Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce the confirmed speakers:

ARES Keynotes:

Monday, August 26 2019:

Securing Our Future: The Importance of Academia in Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap
Dr. Alastair MacWillson, Chair of Institute of Information Security and Chair of Qufaro@Bletchley Park



Dr. Alastair MacWillson was formerly Global Managing Partner of Technology Consulting leading Accenture’s technology strategy and risk, operational performance and management, cyber and information security, and critical infrastructure protection businesses.  He also served on Accenture’s Technology leadership council.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2002, Dr. MacWillson was the global leader of the technology consulting practice in PricewaterhouseCoopers.  During his time with PwC he also had responsibility for the PwC technology venture fund, which had $50m invested in new business activities, and was also the founder and interim global CEO for beTRUSTed, a managed service e-security business of PwC which, after divestment, subsequently became CyberTrust and acquired by Verizon

Over the past 25 years Dr. MacWillson has lead technology transformation and security projects for major organizations such as World Bank, SWIFT, DTC, CBT, LSE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, NASA, QinetiQ, BP, Shell, Exxon, Petrobras, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Ericsson, BT, Telstra and Vodafone, as well as intelligence, security and defense departments of the UK, US, European, Australian and Indian Governments.   He has advised clients on information and cyber security in the nuclear research and nuclear energy sector and has worked on projects for the UKAEA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dr MacWillson has acted as an adviser to a number of governments on technology strategy critical infrastructure protection, cyber security and counter terrorism and has sat on related committees for the US and UK governments, the European Commission and the United Nations.

Prior to moving into consultancy in 1990, Dr. MacWillson worked in government service and held senior advisory positions on security and risk related strategy with the UK government and, through secondment, with the US State Department,

With his extensive background and experience in information technology, security and applied cryptography, Dr. MacWillson is internationally recognised as an expert in the field.  As such, he is a frequent speaker and commentator on technology and security issues and his insights have been featured by some of the top media outlets such as the BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.  He is also a visiting lecturer on security and technology and has presented on many programmes with MIT, Georgetown, Stanford, Cambridge, Surrey and RHUL universities and the LBS.  During his career Dr. MacWillson has published many articles and papers on technology and risk and has authored journals on cyber and information security, risk, cryptography and cyber terrorism, as well as a widely selling textbook on Hostage Taking Terrorism (McMillan 1992).

Dr. MacWillson has a B.Sc. in Physics (Lond), Postgraduate Diplomas in Computer Science and Digital Imaging, a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, a D.Phil. in Cryptographic Science and an EMBA from IMD in Lausanne.

Tuesday, August 27 2019:

Why strong foundations matter: Lessons from developing CyBOK, the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge
Awais Rashid, Professor of Cyber Security, University of Bristol



Awais Rashid
is Professor of Cyber Security at University of Bristol. His research focuses on cyber security of large-scale connected infrastructure systems, taking an integrated view of technical and human factors. He heads the Cyber Security Group at Bristol and is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in Large-Scale Infrastructures (TIPS-at-Scale). He leads projects as part of the UK Research Institute on Trustworthy Interconnected Cyber-Physical Systems (RITICS) and UK Research Institute on Science of Cyber Security (RISCS), co-leads the Security and Safety theme within the UK Hub on Cyber Security of Internet of Things (PETRAS) and is a member of the UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). He also leads a major international effort on developing a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK) to provide much needed foundations for education and training programmes.

Workshop Keynotes

Immersive Virtual Insanity: Exploring Immersive Virtual Reality Security & Forensics
Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili, Elder Family Endowed Chair of Computer Science & Cybersecurity at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, University of New Haven

Abstract: The Virtual Reality (VR) market could surpass $ 40 Billion by 2020. The U.S. Military recently closed a deal worth $ 480 Million for the Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality (MR) device. Oculus has already released the first immersive VR system that is mobile with no wires and no need for a high-end gaming PC for $399. While these are exciting times, an important question needs to be investigated: Are we ensuring the security and privacy of these systems? In this talk I will present various experiments and findings we conducted in our lab related to the security and forensics of consumer grade immersive VR systems. I will show you how we are able to move people in physical spaces without their knowledge or consent, as well as other attacks that we coined and implemented related to immersive VR. Furthermore, we will also explore the forensic artifacts these systems produce.

Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili is the Elder Family Endowed Chair of Computer Science & Cybersecurity at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of New Haven, CT, specializing in Cybersecurity & Forensics. He serves as the Assistant Dean and is the founder of the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHcFREG). Abe is also the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (JDFSL). He received his BSc, MSc and PhD all from Purdue University where he worked as a researcher in CERIAS. He is the program lead on the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, designated by the National Security Agency – one of only 21 programs nationally with that prestigious designation. Abe is also the co-founder of the X Reality Safety Initiative (XRSI.ORG).

Abe co-authored over 70 publications including books, peer reviewed articles, and conference papers and has received millions of dollars in funding for his work from a variety of sources including the NSF, NSA, DHS and MITRE. Most recently, work with his students showed security issues in mobile social messaging applications that affect over 1 billion people worldwide they also found major Virtual Reality exploits that affect people globally. His research interests include cybersecurity and forensics from technical, social, and psychological perspectives. He has worked closely with law enforcement and private sector and has published work on real challenges facing cybercriminal investigators and has presented at a number of conferences worldwide.

Abe’s work has also been featured in news outlets and on TV worldwide in over 20 languages.

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CD-MAKE Keynotes

Wednesday, August 28 2019:

Explainable Artificial Intelligence – Methods, Applications & Recent Developments
Wojciech Samek, Machine Learning Group at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Abstract: Deep neural networks (DNNs) are reaching or even exceeding the human level on an increasing number of complex tasks. However, due to their complex non-linear structure, these models are usually applied in a black box manner, i.e., no information is provided about what exactly makes them arrive at their predictions. This lack of transparency may be a major drawback in practice. In his talk, Samek will touch upon the topic of explainable AI and will discuss methods, applications and recent developments. He will demonstrate the effectivity of explanation techniques such as Layer-wise Relevance Propagation (LRP) when applied to various datatypes (images, text, audio, video, EEG/fMRI signals) and neural architectures (ConvNets, LSTMs), and will summarize what he has learned so far by peering inside these black boxes.


Wojciech Samek is head of the Machine Learning Group at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany. He studied Computer Science at Humboldt University of Berlin as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, and received his PhD in Machine Learning from the Technical University of Berlin in 2014. He was a visiting researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, and a PhD Fellow at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin. He was co-organizer of workshops and tutorials about interpretable machine learning at various conferences, including CVPR, NIPS, ICASSP, MICCAI and ICIP. He is part of the Focus Group on AI for Health, a world-wide initiative led by the ITU and WHO on the application of machine learning technology to the medical domain. He is associated with the Berlin Big Data Center and the Berlin Center of Machine Learning and is a member of the editorial board of Digital Signal Processing and PLOS ONE. He has co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, predominantly in the areas deep learning, interpretable machine learning, neural network compression, robust signal processing and computer vision.

Thursday, August 29 2019:

Crossing the chasm: from Academia to Industry
Janet Bastiman, Venture Partner at MMC Ventures and Chief Science Officer at StoryStream

Abstract: Adoption of AI techniques by industry has risen rapidly in the past few years. Established companies are waking to the possibilities that AI techniques can give them and Europe is a breeding ground for academic researchers to make a difference as entrepreneurs. Whether the motivation for this is money, the challenge of running your own company and/or AI for good, making the step from research to being key in your own company brings a host of challenges for which many academics have little preparation.

In her talk, Bastiman will cover the main challenges faced in transitioning to industry that are just not present within the research community: world wide legislation and data provenance, explanability, AI operations, and the impact of accuracy and bias in real world decision making. She’ll outline the skills you need to build a successful industrial project, how you can get them, or what it might cost to hire them. Finally, she’ll go through how to get your business ready for funding.

Janet Bastiman in the AI Venture Partner at MMC Ventures Ltd, a London based venture capital company, and is also Chief Science Officer at StoryStream Ltd, an automotive-focussed company. She studied Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry at Oxford University with a scholarship from the Landau Foundation, and received her PhD from Sussex University in the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, supported by the BBSRC with a CASE scholarship. Her career has focussed in industry where she has worked for large multinationals and smaller enterprises as Chief Technical Officer and continues to champion new technologies. She co-founded the Tech Women London meetup group and is treasurer of the IEEE UK STEM committee. Since 2018 she has also been a judge for Awards.AI, showcasing the best UK AI start-ups. Her interests are predominantly in combinatorial techniques in computer vision and the intersection of machine learning with biological inspiration.