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The ERCIM Working Group (WG) on Security and Trust Management (STM) establish an award for the best Ph.D. thesis in this area of security and trust management in order to increase the visibility of the young researchers inside ERCIM as well as in the larger European scientific community.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • rigorous semantics and computational models for security and trust
  • security and trust management architectures, mechanisms and policies
  • networked systems security
  • privacy and anonymity
  • identity management
  • ICT for securing digital as well as physical assets
  • cryptography.

Applications for the 2008 award are open to all PhD holders who defended their thesis during 2007 in any European university. Applications consisting of the PhD thesis (in pdf format), a short summary of the thesis in English, and letters of support from researchers from at least two different ERCIM STM WG member institutions must be submitted by email not later than 20 February 2008 to the STM Working Group coordinator Fabio Martinelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Applications will be evaluated by a committee and judged on the basis of scientific quality, originality, clarity of presentation, as well as potential impact of the results. The committee members for the 2008 competition are:

  • Gilles Barthe, INRIA
  • Theo Dimitrakos, BT
  • Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg University of Technology
  • Günter Karjoth, IBM
  • Javier Lopez, University of Malaga
  • Fabio Martinelli, CNR
  • Mogens Nielsen, University of Aarhus
  • Jean-Jacques Quisquater, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Peter Ryan, University of Newcastle
  • Pierangela Samarati, University of Milan

The award ceremony will be held during the 4th International Workshop on Security and Trust Management (STM08) on 16-17 June in Trondheim, Norway, collocated with EUROPKI08 and IFIP TM08. The winner will be invited for giving a lecture at STM08.


Please contact:
Fabio Martinelli, IIT-CNR, Italy

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