Wednesday, August 31, 2016

IFIP Summer School 2016 and 1st Privacy&Us Training Event

Last week happened the IFIP Summer School, in Karlstad, Sweden, in the Computer Science building at Karlstad University (KAU), which had as the main subject "Privacy and Identity Management".

"Egg room", one of the classes where the lectures happened, at Karlstad Univesity, Sweden. Picture taken by Michael Bechinie
It was a very diversified and interdisciplinary program: from Monday to Friday (August 21-26) the participants had the opportunity to join multiple sections varying from law to computer science, from ethics to HCI (human-computer Interaction), all of them investigating this very interesting and rich field of Privacy and Identity Management. You can check the entire program here.

Among the speakers were Amelia Andersdotter (, Jan Camenisch (IBM Research – Zürich, Switzerland), Roger Clarke (Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd., Australia), Jolanda Girzl (Konsument Europa, Director, ECC Sweden Swedish Consumer Agency), Marit Hansen (Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, ULD, Germany), Rainer Knyrim (Preslmayr Rechtsanwälte AG, Austria), Steven Murdoch (University College London, UK – TBC), Charles Raab (University of Edinburgh, UK), Angela Sasse (University College London, UK), Bernd Carsten Stahl (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK) and Vicenc Torra (University of Skövde).

As a continuation of the summer school on August 25th started the 1st Privacy&Us (Privacy & Usability) training event, having the presence of the PhD students, their supervisors and the business partners of the project. This was the first training event of the program, which had various interesting lectures, always dealing with privacy, usability, or the intersection of both fields. For example, the participants had a lecture on "Privacy of Personal Health Data", with Angela Sasse; another lecture about the General Data Protection Regulation with Rainer Knyrim and a workshop on "Introduction to Usability", with Angela Sasse and Michael Bechinie, all in the first day.

In the end, after such a productive week, we could all relax and enjoy a delicious barbecue - Swedish style! - in Karlstad, in a sunset atmosphere. You can check the beautiful pictures (all taken by the participants of the program) below.

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All the best,

Luiza Rezende

One of the lectures. Picture taken by Emiliano de Cristofaro

barbecue in karlstad
Our Swedish barbecue. Picture taken by Emiliano de Cristofaro
barbecue in karlstad
More about our barbecue. Picture taken by Alexandros Mittos
In the city of Karlstad. Picture by Michael Bechinie

The beautiful sunset. Picture taken by Alex Railean

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ph.D. Position at Tel Aviv University on Usable Privacy

Dear all,

Please find below this very interesting PhD position on usable privacy at Tel Aviv University. Interested candidates should contact directly Prof. Joachim Meyer (

Luiza Rezende


Tel Aviv University in Israel is urgently looking for a candidate for a Ph.D. position in the field of usable privacy as part of the Privacy & Usability (Privacy & Us) EU H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network (project 675730). The project will train Ph.D. candidates in collaboration with European top universities, private companies and government agencies. For general information on the project, see Privacy & Us.

The research will deal with Modeling Responses to Privacy-related Indications. The Ph.D. will develop models of user responses to privacy-related indications from systems or other information sources and validate these models with empirical research to generate effective privacy notifications and information. Supervisor: Prof. Joachim Meyer (Engineering).

The Ph.D. student will study in the Department of Industrial Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and will be part of the Interacting with Technologies Lab (IWiT lab) co-directed by Prof. Joachim Meyer and Dr. Eran Toch.

The program provides generous scholarships, full research funding and travel expenses for up to 3 years. During this time, the student will conduct research at Tel Aviv University and will participate in several training and development activities, such as summer schools and secondments with the various partners.

Applicant's profile:

- M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or related fields. The student must have completed a research thesis as part of the M.Sc. studies.
- Applicants should ideally have a background in behavioral research methods, statistics, and modeling of human behavior and should have some experience in software development.
- Excellent knowledge of English (preferably documented through a high TOEFL score or another standardized English language proficiency test).
- Applicants cannot have resided in Israel for more than 12 months over the past 3 years before beginning the program

Applications, written in English, should be submitted electronically to Joachim Meyer (

Applications should include:
- A Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience and list of publications)
- A cover letter explaining your motivation and career plans
- Transcripts of all courses and grades for your Bachelor and Master programs
- A copy of your Master's thesis
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from the thesis supervisor, and contact information for up to five additional people that have consented to provide recommendations if asked to do so.

For further inquiries, please contact: Prof. Joachim Meyer (