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Title: From Scientific Publication to Commercial Product
Jaap Haitsma
Civolution, Netherlands

Abstract
In this talk I will present my personal experience of how scientific publications of a small team of scientists in Philips Research (of which I was one) in the late 90’s were converted to various commercial products. The talk will touch upon the technical and non-technical challenges that needed to be overcome. Furthermore it will also talk about the various deployments there currently are of watermarking and fingerprinting technology.
I hope this talk can give inspiration and some advice to other scientists to convert their research results into real tangible products. Having your algorithms solve real world problems or give enhanced experiences to customers is a very gratifying experience.

Biography
Jaap has a Master in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven. In 1997 he joined Philips Research in Eindhoven. He joined a small team of scientists that were starting to work on digital watermarking. After a few years working on Video Watermarking he applied similar ideas to Audio Watermarking. Soon after that he got triggered by a question of a fellow researcher to start looking into Audio Fingerprinting. The resulting algorithm is now powering a popular music identification service. Based on the audio fingerprinting algorithms also a video fingerprinting technology was created. In 2004 he joined Philips Content Identification as CTO. Philips Content Identification developed products based on the watermarking and fingerprinting algorithms that had been designed in the previous years. In 2008 Philips Content Identification spun out from Philips as Civolution. Currently Jaap serves as CTO at Civolution

 

Morning, November 20 (Wednesday), 2013
Title: Security and privacy in the cloud
Prof. Dr. Pierangela Samarati
Università degli studi di Milano, Italy

Abstract
The rapid advancements in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have enabled the emerging of the “cloud” as a successful paradigm for conveniently storing, accessing, processing, and sharing information. With its significant benefits of scalability and elasticity, the cloud paradigm has appealed companies and users, which are more and more resorting to the multitude of available providers for storing and processing data. Unfortunately, such a convenience comes at a price of loss of control over these data and consequent new security threats that can limit the potential widespread adoption and acceptance of the cloud computing paradigm.  In this talk I will illustrate some security and privacy issues arising in the cloud scenario, focusing in particular on the problem of guaranteeing confidentiality and integrity of data stored or processed by external providers.

Biography
Pierangela Samarati is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the Universita` degli Studi di Milano. Her main research interests are access control policies, models and systems, data security and privacy, information system security, and information protection in general. She has participated in several projects involving different aspects of information protection. On these topics she has published more than 230 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. She has been Computer Scientist in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI, CA (USA). She has been a visiting researcher at the Computer Science Department of Stanford University, CA (USA), and at the ISSE Department of George Mason University, VA (USA). She is the chair of the IEEE Systems Council Technical Committee on Security and Privacy in Complex Information Systems (TCSPCIS), of the Steering Committees of the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), and of the ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES). She is member of several steering committees.  She is ACM Distinguished Scientist (named 2009) and IEEE Fellow (named 2012).  She has been awarded the IFIP TC11 Kristian Beckman award (2008) and the IFIP WG 11.3 Outstanding Research Contributions Award (2012).

 

Morning, November 21 (Thursday), 2013
Title: Authentication on Emerging Interfaces
Prof. Dr. Nasir Memon
NYU-Poly, USA

Abstract
Emerging user interfaces such as multi-touch on mobile devices and cameras on gaming consoles are changing the manner in which we interact with computing devices.  However user authentication mechanisms implemented on them still mostly use text passwords. The well known problems related to users selecting weak textual passwords get further exacerbated by the use of a virtual keyboard. This talk will describe recent alternative approaches that have been developed and the technical and usability challenges faced by them.

Biography
Nasir Memon is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) laboratory at NYU-Poly. He is one of the founding members of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP), a collaborative initiative of multiple schools within NYU including NYU-Steinhardt, NYU-Wagner, NYU-Stern and NYU-Courant. His research interests include digital forensics, data compression, and multimedia computing and security. Memon earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India in 1981. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska. Prof. Memon has published over 250 articles in journals and conference proceedings and holds a dozen patents in image compression and security. He has won several awards including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award from NYU-Poly. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals and was the Editor-In-Chief of Transactions on Information Security and Forensics. He is an IEEE Fellow and a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Memon is the co-founder of Digital Assembly and Vivic Networks, two early-stage start-ups in NYU-Poly’s business incubators.