Keynote Speakers

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Nikola K Kasabov

Nikola K. Kasabov

Professor Nikola K Kasabov is a Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the INNS College of Fellows, DVF of the Royal Academy of Engineering UK. He has Doctor Honoris Causa from Obuda University, Budapest. He is the Founding Director of KEDRI and Professor at Auckland University of Technology and director of Knowledge Engineering Ltd. He is also Visiting Professor at IICT Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Dalian University, China and Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland NZ and Peking University in Shenzhen.

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Giovanni Russello

Professor Giovanni Russello is a Cyber Security specialist and the Head of the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Giovanni previously served as the Director of the Cyber Security Research Programme, a multi-million-dollar project funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise aimed at enhancing New Zealand's cyber security posture and fostering collaboration between New Zealand and Australian researchers. Additionally, he is the founding Co-Director of the Cyber Security Foundry, the first multi-disciplinary center in New Zealand for Cyber Security, focused on strengthening collaboration between industry and academia. From 2013 to 2014, Giovanni held the position of founding CEO at a startup targeting the smartphone security market.

His research interests include human-centered cyber security, policy-based security systems, privacy and confidentiality in cloud computing, smartphone security, and applied cryptography.