COINS winter school 2020 in Finse

The Finse winter school 2020 is CANCELLED owing to the Coronavirus pandemic

Welcome to the Finse winter school 2020

finse-utsiktThe COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security organizes a research course in Information Security at Finse, May 3 – 8, 2020. The course is open for Ph.D. students in information security as well as for researchers in academia, government and industry in Norway needing an advanced knowledge of information security. The research course has been organized annually since 2008, previously supported by NISNet and FRISC.

The lecturers are leading international researchers in their field and they provide the participants with a unique opportunity to listen to world famous keynote speakers and to interact with international experts in information security.

Important dates:

Winter school: Sunday 3/5 to Friday 8/5

The event has been cancelled.


Finse is a very beautiful and scenic area close to the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. The winter school will be held at the hotel Finse 1222 (located at the railway station Finse) between Bergen and Oslo, 1222 meters above sea level. Finse is located 2.5 hours from Bergen (or 4 hours from Oslo) and can only be reached by train. During the winter school, even if this is in the beginning of May, there is still winter season and excellent cross-country skiing conditions. We plan to have talks in the morning and early in the evening with time for skiing in between.



Sunday 3/5 Travel to Finse by train (skiing is also an option, technically)
2100 Common dinner

Monday 4/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-0905 Øyvind Ytrehus: Welcome
0905-1015 Tor Helleseth: The past and future of the Finse Winter School
1015-1030 Coffee break
1030-1230 Alexandra Boldyreva: Searchable Encryption
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 Britta Hale: Secure Messaging
1900-2030 Dinner

Tuesday 5/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1030 Alexandra Boldyreva: Searchable Encryption
1030-1100 Coffee break
1100-1230 Britta Hale: Secure Messaging
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1840 Presentations by the participants (I)
Each presentation 20-30 min., incl. questions
1900-2030 Dinner
2030-2150 Presentations by the participants (II)

Wednesday 6/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1045 Christian Rechberger: TBA
1045-1115 Coffee break
1115-1215 Andrey Bogdanov: TBA
1230-1400 Lunch
1600-1700 COINS steering committee meeting
1700-1840 Presentations by the participants (III)
Each presentation 20-30 min., incl. questions
1900-2030 Dinner
2030-2150 Presentations by the participants (IV)

Thursday 7/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1100 Christian Rechberger: TBA
1100-1130 Coffee break
1130-1230 Mihaela Ion and Mariana Raykova: On privacy at Google
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 Mihaela Ion and Mariana Raykova: On privacy at Google
1900-2030 Dinner

Friday 8/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1030 TBA: TBA
1030-1100 Coffee break
1100-1228 TBA: TBA
1228-1230 Øyvind Ytrehus: Conclusion/farewell
1230-1400 Lunch

Programme committee

Øyvind Ytrehus, UiB (chair)

IMT6002 3 ECTS

Participants can register for the IMT6002 COINS Winter School course at NTNU. Successful completion is documented with 3 ECTS that can be used towards the taught component of a Ph.D. programme. COINS students can register free of charge for IMT6002. Students outside of COINS might be subject to an administrative fee. Please contact us if you are interested.

Students enrolling in IMT6002 need to actively participate in the winter school and document this participation. This comprises:

  • A presentation of the student’s own research. Depending on the stage of the student, the presentation should focus on research questions, research methods, and/or results. Students need to be able to discuss their presentation with the audience. Before the presentation, students need to provide an extended abstract of their presentation, 2 pages A4, submitted as pdf to no later than Tuesday 2020-04-28T2359.
  • Students need to ask at least one question per day and need to document the question and answer in a reflection report.
  • A report on the winter school, summarizing all sessions, establishing connections between the topics of the session and the impact on the student’s own Ph.D. project. Minimum 6 pages A4, submitted as pdf to no later than Monday 2020-05-25T2359.

Contributions will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Practical information

For all practical purposes, you will need to take a train to get to Finse. Check Vy for Minipris tickets to keep your travel costs low.

There is Wifi internet access at Finse.


COINS students/faculty: COINS covers travel and accommodation using the least expensive practical alternative. COINS will book the hotel rooms. You need to pay for your travel and will be reimbursed later following the usual procedures. Depending on the total number of participants, students may be asked to share rooms. If you have preferences on sharing, please let us know.

SWITS/MyPhD/COINS partner students: COINS covers travel and accommodation under the same conditions as for COINS students. The offer is limited to a certain number of students. Students need to write a travel report reflecting on their experience and need to send us a picture of them wearing a COINS hoodie/t-shirt in a winter school session.

Other students/faculty/participants from industry/public sector: COINS covers accommodation at Finse under the same conditions as for COINS partner students, but participants have to cover their travel themselves. In addition, a fee of 5,000 NOK is to be paid for the first participant from an organisation. Additional participants from the same organisation are requested to pay a fee of 9,000 NOK. If you would love to attend, but could not because of a lack of funds, please get in touch with us. We have a limited support budget for students that do research in the field of computer and information security and who make a compelling case on why their attendance would contribute to the winter school.