1st Summit on Security and Privacy in Future Mobile Networks (SECURENET) 2023

SECURENET summit on Security and Privacy in Future Mobile Networks 2023 is mainly focuses on the security and privacy of future mobile networks, including 5G and 6G. With the increasing reliance on mobile networks in various sectors, the security and privacy of these networks has become a significant concern.

SECURENET summit discusses these concerns and highlight cutting-edge solutions to ensure that the networks are secure and resilient against potential security threats.

The SECURENET 2023 summit is an academic event which is jointly organized by Network Softwarization and Security Labs (NETSLAB) research group at the UCD School of Computer Science and SFI CONNECT Centre. The summit is intended to bring together professors, researchers and graduate students as well as Industrial researchers to share ideas, experience and implementations related to Security and Privacy aspects of 5G, 6G and IoT Systems.

School of Computer Science, University College Dublin


Monday, 11 September 2023


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08:30 - 09:00
Welcome Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 09:20
University College Dublin
Opening Remarks and Introduction to NetsLab

Madhusanka Liyanage

Assistant Professor / Ad Astra Fellow and Director of Graduate Research, School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

Madhusanka Liyanage is an Assistant Professor/Ad Astra Fellow and Director of Graduate Research at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is also a Docent/Adjunct Professor at the University of Oulu, Finland, the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, and the University of Sri Jarawardhenepura, Sri Lanka. He holds a Doctor of Technology degree from the University of Oulu, Finland (2016) and prestigious fellowships during 2018-2020. Madhusanka has been a Visiting Research Fellow at various renowned institutions globally. He received the "2020 IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher" award and was ranked among the World's Top 2% of Scientists in 2021 and 2022. He has over 150+ publications, authored books, edited books, and two patents. Additionally, he serves as an expert consultant at European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and has secured over 5 Million Euro research funding. Currently, he leads three large EU H2020/Horizon Europe projects and is the director of the Netslab team at University College Dublin, Ireland. More info: www.madhusanka.com 

09:20 - 09:40
University College Dublin
Welcome Speech

Neil Hurley
Associate Professor, Head Of School, School of Computer Science
Dr. Neil Hurley graduated with a M.Sc. degree in Mathematical science from U.C.D. in 1988.In 1989, he joined Hitachi Dublin Laboratory, a computer science research laboratory based at Trinity College Dublin. He initially worked on knowledge-based environments for engineering design and was awarded a Ph.D. for this work in 1995. A patent for the system was granted in the US and Europe. His research focus switched to parallel and distributed computing and he became group leader of the parallel computing group in HDL in 1995. During this period he worked on the development of parallel simulation and optimisation software, such as parallel finite element analysis and dynamic load balancing. In 1998, he was appoointed as manager of HDL.He became a lecturer in the UCD Computer Science department in 1999. He established the Information Hiding Laboratory in 2001, a research laboratory focused on technology for embedding information in digital content. He has won over €1 million euro in research funding from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the EU and industrial partners.
09:40 - 10:00
University College Dublin
Project highlights - CONNECT

Prof. Dan Kilper

Director of the CONNECT Centre, Ireland

Professor Dan Kilper is the Director of the CONNECT Centre, and Principal Investigator. He is Professor of Future Communication Networks in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Kilper received his PhD in physics from the University of Michigan in 1996. From 2000 to 2013, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs.  He is a senior member of IEEE, a topical area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking (TGCN) and chairs the optics working group in the IEEE International Network Generations Roadmap. He was recognized as a 2019 NIST Communications Technology Lab Innovator and holds eleven issued patents and authored six book chapters and more than one hundred sixty-seven peer-reviewed publications. His research is aimed at solving fundamental and real-world problems in communication networks in order to create a faster, more affordable, and energy efficient Internet, addressing interdisciplinary challenges for smart cities, sustainability, and digital equity.

Professor Kilper comes to CONNECT from the University of Arizonawhere he held a research professorship in the College of Optical Sciences, and a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, where he is a co-PI on the COSMOS advanced wireless testbed. He was lead PI on the founding project of SFI’s US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership and has served in leadership positions in multiple international university-industry research centres including participating in CONNECT’s precursor, CTVR, while he was at Bell Labs.

10:00 - 10:20
Project highlights - SPATIAL


Huber Flores

Huber Flores is an Associate Professor of Pervasive Computing at the Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, Estonia as well as a Docent (Affiliate Professor) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Prior to that, he held the prestigious Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellowship and the competitive Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship of the University of Helsinki. He is former member of UBICOMP at University of Oulu, Finland, and SyMLab at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong. He is member of ACM (SIGMOBILE) and IEEE associations. He is also the recipient of the Jorma Ollila Award given by the Nokia Foundation. His major research interests include mobile and pervasive computing, distributed systems, and mobile cloud computing.

10:20 - 10:45
Coffee Break and Poster Session
10:45 - 11:15
Talk 1 - Industry - Explainability for AI-based cybersecurity solutions

Edgardo Montes de Oca

Edgardo Montes de Oca graduated as engineer in 1985 from Paris XI University, Orsay both in electronics and computer science. He has worked as research engineer in the Alcatel Corporate Research centre in Marcoussis, France and in Ericsson’s Research centre in Massy, France. In 2004 he founded Montimage, and is currently its CEO. His main interest are in building critical systems that require the use of state-of-the-art fault-tolerance, testing and security techniques; the development of software solutions with strong performance and security requirements ; designing and building tools for monitoring the security and performance of networks; and building portable and secure 5G solutions.

11:15 - 11:45
University College Dublin
Talk 2 - FL Security and Privacy in 6G

Shen Wang

Dr. Shen Wang is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland. He received an M.Eng. degree from Wuhan University, China, and a Ph.D. degree from Dublin City University, Ireland. Dr. Wang has been involved with several EU projects as a co-PI, WP, and Task leader in big trajectory data streaming for air traffic control and trustworthy AI for intelligent cybersecurity systems. Some key industry partners of his applied research are IBM Research Brazil, Boeing Research and Technology Europe, and Huawei Ireland Research Centre. He is also a senior member of IEEE and the recipient of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Young Professionals Travelling Fellowship 2022. His research interests include connected autonomous vehicles, explainable artificial intelligence, and security and privacy for mobile networks.

11:45 - 12:15
Marquette University
Talk 3 - Building Privacy and Ethics into Future Mobile Platforms

Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and data ethics scholar whose work focuses on digital privacy & surveillance, the ethics of big data, internet research ethics, and the broader social & ethical dimensions of emerging digital technologies. Dr. Zimmer is Director of the Center for Data, Ethics, and Society at Marquette University, and is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He co-chairs the AoIR Ethics Working Group, serves on the SIGCHI Research Ethics Committee, and sits on numerous advisory and editorial boards. Dr. Zimmer currently is the ethics advisor for the European Commission-sponsored SPATIAL Project

12:15 - 13:30
Networking Lunch and Poster Session
13:30 - 14:00
Talk 4 - Industry - A Multi-layer trust framework for future communication systems

Houda Labiod

Houda Labiod (Senior Member, IEEE) is a Senior Expert and Team Leader in Shield Lab Paris at Huawei Paris Research Center. Prior to taking up this position, she received the H.D.R. (Habilitation a diriger les recherches) degree in 2005 in France and Full Professor with the Department INFRES (Computer Science and Network Department), Telecom Paris (previously named ENST), Paris, France for 20 years. She was the Head of the Research Group CCN “Cybersecurity for Communication and Networking” from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this, she held a research position with the Eurecom Institute, Sophia-Antipolis, France. Her current research interests include trust and security in new generation of communication networks. She has published six books, eleven patents and more than 250 research papers. She is a Founder of IFIP NTMS Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS2007). She was involved in major national and European projects focusing on security for connected and autonomous vehicles (SCOOP@F, InterCor and C-Roads). She was the Co-Leader of the Chaire C3S on Cybersecurity for connected and autonomous vehicles with French partners Renault, Valéo, Thales, Nokia and Wavestone.

14:00 - 14:30
Talk 5 - Industry - Securing assessment of ML-based systems under realistic attacker capabilities

Samuel Marchal

Samuel Marchal is a Senior Data Scientist withing the CTO office at WithSecure Corp. where he leads the research on trustworthy AI, focusing mainly on security, reliability and bias aspects of ML systems. He is also a Research Fellow at Aalto University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Luxembourg and the University of Lorraine (France). Samuel’s research focuses on the application of ML to improve system and network security, the security of ML-based systems and on AI-enabled cyberattacks.


He has published over 35 papers in top conferences and journals specialized in systems and security. Samuel has been part of two Intel Collaborative Research Institutes (ICRI-SC and ICRI-CARS https://www.icri-cars.org/) in which he led the “Security and Machine Learning” research pilar. He has been involved in several large research projects funded by the European Commission, Business Finland, the Luxembourgish FNR, the Academy of Finland and the US NSF.


14:30 - 15:00
Talk 6 - Industry - Establishing Trust in the Data we use to drive automation & autonomous decision-making

Aengus Gorey

Aengus Gorey has been working with Analog Devices since May 2021, focusing on development of security capabilities & applications for the embedded market. Aengus previously worked as a Cyber Security Architect with Jaguar Land Rover helping to implement Telematic ECUs using a grounds up secure design life-cycle. Prior to that Aengus took time out of Industry to complete a Masters Of Engineering in Information & Network Security at the University of Limerick. Aengus worked with Intel, primarily focusing on their embedded products division with a focus on embedded graphics, security & networking in their industrial & automotive product groups.



15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Talk 7 - Industry - Harnessing the Power of Privacy: Advancing into the 6G era with AI

Nicolas Kourtellis

Nicolas Kourtellis is Head of the Systems AI Lab (SAIL) and Co-Director of Telefonica Research, a 20+ researcher team based in Barcelona. He holds a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of South Florida, USA (2012) and has over 90 published peer-reviewed papers and 6 filed patents. Currently, he focuses on privacy-preserving AI and federated learning on the edge, modeling/detecting with AI user online privacy leaks, as well as inappropriate/fraudulent behavior on social media. He executed several research visits in Argonne National Lab, INRIA, Yahoo, UCL, CUT, AUTH, FORTH, and others. He has served in many technical committees of top conferences and journals, and presented his work in top academic and industrial venues including Mobile World Congress 2021 and 2023. His work has been covered by major news outlets such as Nature, New York Times, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Washington Post, Wired, and others. In 2022, he was ranked among the World’s Top 2% Scientists (2021) in the list prepared by Elsevier BV, Stanford University, USA.

16:00 - 16:30
Panel Discussion
16:30 - 16:45
Closing remarks and Future plan