The Conference Program Committee

Program Committee Members

Meet the Program Committee Members making CyberSec&AI Connected 2021 the best conference yet
with their hand-picked speakers, workshop presenters, panelists, and moderators.
Petr Somol
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Petr Somol

AI Research Director at Avast

Petr Somol has been active in machine learning research for more than 25 years. He obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague. He worked as a researcher at Cambridge University, UK, and at the Czech Academy of Sciences.
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Lorenzo Cavallaro

Professor of Computer Science at the University College London

Lorenzo grew up on pizza, spaghetti, and Phrack, first. Underground and academic research interests followed shortly thereafter. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL), where he leads the Systems Security Research Lab (S2Lab) within the Information Security Research Group.

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Richard Chow

University Research Manager and Scientist in the University Research and Collaboration office within Intel Labs

Richard Chow is University Research Manager and Scientist in the University Research and Collaboration office within Intel Labs. He guides several of Intel’s academic research centers in the areas of security, networking, autonomous systems, and machine learning.

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Axel Legay

Professor of software security at UC Louvain

Axel Legay is Professor at UC Louvain. He also used to work at Inria as team leader in cyber security. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Liège, Belgium. His main research interests are in formal verification, testing, and cyber security .

Fabrizio Biondi
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Fabrizio Biondi

AI Staff Scientist at Avast

Fabrizio Biondi obtained his PhD at the IT University of Copenhagen in 2014, developing techniques for the computation of information leakage of systems modeled as Markovian processes. He served as a Maitre des Conferences at CentraleSupelec and Chair of Cybersecurity in Threat Analysis for Region Bretagne, before moving to Avast as an AI Research Manager.

Sebastian Garcia

Sebastian García

Assistant Professor at Czech Technical University in Prague, and Founder of the Stratosphere Lab

Sebastian Garcia is a malware researcher and security teacher who has extensive experience in machine learning applied to network traffic. He created the Stratosphere IPS project, a machine-learning-based, free software IPS dedicated to protecting civil society. He likes to analyse network patterns and attacks with machine learning.

As a researcher in the AIC group of Czech Technical University in Prague, he believes that free software and machine learning tools can help better protect users from abuse of their digital rights. He has taught in several countries and universities and worked on penetration testing for both corporations and governments. He has given many presentations at industry events including Ekoparty, DeepSec, Hacktivity, Botconf, Hacklu, InBot, SecuritySessions, ECAI, CitizenLab, ArgenCor, Free Software Foundation Europe, Virus Bulletin, BSides Vienna, HITB Singapore and CACIC.

As a co-founder of the MatesLab hackspace he is a free software advocate who has worked on honeypots, malware detection, distributed scanning (dnmap) keystroke dynamics, Bluetooth analysis, privacy protection, intruder detection, robotics, microphone detection with SDR (Salamandra) and biohacking.

He received the USENIX WOOT Best Paper Award in 2017, and regularly presents and publishes research, and sits on the technical program committee of top-tier and well-known international conferences, including IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, ACM CCS, NDSS, USENIX Enigma, WWW, ACSAC, DIMVA, and RAID.

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Celeste Fralick

Senior Principal Engineer and Chief Data Scientist

Celeste Fralick is the Senior Principal Engineer and Chief Data Scientist for McAfee. She is responsible for McAfee’s technical analytic strategy that integrates into McAfee consumer and enterprise products as well as internal Business Intelligence.

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Jan Kohout

Machine Learning Researcher

Jan Kohout is a machine learning researcher at Cisco Systems. He has been with Cisco since 2013, focusing on applications of machine learning in computer network security, specifically in anomaly detection and behavior modeling. Jan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and his Master’s Degree at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague.

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Branislav Bosansky

Principal AI Scientist at Avast and Associate Professor at Czech Technical University in Prague

Branislav Bosansky has a long track record of research in algorithmic and computational game theory and applications of game-theoretic methods for security problems. He received his PhD at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, at the Czech Technical University in Prague in 2015.

Avast Research Lab

The Avast Research Lab runs innovative projects in all areas of digital safety, from advanced threat detection, to delivering better privacy and identity protection, and much more. We employ state-of-the-art AI solutions to counter the ever accelerating growth of emergent threats through a combination of in-house expertise, academic cooperation, and publicly available research.