Inaugural Lecture: Professor Utz Roedig

Lecture Title: Authentication in the Digital World (28 October 2021, 5pm, online at this link:

Prof. Utz Roedig, School of Computer Science and Information Technology

Lecture Summary:

We increasingly depend on digital systems and rely on their secure operation. To provide a secure system it is essential to identify and authenticate users and, in many cases, machines. We need to know who requests access or provides data to authorise access. Typically, users are authenticated by providing a password; a procedure we are all familiar with and we are also aware of the difficulties in keeping passwords and the consequences when passwords are lost or revealed. However, our digital world is becoming more complex and in many scenarios passwords are not usable, useful or desirable for authentication of either users or machines. New methods are necessary to authenticate users, machines and data. In this talk I will describe first classical authentication and associated challenges, and then describe some of my research work looking at novel authentication methods. My talk will cover areas such as wireless signal authentication, Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) and authentication in Personal Voice Assistants (PVA) such as Siri and Alexa.

About Professor Utz Roedig:

Professor Utz Roedig joined the School of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) at UCC in January 2019, and has been Head of the School of CSIT since September 2021. Before moving to Cork he was Professor at Lancaster University, UK, where he led the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). Prior to his work in Lancaster he held research positions at UCC and Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. Prof Utz Roedig received his Dipl.-Ing degree in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and his Dr.-Ing in Computer Science in 2002 from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

He is a co-Principle Investigator of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded CONNECT Centre for Future Networks, and Principle Investigator of the SFI Frontiers of the Future Award 'Personal Voice Assistant Security and Privacy'.    

His research interests are computer networks and security with focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).  His work looks at IoT communication mechanisms and the software used to construct IoT systems with a particular focus on cybersecurity. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers in this field and his research collaborations with industry partners have resulted in several patents. Over the last number of years his research has been supported by a number of research grants funded by EU, SFI, EPSRC and Industry. He frequently serves as TPC member of international conferences such as DCOSS, EWSN, IPSN, and he is a grant reviewer for international funding bodies such as EPSRC (UK), ESF (EU) and FWO (Belgium).

More about Professor Roedig and his research can be found at: 

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