Two BIFOLD PhD students, Lennart Behme and Haralampos Gavriilidis, have been awarded a Software Campus 2022 grant to conduct their own research projects as junior research leads. The Software Campus (SWC), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is an executive development program aimed at shaping tomorrow’s senior IT executives.
In cybersecurity research, machine learning (ML) has emerged as one of the most important tools for investigating security-related problems: However, a group of European researchers from TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, University College London, King’s College London, Royal Holloway University of London, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)/KASTEL Security Research Labs, led by BIFOLD researchers from TU Berlin, have shown recently that research with ML in cybersecurity contexts is often prone to error.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's first and largest educational and scientific computing society. Once a month, the category "People of ACM" highlights the unique scientific accomplishments and compelling personal attributes of ACM members who are making a difference in advancing computing as a science. Featured ACM member in October 2022 is the head of the Database Systems and Information Management group at TU Berlin and BIFOLD Co-Director Prof. Dr. Volker Markl.
The paper „Space-Efficient Random Walks on Streaming Graphs“, by Serafeim Papadias, Zoi Kaoudi, Jorge Arnulfo Quiane Ruiz, and Volker Markl has been accepted for publication at PVLDB 16 / VLDB 2023. In their paper, the researchers present Wharf, the first step towards scalable incremental machine learning on graphs.
The Italian media artist Marco Barotti is BIFOLD artist in residence 2022. The goal of the residence program titled “Art of Entanglement” is to combine artistic and scientific perspectives on artificial intelligence. Marco Barotti will receive a total of 30,000 euros to create an artistic project of his choice, shaped by his regular interaction with BIFOLD researchers. “I am very excited about the opportunity to pursue a new dimension in my art working together with researchers at BIFOLD”, so Marco Barotti.
The paper “ExDRa: Exploratory Data Science on Federated Raw Data” from a group of scientists, among them many Bifold scientists, has been successfully reproduced, and was awarded the “Results Reproduced” badge by ACM. This badge is applied to papers in which the main results of the paper have been successfully obtained by a person or team other than the author.
BIFOLD Researcher Prof. Dr. Georgios Smaragdakis with TU Berlin recent bachelor graduate Matthias Götze, and collaborators from IMDEA Software and Networks Institutes, and the Cyprus University of Technology performed a large-scale measurement study of more than 5,500 official government websites. The study shows that up to 90% of these official websites in some countries add third-party tracker cookies without user consent.
“We would have expected that governmental websites visited by millions of citizens every day comply with GDPR law and be held to the highest standards regarding respecting user privacy. Unfortunately, our study shows that this is not the case”, says BIFOLD Fellow Georgios Smaragdakis.
Berlin’s AI competence center the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD) at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) has now made the transition from project funding to permanent joint funding provided by the federal government and the State of Berlin. This sees the establishment of a national AI competence center in Berlin that will make an important contribution to the development and applications of artificial intelligence. Through a partnership with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, BIFOLD is set to become a cross-university central institute in the near future.
Jean-Pierre Seifert is professor of security in telecommunications at TU Berlin as well as a researcher at the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data. His research focuses on topics such as hardware security, cryptography technology, and quantum computers. He is also an established specialist for computer and communication security. Along with other experts he has been warning for some time now of the dangers of cyberattacks for private businesses and critical state infrastructures. Even before the start of the war in Ukraine his research demonstrated that almost all hardware solutions used in the commercial sector and even those intended to protect state high security areas do not function adequately.