COINS winter school 2018 in Finse

Welcome to the Finse winter school 2018

finse-utsiktThe COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security organizes a research course in Information Security at Finse, May 6 – 11, 2018. 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 6/5 to Friday 11/5


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.


  • Gunnar Alendal, NTNU – a) Harddisk encryption, b) Android: security and challenges
  • Dennis Andriesse, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Binary analysis techniques
  • Colin Boyd, NTNU – Blockchain
  • Nils Gruschka, UiO – PKI and Certificate Security
  • Qian Guo, UiB – Postquantum cryptography
  • Audun Jøsang, UiO – Threat of quantum computing against current crypto solutions, and possible mitigations
  • Martin Pirker, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria – Determination of the (security) state of a computer, associated trusted computing concepts and ideas, and their implementation in mass-market hardware


Sunday 6/5 Travel to Finse by train (skiing is also an option, technically)
2100 Common dinner

Monday 7/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1015 Gunnar Alendal, NTNU, Harddisk encryption
1045-1230 Dennis Andriesse, VU Amsterdam, Binary Analysis Techniques I; Introduction to PIN
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 Gunnar Alendal, NTNU, Android: Security and Challenges
1900-2030 Dinner

Tuesday 8/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1030 Dennis Andriesse, VU Amsterdam, Binary Analysis Techniques II
1100-1230 Colin Boyd, NTNU, Cryptocurrencies and blockchain
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 Presentations by the participants (I)
Each presentation 30 min., incl. questions
Navid Ghaedi Bardeh, UiB, Yoyo Game with AES
Andrea Tenti, UiB, Probabilistic analysis on the rank of Macaulay matrices over finite fields
Jens-Petter Sandvik, NTNU, IoT forensics
1900-2030 Dinner

Wednesday 9/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1030 Colin Boyd, NTNU, Cryptocurrencies and blockchain
1100-1230 Martin Pirker, University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Trusted Computing I
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 Presentations by the participants (II)
Each presentation 30 min., incl. questions
Irene Villa, UiB, Optimal Boolean Functions
Albin Severinson, UiB, Coding for Distributed Computing
Enio Marku, NTNU, Shielding Network Function on a Multi-Operator System using SGX
1900-2030 Dinner

Thursday 10/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1030 Martin Pirker, University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Trusted Computing II
1100-1230 Nils Gruschka, UiO, PKI and Certificate Security I
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1830 Nils Gruschka, UiO, PKI and Certificate Security II
Each presentation 30 min., incl. questions
1900-2030 Dinner

Friday 11/5
0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1000 Qian Guo, UiB, Attacks on QC-MDPC based post-quantum cryptography
1030-1230 Audun Jøsang, UiO, Threat of Quantum Computing Against Current Crypto Solutions and Possible Mitigations
1230-1400 Lunch

Printable version of the schedule

Programme committee

Øyvind Ytrehus, UiB (chair)
Tor Helleseth, COINS steering committee, UiB
Hanno Langweg, COINS Scientific Director, NTNU

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 Wednesday 2018-05-02T2359.
  • 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 2018-05-28T2359.

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 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 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.