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Tomasz Miksa on machine-actionable DMPs at the FORCE2017 Conference in Berlin

Tomasz Miksa co-organized a session on Changing the Culture of Data Management Plans: making DMPs machine-actionable and FAIR at the FORCE2017 Conference in Berlin, Germany.

The FORCE2017 Research Communication and e-Scholarship Conference brought together a diverse group of people interested in changing the way in which scholarly and scientific information is communicated and shared. The conference is non-traditional, with all stakeholders coming to the table for open discussion on an even playing field in support of innovation and coordination across perspectives.

During the session participants discussed and revised the 10 principles for machine-actionable data managements plans. The abstract, principles, and the collaborative notes can be found here.

ISWC 2017 co-organized by SBA Research

SBA Research co-organized the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017) together with TU Wien and WU Wien. ISWC 2017 took place from October 21 – 25, 2017 at WU Campus and Messe Wien.

We welcomed more than 550 participants!

Tomasz Miksa on reproducibility of computational workflows at the ISWC17

Tomasz Miksa presented his paper entitled “Using ontologies for verification and validation of workflow-based experiments” in the journal track of the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC17) which is held 21 – 25 October in Vienna, Austria.

The paper discusses how to ensure trust in results of computational workflows by documenting their broad execution context using semantic technologies. The approach was evaluated on workflows from various domains including: machine learning, sensor data analysis, and bioinformatics.

The full text of the paper can be found here: 

Slides are available here:

Tomasz Miksa on Data Management Plans in the Horizon 2020 at the FFG

Tomasz Miksa delivered a webinar on Data Management Plans in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Commission.

The webinar was organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) which is the national contact point for the Horizon 2020.

The webinar had a wide appeal and brought both practitioners and facilitators. This was manifested by more than 300 registrations and over 200 simultaneous online participants.

The slides and the recording are offered as part of a lecture series on the Horizon 2020 related topics and can be found here:

Sebastian Schrittwieser receives scientific recognition award

Sebastian Schrittwieser, who worked for SBA Research until 2013, received a scientific recognition award by the federal state of Lower Austria for his work and dissertation on code obfuscation.

The full article can be found here. (in german)

Johanna Ullrich represents SBA Research at the F2F meeting of the SCOTT project in Porto, Portugal from October 17-19, 2017

Secure Connected Trustable Things” (SCOTT) brings together 57 partners from 12 countries (EU and Brazil) and from academia and industry alike. The SCOTT consortium will work in the next three years to extend the Internet of Things for wirelessly connected smart sensors and actuators to be used in building and home/smart infrastructure, mobility, health domains ensuring safety and security, privacy and trustability.

(ISC)² Austria Chapter & ISACA Austria Chapter Event

The (ISC)² & ISACA Austrian Chapters jointly organized the one-day event “Cyber Sicherheit zeigt Zähne – Trends | Regularien | Vorgaben | Entwicklungen 2017+”, which took place on October 12, 2017 in the beautiful rooms of the Kunsthistorisches Musem Wien.  Stefan Jakoubi, SBA Research and Jimmy Heschl, Red Bull moderated the event, which was attended by 170 participants.

Tomasz Miksa on the next generation of Data Management Plans at the general assembly of the e-Infrastructures Austria+

Today, Tomasz Miksa gave a talk on “Machine-actionable Data Management Plans (DMPs)” at the general assembly of the e-Infrastructures Austria+ project.

The talk presented benefits of the next generation machine-actionable Data Management Plans to stakeholders involved in the research data life-cycle: infrastructure operators, repository managers, researchers, funders, and policy makers.

Slides can be found here:

Austrian IEEE Chapter election finished

The election for the Austrian IEEE Chapter Systems, Men, and Cybernetics is finished and we are proud to announce that Peter Kieseberg and Edgar Weippl of SBA will continue their work as chair and first vice-chair respectively. For more information and interest in joining the chapter, please contact

Philipp Reisinger at JT Computer Business Breakfast

Philipp Reisinger will talk about “The Defender’s Dilemma” at the JT Computer Business Breakfast taking place at the FH Burgenland in Eisenstadt today.

For more information please see here.

Rudolf Mayer and Andreas Rauber host the annual meeting of the EU project MyHealthMyData

On October 9th and 10th, 25 researchers collaborating in the MyHealthMyData project meet at SBA Research to discuss issues of secure and privacy-preserving data sharing in e-Health applications.

MyHealthMyData implements a new way to share private information and empower their primary owners, the patients. The project uses novel approaches like using blockchains and smart contracts to trace the sharing and usage of patients in academic and commercial studies. Patients will control their data via personal data accounts, and can give dynamic consent to usage of parts of their data.

Peter Kieseberg @ CMG-AE-Tagung

Today, Peter Kieseberg gave a talk on “Neue Security-Herausforderungen im industriellen Umfeld” at the “CMG-AE-Tagung” in Vienna.

Peter Kieseberg @ ICDF2C2017

Today, Peter Kieseberg presented our work „Real-time Forensics through Endpoint Visibility“ at the „9th EAI International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime“ (ICDF2C2017) in Prague.

Study on EU-DSGVO

On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), a research team consisting of cbased (Community-Based Innovation Systems), SBA Research, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), examines the impact of the data protection legislation (EU-DSGVO), which will become effective May 2018, on Big Data and Innovation.

The study was open to public participation of citizens, companies and experts until 09.10.2017.

More information can be found here and the study including the discussion here (both in german).

Philipp Reisinger at Österreichischer Sicherheitstag

Today Philipp Reisinger will talk about “The Defender’s Dilemma” at the Austrian IT Security day in Klagenfurt.

The IT Security day takes place in conjunction with IT Carinthia

Further information can be found here.


Mauro Conti @ SBA

Maura Conti gave a guest talk about Novel Security and Privacy Threats to Mobile Users at SBA Research yesterday.

More information can be found here.

Peter Kieseberg awarded Apertus Axiom

Yesterday, Peter Kieseberg from SBA Research and IoT-Austria awarded Apertus Axiom with the OpenMinds-Award in the category “Open Hardware”.

SBA Research at IKT-Sicherheitskonferenz of the Austrian Armed Forces

Jointly with the OCG working group on information security we organized the young researchers’ day (YRD). Edgar Weippl gave a talk on Bitcoins. Philipp Reisinger gave a talk at the IKT Sicherheitskonferenz about “Techology radar and Security 4.0”. The event takes place at the congress center villach today.

The program can be found here.

Alexei Zamyatin @ IEEE MASCOTS 2017

Alexei Zamyatin presented his paper „Swimming with Fishes and Sharks – Beneath the Surface of Queue-based Ethereum Mining Pools“ at the IEEE MASCOTS 2017 conference which took place from September 20 – 22, 2017 in Banff, Canada.

Aljosha Judmayer @ DigitalDays2017, Vienna

Aljosha Judmayer was invited to give a lightning talk about “Do we need the Blockchain” at the DigitalDays 2017.

The DigitalDays 2017 presented the digital competence of Vienna as a location, all activities related to the DigitalCity.Wien initiative and its partners. Innovative technologies were presented and could be experienced in the “DigitalCity.Wien TechStreet”. In addition, exciting topics from the field of digitization were discussed interactively with experts. The DigitalDays 2017 took place from September 20 – 21, 2017 in the City Hall of Vienna.

Stefan Jakoubi @ DEEPINTEL

Stefan Jakoubi will give a talk on Risk Communication – “To be informed, or not to be informed: that is the question” at DEEPINTEL today.

Making correct and effective decisions requires complete, meaningful and tailored data. This is nothing new and what sounds like an easy challenge is nowadays still surprisingly difficult and not well (enough) implemented.

For further information please see here

Stefan Jakoubi at Gartner Summit

Stefan Jakoubi is attending Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, which takes place from 18-19. Sept. in London, UK.

Further details can be found on their website.

Edgar Weippl on Bitcoins at IDC Security Roadshow

Edgar Weippl gives a technical introduction to Bitcoins

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