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PhD Lectures in winter term 2015/16

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The next PhD Lectures in winter term 2015/16 will be

Randomness in Cryptography | Prof. Sebastian Faust, Monday, 10:00-12:00, NA 4/46


Digitale Signaturen | Dr. Tibor Jager, Wednesday, 10:15-11:45, ID 04/413

Next SLS session on June 25!

The next meeting of our monthly Seminar & Lecture Series (SLS) will take place on June 25, 2015, 10 a.m. in room ID 04/413.

As ususal our young scholars will present interdisciplinary theories and models from their various fileds of study - interested visitors and prospective UbiCrypters are invited to join!

UbiCrypt Summer School "SYSTEMS SECURITY" on July 20-24, 2015!

Our next UbiCrypt Summer School "SYSTEMS SECURITY" will approach the topic from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective. The event will be organized by Prof. Thorsten Holz, who hold the SYSSEC chair at Ruhr-University Bochum.

Interested PhD and Master students as well as postdocs are warmly invited to register via our application page!


Seminar & Lecture Series in May!

The next date for a meeting of our Seminar & Lecture Series is set on May 21, 2015. Our PhD students present current questions and theories to the group and interested guests.

Press and media coaching on March 17-18, 2015

We offer a press and media coaching for doctoral students from the Research Training Group on March 17-18, 2015. In addition to a general introduction to press coverage for IT Security scholars the focus is set on practical sessions for print and camera.

March 26 - Seminar & Lecture Series

Our next session of the UbiCrypt Seminar & Lecture Series takes place on March 26.

The call for "D•A•CH Security 2015" is now open

Our PI Prof. Kerstin Lemke-Rust co-organizes the upcoming conference "D•A•CH Security" from September 8-9, 2015 at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

The conference aims to bring together participants from academia, industry as well as service and application to discuss the current status of IT Security in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Call for Papers is now open!


Next meeting of our Seminar & Lecture Series on February 26.

Our doctoral students will gather for the next edition of our Seminar and Lecture Series on February 26, 2015! As usual, all interested scholars are welcome to join.

Congratulations to Dr.-Ing. Elif Bilge Kavun!

Our former scholarship holder Elif Bilge Kavun recently (and very successfully!) defended her thesis "Resource-efficient Cryptography for Ubiquitous Computing: Lightweight Cryptographic Primitives from a Hardware & Software Perspective".

We're very proud and happy: Congratulations!!!


This year's UbiCrypt Research Retreat will take place from October 5-7, 2015 at Westerholt Castle. The PhD students will present outtakes from their ongoing projects and discuss current research questions.

The yearly colloquium also provides aplatform for all members of IbiCrypt to discuss the current status of the Research Training Group.

We welcome our research guest Prof. Kaisa Nyberg

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Kaisa Nyberg (Aalto University, Espoo/Finland) as our guest scholar at UbiCrypt in January.

She stays at the Chair for Embedded Security and can be addressed by our PhD students with questions on Cryptography and Data Security.


UbiCrypt Seminar & Lecture Series on January 22!

The next UbiCrypt Seminar & Lecture Series will take place on January 22, 2015, 10 a.m. in room ID 03/455. Our doctoral students present current research topics from all areas of IT security. All interested scholars are welcome to join us!

UbiCrypt Annual Report 2013/14 - out now!

We're waiting for our new annual report to come hot off the press into our office. In the meantime the online version is available on our webpage!


UbiCrypt goes Facebook!

UbiCrypt recently laun­ched its Face­book-pa­ge. From now on, pho­tos and news round about the sci­en­ti­fic ac­tivi­ties of our young re­se­ar­chers will be uploa­ded re­gu­lar­ly. Fur­ther­mo­re, we will an­noun­ce up­co­ming events and post news and foo­ta­ge ac­cor­ding to our doc­to­ral stu­dents's pro­jects and ac­tivi­ties. We wish a lot of fun with this di­gi­tal lec­tu­re and are look­ing for­ward to many fri­ends and "likes"!


Seminar & Lecture Series tries out new format!

Our postdocs developped a new format for the traditional Seminar & Lecture Series in collaboration with the group of doctoral students. Instead of the usual workshop a series of meetings on a monthly basis will take place, which serve as platforms for short presentations with interdisciplinary gaze. Special emphasis will be put on the concrete focus of each presentation as well as the potential to broaden topics for crossdisciplinary discussion.

Dr. Sven Schäge joins UbiCrypt's Postdoc team

Dr. Sven Schäge joins our Research Training Group by November 1, 2014. Together with Dr. Carls Ràfols Salvador he will be responsible for the interdisciplinary coordination of the scholarship holders and collegiates. Sven obtained his PhD at the chair for net and data security at the Ruhr-University Bochum and was lately assigned postdoc at the Department of Computer Science of the UCL.

We wish Sven a heartly welcome and a good start!


Dr. Carla Ràfols Salvador - new Postdoc at UbiCrypt

By September 15, 2014 we welcome Dr. Carla Ràfols Salvador as Postdoc and new Interdisziplinary Coordinator at the Research Training Group. The matematician from Barcelona arrives us right from her last assignment as postdoc in Chile. Apart from her own ongoing research at the faculty for mathematics of the Ruhr-University Bochum she will mainly focus on the transdisciplinary network between the PhD students and the coordination of joint projects.

We warmly welcome Carla in our group and wish a pleasant and successful start!


UbiCrypt Research Retreat encourages scintific exchange

From september 29-30, 2014 the PhD students of the Research Training Group participate in an excursion to Raesfeld Castle. The yearly Research retreat gives them the opportunity to present current scientific achievements, discuss problems and share results with other doctoral students.

The event will be enriched by an audience of the RTG's PIS, who are highly motivated to guide the PhDs through possible tripping points and to add to the upcoming successful theses.

Dr. Tolga Yalcin stays as guest at UbiCrypt

From July 14 to July 25, 2014 we are glad to host Dr. Tolga Yalcin for a reserach visit at the chair for Embedded Security. He will furthermore be open to questions & answers by the UbiCrypt PhD students.

His current research interests include

"Cryp­to­gra­phy: With focus on Power and area ef­fi­ci­ent hard­ware im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of cryp­to­gra­phic al­go­rith­ms"

as well as

"Light­weight cryp­to­gra­phic al­go­rith­ms – hard­ware de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­ti­on".


Workshop CrossFyre - July 3 - 4, 2014

In its 4th year the traditional workshop CrossFyre will take place in Bocum. The aim is to brng together young female researchers to share current research as well as experiences in the field of IT-Security.

We are looking forward to two intereseting days with international reserchers as well as our planary speakers Prof. Dr. Angela Sasse (London) and Dr. Elena Andreeva (Leuven).


Summer School crypt@b-it - July 28 - August 1, 2014

In ccoperation with the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology we warmly invite interested Postdoc, Phd and Master students to participate in our Summer School on Discrete Logs and Functional Encryption.

Our invited speakers Prof. Dr. Gary McGuire (UCD Dublin) and Prof. Dr. Hoeteck Wee (ENS Paris) are sharing cutting edge research as well as interesting tutorials.

Apply now!


We are looking for 3 PhD and 1 Post-Doc candidates!


Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

By the second half of 2014 we are looking for three PhDs in full position and for one Post-Doc with the part of an interdisciplinary coordinator.


We are looking for you!

Application Deadline: November 15, 2013

UbiCrypt is looking for candidates with outstanding Master/Diplom in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or related areas. Be part of a group of internationally renowned researchers in an extremely interesting scientific environment.

Get more information and apply now.


New member: Francesco Aldà

October 15, 2013.
Since October 15, 2013 Francesco is a Ph.D. member of UbiCrypt. He comes from beautiful Verona (Italy) to Germany.

His first advisor is Prof. Hans Simon. He will work on the topic "Pri­va­cy-pre­ser­ving Le­arning".


New member: Tobias Schneider

Tobias Schneider

October 1, 2013.
From October 2012 to October 2013 Tobias Schneider was Qualification Fellow in UbiCrypt. Now he started his Ph.D.. As Qualification Fellow he is member of the "TopING program" of the Ruhr-University Bochum and he could start his Ph.D. after his Bachelor degree.

His first advisor is Prof. Tim Güneysu. Tobias will work on the topic "Se­cu­ring Hard­ware and De­vices".


Research Retreat 2013

For optimizing the quality control with respect to the scientific training, UbiCrypt organize once a year a two-day retreat outside of Bochum. Prior to the meeting each Ph.D. student provide a detailed report. This report contains a list with all educational activities from the past year, e.g., courses taken and summer schools attended. An important part of the report is a summary of the student’s research
and an outlook for the following 12 months.

From September 30 - October 01, 2013 was the first Research Retreat of UbiCrypt.

RISE - summer internship program


RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.

For 2014 the German Research Foundation plans to fund up to 50 scholarships (650 Euro/ month). Offers can be posted in the RISE database from October to November.


UbiCrypt PhD Lecture Term 2013/14

Prof. Eike Kiltz

Cryptographic Protocols

Friday, 10:00am - Prof. Eike Kiltz

- Identity-based Encryption
- Digital Signatures
- Secret sharing
- Threshold Cryptography
- Secure Multiparty Computation

The lecture will be given in English or German, depending on the audience.


OWASP AppSec Research 2013

Meet the folks of ws-attacker, BeEF, WAHH, sqlmap, Zed Attack Proxy, OWASP Top10, DOMinator, Minion, Mallodroid, and the inglorious bastards aka HackPra Allstars at this year's OWASP AppSec Research 2013, which takes place from August 20-23, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. The track HackPra Allstars is organized in cooperation with UbiCrypt - DFG Research Training Group 1817/1 "New Challenges for Cryptography in Ubiquitous Computing" of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security.


UbiCrypt Summer School - No: 1

July 26, 2013. The first UbiCrypt Summer School ends today. It was a realy interesting week.

A special thanks to all participants.

Good trip home - Hope to see you soon.


UbiCrypt Summer School - only a few places are still available!

The UbiCrypt Summer School 2013 will take place between July 22-26 2013 at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB). Topics covered during the summer school include (among others): Reconstructing data structures in a given binary executable, unpacking malware samples, analysis of recent and modern malware samples, binary instrumentation and analysis of Android malware. Only a few places are still available!

Get more information about UbiCrypt Summer School and the registration.


UbiCrypt Spins - start your start-up pro­ject

Find out more about the rea­li­ty of crea­ting a new idea, ana­ly­zing its po­ten­ti­als and the real need. Lis­ten to prac­tical ex­am­ples of ex­pe­ri­en­ced en­tre­pre­neurs and get the an­s­wers to your ques­ti­ons du­ring the get-to­ge­ther.


Mai 14, 2013 - 4pm, ID 04/653
Willi Mann­heims, VMCap
Tech­no­lo­gie­aus­grün­dun­gen aus In­ves­to­ren- und CEO-Sicht

June 4, 2013 - 4pm, ID 04/653
Chris­tof Paar, Chair for Em­bed­ded Se­cu­ri­ty, RUB
ESCRYPT GmbH - Fall­stu­die einer ITS-Aus­grün­dung

June 18, 2013 - 2pm, ID 04/653
Karl Gros­se, ru­bi­tec - Ge­sell­schaft für In­no­va­ti­on und Tech­no­lo­gie der Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum mbH
Tech­no­lo­gie­ori­en­tier­te Grün­dun­gen aus der RUB - Rah­men­be­din­gun­gen, Un­ter­stüt­zungs­an­ge­bo­te und Bei­spie­le

New PI in UbiCrypt

UbiCrypt welcomes Prof. Dr. Christina Pöpper as a new member of the Research Training Group. Bevor she became Principal Investigator of UbiCrypt and member of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security she worked as Post Doc at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

UbiCrypt Summer School - Apply now!

May 17, 2013. The UbiCrypt Summer School "Reverse Engineering" offers graduate students and young researchers the opportunity to learn more about binary analysis and malware reverse engineering. In cooperation with SysSec Network of Excellence, we offer fascinating topics and hands-on experiences in this emerging field.

A special event is planned for Wednesday (July 24): the SysSec Network of Excellence organizes a workshop focused on system security research, to consolidate the Systems Security research community in Europe.


New Member of UbiCrypt

Welcome to UbiCrypt

Since May 1st 2013 Elena Kirshanova is member of UbiCrypt. Her first advisor is Prof. Alexander May. She will work on the topic “Fully Homomorphic Encryption”.

More information about her project:

Open Post Doc Position

UbiCrypt is looking for a candidate with outstanding Ph.D. in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or related areas.

Interested in a position as interdiciplinary Coordinator in an extremely interesting scientific environment?

Application deadline: April 30, 2013

Get more information here .

Best Paper Award

Hendrik Meutzner

In March Hendrik Meutzner was honored for his paper "SVM-Based Preprocessing for Automatic Speech Recognition" with the "EAA Best Paper and Presentation Award 2013" at the Conference on Acoustics AIA-DAGA 2013 in Merano, Italy.

He is a doctoral student in the DFG Research Training Group "New Challenges for Cryptography in Ubiquitous Computing" (UbiCrypt / GRK 1817/1) and members of the Group "Digital Signal Processing" at Ruhr-University Bochum.

Hendrik Meutzner currently works on his doctoral thesis "Acoustic CAPTCHAs for Network Security". He wrote the paper together with Prof. Dorothea Kolossa and Sarmad Malik from "Digital Signal Processing Group"

Open Post Doc Position

UbiCrypt is looking for a candidate with outstanding Ph.D. in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or related areas.
Interested in a position as interdiciplinary Coordinator in an extremely interesting scientific environment?

Get more information here .

Open Ph.D.-Positions

UbiCrypt is looking for candidates with outstanding Master/Diplom in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or related areas.

Interested in a structured Ph.D. in a group of internationally renowned researchers with excellent funding provides and an extremely interesting scientific environment?

Get more information here .

Horst Goertz Institute starts DFG Research Training Group UbiCrypt

The DFG, or German Research Foundation, awarded more than €4 million to the Horst Görtz Institut for IT-Security for the establishment of the interdisciplinary research training group “New Challenges for Cryptography in Ubiquitous Computing”. Main aspect is a training concept for a structured PhD at the highest scientific level. The official opening ceremony will be held on September 25, 2012.

The research training group will study problems which are fundamental for securing the Internet of Things. The research is structured in three levels: cryptographic primitives, device and system level. The research topics range from cryptographic foundations such as fully homomorphic encryption for privacy in cloud computing, over security for medical implants to internet security solutions involving new national ID cards. A central goal of the doctoral training is an interdisciplinary and structured education at the highest scientific level. Establishing networks to top internationally research groups is part of the training.

Modern training elements such as the Cross-Disciplinary Project, research visits and mandatory regularly scheduled summer schools complete the training. Specifically for female students mentoring programs and trainings are offered.

Kick Off Event

The graduate program will start on Oktober 1st, 2012 with seven students and one post-doc. For September 25th, 2012 the HGI has invited to the kick-off event.