top security conferences including USENIX Security, CCS, and received the distinguished paper award in NDSS 2013.  Debin also serves on program committees of many top security conferences including IEEE Symposium of Security and Privacy, International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses.


Dr. Payas Gupta: Dr. Payas Gupta is a Postdoctoral fellow in New York University, Abu Dhabi. His primary research interests revolve around telephony security and human aspects of security. Since, telephony and web are converging; he is exploring security issues in telephony security domain. He is also involved in many research projects related to human subjects and user authentication for smart phones. His work has been published in top security conferences/journals including CCS, Usenix Security and NDSS. His recent work on keystroke biometrics was awarded with the NDSS 2013 best paper award.

Payas obtained his Ph.D. from School of Information System at Singapore Management University, Singapore in 2013 and Bachelor of Technology in Communication and Computer Engineering from The LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur, India in 2008. Payas was also a visiting scholar for a year in CyLab and Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon.