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EBSIS Consortium

The EBSIS consortium consists of four members:

  • Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi (Romania)
  • Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi (Romania)

Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iaşi (UAIC) is the oldest higher education institution in Romania, being established in 1860. With over 24.000 students and 800 academic staff, the university is a member of numerous academic networks and associations: the Coimbra Group, EUA – European University Association, Utrecht Network, International Association of Universities, University Agency of Francophony and the Network of Francophone Universities (RUFAC). These partnerships offered the opportunity to experience changes, to organize mobility actions for students and academic staff and joint research programs. The Faculty of Computer Science within UAIC includes a Master degree program in Distributed Computing since 1995. Later, three other Master degree programs were added: Computational Linguistics, Combinatorial Optimization, and Software Engineering. Since 2009, the Master program in Information Security is available. Now, the Faculty of Computer Science counts over 1500 students and has 40 members as academic staff.

Key Personnel

  • Dr. Emanuel Onica has received his Ph.D. from University of Neuchâtel in 2014, where he worked as a scientific collaborator starting with 2010. His M.Sc. degree was obtained from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania in 2009. Since 2015 he is a lecturer at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. His current research interests lie in the area of distributed systems, with a focus on privacy. During his stay in Neuchâtel, he was actively involved in the SRT-15 (FP7) project, on which he collaborated with members from both partners of the current project, UNINE and TUD.
  • Prof. Ferucio Laurenţiu Ţiplea received his Ph.D. from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, in 1993. He joined the Department of Computer Science of the aforementioned university in 1990, where he is currently a Professor of Computer Science. His research interests lie in the area of theories and tools for high-level modeling, design, and analysis of systems, computability and complexity, and cryptography and computer security. He published more than 80 papers in journals and conference proceedings in these areas. He was the recipient of several fellowships, such as the Fulbright Fellowship, German Academy Fellowship, DAAD Fellowship, Monbusho Fellowship. From December 2003 to May 2006 he held a Visiting Professor position at University of Central Florida, School of Computer Science, Orlando (USA).
  • Dr. Sabin Corneliu Buraga received his Ph.D. from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor within the Department of Computer Science of the same university, which he joined in 1999. His current research interests are focused on Web technologies, especially on the Web of data, distributed computing and human-computer interaction. He published more than 50 papers in international conference proceedings and journals covering these areas. He was the recipient of several awards, among which the “Gheorghe Cartianu” Award of the Romanian Academy (2005) for outstanding published scientific contributions.

Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

The Université de Neuchâtel (UNINE) was founded in 1838. It is one of the top research universities in Switzerland in various scientific domains. Most notably, it is embedded in the local R&D tissue centered on microelectronics and nanotechnologies including the Institute of Microengineering (IMT-EPFL) and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM). The Complex Systems and Big Data competence center, part of the Computer Science Institute, represents UNINE in the EBSIS project. The current activities of these groups focus on concurrent programming, distributed systems, cloud computing, data storage, information theory, dependability and security. Its members publish regularly in major international conferences and journals. The Complex Systems group coordinates the technical and scientific activities of the H2020 SafeCloud project and has been participating recently in the FP7 projects: LEADS (also as coordinator), ParaDIME, SRT-15 and Velox. UNINE researchers have a long-standing record of publications in the fields of research addressed by EBSIS. The University of Neuchâtel also has a research group with a strong expertise in Cryptography that will be leveraged in the course of the project.

Key Personnel

  • Prof. Pascal Felber has received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He has then worked at Oracle Corporation and Bell-Labs (Lucent Technologies) in the USA, and at Institut EURECOM in France. Since 2004, he is a Professor of Computer Science at the University de Neuchâtel. He has published over 100 research papers in the field of concurrent, dependable, and distributed systems.
  • Prof. Elisa Gorla was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame (USA) in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). From 2009 to 2012, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Basel (Switzerland), supported by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Since 2012, she is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). Her research interest are within algebra and its applications to cryptography and coding theory.
  • Dr. Hugues Mercier received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and at McGill University. Currently, he is a lecturer at the Université de Neuchâtel and member of the Complex Systems group. His research interests include combinatorics, error-correcting codes and information theory.

Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as a ‘University of Excellence’. TUD has about 37.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. The university emphasizes interdisciplinary cooperation, and encourages its students to participate early on in both teaching and research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region's numerous science institutions – including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. The TUD has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. During the 7th Research Framework Programme (2009-2013), TUD was in 6th place among German universities according to the number of funded EU projects with 223 projects either running or completed (as of March 2015 according to the 7th FP7 Monitoring Report of the European Commission). In 2010, the DAAD rated TU Dresden the most active German university in the Tempus Programme. The Systems Engineering group within TUD was established in April 2004 and funded by an endowment by the Heinz-Nixdorf foundation. The group focuses on several issues in dependable and distributed systems: cloud computing, stream processing, software transactional memory and dependability. The Data Security and Privacy group within TUD is working on all aspects of privacy, protecting the data of users from undue processing, transferring, and storing. In particular, the group is active in the areas of network security, anonymous communication, privacy-preserving data processing, secure cyber-physical systems, and surveillance prevention.

Key Personnel

  • Prof. Christof Fetzer has received his diploma in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1992 and his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 1997. He then joined AT&T Labs-Research in August 1999 and had been a principal member of technical staff until March 2004. Since April 2004 he heads the endowed chair (Heinz-Nixdorf endowment) in Systems Engineering in the Computer Science Department at TU Dresden. He is the chair of the Distributed Systems Engineering International Masters Program at the Computer Science Department. Prof. Dr. Fetzer has published over 150 research papers in the field of dependable distributed systems, has won five best paper/best student paper awards (DEBS2013, LISA2013, CLOUD2014, SRDS2014, DSN2015) in recent years, and has been member of more than 50 program committees.
  • Prof. Thorsten Strufe leads the Data Security and Privacy group in TUD. He has done research and development related to privacy in online social networks (OSN). He has focused on studying user behaviour, security in OSNs and possibilities to provide privacy-preserving and secure social networking services, partially through P2P technologies. One of the challenges driving him is the question how competitive online and mobile services can be created without comprehensive collection of personal information, which hence respect the privacy of their users. Besides this he coordinated successful large, international joint research projects, and held the Professor position at several universities.
  • Dr. André Martin received his Diploma and PhD degree in Computer Science from TU Dresden in 2008 and 2015, respectively. Since 2016 he continues to work as postdoctoral researcher at TU Dresden. His interest and expertise lie in large-scale distributed systems systems and in particular dependability, scalability and elasticity of real time data processing systems.

Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

ucl-logo.jpgBuilding on almost 600 years experience, the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) is today a multisite university in Belgium (Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels Woluwe, Mons, Tournai, Brussels Saint-Gilles and Charleroi) at the forefront of innovation and excellence in education and research. The university involves more than 28,000 students of 127 different nationalities and a staff of about 5700 teachers, researchers and administrative and technical collaborators. UCL is responsible for the education of nearly one out of two French-speaking academics in Belgium and proposes courses in all possible disciplines. UCL actively participates in the R&I programmes of the European Union. It is notably involved in 176 projects within FP7 and in more than 80 Horizon 2020 projects. The Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics, represents UCL in the EBSIS project.

Key Personnel

  • Prof. Etienne Rivière received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Université de Rennes 1 and INRIA, France in 2004 and 2007, and his habilitation from Université de Neuchâtel in 2016. He has been a post-doc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway and a lecturer at Université de Neuchâtel. Since October 2017, he is a professor at the Louvain School of Engineering, par of Université catholique de Louvain, and of the ICTEAM research institute. His interest and expertise lie in large-scale distributed systems and in particular self-organizing networks, content-based publish and subscribe middleware, cloud computing and storage mechanisms, security, dependability, concurrent programming and operating systems.