World experts gather for conference

Posted on 02/07/2012

Top Information Security experts from around the world gathered at Royal Holloway recently for a conference organised by the Information Security Group.

Dr Konstantinos Markantonakis, Dr Gerhard Hancke and Professor Keith Mayes co-organised Information Security Theory and Practices (WISTP 2012) that ran for three days in June and featured a distinguished line up of international speakers.

The ISG Smart Card Centre (SCC) played a pivotal role (along with colleagues from France, Belgium and Greece) in bringing this academic conference into existence, which is already in its 6th year. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners in the fields of mobile security and embedded systems in an attempt to bridge theory and practice. The research papers presented during each conference are accepted only after blind peer review by members of the expert programme committee.

This year’s focus was on Future ICT technologies, like the concepts of Ambient Intelligence and Internet of Things providing a vision of the Information Society where the emphasis is on surrounding people by intelligent interactive interfaces and objects and on environments that are capable of recognising and reacting to the presence of different individuals in a seamless, unobtrusive and invisible manner.

The success of future ICT technologies, some of which are set as priorities by the European Union, will depend on how secure they will be made, how privacy and individuals’ rights will be protected and how individuals will come to trust the intelligent world that will surround them and through which they will move. WISTP 2012 aimed to address the security and privacy issues that are increasingly exposed by mobile and wireless communications and related services, along with evaluating their impact on business, individuals, and the society. The proceedings are published by Springer LNCS.

Professor Keith Mayes commented after the conference,

“The event went very smoothly and there were some very interesting papers and guest lectures, presented in a very friendly collaborative atmosphere. The college conference facilities and catering were also very good and the sun even shone for the barbeque!”


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