SBA Research is a research center for Information Security funded partly by the national initiative for COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies. Within a network of more than 70 companies, 15 Austrian and international universities and research institutions, and many additional international research partners we jointly work on research challenges ranging from organizational to technical security to strengthen Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities.
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Joint NIST SBA Combinatorial Testing Research Achievements featured in Security Now Podcast

Episode 712 @ 41:53 ( of “Security Now” podcast by Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte featured the recent joint research achievements of NIST and SBA Research on Combinatorial Testing (CT), which have been officially been announced at

Steve highlights the recently achieved results not only as a result of NIST long-term investment into CT, but also specifically points to SBA Research having been the major contributor by having developed the algorithmic primitives upon which these results were achieved.

Steve continues to comment on combinatorial testing and its connection to fuzzing and also acknowledges our software testing research efforts; and while we don’t agree a 100% on the technical details of his presentation, we are very happy and honored to be featured in his podcast.

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Something draws near, I can feel it: An analysis of human and bot emotion-exchange motifs on Twitter

Ludwig Kampel @ LION13

Ludwig Kampel joined the 13th Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN Conference (LION13), a conference aiming to explore the intersections and unknown territories between machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical programming and algorithms for hard optimization problems. On the first day of the conference Ludwig presented the paper “How to use Boltzmann Machines and Neural Networks for Covering Array Generation”, a joint work with Michael Wagner, Dimitris E. Simos and Ilias S. Kotsireas, that presents the first approach based on artificial neural networks for the construction of covering arrays.

Hollywood Hacking and Real IT-Security

Adrian Dabrowski tries to establish how coding language can prevent software bugs.

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Johanna Ullrich in ORF interview on power grid attacks

Senior researcher Johanna Ullrich has been interviewed by Austrian Broadcasting (ORF). In the TV show Eco, she explained how smart devices like fridges, heating and air condition have the potential to cause power grid blackouts in a concerted fashion. The show can be watched in ORF’s TVthek by Thursday.

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Artificial Intelligence – certainly one of the most hyped topics of our time– will be at the heart of this year´s event. In this connection we are proud to announce a keynote of writer Karl Olsberg on “Artificial Intelligence and Human Stupidity”. The subsequent plenary discussion will pick up on different perspectives and shed light on myth and reality.

Dimitris Simos joins the editorial board of Operations Research Forum

Dimitris Simos was invited to join the editorial board of the SN Operations Research Forum (ORFO) journal published and distributed by Springer Nature.

SN Operations Research Forum is a journal that serves the Operations Research community by addressing a broad range of topics, perspectives, methodologies, and industry applications to foster communication among academics and practitioners, theory and application, and a variety of disciplines (e.g., applied mathematics, computer science, business and economics, and engineering).

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