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Innovation & Research

Cisco and Ecole Polytechnique
9-10 April 2018
Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity

  • Date:Monday 9 April 2018 (1PM-6:30PM)
    Tuesday 10 April 2018 (8:30AM-6PM)
  • Location:Cisco France HQ
  • Duration: 1.5 Days
  • Attendance: Invitation only

About the Symposium

The 3rd Annual Cisco & Ecole Polytechnique Innovation and Research Symposium has taken place on April,9th and 10th 2018. This year again, the event brought together academic experts and industry leaders to share their knowledge and experience while asking hard questions, stimulating lively discussions, and establishing new connections for industrial and academic collaboration. In 2018, the Symposium directed its focus on the challenges and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity as it relates to networking, storage, and compute infrastructure, as well as the potential impact of each on the evolution of the Internet and Society.

We give special thanks to our speakers that included leaders in Academia and Industry who took time out to share their insights with us and our audience during our Innovation and Research Symposium 2018.

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Speakers and Presentations

Symposium Day 1 – April, 9th – Speakers (Cybersecurity)

13:45 – 14:10 Privacy-preserving analytics in, or out of, the cloud | Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Prof. of Communication Systems at Cambridge University & Alan Turing Institute Fellow

Jon is the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the Chair of the Program Committee at the Alan Turing Institute. He has worked in the area of Internet support for multimedia communications for over 30 years.

14:20 – 14:40 Olympic Destroyer and the Rise of Wiper Malware | Martin Lee, Cisco Talos Outreach EMEA Manager

Martin is technical lead of security research, and manager of the Outreach EMEA group within Talos, Cisco’s threat intelligence and research organization. As a researcher, he seeks to improve the resilience of the Internet and awareness of current threats through researching system vulnerabilities and changes in the threat landscape.

14:50 – 15:10 The Threat of Things: On Building Trust in IoT | Ahmad Reza Sadeghi, Professor, TU Darmstadt

Ahmad is a professor of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt, Germany where he heads the System Security Lab at the Cybersecurity and Privacy Research Center (CYSEC). Since 2012 he is the director of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Collaborative Autonomous & Resilient Systems (ICRI-CARS). For his influential research on Trusted Computing he received the renowned German “Karl Heinz Beckurts” award. This award honors excellent scientific achievements with high impact on industrial innovations in Germany. He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of IT security and privacy and was, amongst others, editor-in-chief of the prestigious IEEE Security and Privacy. He is also on the advisory board of several large multinational IT-enterprises.  

15:20 – 15:40 Automatizing vulnerability research to better face new software security challenges | Cédric Tessier, Security Research Engineer, Quarkslab

Cedric is a security researcher who has been designing instrumentation tools focused on reverse engineering as a member of the Red Team at Apple between 2009 and 2014. Cedric then moved to Quarkslab - a high-end cybersecurity company, highly skilled in vulnerability research and design of security solutions for a tailored level of defense - where he is leading a team devoted to instrumentation, experimenting concepts and ideas around DBI applied to vulnerability research.

16:20 – 16:40 Serious games in the wild | Olaf Maennel, Professor, Estonian Institute of Technology

Olaf is a professor for Cyber-Security at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and the scientific lead at the Centre of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. Before that he was with Loughborough University in UK and with the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has been general co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2015, ACM IMC 2017, and he is co-chairing working group 5.2 at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).

16:50 – 17:10 Towards practical public-key cryptography for small connected devices | Ben Smith, Research Scientist at INRIA & Ecole Polytechnique

Ben is a research scientist at Inria and an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science department of Ecole Polytechnique. Before joining Inria in 2007, he completed a PhD in pure mathematics at the University of Sydney, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, Universtity of London.

17:20 – 17:40 Quantum Technologies and their impact on Cybersecurity | Romain Alléaume, Associate Professor, Telecom ParisTech

Romain is Associate Professor at Telecom ParisTech. He is leading a research activity on quantum communications, in particular quantum key distribution (QKD), as well as on cross-disciplinary topics linking quantum information with cryptography, networking and security.

17:50 – 18:20 PANEL - Cyber Security, with:

  • Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge
  • Olivier Bettan, Head of Cybersecurity Research & Development Lab at Thales
  • Kirill Kasavchenko, Principal Security Technologist at Arbor Networks
  • David McGrew, Cisco Fellow, Advanced Security Research & Government

Kirill Kasavchenko

is Principal Security Technologist in the Office of the CTO in Netscout Arbor. Kirill has 14 years of experience in various post- and presales roles dealing with telecom operators and large enterprises in more than 30 countries of Europe, Middle East, Russia and CIS. His areas of interest are network design and network security at a large scale. On the CTO team at Netscout Arbor, Kirill focuses on emerging technologies and global research projects, applying his expertise in routing and protocol analysis to find new ways for Netscout Arbor to protect customers’ networks. 

Olivier Bettan

is a cyber security specialist at Thales R&D with a strong background in cryptography & graph algorithms. Since 2014 he is managing a R&D team at Thales Services in charge of the Lab roadmap for Cyber Security research. He has also been developing academic and industrial partnerships and contributed to National and European research programs projects.

Symposium Day 2 – April, 10th AM – Speakers (Artificial Intelligence)

9:10 – 9:30 Cisco AI-Enabled Conversational Products: State of The Art | Vijay Ramakrishnan, ML Engineer, Mindmeld

Vijay is a machine learning engineer at Cisco. He is a core member of the Mindmeld team within Cisco, developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications for Cisco’s AI assistants. He has built voice and chat assistants for fortune 500 companies at Mindmeld Inc. before it was acquired by Cisco in 2017. His work combines basic research and software to build state-of-the art AI models for conversational products.

9:40 – 10:00 Machine Learning for Data Streams | Albert Bifet, Professor, Telecom ParisTech

Albert is Professor at LTCI, Telecom ParisTech, Head of the Data, Intelligence and Graphs (DIG) Group at Telecom ParisTech, and Scientific Collaborator at Ecole Polytechnique. His research focuses on Machine Learning for Data Streams, Big Data Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Problems he investigates are motivated by large scale data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data Science.

10:10 – 10:30 Sparse temporal models in the frequency domain | Christiaan Erik Rijnders, CEO, Cogisen

Chris is the founder and CEO of Cogisen and also the designer of the patented algorithms of Cogisen. He has developed a profile with a proven ability to create new AI algorithms from the fundamentals of mathematics and physics. Chris was an integral part of the dominating Ferrari Formula 1 team that won world championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He is an aerospace engineer with an expertise in race car vehicle dynamics, simulations and simulators. In such models, the physics are extremely non-linear, transient, temporal and full of cross-physics interactions, with also the added complexity of a human-in-the-loop.

11:00 – 11:20 France AI Strategy | Marc Schoenauer, Research Director, INRIA

Marc is Principal Senior Researcher at INRIA. Until 2001 he has been full time researcher with CNRS working at the Applied Maths Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique. He then joined INRIA, and later founded the TAO team focused on Machine Learning and Optimization at INRIA Saclay in 2003.

Marc has been working in the field of Evolutionary Computation since the early 90s, more particularly at the interface between EC and Machine Learning. He is author of more than 150 papers in journals and major conferences of these fields.

Cedric Villani, mathematician and winner of the Field medal in 2010, has been tasked by the France Prime Minister with examining France's strategy on AI within Europe. To bring this project to a successful conclusion, Cedric Villani has been working with by Marc.

11:30 – 11:50 Integrated Commonsense Reasoning & Learning Using non-axiomatic Logic | Pei Wang, Associate Professor, Temple CIS

Dr. Wang received his B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Computer Science from Peking University in 1983 and 1986, respectively, and his PhD degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, in Computer Science and Cognitive Science in 1995. From 1996 to 2001 he worked in industry doing artificial intelligence application.

Since Fall 2001, he has been a faculty member of Temple University. His research is in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, especially on general theory of intelligence, formal models of rationality, reasoning under uncertainty, learning and adaptation, knowledge representation, and real-time decision making.

Dr. Wang is the Chief Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial General Intelligence and the Vice Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Society.

12:00 – 12:20 Modern approaches to AGI: what is the shared core problem? | Alexey Potapov, Professor at ITMO University

Alexey is PhD, DrSc, author of more than 100 scientific papers and several books. Till 2014, he was the head of Intelligent computer vision lab at Vavilov State Optical Institute. Since 2007, he has been lecturing different courses in the field of AI at ITMO University.

Currently, he is a professor at ITMO. From 2013 till 2017 he was a professor at Saint-Petersburg State University. His fields of research are artificial general intelligence, probabilistic programming, and deep learning.

12:30 – 12:50 Privacy & Machine Learning | François Sausset, Data Science Team Leader, Thales

Francois has a PhD in statistical & theoretical physics from UPMC Sorbonne-Université and has done a postdoc in applied mathematics. He joined Saint-Gobain research lab in applied mathematics in 2012 and moved to Thales in 2017 where he is leading a data science research team.

Symposium Day 2 – April, 10th PM – Speakers (Artificial Intelligence and security)

14:00 – 14:20 The Adversarial Machine Learning | George Kesidis, Professor, Penn State University

George Kesidis received his PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1992.

He taught at the University of Waterloo for 8 years before joining Penn State in 2000. He has worked on problems in machine learning and networking for over 25 years, and on problems in security for over 15 years.

Since 2000, his research has been supported by over a dozen NSF grants, grants from AFOSR and DARPA, and several Cisco Systems URP gifts.

14:30 – 14:50 Towards threat hunting with Machine Learning | Andrew Fast & Eric Leblond, Counterflow.ai Chief Data Scientist & Stamus Networks CEO

Andrew leads the artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts at CounterFlow. He joined CounterFlow from a position as Chief Scientist of Elder Research, Inc., a leading data science consulting firm, where he worked with hundreds of companies to expand their data science capabilities. Andrew is a frequent author, teacher, and invited speaker on data science topics. In 2012, he co-authored a textbook titled Practical Text Mining that was awarded the PROSE Award in the field of Computing and Information Sciences.

Eric is CEO of Stamus Networks. From developer to CTO & co-founder of IT company, the scope of his experiences in network and security is wide. A free Software enthusiast, he is a member of the Netfilter Core team and one of the core developers of the IDS Suricata.

15:00 – 15:20 Machine Learning Technique for Side Channel Analysis | Annelie Heuser, Researcher, CNRS, IRISA

Annelie is a permanent researcher of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at IRISA, Rennes, France. She was a postdoctoral researcher at TELECOM- ParisTech, where she also obtained her PhD in 2016. Prior to that, she was an associated researcher at the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) in Germany.

Her main research interests lie in the area of side-channel analysis, machine learning, hardware security, and malware detection/ classification.

16:00 – 16:20 Deep Learning for Embedded Security Evaluation | Emmanuel Prouff, Deputy Head of Cyber Security Lab, ANSSI

Since 2017, Emmanuel is the Deputy Head of the Hardware Security Lab at ANSSI, the French Network and Information Security Agency. Emmanuel has a strong expertise in cryptography & embedded security that he has been developing for 14 years, through various expert & research management positions at ANSII, Safran, Oberthur Technologies & Oberthur Card Systems.

16:30 – 16:50 Data Science in Cybersecurity | Niall Adams, Professor, Imperial College London

Since 2017, Emmanuel is the Deputy Head of the Hardware Security Lab at ANSSI, the French Network and Information Security Agency. Emmanuel has a strong expertise in cryptography & embedded security that he has been developing for 14 years, through various expert & research management positions at ANSII, Safran, Oberthur Technologies & Oberthur Card Systems.

17:00 – 17:15 (Un)Supervised Learning for Malware with quickSpan | Thomas Given Wilson, Research Engineer, INRIA

Dr. Given-Wilson was awarded a PhD in programming languages, expressiveness, and concurrency by the university of Technology, Sydney.

He then worked for NICTA (now Data 61) on model checking properties of C/C++ code under the Goanna project (now bought by Synopsys). From 2013 he has worked for Inria on varying topics, initially in expressing privacy and security of concurrent systems. More recent security work has focused on fault injection vulnerabilities, unconditional encryption, and behavioral malware analysis with machine learning.

17:20 – 18:00 Panel – Applying Artificial Intelligence

  • Eric Monchalin,
  • Sylvain Navers,
  • Jérôme Colleu,
  • Hugo Latapie, Principal Engineer, Cisco  

Eric is VP, Head of Machine Intelligence at Atos

where he is responsible for solidifying new technological and business directions for Big Data Global Business Line. Eric’s career has been mainly built on numerous R&D positions in several companies, with experience in leading 100+ people organizations and managing large projects in international environments.

Sylvain is the Technical Leader on Big Data & AI for Cybersecurity at Airbus since 2017

Before moving to Airbus, Sylvain has been technical advisor for the information systems director at the French Ministry of Defense, and previously, cybersecurity team leader & cyber security architect at the French General Delegation of Armaments.

Jerome is IT Security Consultant at Kaspersky Lab since 2016

Between 2008 and 2016, Jerome was a security consultant and then technical leader at Netstaff.

Hugo is a Cisco Principal Engineer

joined Cisco from NDS where he was CTO and VP of engineering focused on emerging technology based innovations, large scale distributed systems, high performance computing and security solutions. His current focus is producing AI powered products leveraging state of the art ML/DL and reasoning.

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