Security Researchers and industry Experts Talks
SecRETs 2016
Calgary, Canada, October 19, 2016

Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini
Rei Safavi-Naini is the AITF Strategic Chair in Information Security and a founding Director of Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance at the University of Calgary. Before joining the University of Calgary in 2007 as the iCORE Chair in Information Security, she was a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute (now ICT Research Institute) at the University of Wollongong Australia. She has over 300 refereed publications, has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC), and is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Secure and Dependable Computing, IET Information Security and Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. She has served as Program Chair/co-Chair of numerous conferences, most recently, ACM CCSW 2014, Financial Cryptography 2014, ACNS 2013 and Crypto 2012. She is a member of the Steering Committee of International Conference in Information Theoretic Security and ACM CCS Cloud Computing Security Workshop. She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada. Her current research interests are cryptography, information theoretic security, quantum-safe cryptography, network and communication security and privacy, and Cloud security and privacy.

Dr. Marina L. Gavrilova
Marina L. Gavrilova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, with research interests in the area of image processing, pattern recognition and biometric security. Dr. Gavrilova is founder and co-director of two laboratories: the Biometric Technologies Laboratory and the SPARCS Laboratory. Her research is funded by CFI, NSERC, GEOIDE, iCORE, MITACS, and PIMS. Dr. Gavrilova publications includes over 200 journal and conference papers, edited special issues, books and book chapters. She has founded an international conference series with LNCS/IEEE, and co-chaired WADS, ISVD, CyberWorlds and CASA conferences. Prof. Gavrilova is an Editor-in-Chief of LNCS Transactions on Computational Science Journal, Springer-Verlag since 2007. She has delivered Keynotes and Invited Lectures at many international conferences, as well as given talks at DIMACS and Bell labs, Purdue University CERIAS, Microsoft Research, USA; and at Samsung Research, South Korea.

Dr. Philip W. L. Fong
Philip Fong is a Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Software Security and an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada. He was a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science, University of Regina, Canada, from 2003 to 2008. He received his B.Math. and M.Math. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada. His research interests include access control, security and privacy for Internet of Things (IoT), protection technologies for social computing, and language-based security.

Dr. Ken Barker
Ken Barker is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta (1990); and has more than two decades of experience working with industrial computer systems and has consulting experience in the design of commercial databases. He has particular interest in system integration, distributed systems, and the privacy and security of data repositories. His research interests have included mobile data systems, object-oriented database systems, bioinformatics and heterogeneous systems. He has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and as the Department Head of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Computer Science (CACS/AIC) and has served on the Computer Science Accreditation Council. As the director of research laboratories at the Universities of Calgary and Manitoba he has supervised over 60 graduate students, in addition to several post-docs and research assistants. Dr. Barker has published over 200 peer reviewed publications in areas as diverse as distributed systems, software engineering, transaction systems, simulations, spatial database systems, social networks, geographical information systems, astro-informatics, privacy and security.