COINS/SWITS Ph.D. student seminar 2017 (Oslo)

This year’s COINS Ph.D. student seminar will be held in Oslo, together with the annual seminar of SWITS, the Swedish IT Security Network for PhD Students. Wednesday 7 June is mainly planned for COINS, Thursday+Friday are SWITS/COINS.

Registration forms: Registration for SWITS members – Registration for COINS members


Wednesday 7 June 2017 (focus on COINS)

All sessions on Wednesday take place in room Dag Hammarskjöld

1130 Lunch & networking
1300-1430 Session COINS A: Invited presentation: Life after the Ph.D. [Kassaye Yitbarek Yigzaw, Yi-Ching Liao]
1430-1440 Break
1440-1530 Session COINS B
– “I attended an event with COINS funding. Here is what I learned.”
1530-1600 Fika
1600-1630 Session COINS C: Opportunities in the IT security sector after the Ph.D. [Davrondzhon Gafurov, Norwegian Directorate of eHealth; Lukas Rist, Symantec; Kyrre Wahl Kongsgård, FFI]
1630-1800 Session COINS D: Trial defence “Data Loss Detection and Prevention for Secure Cross-Domain Information Exchange”; candidate Kyrre Wahl Kongsgård, committee Slobodan Petrovic, Edgar Alonso Lopez Rojas
1800 Dinner
After dinner activity: Election of student representatives

Thursday 8 June 2017 (joint SWITS/COINS)

All sessions on Thursday take place in room Einar Gerhardsen unless stated otherwise

0900-1030 Session COINS E
– COINS 2017: Metochi summer school, ESORICS doctoral consortium; room: Einar Gerhardsen
– COINS 2018: Finse winter school, Metochi summer school, Ph.D. student seminar and NISK on Svalbard; room: Einar Gerhardsen
– COINS steering committee meeting; room: Tage Erlander 1

1030-1045 Break
1045-1130 Official Opening: Welcome, introduction, research group presentations (Chairs: Simone Fischer-Hübner, Hanno Langweg)
1130 Lunch
1230-1350 Session SWITS/COINS I – Forensics & IDS (Session chair: Slobodan Petrovic)

1350-1400 Break
1400-1500 Session SWITS/COINS II – Distributed Systems Security (Session chair: Simin Nadjm-Tehrani)

1500-1530 Fika
1530-1630 Session SWITS/COINS III – Security & Identity Management (Session chair: Sonja Buchegger)

1630-1800 Parallel sessions SWITS/COINS IVa, IVb, IVc

  • SWITS/COINS IVa – Panel: Ask the Professor (Session chairs: Andrii Shalaginov, Farzaneh Karegar); room: Einar Gerhardsen
  • SWITS/COINS IVb – Focus group on mental models of redaction (Session chairs: Alaa Alaqra, Simone Fischer-Hübner); room: Tage Erlander 1
  • SWITS/COINS IVc – Working group Cyber Security Challenge & Capture the Flag, preparation and courses (Session chairs Hanno Langweg, Felix Schuckert, Lothar Fritsch, Stewart Kowalski); room: Kungaterrassen
  • Groups decide individually when to have breaks

1800 Dinner

After dinner: Visit of the Holmenkollen Ski museum (guided tour)

Friday 9 June 2017

All sessions on Friday take place in room Einar Gerhardsen

0900-0920 Summary of working groups results
0920-1040 Session SWITS/COINS V – Privacy (Session chair: Christian Rohner)

1040-1050 Break
1050-1130 Session SWITS/COINS VI – Cryptography (Session Chair: Edgar Alonso Lopez Rojas)

1130 Lunch

1230-1330 Session SWITS/COINS VII – Attacks and Protection (Session chair: Magnus Almgren)

1330-1340 Break
1340-1410 Session SWITS/COINS VIII – I moved from Norway to Sweden (or vice versa): Here is what I learned (Contributions by Lothar Fritsch, Stewart Kowalski, Edgar Lopez Rojas, and others)
1410-1430 Closing

  • Summing up of seminar results, future of SWITS and COINS activities
  • End of SWITS/COINS seminar 2017
  • Coffee, departure, enjoy Oslo

To register, fill in the registration form:
Registration for SWITS members –
Registration for COINS members


The seminar will take place at the Voksenåsen centre. Wednesday will be a COINS day, and Thursday+Friday will be a joint SWITS/COINS seminar. We have a number of rooms reserved at the centre. Once all rooms are booked, you need to find accommodation elsewhere in Oslo.

Useful links:

SWITS members pay a highly subsidised registration fee, thanks to MSB and COINS. kr. 400 per night for single accommodation, kr. 0 if you share a double room, kr. 0 if you organise accommodation by yourself. All payments need to be made by payment card at the Voksenåsen hotel reception desk. Please note that this also applies to those staying at Soria Moria, they also need to pay to Voksenåsen, not to Soria Moria.

COINS students and their supervisors get coverage for travel (least expensive practical alternative t/r Oslo) and accommodation.

All inquiries can be sent to

ECTS credits

Participating COINS Ph.D. students can obtain ECTS credits that might be used towards the taught component of their Ph.D. programme.

Students need to enrol in “IMT6004 COINS Workshop” at NTNU to be formally allowed to get ECTS credits according to the requirements in the course description. (If you have taken IMT6004 before, you can enrol in “IMT6005 COINS Workshop II” or “IMT6006 COINS Workshop III”.

Please indicate in your registration for funding or by email to if you are interested in enrolling in IMT6004. Students get a transcript from NTNU documenting their participation and then need to present it to their local COINS member institution. All consortium members agreed that participation in IMT600x would be recognised as being eligible for consideration towards the taught component of the Ph.D. programmes.

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