Invited Speakers

Jeffrey Kephart, IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, USA

Jeff Kephart manages the Agents and Emergent Phenomena group at IBM Research. He also leads IBM Research's Data Center Energy Management strategic initiative and a joint research program with the IBM Tivoli software group.

Earlier in his career, Kephart explored the application of analogies from biology and economics to massively distributed computing systems, particularly in the domains of electronic commerce and anti-virus and anti-spam technology.

His team's research efforts on economic software agents and digital immune systems have been publicized in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Spectrum, and Scientific American.

Kephart has played a key role in establishing autonomic computing as an academic discipline. He co-founded the International Conference on Autonomic Computing, for which he currently serves as steering committee co-chair, and his "Vision of Autonomic Computing" article in IEEE Computer remains one of the most widely-cited computer science articles of 2003.

Kephart earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (with a minor in Physics) from Stanford University.

Alexander Pretschner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Alexander Pretschner is a full professor of Computer Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where he heads the Trustworthy Certifiable Computer Systems Group. Prior appointments include a professorship at Kaiserslautern University of Technology; a research group leadership position at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in Kaiserslautern; guest professorships at the universities of Rennes, Trento, and Innsbruck; and a post doc position at ETH Zurich. PhD from Munich University of Technology; Master's degrees in computer science from the University of Kansas and from RWTH Aachen.

His main research interests are information security, specifically distributed data usage control; and software engineering, specifically testing. He has published 65 papers; organized 25 symposia, including general chairmanships of the 4th International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation (2011) and the 6th International Workshop on Security and Trust Management (2010). He has served on the program committees of 60 international conferences and workshops.

Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Pierangela Samarati is a Professor at the Department of Information Technology 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 170 refereed technical papers in international journals and conferences.

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 Technical Committee on Security and Privacy in Complex Information Systems (TCSPCIS) and of 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 the Coordinator of the Working Group on Security of the Italian Association for Information Processing (AICA), the Italian representative in the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) Technical Committee 11 (TC-11) on "Security and Privacy". She is a member of the Steering Committee of: ACM Symposium on InformAtion, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), International Conference on Information Systems Security (ICISS), and International Conference on Information and Communications Security (ICICS). In 2009, she was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

She has served as General Chair, Program Chair, and program committee member of several international conferences.