Communication Middleware for Monitoring Financial Critical Infrastructure
Abdelmajid Khelil
Abdelmajid Khelil received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2007 from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Currently he is a post-doctoral researcher at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in the Dependable, Embedded Systems & Software (DEEDS) Group. His main research targets the area of network and mobile security. He leads the activity of security profiling in heterogeneous interconnected infrastructures for a DFG GK project on mixed-mode systems. He is a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.
Alessandro Zanasi
Alessandro Zanasi is professor at the University of Modena, senior researcher at CRIS and member of the Scientific Boead, entrepreneur with his own security research advising company, co-founder of Temis SA (intelligence software development company). Graduated in Nuclear Engineering (Bologna University). Specialized in Financial Engineering (Paris VI), he was a Carabinieri officer assigned to the Carabinieri Scientific Investigations Center in Rome. He spent 16 years in IBM in Scientific Centers in Paris, France, and Almaden, California, and in the commercial sector in Italy. Author of about 50 publications on intelligence and security technologies (e.g., the book: "Text Mining and its Applications to Intelligence, CRM and Knowledge Management", 2007-WIT Press) and chairman of several international scientific conferences (e.g., "Data Mining, Protection, Detection and other Security Technologies" conference which will be held in June 2008 in Cadiz). Appointed in 2005 by the European Commission as a member of ESRAB (European Security Research Advisory Board) and in 2007 as a member of ESRIF (European Security Research and Innovation Forum).
András Pataricza
Prof. András Pataricza graduated in Electrical Engineering, holds a Ph.D. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a Dr-habil. from BUTE. Since 1994 he leads the Fault-Tolerant Systems Research Group of the University. He served twice as visiting professor at the University of Erlangen in Germany and received multiple recognition awards from different scientific and industrial organizations. Since 2006 he is a visiting professor at the IBM Budapest CAS. He is founding member and president of OptXware. He has acted as technical leader and/or advisor to many international scientific projects and EU scientific research programs.
Atle Dingsor
Atle Dingsor - Graduate from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in 1980. 6 years with IBM as a systems analyst. 10 years with a major Norwegian Bank, 5 years as IT Auditor and 5 years as IT Security Manager. The last 8 years independent consultant doing Internet programming. Now an employee of the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.
Barry Mulcahy
Dr. Barry P. Mulcahy received his Ph.D. in Distributed Security Systems from University College Cork. He also has a BSc in Computer Science from University College Cork. Barry has lectured security to an MSc level and continues to supervise MSc projects in the area of security. Barry is currently working at the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). He regularly serves on the technical program commities or as a reviewer for international conferences and journals of his research areas.
Eliezer Dekel
Eliezer Dekel is a University Ambassador to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since joining the Haifa Research Lab in 1992, he has been involved in research in the areas of distributed and fault-tolerant computing, service-oriented technology, and software engineering. He is currently working on technologies for providing Quality of Service, with a focus on dependability, in very large scale multi-tier environment. Eliezer has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, and a B.Sc. in mathematics from Ben Gurion University, Israel. Prior to joining the IBM Haifa Research Lab, Eliezer served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas computer science department for over ten years. He is also a subject area editor for the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
Enrico Angori
Enrico Angori received his master in Electronic Engineering from University “La Sapienza” of Rome in 1987. In the same year he started working at Datamat. He has worked in a number of projects, including military CMS and Message Handling systems, security systems for main Italian Administrations, AAA systems and Data Warehouses for Telco operators. He has worked in some ICT projects as both project coordinator and WP leader. He has coordinated an FP6 IP named WEIRD (034622) that is a 24 month integrated project aiming at implementing research test-beds using the WiMAX technology in order to allow isolated or impervious areas to get connection to the GEANT2 research network.
Francesco Castano
Francesco Castano, graduated cum laude in Economy and Commerce, “Alma Mater Studiorum” University of Bologna. After significant consulting experience as Senior Consultant in the area of “strategic planning” with Deloitte Consulting s.p.a., he was hired in 2003 by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, State Department of General Accounting as Advisor to the Directorate of the General State Accountant.Member of the Cabinet of Experts from 2006, he is currently Director of IT Departmental Co-ordination of the Treasury for the definition of IT strategies, management, optimization and re-engineering of processes and procedures of the entire organizational structure.
Frank Robert Berg
Frank Robert Berg - Head of IT-Supervision, The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway. He has joined the FSAN since 2001. Before then he has worked internationally in the banking IT development, was Division director in Provida ASA (a banking software company today integrated into TietoEnator) from 1994 to 2000, and IT-director for the Christiania Bank (today a part of Nordea Nordic) from 1979 to 1994. Educated from the Norwegian Banking Academy, Management School (Solstrand, as part of the University of Bergen) and (IT) at the London Business School.
Giorgia Lodi
Dr. Giorgia Lodi is a Post-doc researcher at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Bologna (Italy). From 2001 to 2002 she was a research associate of Computer Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (U.K.). From 2002 to 2005 she partecipated to the EU project TAPAS (Trusted and QoS-aware Provision of Application Services). In the recent past she published peer-reviewed papers in various computer-science fields including application server middleware technologies, SLA management systems, and wireless and mobile networks. She regularly serves as a reviewer of international conferences and journals of her research areas.
Giuseppe Martufi
Giuseppe Martufi received his master in Electronic Engineering from University “La Sapienza” of Rome in 1997. He has worked for two years at CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) on multimedia standards and advanced multimedia applications. Later on he has started working for Datamat and he had managed project focused on control protocols (SIP) and on IP-based standards.
Gregory Chockler
Gregory Chockler is a research staff member in the Distributed Middleware group at the IBM Haifa Research Laboratory. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1993, 1997, and 2003 respectively. During his last year as a graduate student (2002-2003), he also worked part time in the storage group of IBM Research, and was an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University. From 2003 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral associate in the theory of distributed systems group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab of MIT. He joined IBM Research in 2005.
György Csertán
Dr. György Csertán holds an MS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Since 1995 he is with Technical University of Budapest. In 2000-2004 he was associate professor at the University of Veszprém where later he coordinated the work of the Research and Technology Center of the Faculty of Information Science. He is founding member and CEO of OptXware. He has many years of experience in leading research and development projects in the field of information technology and its application. His professional interest includes dependable systems, e-business systems, and dependability in embedded systems.

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Hamza Ghani
Hamza Ghani received his Licence des sciences économiques from the University of Fez in 2002 and his MS in Computer Science with Business Administration from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 2009 and thereon he joined the Dependable, Embedded Systems & Software (DEEDS) group of Prof. Suri as PhD assistant. His research interests are security metrics and security in financial critical infrastructures.
Hisain Elshaafi
Hisain Elshaafi is a researcher and software engineer at the TSSG. He holds a Masters Degree in communications software from Waterford Institute of Technology and a Bachelor Honours Degree in computer science from Dublin Institute of Technology. He has worked on national and EU projects in areas involving systems' security and trust management, SOA, and software engineering and development.
James Clarke
James Clarke is a Programme Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology and has been involved for the last 14 years in the technical and managerial work involved in advanced Pan European research, development and coordination projects. Starting in 2008, Mr. Clarke will be Project Manager of a newly accepted Call 1 FP7 project entitled INCO-TRUST, which stands for International Co-operation in Trustworthy, Secure and Dependable ICT infrastructures. The main purpose of the INCO-TRUST Coordination Action, specifically targeting international cooperation in the area of Trustworthy, Secure and Dependable ICT infrastructures, is to promote collaboration and partnerships between researchers from the developed countries with the goal of coordinating the multiple research efforts underway in the areas of ICT Trust, Security and Dependability (TSD). There will be numerous linkages between CoMiFin and this project to enable collaboration with peers in these developed countries.
Jimmy McGibney
Jimmy McGibney is a lecturer in security at the Dept. of Computing, Mathematics & Physics at WIT. He is currently joint chair of the programme board of the MSc in Communications Software at WIT. His main research interests are in trust models and distributed intrusion detection. His IST project experience has included the OPAALS, SEINIT and SUSIE projects while at WIT as well as the CANCAN and DESSERT projects while previously working at Dublin City University. He is also currently Principal Investigator on Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation project STRUST (trust-based system for spam filtering). He has also worked as a software developer in the telecoms industry. He obtained a BE from University college Dublin in 1992 and an MEng from Dublin City University in 1994.
László Gönczy
László Gönczy received his M.Sc. in Software Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2003 and his MS in Engineer-economics from Corvinus University of Budapest in 2006. His professional interest includes model-driven development of Service-Oriented Architectures and dependability analysis based on high level system models. He was involved in several research and industrial R+D projects and published articles in these fields. He is a founding member of OptXware and responsible for Services&Education of the company.
Leonardo Querzoni
Dr. Leonardo Querzoni is Assistant Professor at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He received a Dr. Ing degree in computer engineering with a work on efficient data dissemination though the publish/subscribe communication paradigm. In the recent past he published peer-reviewed papers in various computer-science fields including overlay networks, publish/subscribe systems, wireless networks. He has been invited to chair the student forum for the 7th European Dependable Computing Conference, and he regularly serves as a reviewer of international conferences and journals of his research areas. Being part of the MIDLAB research group, he is currently involved in several national and international EU-funded projects.
Luca Nicoletti
Luca Nicoletti, who has a degree in Physics from La Sapienza University, Roma, has worked with Consip as an IT architect in the System Solution Area (in the Infrastructure department), since 2000.
Michele Colajanni
Michele Colajanni is a Full Professor of computer engineering at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He is the Director of the Inter-department Research Center on Security (CRIS) from its foundation and the Director of the Master on Information System Security from 2003. He has held research appointments with the National Research Council, visiting scientist appointments with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. His research interests include infrastructures for Internet-based services, security, distributed systems, performance analysis. In these fields he has published more than 130 papers in international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He has lectured in several national and international seminars and conferences. Michele Colajanni serves as a permanent reviewer of scientific journals and international research projects. In the last years, he has served as a member of 50 organizing or program committees of the most important conferences on his research topics. He was the scientific responsible of national and European projects on high performance Web-based systems, security and performance evaluation.
Michele Messori
Michele Messori is a PhD Student at the International Doctorate School in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. In October 2008 he received the Master degree "cum laude" in Computer Engineering from the same university with a thesis on peer-to-peer architectures for malware detection and prevention, supervisor prof. Michele Colajanni. His main research topic is "Security in geographically distributed systems".
Mirco Marchetti
Mirco Marchetti is a research assistant at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. In February 2009, Mirco Marchetti pursued his PhD in Information and Communication Technologies with the thesis "Distributed architectures and algorithms for network security", advisor Prof. Michele Colajanni. From November 2007 to July 2008 he has been a visiting research scholar at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Texas at Austin, under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Alvisi.
Neeraj Suri
Prof. Neeraj Suri received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He currently holds the TU Darmstadt Chair Professorship in "Dependable Embedded Systems and Software" at TU Darmstadt, Germany. His earlier academic appointments include the Saab Endowed Professorship and faculty at Boston University. His research interests focus on design, analysis and assessment of networked and trusted (secure + dependable) embedded systems/SW. His current research is emphasizing composite issues of dependability and security, covering topics of (a) robustness hardening ("autonomic dependability & security") of software/OS's, (b) verification/validation of protocols, embedded SW/OS, and (c) "trusted/secure SW/systems by design". His group's research activities have garnered support from both the European Commission, US (NSF, DARPA, ONR, AFOSR) and multiple EU industry partners. He is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.
Roberto Baldoni
Prof. Roberto Baldoni is a full professor at University of Rome “La Sapienza” and currently leads MIDLAB. He published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers (from theory to practice) and developed several innovative prototypes in the fields of distributed, pervasive and P2P computing, middleware platforms and information systems infrastructure. He is the founder of the MIDdleware LABoratory (MIDLAB) and he has been PI of many national and european research projects. He regularly serves as an expert for the EU commission in the evaluation of EU projects in the security&dependability, embedded systems, and e-gov areas. He belongs to the Executive Board of the RESIST NoE and he is the coordinator person for the EU project SM4ALL on networked embedded systems. He regularly chairs committees of premiership international conferences and workshops. In 2007, he has been the PC-CoChair of the 27th Symposium of Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS07) and of Autonomics Conference. Always in 2007, he was invited to deliver a motivating talk at the Information Day on Networked Embedded Systed (May 2007) and a keynote to the 4th International Workshop on Dependable Embedded Systems (WDES 2007). In 2008, he has been the General Chair of the International Conference on Distributed Event Based Systems (DEBS08). In 2009 he will be the PC chair of the track "Reliable and Dependable Systems" of ICDCS 2009. Roberto Baldoni has been involved in a series of EU-US meetings for defining common Agendas on Security in the Future Internet. Finally he belongs to the Scientific Committee of SAPIENZA Innovazione the technology incubator of the Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, where he is the Director of the Security program. In this role he works in the Security program of ARTEMISIA.