COINS winter school 2016 in Finse

Welcome to the Finse winter school 2016

finse-utsiktThe COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security organizes a research course in Information Security at Finse, April 24 – 29, 2016. The course is open for PhD 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:

Applications via the registration form

Please register before 15 March 2016 Open until fully booked – update 2016-04-20: we are fully booked, there is a waiting list

Winter school: Sunday 24/4 to Friday 29/4


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 on 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 end of April, 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.


Ed Dawson, University of Queensland, Australia – Authorization Frameworks for Airports of the Future
László Erdödi, University of Agder, Norway – Ethical Hacking
Turid Herland, Conax, Norway – Cryptographic Applications in Industry
Audun Jøsang, University of Oslo, Norway – Cyber Warfare and Big Data Security Analytics
Nasir Memon, New York University, USA – User to Device Authentication
Katerina Mitrokotsa, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden – Security and Privacy in Wireless Communications
Kenneth Paterson, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK – Authenticated Encryption and Secure Channels
Anders Paulshus, Conax, Norway – Cryptographic Applications in Industry
Per Thorsheim, God Praksis, Norway – Passwords and related topics
Gene Tsudik, University of California, Irvine, USA – Security and Privacy in Content-Centric and Information-Centric Networking


Sunday 24/4 Travel to Finse by train (skiing is also an option, technically), common dinner 2100

Monday 25/4
0900-1100 Gene Tsudik: Security and Privacy in Content-Centric and Information-Centric Networking (I)
1100-1230 Ed Dawson: Authorization Frameworks for Airports of the Future part 1, part 2
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 Per Thorsheim: Passwords and related topics

Tuesday 26/4
0900-1100 Kenneth Paterson: Authenticated Encryption and Secure Channels (I)
1100-1230 Gene Tsudik: Security and Privacy in Content-Centric and Information-Centric Networking (II)
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1800 Ed Dawson: Authorization Management in Business Process Environments
1800-1900 Presentations by the participants
Christoph Busch: IKTPLUSS project SWAN
Martin Stokkenes: Secure and Privacy Preserving Biometrics for Online Authentication
Edlira Martiri: Biometric Template Protection – A Deception-Based Mechanism

Wednesday 27/4
0900-1030 Kenneth Paterson: Authenticated Encryption and Secure Channels (II)
1030-1230 László Erdödi: Ethical Hacking (I)
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1830 Presentations by the participants
Bo Sun: Preventing Cross-VM Chache Side-Channel Attacks Through Dynamic Software Diversity (abstract)
Christian Otterstad: Reading memory, without reading memory (abstract)
Shao-Fang Wen: Hyper Contextual Software Security Knowledge Management
Pankaj Wasnik: Presentation Attack Detection for Biometric Systems
1830-1900 Hanno Langweg: COINS courses as part of the taught component of Ph.D. programmes

Thursday 28/4
0900-1100 Audun Jøsang: Cyber Warfare and Big Data Security Analytics
1100-1230 Presentations by participants
Dmytro Piatkivskyi: Blockchain and cryptocurrencies – application and advancements
Håkon Gunleifsen: Security threats of interconnecting Internet Service Providers domains for distributed network applications
Vasileios Gkioulos: Protecting Tactical Service Oriented Architectures (abstract)
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1830 Turid Herland: Cryptographic Applications in Industry (I)
1830-1900 Britta Hale: Stateful Authentication and AEAD Experiments – Constructing a Bridge in the Analysis of TLS

Friday 29/4
0900-1030 Anders Paulshus: Cryptographic Applications in Industry (II)
1030-1200 László Erdödi: Ethical Hacking (II)
1200-1230 Final discussions
1230-1400 Lunch

Programme committee

Tor Helleseth, COINS steering committee, UiB (chair)
Britta Hale, COINS Ph.D. student, NTNU
Hanno Langweg, COINS Scientific Director, NTNU

IMT6002 3 ECTS

Participants can register for the IMT6002 COINS Winter School course at NTNU in Gjøvik. 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 Monday 2016-04-18T2359.
  • 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 2016-05-23T2359.

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 NSB 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 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 5000 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 9000 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.