(2021) speakers

Wednesday, 10 November 2021
1:15 - 1:45 pm | Auditorium | IC Layout Security 


Johann Knechtel | Research Scientist with the Design for Excellence Lab, NYU Abu Dhabi

Dr. Johann Knechtel is a Research Scientist with the Design for Excellence Lab, headed by Prof Ozgur Sinanoglu, in the Division of Engineering, at the New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Before joining NYU Abu Dhabi in 2016, Johann Knechtel was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE, where he was also affiliated with the Twinlab on “3D Stacked Chips”, jointly hosted by Masdar Institute and TU Dresden, Germany.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021
12:00 - 12:45 pm | Auditorium | Opening Keynote | Cybersecurity: Keeping the Lights On – Practical Challenges in Providing  Cybersecurity Services to Utilities

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Martin Otto | Head of Cybersecurity Research Group,  Siemens Technology

Dr. Martin Otto is currently head of the research group "Cybersecurity Service Innovation" at Siemens Corporation, Siemens Technology, in Princeton, NJ, USA. His mission is to provide Siemens business units with technology solutions and innovations that enable Siemens to provide state of the art security services to customers. A specific focus is on helping Siemens customers that operate energy systems and other parts of national critical infrastructure to detect, react to, mitigate, and otherwise defend against cyber attacks.


Dr. Martin Otto is a researcher and research manager with Siemens Technology, Siemens' central R&D organization, since 2005. He held positions in the US, Canada, and Germany, among them as global Head of the Siemens CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). Before that he acquired a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany, working on fault attack side channels on smart cards, a topic that got him hooked on the field of IT and Cybersecurity, a field that has not lost its fascination ever since.


Wednesday, 10 November 2021
2:00 - 3:15 pm | Auditorium |  Security Challenges in 5G Wireless and Beyond

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Moderator: Siddharth Garg | Institute Associate Professor, ECE, NYU Tandon 

Siddharth Garg is currently an Institute Associate Professor of ECE at NYU. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He joined NYU in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor, and prior to that, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo from 2010-2014. His research interests are in machine learning, cyber-security, and computer hardware design. He is a member of NYU Center for Cybersecurity and NYU WIRELESS.


In 2016, Siddharth was listed in Popular Science Magazine’s annual list of “Brilliant 10” researchers. Siddharth has received the NSF CAREER Award (2015), best paper awards at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) 2016 and the USENIX Security Symposium 2013. His NDSS 2015 paper was selected as a “Top Picks” in Hardware Security in 2019. Siddharth also received the Angel G. Jordan Award from ECE department of Carnegie Mellon University for outstanding thesis contributions and service to the community. He serves on the technical program committee of several top conferences in the area of computer engineering and computer hardware and has served as a reviewer for several IEEE and ACM journals.

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Moderator: Sundeep Rangan | Associate Director of NYU Wireless and Professor, ECE, NYU Tandon

Sundeep Rangan received the B.A.Sc. at the University of Waterloo, Canada and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Bell Labs.


In 2000, he co-founded (with four others) Flarion Technologies, a spin off of Bell Labs, that developed Flash OFDM, one of the first cellular OFDM data systems and pre-cursor to 4G systems including LTE and WiMAX.  In 2006, Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm Technologies where Dr. Rangan was a Director of Engineering involved in OFDM infrastructure products. He joined the ECE department at NYU Tandon (formerly NYU Polytechnic) in 2010. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Director of NYU WIRELESS, an academic-industry research center researching next-generation wireless systems.  His research interests are in wireless communications, signal processing, information theory and control theory.


Panelist: Syed Rafiul Hussain | Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Syed Rafiul Hussain is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University from where he also received his Ph.D. in December 2018. His research interests broadly lie in network and systems security with a focus on the fundamental improvement of security and privacy analysis of emerging networks and cyber-physical systems, including cellular networks and Internet-of-Things. His papers have received awards and nominations, including ACSAC’19 distinguished paper award, NDSS’19 distinguished paper award honorable mention, and EWSN’17 and ICDCS'21 best paper award nominations. He has been inducted in the Hall of Fame Mobile Security Research by the GSMA for his contribution in identifying 20+ new protocol flaws in 4G and 5G cellular networks. His findings led to several changes in the 4G and 5G cellular protocol designs and in operational networks. His work has also been featured by mass media outlets worldwide, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, ACM TechNews, and The Register. More details can be found at https://syed-rafiul-hussain.github.io/.


Panelist: Michael Liljenstam | Principal Researcher, Ericsson Research

Michael Liljenstam is a Principal Researcher in the security area at Ericsson. His research interests include cellular infrastructure security, the intersection of AI/ML and security, network security, and trusted computing. He received his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2000 and held positions as Research Associate at the Institute for Security Technology Studies at Dartmouth College, NH, and Visiting Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. Following that, he worked for a period as a consultant at Omicron Ceti AB, Stockholm, Sweden, before joining Ericsson Research in 2007. He has more than 30 academic publications across areas of cellular system security, machine learning, software security, and network malware, and has several granted patents. Michael has served on several program committees, reviewed papers for a number of conferences and periodicals, and served in a workgroup of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC VII) on the topic of 5G security.


Panelist: Vishwamitra Nandlall | VP, Technology Strategy & Ecosystems, Dell Technologies

Vish Nandlall is the VP Technology Strategy in the P&O Office of the CTO. Vish is responsible for defining Dell’s technology strategy in the Big 6 domains, including 5G, Edge, Data Management, Cloud, AI and Security. Prior to this, he was the CEO and co-founder of Elefante Group, a joint venture with Lockheed-Martin developing stratospheric airships for low cost 5G coverage. Vish has held CTO executive leadership roles in Telecommunications for 25 years, including Telstra, Ericsson, Extreme and Nortel.


Panelist: Robinson Pino | Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Robinson Pino is a Program Manager, previous acting Division Director, for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program office in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Dr. Pino focuses on basic research and development efforts for high performance computing, edge computing, cybersecurity, neuromorphic computing, artificial intelligence, advanced wireless,
photonics, microelectronics, and their applications. Dr. Pino has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering with honors, summa cum laude, from the City University of New York, City College. Dr. Pino is the recipient of numerous awards and professional distinctions; has published over 55 technical papers and reports, including four books; and holds nine patents.


Panelist: Christina Pöpper | Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NYU Abu Dhabi


Christina Pöpper is a tenure-track professor of Computer Science at NYUAD with a focus on information and communication security. She is heading the Cyber Security & Privacy (CSP-) lab and is the director of research at the Center for Cyber Security at NYUAD. Her research goal is to better understand and enhance the security and privacy of current and future IT/communication systems. Specific interests are the security of wireless systems and applications, where she is working on topics like secure localization, mobile-, protocol- and system-level security as well as on aspects of privacy. With her group she is combining systems and security mechanisms in various application settings, thus addressing secure systems where cryptography alone is often not enough. She is teaching computer/IT security and general computer science classes. Read more


Panelist: James Wilson | Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), DARPA

Dr. James Wilson joined DARPA in July 2020 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). His research interests include the development of radio frequency (RF), analog, and digital circuits that push the power and performance envelope; novel topologies enabled through heterogeneous integration; and the applications of electronics to enable new RF, EW, and communication opportunities. He is particularly interested in increasing the energy efficiency of electronics to enable ubiquitous, high performance systems for wideband electromagnetic spectrum operations.


Prior to joining DARPA, Wilson was a team leader of the Silicon Design Team at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). In this role he led technology and program development in the area of microsystem technology, which spans analog, RF, and digital circuit and system design for a wide variety of applications, including communications, radar, electronic support, and remote sensing. In his first six years at ARL as an electronics engineer, he developed digital-to-analog converters and Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) frontends using advanced CMOS and heterogeneous technologies.


Wilson holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University, and has published more than 20 papers. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and, for five years, served on the technical program committee of the RFIC Symposium. He also served on the steering committee of the GOMACTech Conference since 2012, and was the general chair for the conference in 2016.


Wednesday, 10 November 2021
3:30 - 4:15 pm | Auditorium | An Empirical Cybersecurity Evaluation of GitHub Copilot's Code Contributions

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Hammond Pearce | Post-doctoral Research Associate, NYU Center for Cybersecurity

Dr. Hammond Pearce is a post-doctoral research associate at New York University's Center for Cybersecurity. His main research focus is in embedded cybersecurity, including in additive manufacturing and in industrial informatics. He works in areas including AI and Machine Learning, IoT, CPS, and compilers.


In 2019, he took part in the NASA International Internship Program and worked at NASA Ames in California on the SUPERball Tensegrity Robot platform. He has also previously worked as a full-stack web developer for ThreeTwoOne and as an embedded systems design contractor for Enertec Marine.


He received the B.E. (Hons) degree in Computer Systems Engineering and the Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering both from the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.


Wednesday, 10 November 2021
5:00 pm | Auditorium | Cyber Journalism Award honoring Dina Temple-Raston

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Dina Temple-Raston is a senior correspondent at The Record, a cyber and intelligence news service, where she writes about China's digital prowess and is hosting and creating a series of podcasts for The Record and its parent company Recorded Future. 


Previously, she had spent 15 years at NPR covering terrorism, cyber security, and was part of the network's award-winning investigations team. She's written about the mysterious death of hacker Adrian Lamo, how the NSA hacked ISIS, and the Microsoft Exchange attack. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post and she is the author of four non-fiction books.


In 2017, she created and hosted an Audible podcast called "What Were You Thinking" about how the latest discoveries in neuroscience can begin to explain the adolescent decision-making process. She also created and hosted an NPR podcast called "I'll Be Seeing You," about the technologies that watch us.


She has degrees from Northwestern University and Columbia University School of Journalism.