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Seminar:  Holistic Privacy: from Location Privacy to Genome Privacy

Date:September 23, 2013 
Talk Title:Holistic Privacy: from Location Privacy to Genome Privacy
Speaker:Jean-Pierre Hubaux, Professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
CIC Building, Pittsburgh


Today, more than ever, people are using computers and networks, and benefiting of medical instruments. Yet, the more sophisticated these tools become, the higher the likelihood becomes that intimate data of citizens will fall into the wrong hands. In this talk, we will take the examples of smart phones and DNA sequencing to discuss these issues. We will show how privacy can be quantified in such settings. For location-based services, we will address the trade-off between privacy level and quality of service. For genomic data, we will provide details about the results of the research we have carried out in collaboration with geneticists; we will describe some cryptographic solutions that will (probably) be deployed by hospitals in the near future.

Speaker Bio

JP Hubaux is a professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences of EPFL and has pioneered research areas such as the security of mobile ad hoc networks and of vehicular networks. He is one of the very few faculty members in Europe focusing his research on privacy enhancing technologies. He is currently working on data protection in mobile communication systems and online social networks. In 2011, he started research in genome privacy, in close collaboration with geneticists and a start-up company named SophiaGenetics.

He held visiting positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and at UC Berkeley.  He is one of the seven commissioners of the Swiss FCC and a Fellow of both ACM and IEEE. With Virgil Gligor, he co-founded ACM WiSec, for which he was the steering committee chair from 2007 to 2010.

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