Center for Cybersecurity Research of Catalonia

Advisory Board

Elisa Bertino

Elisa Bertino

Professor Elisa Bertino joined Purdue in January 2004 as professor in Computer Science and research director at CERIAS (The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security). Her research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing applications on a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of several journals - many of which are related to security, such as the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, the IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. Professor Bertino is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM. She received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to database systems and database security and advanced data management systems, and received the 2005 Tsutomu Kanai Award by the IEEE Computer Society for pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems.

Gene Tsudik

Gene Tsudik

Gene Tsudik is a Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from USC in 1991. Before coming to UCI in 2000, he was at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (1991-1996) and USC/ISI (1996-2000). His research interests include many topics in security, privacy and applied cryptography. Gene Tsudik is a Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Specialist (twice), a fellow of ACM, a fellow of IEEE, a fellow of AAAS, and a foreign member of Academia Europaea. From 2009 to 2015 he served as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security (TISSEC, renamed to TOPS in 2016). Gene was the recipient of 2017 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award. He is also the author of the first crypto-poem published as a refereed paper. He suffers from two incurable academic diseases: 'Research ADHD' and 'Munchausen-without-Proxy'.

Moti Yung

Moti Yung

Moti Yung is a Research Scientist with Google Inc. From 2016 to 2018 he was with Snapchat.  He received his Ph.D degree in department of Computer Science in Columbia University. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Faculty in the computer science department of Columbia University. Before that, he was a technology consultant to leading companies and governments, a member of RSA Labs, a Chief Scientist of CertCo Inc. (originally, Bankers Trust Electronic Commerce), and a member of IBM Research. His main research interests are in the areas of security, cryptography, and privacy, as well as in distributed computing algorithms, and related areas in computer science. He has been widely recognized for his extensive contributions to the foundations of basic cryptographic systems and protocols, as well as to constructions leading to practical use and implementations in systems and networks. In the last 30 years he has been working on, both, central issues in the scientific foundations and theory, as well as on crucial industrial solutions, and he has published over 400 works and holds over 50 patents.

Pierangela Samarati

Pierangela Samarati

Pierangela Samarati is a Professor at the Computer Science Department of the Università degli Studi di Milano. 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 Center for Secure Information Systems, George Mason University, VA (USA). Her main research interests are in data protection, security, and privacy. She has participated in several projects involving different aspects of information protection. On these topics she has published more than 270 papers appeared in journals, conference proceedings, and books. She is co-author of the book 'Database Security', Addison-Wesley, 1995. She has been named ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009) and IEEE Fellow (2012). She has received the ESORICS Oustdanding Research award (2018), the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2016), the IFIP TC11 Kristian Beckman Award (2008), and the IFIP WG 11.3 Outstanding Research Contributions Award (2012). She has also served as Program Chair or co-Chair for various prestigious conferences.

Benny Pinkas

Benny Pinkas

Benny Pinkas is a professor at Bar Ilan University (Israel). He received his PhD from the Weizmann Institute in 2000. He has previously worked in the research labs of Intertrust Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Google and VMware. His main research areas are cryptography, computer security and privacy, with a focus on secure computation. He has published over 60 highly cited academic publications. He received a starting grant from the ERC, as well as grants from the Israel Science Foundation, the Israel-US Binational research foundation, and the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, and two European research consortia.

Javier López

Javier López

Javier López is a University Professor in the Department of Languages and Computer Sciences of the University of Málaga, and focuses his research activity mainly in the areas of Security Services in Networks and Critical Infrastructure Protection. He has done part of his research at universities in the United States, Japan and Australia. In addition, he has participated in more than 300 international events Program Committees related to the mentioned areas, and is the author of more than 200 research articles published in journals and conferences. He is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of the 'International Journal of Information Security' and a member of the Editorial Boards of another ten international journals. He is also the Spanish representative of the 'IFIP Technical Committee 11 – Security and Protection in Information Processing Systems'.

Roberto Di Pietro

Roberto Di Pietro

Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro is currently full professor of cyber security at the HBKU College of Science and Engineering, Doha-Qatar, leading the effort to establish a world class research and innovation center in cyber security. Prior to that, he served as Global Lead for Security Research at Bell Labs from Dec. 2013 to August 2017. In that capacity he has coordinated three Security Research Depts. - based in Paris, Munich, and Espoo - counting 40+ researchers and research engineers, striving to lead security research in alignment with the strategic business goals and to move research results into innovation. Besides his position at Nokia Bell Labs, Dr. Roberto Di Pietro was also Professor at University of Padova (with tenure). Prior to the above assignments, he was a faculty at University of Roma Tre (Roma, Italy), always dedicated to security research, research mentoring, and innovation. In 2010-11 he was awarded a Chair of Excellence at University Carlos III, Madrid, for his research results in security. He started his Computer Scientist career back to the 1995, serving for a few years as senior military technical officer, with the Italian MoD, managing complex ICT projects with focus on security, aiming at supporting investigations and systems forensics.