Keynote Speakers


The following keynote speakers are already confirmed:

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    Bart Preneel (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
    “System security after Snowden”
    In June 2013 Snowden has transferred a set of sensitive documents to journalists, resulting in a continuous stream of revelations in the press. In this talk we discuss the impact of these revelations on security our information infrastructure. In particular, we discuss the known ways in which sophisticated attackers can bypass or undermine cryptography. We conclude by analyzing how these revelations affect future research in cryptology, information security and privacy.
    Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven; he heads the COSIC research group, that is a member of the iMinds Security Department. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 4 patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has coordinated the Network of Excellence ECRYPT, has served as panel member and chair for the European Research Council and has been president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). He is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and of the Academia Europaea. He has been invited speaker at more than 90 conferences in 40 countries. In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.

  • Virgilio_Almeida1Prof. Dr. Virgílio Augusto Fernandes Almeida (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Ministry of Science and Technology)
    “Information Technology in Brazil – Strategic Opportunities for Research and Innovation”
    In this talk I will present an overview of information technology research and development  in Brazil, emphasizing the research challenges and  opportunities available for computer scientists.   Information technology has been recognized as one of the central axis of innovation processes in society and the economy. Computer science and engineering face a broad challenge. The area must show the relevance of research activities, generate new useful technologies and push  the multidisciplinary limits of the cientific knowledge. To conclude I will talk about the role of information technology research in the developing world.
    Prof. Virgílio Augusto Fernandes Almeida is the Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. He is the chair of the Brazilian Internet Governance Committee (CGI) and chair of the board of CEITEC, a government-funded Brazilian semiconductor company.
    He is also a professor of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His areas of research interest include large scale distributed system, Internet, social computing, autonomic computing and performance modeling and analysis. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, an MS in Computer Science, from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and a BS Electrical Engineering from UFMG, Brazil. He was a visiting professor at Boston University (1996), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona (2003), Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2007) and held visiting appointments at Santa Fe Institute (2008), Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratory (2001) and 2004) and Xerox Research Center (PARC 1997). He published over 150 technical papers and co-authored five books on performance modeling, including “Performance By Design” (2004) “Capacity Planning for Web Services” (2002), and “Scaling for E-business” (2000) published by Prentice Hall. He has also been a member of the program committees of more than 20 national and international conferences as well as member of the editorial board of some important journals in his area of research. He has supervised more 50 PhD theses and MSc dissertations.
    Prof. Almeida has received, among others, the National Award in Informatics (1991) and the Great Cross of the National Order of the Scientific Merit in 2009. Prof. Almeida is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.