The 2023 International Conference on Innovations in Computing Research (ICR’23)

Madrid, Spain, September 4-6, 2023


Cyber Security- Privacy: How Can I Protect Myself in Cyber Space? Can I Get Some Privacy Please?

Keynote Speaker 1:

Levent Ertaul   Prof. Dr. Levent Ertaul
  Computer Science Department, California State University East Bay, USA

Date/Time: Monday, September 4, 2023, 4.20-5.20 pm.

Speech Abstract

Cyber security, cyberwar, hacking, privacy, and governmental/personal data breaches… We keep hearing these with increasing frequency over and over again. This creates a cyber anxiety everywhere. And on top of that we, as ordinary people started to learn that corporations and governments all around the world keep track of our personal data. For example, mobile phones constantly provide information about our location to service providers. Google knows what we are thinking about from our personal online searches. Facebook can see who our friends are. Yahoo knows the type of news we are interested in. Our online shopping patterns are recorded. Governments are launching surveillance programs to collect our personal data on the cyber space. And the list goes on... It is as if we are all living in glass houses in which we don’t have any privacy or can’t keep any secrets anymore. Cyber security issues affect everyone. Most of all they affect us individuals. That is why ignorance is not bliss in cyber security. Every day we face new questions, new challenges from our rights and responsibilities as citizens of the cyber world to how to protect ourselves, if we can, from new types of security threats. In this talk, I will try to explain vulnerabilities and security issues in the cyber space along with what we can and cannot do to protect ourselves.

Keynote Speaker Biography

Dr. Levent Ertaul is a full-time professor and Computer Science Department chair at the California State University, East Bay, USA. He received a Ph.D. degree from Sussex University, UK. He specializes in Cyber Security. He has more than 90-refereed papers published in the Cyber Security, Network Security, Wireless Security and Cryptography areas. He also delivered more than 100 seminars, talks, presentations and participated in various panel discussions related to Cyber Security. He published a book titled “Computer and Network Security Essentials”. In the last couple of years, Dr. Ertaul has given Privacy and Cyber Security speeches at US universities and several US organizations. He also gave interviews related to Cyber Security in NBC, FOX2, ABC7 news. In 2019-20-21, Dr. Ertaul received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Research Contributions to the Field of “Cyber Security & Privacy” and an Achievement Award for Research Contributions to the Field of Network Security from American Counsel of Science and Education. He also received a fellowship to work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) in the Cyber Defenders and Global Security /Z programs between 2013-2017. He participated in several hacking competitions nationwide (NCL, CyberFire, TracerFire, Monarch of the Hill CTF, LANL CTF). Recently he received CISCO Instructor Expert Excellence Awards (2021, 2022). His current research interests are Wireless Hacking Techniques, Wireless Security, IoT Security, Post Quantum Cryptography and Privacy. For more details, please visit

Data-driven Decision Support and Sector-based Optimization within Complex Reachback Process

Keynote Speaker 2:

Stefan Pickl   Professor Stefan Wolfgang Pickl
  DKKV, COMTESSA, Munich, Germany

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 1.20-2.40 pm.

Speech Abstract

The current situation in the context of complex safety and security endeavours impacted both the decision-makers in politics as well as the players in the industry with a multitude of complex challenges. The current international supply chains need special attention to be optimized on complex disruptions that affect the general security of supply.

As part of the research project, Intelligent Reachback - Future Operations, an interdisciplinary consortium are deveoping a trend-setting interactive visualization tool to support decision makers in politics to adapt to and explore different strategies. This talk gives an overview on that research project. Furthermore, it presents the special sector-based approach, IDEA4C.

I - Identification of critical regions, sectors and coupling principles - Cost-Benefit Analysis for critical sectors.

D - Data-driven constraint optimization - Coupled Sector-based Models.

E - Exploratory Strategies/ Recognition of critical pathways and sectors - Characterization of Pathways.

A - Adaptation and Quantifying Analysis - Coordination of Strategies.

This 4C-approach describes a new integrated modelling suite for developing and assessing relief distribution strategies to support quarantined areas during a pandemic situation, based on the latest developments observed in the COVID-19 outbreak. This hybrid optimization framework has been conceptualized and is currently being developed with and for experts in the field of disaster and emergency management to tackle the real issues arising during such this crisis.

Keynote Speaker Biography

Professor Stefan Wolfgang Pickl received his Diploma in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, and Philosophy from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1993 through ERASMUS-scholarship from the EPFL Lausanne. In 1998, he received his PhD from the Technical University of Darmstadt. For the period 2000-2005, Professor Pickl was assistant scientist and project manager at the Center for Applied Computer Sciences in Cologne (ZAIK). In 2000, he received the PhD thesis award from the German Society for Operations Research. He is the recipient of the International Best Paper Award for the years 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2015, and the NATO SAS Excellence Award in 2023. He is Vice President of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV). There, he is mainly engaged in the development of resilient systems and integrated assessment models. During the years 2004 to 2023, Professor Pickl was invited as a visiting-professor in the United States, Asia, and Europe. He was a Visiting Scientist in Los Alamos National Labs, SANDIA Laboratory, MIT, as well as the Santa Fe Institute for complex systems. He is the Founding Director of COMTESSA (Core Competence Center for Operations Research, Management - Tenacity - Excellence, Safety and Security ALLIANCE). For the period 2013-2023, he was an international coordinator of the innovative security projects REVEARS, RIKOV and REHSTRAIN (Resilience of the Franco-German High Speed Train Network). Professor Dr. Stefan Pickl is Honorary Chair at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Secure Key Exchange Withstanding Quantum Attacks

Keynote Speaker 3:

María Isabel González Vasco   Prof. Dr. María Isabel González Vasco
  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 9.00-10.20 am.

Speech Abstract

In this talk, we will discuss new steps towards secure key establishment that combine classical and quantum technologies. A number of so-called post-quantum solutions have been proposed for two-party key establishment, exploiting different mathematical problems, which seem hard to solve, even with quantum technologies. In particular, there are generic transforms that can be used to derive authenticated key exchange from so-called Key Encapsulation Mechanism (KEMs). Thus, different post-quantum two-party constructions can be derived directly from post-quantum KEMs. However, the challenge of integrating classical and quantum entities that need to establish a secure key through an insecure network remains to be explored. In particular, in a network where both quantum and classical actors interact, it would be desirable to design sound security models to capture different adversarial capabilities and write meaningful security proofs. We will discuss the difficulties of such scenarios, as well as some possible solutions towards realistic and quantum-resistant cryptographic designs for group key exchange..

Keynote Speaker Biography

Professor María Isabel González Vasco currently holds a Chair of Excellence in the Department of Mathematics at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She is on leave from her position of Full Professor in Applied Mathematics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Professor Vasco has been working in mathematical cryptography for more than 20 years. Her career has been developed with intense collaborations with different national and international centers including Philips Crypto B.V, IAKS Institute Karlsruhe, Florida Atlantic University, and IMDEA Software Institute. She is author/co-author of more than 60 publications, including 3 top-level conferences and 31 articles in JCR-listed journals, six of them are in the first quartile. Furthermore, she is co-author of two patents whose intellectual property rights were owned by NEC Labs. She has been PI of the Spanish node of the Secure Communication in the Quantum Era project in the field of secure cryptography - quantum adversaries, funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program, and has also recently received funding as PI for a new project Secure Communication via Classical and Quantum Technologies within the same program.