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Thursday 21 September 2017, 16:00 - 18:30

3rd CyberCafé on Safety, Security, and Privacy

We would like to invite you to the third CyberCafé on Safety, Security & Privacy.

Why so? The CyberCafé aims at providing a platform to exchange ideas, strengthen the community, and support collaboration among the many people working on safety, security and/or privacy. For the full Café-style experience, drinks and snacks will be served at all CyberCafé activities.

What’s new? To keep things fresh at this third CyberCafé, we would like to surprise you with a different program in comparison to the first two occurrences of the CyberCafé. Rather than starting our café-style discussions with short pitches given by our local colleagues, we would like to kick things off with a distinguished keynote talk by an external, internationally renowned researcher in the field of IT Security & Privacy: Prof. Dr. Frank Kargl from the University of Ulm, Germany.

16:00 - 16:10: Welcome/Opening
16:10 - 17:00: Keynote Talk by Prof. Dr. Frank Kargl (Ulm University, Germany) details on the talk will follow in due course. Please see the abtract below.
17:00 - 18:30: Café-style discussions with drinks and finger food
Please let us know if you are coming, via cybercafe-ctit@utwente.nl, so that we can order enough snacks and drinks for you. Registration deadline: 14 September 2017


Blockchains and Smart Contracts - Hype or Disruptive Technology


In this talk, Prof. Kargl will provide an introduction to blockchain and smart contracts and will illustrate opportunities and challenges of these technologies. In particular he will point out where it is no use to even consider a blockchain-based system. Next, he will illustrate research from his group in the projects PriCloud and SAMPL. PriCloud investigates privacy-preserving cloud-based file-storage that includes a blockchain-based currency to provide anonymous payment for storage providers while keeping the identity of the users of the system fully secret. In SAMPL, they investigate how blockchains and smart contracts can be used to implement a de-centralized license management for design of 3D-printed objects.


Prof. Frank Kargl leads the Institute of Distributed Systems at Ulm University where he, together with his group, investigates security and privacy in distributed sensor-actor systems like vehicular networks or industrial control systems, security in high-speed networks, security and privacy in blockchain-based systems and many other topics. His long-term goal is to develop the necessary technology to allow complex and comfortable IT systems and cyber-physical systems to be designed and built for many different scenarios without sacrificing security and privacy. Prof. Kargl was associate professor in the Distributed and Embedded Security (DIES) group of the University of Twente from end of 2009 to beginning of 2012. Afterwards, until January 2016 he held an adjunct professor position in the same group.

Looking forward to seeing you!