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FinTech R&D Innovation Conference

Programme

8:00-9:15 Registration

8:00-9:30 Welcome Coffee & Networking

9:30-9:35 Conference Introduction - Karl Johannesson, FinTech Innovation Coach

Founder/Managing Partner Widsith Consulting Ltd and J’son & Partners. Karl A. Johannesson has more than 25 years of international experience as Management Consultant, Investment Executive and CXO adviser to leading multi-national ICT corporations, finance institutions, European Commission, growth businesses as well as start-ups. He specializes in investments, science & innovation, development and execution of business projects for high-tech and fintech sectors of the economy. Now based in Luxembourg he is advising international ICT clients and ICT & FinTech start-ups. Since September 2015 he acts as innovation and commercialization advisor SnT with the objective to develop partnerships with industry.

 

9:35-9:40 Official Opening of the Conference 

  • Public and Private Partnerships in FinTech - Etienne Schneider , Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg

Étienne Schneider joined the Luxembourg government in February 2012 as Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade. In 2013, Étienne Schneider was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Defence. In 2004, Étienne Schneider was appointed government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible primarily for the Directorates of Energy, E-Commerce and IT/Data Security.

 

9:40-9:45 SnT within the FinTech Innovation Ecosystem of Luxembourg 

  • Prof. Björn Ottersten, Director SnT (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust), University of Luxembourg

Prof. Björn Ottersten received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA. During 96/97 Dr. Ottersten was Director of Research at ArrayComm Inc, a start-up in San Jose, California based on Ottersten’s patented technology. In 1991, he was appointed Professor of Signal Processing at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. From 1992 to 2004 he was head of the department for Signals, Sensors, and Systems at KTH and from 2004 to 2008 he was dean of the School of Electrical Engineering at KTH. Currently, Dr. Ottersten is the Director of SnT. He is a board member of the Swedish Research Council and as Digital Champion of Luxembourg, he acts as an adviser to the European Commission.

 

Plenary Session

  • ˜The morning plenary session focuses on key change paradigms and expectations for how the FinTech transformation of the banking and FI sectors might evolve in short and medium term.
  • ˜Current and future disruptive business models in FinTech across horizontal and vertical market segments will be discussed and presented.                                                                                                                                                 
  • ˜New private and public Luxembourg funding instruments in 2016 for R&D, seed-funding and private equity investments; including FinTech will be presented.

9:45-10:10 How will Blockchain Technology transform financial services? - Dr. Garrick Hileman, Economic Historian at the London School of Economics

Economic Historian at the London School of Economics, Founder of MacroDigest.  Dr. Garrick Hileman is best known for his research on monetary innovation and he is frequently sought as a speaker on this and other topics. Garrick is regularly invited to share his research and perspective with the media, including the BBC, CNBC, FT, WSJ, Sky News,and NPR. He was recently ranked as the 34th most influential economist in the UK & Ireland. Garrick's teaching at the London School of Economics has focussed on comparative national economic performance. His other research interests include: systemic risk, sovereign debt, financial crises, black markets, financial repression, and innovation.

 

10:10-10:35 Disruptive FinTech Landscape 2016-2021 - Philippe Gelis, Co-Founder and CEO of Kantox 

Philippe Gelis is CEO and Co-Founder of Kantox. Philippe began his career working for Renault Suisse as a financial controller. He then gained invaluable experience in the banking industry as a consultant. Before found Kantox he was strategy & management consultant at Deloitte. He is specialized in corporate finance and business strategy. Philippe has a masters in business strategy and an MBA corporate finance, both from Toulouse Business School.

 

10:35-10:45 New Funding Opportunities for Cooperation in Research & Innovation - Marc Schiltz,Secretary General Luxembourg National Research Fund

Marc Schiltz is the Executive Head of the National Research Fund of Luxembourg, a position to which he was appointed in 2011. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Paris and has been active in research for more than 18 years. Previously to his current appointment, he was Professor and head of a research laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and also hold academic positions at the University of Paris.

 

Questions and Answers

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break & Networking

Plenary Session 

11:15-11:40 The Future of FinTech and Banking: Digitally Disrupted or Reinvented? - Mali Marafini, CEO Interruptiv

Mali Fernando Marafini is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Interruptiv.com. Mali is a finalist in the Future CIO of the Year in IS Awards, and was nominated for FDMNatWestEverywoman in Technology Awards - Startup of the Year 2015. Mali is also a mentor for Startupbootcamp and LondonTechAdvocates, and is one of few women from a diversity background operating at senior level within the FinTech corporate arena.

 

11:40-12:00 Venture Capital Investment in FinTech – What’s on the Radar screen? - Alain Rodermann, Founding Partner, Expon Capital

Active in venture capital firms since 1997, Alain Rodermann founded Expon Capital in 2015. He formerly run the seed investment vehicle Arenatis Capital and was previously a partner at Sofinnova Partners, a leading European VC firm, for 10 years. Prior to this, Alain was an Investment director of Innovacom, the VC Arm of Orange. He invested as a lead investor at the very early stage and served as board member in 25 high tech, and biotech companies across Europe and the USA, including blockbuster Lastminute.com, Netvalue, EmailVision, Atomz and Maximiles, as well as Wyplay, Geneanet, Welovewords, GMP-Orphan. This followed 8 years with Bouygues and Alcatel in management positions in infrastructure construction projects, defense systems and software development.

 

12:00-12:40 Panel Discussion & Questions from Audience

Introductory remarks

  • How can Luxembourg become a competitive FinTech hub? - Gérard Hoffmann, Chairman ICT Luxembourg

Gérard Hoffmann has been Chairman & Managing Director of Telindus Luxembourg since 2002. In this role he also represents Luxembourg within the Benelux Management Team of Proximus. Since July 15, 2014, he is the first Chairman of the new not-for-profit platform ICTLuxembourg which includes the eight major associations in the ICT sector (APSI, FDI, Eurocloud, APSFS, ABBL, Fedil-ICT asbl, OPAL and AAC). He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Luxembourg. Chairman or board member in professional associations: FEDIL-Luxembourg Business Federation, Fedil-ICT asbl, EuroCloud Luxembourg, ICTLuxembourg etc.

 

Panelists

  • Xavier Buck, Chairman DCL Group
  • Marc Hemmerling, Member of the Management Board ABBL
  • Pascal Lanser, Country Manager CIONET
  • Karin Schintgen, Head of Lux Future Lab

Xavier Buck has been an Internet Entrepreneur since 1996. After co-founding and successfully managing several ventures like Datacenter Luxembourg, EuroDNS, eBrand Services and DomainInvest to name but a few, Xavier's current role mainly consists in deploying the group’s international activities with a special focus on theDomain Name industry Internet Traffic and Traffic Monetization.

Member of the Management Board ABBL. Marc Hemmerling is Member of the Management Board in charge of Payments & ICT, Retail Banking, IT Support and Internal Organisation. In addition, he acts as Chairman of XBRL Europe and Secretary General of XBRL Luxembourg. He is also Vice-President of EuroCloud Luxembourg, Member of the Board of ICTluxembourg and Co-Chair of the Luxinnovation ICT Cluster Working group on on e-payments/e-invoicing.  He represents the ABBL in a number of Committees at Luxembourg Central Bank (BCL) and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF).

Pascal Lanser is the Leader of CIONET Luxembourg. He represent the voice of the ICT user's and acts as the animator of the CIO platform. He was former Country Manager of IBM Luxembourg. Former member of the board of director's of the "Association des PSF de support" and former President of the Board of ISFSL (the PSF of IBM Luxembourg)

Karin Schintgen is head of Lux Future Lab in Luxembourg which is a leading incubator for start-ups. She is equally the Country Head for Corporate Social Responsibility of BNP Paribas Group in Luxembourg. A lawyer by training, specialized in international financial transactions, Karin has worked both in the public and the private sectors.

 

12:40-14:00 Buffet Lunch & Networking

14:00-16:30 Parallel Afternoon FinTech Streams 

16:30 Refreshments & Networking

 

Parallel Afternoon FinTech Streams

  • Afternoon FinTech streams are interactive presentations with invited guest speakers/animators and by teams of leading scientists from SnT presenting the latest research trends related to FinTech topics.
  • Potential generic research topics and user cases will be discussed in order to give impetus to explore potential joint R&D projects.
  • Participants are encouraged to participate actively as there is a combination of several short presentations and discussions.
  • Maximum 45 participants per FinTech Stream (on a first come basis) to keep an interactive format.

 

FinTech Stream I

Compliant and Secure Data Management in FinTech

Session Focus

  • How to provide compliant and secure data management systems in FinTech operations?
  • Regulatory compliance, online monitoring for business processes and access control, testing & analysis for security.

14:00-14:05 Introduction - Prof. Lionel Briand, SnT Professor

Prof. Lionel Briand, Ph.D., P. Eng., IEEE Fellow, is currently the lead scientist of the Software Verification and Validation Laboratory at the University of Luxembourg’s Centre for ICT Security, Reliability, and Trust (SnT) and SnT’s vice-director. His main responsibilities are to lead research and innovation activities in the area of software verification, validation, and testing, in collaboration with industry partners such as Cetrel, HITEC, SES, Delphi, and IEE. His activities include automated security analysis of web services and applications through automated security testing, run-time monitoring, and program analysis.  Prior positions include the leadership of the Certus software V&V centre at Simula Research Laboratory and a professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway, a professorship and a Canada Research Chair with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and the leadership of the department of Software Quality Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Lionel Brand has received several prestigious awards from the IEEE for his work and many awards for best scientific articles.

 

14:10-14:25 Guest Speakers

  • Challenges of delivering stability, security and compliance to our customers - Olaf Taupitz, Managing Director and Head of Product Management Cashcloud 

Olaf Taupitz is head of product and innovation / Managing Director at Cashcloud. Olaf brings with him more than 20 years experience from the prepaid industry and the telecommunications and payment system sector. It is his passion to create new products, sales and marketing activities and to lead them to success. He is a digital native and 24/7 dedicated to cashcloud.

 

  •  Mobile Payment Provider: Challenges of delivering stability, security and compliance to our customer - Gordana Adolf, Head of Marketing Cashcloud

Gordana Adolf holds a degree in Marketing and has approx. 10 years of experience in the payment sector. She is an entrepreneurial thinker with an expert knowledge and track record of high performance in Online Marketing, Strategic Marketing and Project Management. Furthermore, she has cross-functional experience in a start-up environment with a strong focus on implementing products into new markets.

 

Security

14:30-14:50 Automated Support for Security Audits: Program Analysis and machine learning-based techniques for verifying code secrurity - Dr. Shar Lwin, SnT Research Associate

14:50-15:10 Is your system vulnerable? Effective techniques for access control and penetration Testing - Dr. Cu Duy Nguyen, SnT Research Associate


Compliance and Monitoring

15:10-15:30 Does your system deliver what you expect? An overview of online monitoring and verification techniques for checking business process compliance and access control policies - Dr. Domenico Bianculli, SnT Research Associate

15:30-15:50 Regulatory Compliance: How FinTech firms can automate and reduce the cost of demonstrating compliance with the applicable laws and regulations - Dr. Mehrdad (Mike) Sabetzadeh, SnT Senior Research Scientist

15:50-16:30 Questions and Answers - Moderator: Prof. Lionel Briand

Dr. Mehrdad Sabetzadeh is a Senior Research Scientist at SnT specializing in software quality assurance and ICT regulatory compliance. His research emphasis is on business- and mission-critical applications, modeling and analysis of regulatory requirements. He has several years of experience conducting applied research in collaboration with industry.

Dr. Domenico Bianculli is a Research Associate at SnT specializing in software engineering. His main research interests focus on the specification, verification and validation of evolvable software systems, with a special emphasis on run-time verification of service-oriented and cloud-based systems, business processes, and access control policies.

Dr. Cu Duy Nguyen, Research Associate at SNT specialising software security testing. Research interests include model inference, test generation, and automated oracles to bring quality and security in software systems. He is working on effective techniques to detect top-ranked security vulnerabilities in collaboration with industrial partners.

Dr. Shar Lwin is a Research Associate at SnT. His research specializes in software security and privacy analysis of Web systems. He focuses on research and development of state-of-the-art methodologies and automated tools for performing security audits and analyzing privacy leakage in Web systems. Currently, he is involved in a privacy leakage analysis project in collaboration with Saarland University.

 

FinTech Stream II

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Smart Contracts

Session Focus

  • Practical usage of Blockchain technology and applications across various FinTech applications
  • Cryptocurrencies, smart contracts with state-of-the-art cryptographic tools and specific properties will be discussed in an interactive mode. 

Guest Speakers

14:00-14:20 The future of digital and complementary currencies - Dr. Garrick Hileman, Economic Historian at the London School of Economics

Economic Historian at the London School of Economics, Founder of MacroDigest.  Dr. Garrick Hileman is best known for his research on monetary innovation and he is frequently sought as a speaker on this and other topics. Garrick is regularly invited to share his research and perspective with the media, including the BBC, CNBC, FT, WSJ, Sky News,and NPR. He was recently ranked as the 34th most influential economist in the UK & Ireland. Garrick's teaching at the London School of Economics has focussed on comparative national economic performance. His other research interests include: systemic risk, sovereign debt, financial crises, black markets, financial repression, and innovation.

 

14:20-14.40 Smart contracts - state-of-the-art.  A broader perspective with a high level overview about smart contracts and sophisticated privacy-preserving smart contracts - Andrew Miller, PhD Candidate

Andrew Miller is PhD Candidate at Maryland University. He focuses on distributed systems, computer and network security,cryptography, programming languages and bitcoin.

 

Blockchain Security

14:40-15:10

  • Enhancement of blockchain security mechanisms: encryption and authentication
  • Anonymity and privacy for blockchain users and its tuning for law enforcement and data science (KYC/AML)
  • Customization of blockchain, comparison with Ripple and Ethereum

- Prof. Alex Biryukov, FSTC Professor & Dr. Dmitry Khovratovich, FSTC Postdoc

Cryptocurrencies

15:10-15:30

  • Security and Privacy in cryptocurrencies. Comparison of alt-coins and meta-currencies (Ripple, Ethereum)
  • Fine-grained micropayments for online services: development and implementation

- Prof. Alex Biryukov, FSTC Professor & Dr. Dmitry Khovratovich, FSTC Postdoc

Case Study

15:30-16:00

  • Customization of cryptocurrencies and blockchain mechanisms for concrete applications: egalitarian mining, computation-less proofs (proof-of-stake), reputation-based networks - Prof. Alex Biryukov, FSTC Professor

16:00-16:30 Questions and Answers - Prof. Alex Biryukov

Prof. Alex Biryukov is a cryptographer, currently a full professor at the University of Luxembourg. His notable work includes the design of the stream cipher LEX, as well as the cryptanalysis of numerous cryptographic primitives. In 1998, he developed impossible differential cryptanalysis together with Eli Biham and Adi Shamir   In 1999, he developed the slide attack together with David Wagner. In 2009 he developed, together with Dmitry Khovratovich, the first cryptanalytic attack on full-round AES-192 and AES-256 that is faster than a brute-force attack.   Since 1994 Alex Biryukov is a member of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

Dr. Dmitry Khovratovich is a post-doctoral researcher since January 2013 at the University of Luxembourg. He specializes in the design and cryptanalysis of symmetric primitives, e.g. hash functions and block ciphers. Dmitry is also interested in the practical aspects of cryptography: electronic currencies, tamper-proof designs, etc.

 

FinTech Stream III

Data Analytics, Big Data & Mobile Security

Session Focus

  • Data analytics, big data fraud detection and mobile security for data and payment.
  • How to transform FinTech data into valuable information, sensitive data leaks and how to identify fraudsters using advanced state of art Big Data Architecture.

14:00-16:00 Moderator - Prof. Yves Le Traon, FSTC Professor

Prof. Yves Le Traon is professor in Computer Science, specialized in software engineering, testing, security and model-driven engineering. Currently head of the CSC Research Unit and active member of SnT, where he leads the research group SERVAL (SEcurity Reasoning and VALidation). Research interests include software testing, model-driven engineering, model based testing, evolutionary algorithms, software security, security policies and Android security.

 

Guest Speaker

14:05-14:20 Private Equity Viewpoint: Are predictive & analytical tools needed for FinTech? - Alain Rodermann, Founding Partner, Expon Capital

Active in venture capital firms since 1997, Alain Rodermann founded Expon Capital in 2015. He formerly run the seed investment vehicle Arenatis Capital and was previously a partner at Sofinnov a Partners, a leading European VC firm, for 10 years. Prior to this, Alain was an Investment director of Innovacom, the VC Arm of Orange. He invested as a lead investor at the very early stage and served as board member in 25 high tech, and biotech companies across Europe and the USA, including blockbuster Lastminute.com, Netvalue, EmailVision, Atomz and Maximiles, as well as Wyplay, Geneanet, Welovewords, GMP-Orphan. This followed 8 years with Bouygues and Alcatel in management positions in infrastructure construction projects, defense systems and software development.

 

Model Driven Analytics

14:25-14:40 How to transform raw FinTech data into valuable information - Dr. Grégory Nain, SnT Research Associate

14:40-14:55 Machine-learning for enabling reasoning about FinTech data - Dr. François Fouquet, SnT Research Associate 

 

Guest Speaker

14:55-15:10 How to leverage the 'Wisdom of the Crowd' to make predictions - Peronet Despeignes, Special Ops at Augur.net

Peronet Despeignes manages new applications at augur.net (the global decentralized prediction market platform that will allow anyone from anywhere to create or trade in a prediction market topic about anything of widespread interest).  He has worked as an economics correspondent for Fortune Magazine, The Financial Times and Investor's Business Daily. Before the 2007 financial crash, he uncovered heavy insider selling by homebuilder executives, used futures markets to gauge the surprising extent of Wall Street's dependence on the Fed, was first to report the Fed's formal brainstorming over unconventional stimulus options and how the U.S. government's future financial challenges were massively underestimated. He developed regressions to assess which nations might outperform or underperform going forward based on which were "underpriced" or "overpriced." He majored in economics at Harvard University.

 

FinTech Software: Aware and Secure!

15:10-15:25 Harwesting the Web to Accelerate FinTech Businesses - Dr. Tegawendé F. Bissyande, SnT Research Associate

15:25-15:40 Tracking Vulnerabilities and Malware - Dr. Jacques Klein, SnT Senior Research Scientist

Case Studies

15:40-16:20

Big Data Processing & Fraud Detection with analysis of 250 TB data samples - Dr. Lautaro Dolberg, SnT Research Associate & Dr. Radu State, SnT Senior Research Associate 

Deep Learning Concepts from Theory to Practice  - Patrick Glauner, SnT PhD Candidate & Dr. Radu State, SnT Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Grégory Nain received his PhD in Software Engineering in 2011 at the University of Rennes  in France).  Dr. Nain is member of the SnT since March 2012 as head of the “Internet of Things Lab” Infrastructure. The Lab aims is to provide a platform for demonstration and experimentation for partners and European projects. His research interests focus on closing the gap between devices, the reasoning and presentation layers Lately, he obtained a grant for a Proof-Of-Concept project called, “Data Things”, with the objective to create a start-up company.

Dr. François Fouquet is currently research associate in the Serval team of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University of Luxembourg. He obtained his PhD degree in 2013 on the use of Models@Runtime for the continuous development of heterogeneous and distributed dynamically adaptive systems. This approach, particularly suitable in the domain of Internet of Things has been applied in various European project. Research associate at the SnT since 2013, his expertise in software engineering has been put to good use in several industrial partnership projects, notably with CREOS S.A. In the last years, he focused his research on the problem of efficient manipulation and storage of timed and relational data in IoT systems.

Dr. Tegawendé F. Bissyandé is a research associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg. He received his PhD degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Bordeaux (France) in 2013. His research interests lie in Debugging and fixing software, Empirical studies for improving software engineering processes, as well as in machine learning applications for malicious app identification. He has published research and practice papers in major venues such as ASE, ICSE, EMSE journal, Middleware, CODASPY and Software: Practice & Experience.

Dr. Jacques Klein is senior research scientist at the SnT. He is expert in Mobile Security where he develops tools to detect sensitive data leaks and malware. He is collaboration with companies such as Google and various universities in Germany, USA, Singapore, etc. He is also expert in Model-Driven Analytics where he contributes to the development of innovative tools and methods to ease big data analytics, mainly in the domain of Smart Grid.

Dr. Lautaro Dolberg was born in Argentina, were he did his master in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer for 7 years. After doing an internship at INRIA, France he moved to Luxembourg to pursue a PhD in in Informatics at the University of Luxembourg, his thesis was entitled Network Management with Data Analytics. Currently, he works as Data Scientist consultant while doing a Postdoc at the University of Luxembourg and Choice Holdings.

Patrick Glauner is a PhD student in machine learning at the University of Luxembourg in collaboration with Choice Technologies Holding, under the supervision of Dr. Radu STATE. He graduated as valedictorian in computer science from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and obtained his MSc in machine learning from Imperial College London. He was a CERN Fellow, worked at SAP and is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). His current interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, anomaly detection and big data.

Dr. Radu State did his graduate studies in France and the USA. In 1998 he obtained the Master of Science Degree at the Johns Hopkins University (USA), followed in 2001 by a PhD degree at INRIA (France). He holds an HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) since 2009 from University of Lorraine (France). He also holds an ADR (Autorisation de diriger des recherches, from the University of Luxembourg. He has published over 120 research papers in international peer reviewed conferences and journals and chaired several major conferences in the area of network management and security. Before joining the university of Luxembourg, he was a senior researcher (Chargé de recherche première classe) with INRIA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique), France, where he addressed fundamental and applied research in network and system security. The main areas of research addressed scalable management of dynamic network with a strong focus on network anomaly detection, adversarial modeling and machine learning. He held also a full professorship position“professeur des universities”in Nancy at the University of Lorraine in that period. Starting with 2016, Radu is heading the SEDAN research group at SnT. SEDAN stands for Service and Data Management in Distributed Systems and is currently hosting several Data analytics and Big Data related project at SnT.

 

FinTech Stream IV 

Help FinTech achieve Secure, Private and Flexible Business 

Session Focus

  • Secure authentication, e-cash, functional cryptography 
  • Lightweight versions of smart contracts

14:00-14:05 Introduction - Dr. Gabriele Lenzini (SnT Senior Research Scientist)

Guest Speaker

14:05-14:30 A Security Spin-off: Lessons learned the hard way at SecuityMatters - Sandro Etalle, Prof. at the Technical Universities of Eindhoven and Twente, co-founder and executive president of the spin-off SecurityMatters

Sandro Etalle (1965), is full professor at the Technical Universities of Eindhoven and Twente, and co-founder and executive president of the spin-off SecurityMatters, where he served as CEO of for 4,5 years. In the past, he was co-founder of two Italian high-tech companies. He is startup coach at the faculty of Mathematics and Computer science of the TU/e; his research interests are in the field of computer security.

 

Authentication and Secure Communications

14:30-14:40 Secure authentication over insecure channels: everything you wanted to know about secure exchange of encryption keys over the Internet but were afraid to ask  - Dr. Jean Lancrenon, SnT Research Associate 

Privacy

14:40-14:50 Transparency, Verifiability and Privacy: verifiable systems allowing everyone to prove that something happened by the rules without revealing too much - Dr. Gabriele Lenzini, SnT Senior Research Scientist

14:50-15:00 Privacy-friendly e-cash: crypto-based e-cash has been made easy, everybody can pay with his/her memory  - Dr. Qiang Tang, SnT Research Associate

15:00-15:10 Functional cryptography: encrypted operations over encrypted data and other privacy-respecting operators - Dr. Vincenzo Iovino, SnT Research Associate 

15:10-15:25 Questions and Answers - Dr. Gabriele Lenzini, SnT Senior Research Scientist

Smart Contracts

15:25-15:50 Implementing Smart Contracts in Insurance and other Businesses - Claude-Henri Convent, Manager Front Consulting Luxembourg

Claude-Henri Convent is manager of Front Consulting, Luxembourg. At  FinTech stream IV he will present smart contracts leveraged to reduce operational cost due to decentralised automation.  

 

15:50-16:05 Smart Contracts: How to program a Smart Contract using the Ethereum platform: applied examples on smart contract programming using a Domain Specific Language - Beltran Fiz Pontiveros, SnT PhD Candidate & Dr. Radu State, SnT Senior Research Scientist

16:05-16:15 Next generation secure cloud infrastructures for FinTech: Lightweight virtualization approaches based on unikernels and rumpkernels as next generation financial cloud infrastructures. - Mathis Steichen, SnT PhD Candidate & Beltran Fiz Pontiveros, SnT PhD Candidate

16:15-16:30 Questions and Answers - Dr. Radu State, SnT Senior Research Scientist

Jean Lancrenon has been a research associate at SnT since January 2012, in Prof. Peter YA Ryan’s group (ApSIA). He obtained his PhD from the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France) in June 2011. His research mainly focuses on the security modeling of cryptographic services with a particular emphasis on authenticated key exchange protocols.

Gabriele Lenzini, PhD in Computer Science from the University of Twente, is expert in design and analysis of digital and electronic systems, looking at security both the machine-to-machine communications and the human-to-machine interactions. He has been collaborated with several international research institutions, universities, private companies, and ministerial agencies. Since the 2014 he is a Senior Research Scientist at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg.

Dr. Qiang Tang is a postdoc researcher and principal investigator at  SnT, specializing in applied cryptography and privacy.  At this moment, his research interests lie in addressing the security and privacy issues in new computing paradigms (e.g. big data, cloud computing and internet of things). He has a broad collaborations with people from both academia and industry.

Vincenzo Iovino got his PhD in University of Salerno under the supervision of Giuseppe Persiano and thereafter he joined University of Warsaw in the crypto group of Stefan Dziembowski. He is currently a research associate of University of Luxembourg in the APSIA group led by Peter Ryan. His research interests include cryptography, and in particular encryption schemes with special functional and homomorphic properties, and electronic voting systems.

Beltran Fiz Pontiveros is pursuing his PhD at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg in collaboration with Telindus Luxembourg under the supervision of Dr. Radu State. He obtained his M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain) in 2012, focusing on machine learning applied to sentiment analysis as part of the Natural Language Processing Research Group. After graduation he worked as an IT consultant at Ernst & Young. His research is currently focused on machine learning, data mining and cryptocurrencies.

Mathis Steichen studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). During that time, he received his bachelor and master degrees. After accomplishing an internship at Telindus Luxembourg, Mathis joined the University of Luxembourg, more precisely the SnT and Secan Lab, as a PhD student in September 2015. Having recently started his PhD studies, Mathis focuses on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) in collaboration with Telindus Luxembourg.

Dr. Radu State did his graduate studies in France and the USA. In 1998 he obtained the Master of Science Degree at the Johns Hopkins University (USA), followed in 2001 by a PhD degree at INRIA (France). He holds an HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) since 2009 from University of Lorraine (France). He also holds an ADR (Autorisation de diriger des recherches, from the University of Luxembourg. He has published over 120 research papers in international peer reviewed conferences and journals and chaired several major conferences in the area of network management and security. Before joining the university of Luxembourg, he was a senior researcher (Chargé de recherche première classe) with INRIA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique), France, where he addressed fundamental and applied research in network and system security. The main areas of research addressed scalable management of dynamic network with a strong focus on network anomaly detection, adversarial modeling and machine learning. He held also a full professorship position“professeur des universities”in Nancy at the University of Lorraine in that period. Starting with 2016, Radu is heading the SEDAN research group at SnT. SEDAN stands for Service and Data Management in Distributed Systems and is currently hosting several Data analytics and Big Data related project at SnT.