Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT


Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG, Waterford,  Ireland

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is a university-level institution in the South-East of Ireland with over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff. There is a thriving research and postgraduate community in WIT. The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology is Ireland’s largest research centre in the information and communication technologies (ICT) domain.
WIT-TSSG’s unique research ethos is to build links between academic and industrial research through the creation of a balanced portfolio of activity in basic research, applied research and commercial activity. WIT-TSSG has a portfolio of 40 (active) and 80 (completed) funded R&D projects.

Through their involvement in many FP5, FP6 and FP7 (PERIMETER, Panlab II, PERSIST, 4WARD, INCO-Trust, THINK-TRUST, CoMiFin, Endorse) projects, WIT-TSSG have gained and built upon a wealth of experience in the areas of ICT trust and security (both as high-level strategic concept and security as lower level IP- based network issues, software and services, communications and infrastructure management, autonomics and testbed activities (focusing especially on building and deploying reusable hardware and software testbeds for software interoperability testing and repeatable experimental analysis of performance issues).

WIT-TSSG was involved in a number of recent Trust and Security focussed projects related to policy and research activities in Trustworthy ICT including Coordination Action projects INCO-TRUST (International cooperation in Trust and Security) building a long term strategy for International Cooperation in ICT Trust and Security between the EU and US, Japan, Korea, Australia and Canada; and Think-Trust (Think Tank for Converging Technical and Non-Technical Consumer Needs in ICT and Security), which facilitated RISEPTIS (Research and Innovation for SEcurity, Privacy and Trustworthiness in the Information Society), a high-level advisory body in ICT research on trust and security.

Within BIC, WIT-TSSG is the project coordinator and will be very active in building the community of researchers and programme management in the project in WP2 and WP4.


Key personnel in BIC: James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG, Waterford, Ireland

James Clarke is in the position of Strategic EU Liaison Manager on the Science and Technology Board of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), a research group at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland.

Mr. Clarke, MSc., BE Elec Engr., has been employed at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) since February 2005. From January 2011, Mr. Clarke is project coordinator of a European Framework Program 7 Co-ordination action BIC. Immediately prior to this from 2008 until 2010, Mr. Clarke was the coordinator of the FP7 Co-ordination action project INCO-TRUST, which stands for International Co-operation in Trustworthy, Secure and Dependable ICT infrastructures. This project was charged with bringing together programme management and research peers together from the EU, US, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

Mr. Clarke is also actively involved in the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) as one of the Trust and Identity caretakers and has been involved in the organisation and running of their trust and security related sessions in Madrid, Prague, Stockholm, Valencia, Ghent and Budapest during 2008 – 2011. For example, during the recently concluded FIA Budapest conference in May 2011, he was instrumental in organising a session on the challenges associated to the Internet of Things (IoT) within the Future Internet and impacts on trust, security and privacy.

In addition, Mr. Clarke is a Co-chair of the Euro India Spirit (EUIS) project’s working group entitled AudioVisual Media & Internet and has already been involved in a number of EUIS events taking place in India and the EU. Mr. Clarke was twice voted onto the two year terms of Steering Board member of the European eMobility Technology Platform (now Net!Works). Mr. Clarke is actively involved in the research community, having served in various international conference committees as Chair and technical program committee members.



Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

TU Darmstadt is Germany’s premier Technical University and especially for Computer Science. Within the CS department, the DEEDS (Dependable Systems and SW) Group specifically targets research for the development, assessment and validation of systems, services and protocols as an infrastructural basis for trustworthy systems and services. The DEEDS group is internationally renowned for its unique composite coverage of dependability + security research and has garnered extensive ongoing support from the European Commission, US NSF, US DARPA, Airbus, Audi, Saab, Volvo, Daimler Chrysler, NASA, IBM, Boeing, Microsoft and Intel among others. The DEEDS group has led  the technical efforts for  FP6/FP7 IP’s and STREPS such as DECOS, ReSIST, GENESYS, INDEXYS, DBench, NextTTA, CoMiFIN, INSPIRE etc,  as well as extensive ongoing EC keynotes, project review and evaluation activities.

Based on (a) its established competences in composite dependable & secure computing, and (b) its joint EU-US profile, TUD/DEEDS will contribute to BIC in establishing the technical themes in specifying, designing and assessing trustworthy systems and services. The emphasis will cover protocols and middleware arenas in the emerging ultra-large scale next generation networks. Using its extensive US background, TUD/DEEDS will lead WP2′s effort to attract US NSF/DoD, US academia, Australian and Japanese links for the International Advisory Group of BIC. Professor Suri also has considerable experience and knowledge of the Trust and Security research going on within India.


Key personnel in BIC: Neeraj Suri, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

Neeraj Suri received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He currently holds the Chair Professorship in “Dependable Embedded Systems and Software” at TU Darmstadt, Germany. His earlier appointments include the Saab Endowed Chair Professorship, faculty at Boston University and multiple sabbaticals at Microsoft Research. His research interests focus on design, analysis and assessment of trustworthy (dependable & secure) distributed systems and software. The emphasis is on composite issues of dependability and security for web-scale SW/OS, verification/validation of distributed protocols and especially “trusted/secure systems by design”. Additional professional details are available at:



Atos, Madrid, Spain

Atos is an international information technology services company, focused on powering progress of our customers by means of our consulting and technology services, transactional services, systems integration and managed services offerings. The company’s annual revenues are more than EUR 8.7 billion and it employs over 78,500 people in 40 countries. Atos is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) is the R&D hub of Atos and a key reference for the whole Atos group. Thanks to its large experience and partnerships in the R&D&I space, ARI leverages research activities on new technologies inside and outside the Atos group, driving innovation for our customers.


Key personnel in BIC: Aljosa Pasic, Atos, Spain

ALJOSA PASIC’s current position is Public Sector Director of Atos Research & Innovation (ARI), which is a department within Atos Origin Spain. He graduated Information technology at Electro technical Faculty of Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and has been working for Cap Gemini (Utrecht, The Netherlands) until the end of 1998. In 1999 he moved to Sema Group (now part of Atos Origin) based in Madrid, Spain, where he occupied different managerial positions. During this period he was participating in many international research or consulting projects, always related to the areas of information security or e-government. He is also member of Board of Directors of EOS (European Organisation for Security) and has been involved in the work of many other international organisations such as ENISA, ERCIM, NESSI, EFIA, IARIA or IFIP. His current interests include Secure Software Engineering (e.g. the chairman of NESSOS industry advisory group), electronic identity (e.g. involvement in thematic network SSEDIC) and trust management (e.g. member of the advisory board of Trust in Digital Life initiative).



Telecom  Paristech, ENST, Paris, France

GROUPE DES ECOLES DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS – Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) is one of France’s leading graduate engineering schools in the field of Communication and Information Technologies. Its disciplines include all the sciences and techniques that fall within the term “Information and Communications“: Computer Science Networks, Communications, Electronics, Signal and Image Processing, as well as the study of economic and social aspects associated with modern technology. The school was founded more than a hundred years ago and is classed among the Grandes Ecoles d’Ingénieurs. Because of its high scientific standard and the extremely competitive admission procedures, ENST can be compared to the highest level engineering schools and universities that one would find abroad. The school produces about 250 state certified engineers each year. The school is publicly funded, with close links with a number of partner institutions: it is part of a federation of schools in telecommunications, called the GET (Groupement des Ecoles de Télécommunications) and a member of ParisTech, a multi-campus networks of nine graduate engineering schools, all located in the Paris area. Over the last few decades, ENST has gained a recognised position internationally in its technical domains. In addition to working on the development in the basic sciences, research at ENST also aims at broadening its field of study, moving in particular towards system integration, innovative services on the internet and in other media, and the analysis of users communication practices and their social impact.


Key personnel in BIC: Michel Riguidel, Telecom  Paristech, ENST,  Paris, France

Michel Riguidel is now Professor Emeritus (since May 2010), previously the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Networks, at Telecom ParisTech (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, ) in Paris, where he lectures in security and advanced networks. His research is oriented towards security of large Information Systems and Networks and architecture of communication systems (Security of the Future Internet, Trust, Privacy and Advanced Networks, Critical Infrastructure Protection). In the past, he has contributing to the Coordinated Action of the FP7 ThinkTrust, IncoTrust (2008-2010) and BIC (2011-2013) for coordinating research on security at the international level (EU, USA, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, India, South Africa). He is involved in FIA (Future Internet Assembly) as FIA caretaker. Within BIC, he is the work package leader on providing input to the design of future research programmes.

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