ECCWS Biographies

Below are the ECCWS Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Antonios Andreatos is a professor at the Computer Engineering Division of the Hellenic Air Force Academy. He serves as a scientific committee member for a number of international conferences, as well as a reviewer in several journals. He has published papers in various international journals and conference proceedings, book chapters and three books. His research interests include (among other topics) cyber security, cryptography, steganography, image processing, educational technology, IoT, etc.

Christos Douligeris, currently a professor at the Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece, held positions with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Miami. He was an associate member of the Hellenic Authority for Information and Communication Assurance and Privacy and the President and CEO Hellenic Electronic Governance for Social Security SA. Dr. Douligeris has published extensively in the networking scientific literature and he has participated in many research and development projects. His main research interests lie in the areas of computer networking, communications, network security, cyber security, web science, data analytics, new technologies in education and emergency response operations.

Keynote Speakers

Nineta Polemi is a cybersecurity Professor in the University of Piraeus-UNIPI- (Cyber Security Lab, Dept. of Informatics) and CTO/ Co-Founder of trustilio. She established and acted as director of the UNIPI cybersecurity lab. She served (2017-2020) as Programme Manager and Policy Officer in the European Commission DG (CONNECT H1 Unit entitled ’Cybersecurity Technologies and Capabilities’). Her cybersecurity expertise is on: operational risk/conformity assessment, security management, incident management, supply chain security, threat intelligence. She has obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Coding Theory) from The City University of New York (Graduate Center). She held teaching and research positions in The City University of New York (Queens & Baruch Colleges), State University of New York (Farmingdale), UniversitĂ© Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)-Solvay Brussels School-. She has over 150 publications in security has organised numerous scientific and policy international cybersecurity scientific events and trainings e.g. cyberhot.  She has received many research grants (NATO, IEEE) and awards (NSA, MSI Army Research Office IEEE, CYNY, Hellenic Ministry of Maritime, Hellenic National Defense General) and has participated as Project and Technical Manager in more than 60 cybersecurity international, EU and national R&D and commercial projects. She serves as external expert/reviewer/consultant in  EC,  ENISA, FORTH, Focal Point, CodeWeTrust. She is a member of ETSI in the working groups of Cyber and AI.

Prof. Dr. Kai Rannenberg, Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security ( at Goethe University Frankfurt since 2002. Visiting Professor National Institute for Informatics (NII) (Tokyo, Japan) since 2012. Chair CEPIS ( Legal & Security Issues Special Interest Network since 2003. Since 2007 Convenor ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27/WG 5 “Identity management & privacy technologies”. 2004-2013 academic expert in the Management Board of ENISA; 2013-2020 member ENISA’s Advisory Group (until 2019 Permanent Stakeholder Group). Since 2021 Honorary Treasurer International Federation for Information Processing, 1999-2002 Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK).  Kai has been coordinating several leading EU research projects, e.g. the Network of Excellence “Future of Identity in the Information Society (FIDIS)” and the IP “Attribute based Credentials for Trust” (ABC4Trust). Currently he is coordinating CyberSec4Europe, a pilot for the Cybersecurity Competence Network the EU is aiming for, and CyberSecPro aiming for improved cybersecurity education and training.

Mini Track Chairs

Olga Angelopoulou is an Assistant Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Warwick. Olga completed her doctorate in digital forensics in 2010 at the University of South Wales (Glamorgan) and is an active researcher in the field. She previously held academic posts at the University of Derby and the University of Hertfordshire. Olga is also the Editor-in-Chief for Information Security Journal: A global Perspective. Her research interests include digital investigations, cybercrimes, incident response and online fraud. She has several publications and presentations in the field and is involved in numerous scholarly activities. 

Dr. Sabarathinam Chockalingam is a Research Scientist I at the Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, Norway. Saba has a PhD in Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence from the Delft University of Technology and MSc in Cyber Security and Management from the University of Warwick. His research interests include cyber security, risk management and safety.

Tiago Cruz received his Ph.D. degree in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal), in 2012. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra. His research interests include areas such as management systems for communications infrastructures and services, critical infrastructure security, broadband access network device and service management, Internet of Things.

Christoph Lipps, graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, where he meanwhile lectures as well. He is a Senior Researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, heading the Cyber Resilience & Security Team of the Intelligent Networks Research Department. He is not only a member of the committee of the ICCWS and ECCWS, but also scientific committee member of various international conferences, and reviewer of several journals. His research focuses on Physical Layer Security (PhySec), Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), entity authentication, Security in the Sixth Generation (6G) Wireless Systems and all aspects of network and cyber security.

Dr. ir. Clara Maathuis is an Assistant Professor in AI and Cyber Security at Open University in the Netherlands.  With a PhD in AI and Military Cyber Operations from the Delft University of Technology, she is involved in teaching different AI and cyber security courses and conducts research in AI, cyber/information operations, military technologies, and social manipulation.

Shahzad Ahmed Memon is currently working as senior researcher at department of computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and architecture in Beykoz University, Istanbul, Turkey. He also worked as Professor, at department of Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology at University of Sindh, Pakistan. He completed his Doctorate PhD in Biometrics security from Brunel University, London, UK. He published his research in several national and international research journals. Dr. Memon attended and presented his research in national and international conferences organized in USA, UK, and Europe. Dr. Memon supervised MS and PhD students in the field of Biometrics, Cyber Security and Privacy, Smarts systems security, Cyber Physical systems security, Applications of Artificial Intelligence. He also granted funding for research from Higher Education commission and ICT Research and Development, Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan

Dr Brett van Niekerk is a senior lecturer in information technology at the Durban University of Technology. He serves as chair for the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group on ICT in Peace and War, and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism. He has numerous years of information/cyber-security experience in both academia and industry, and has contributed to the ISO/IEC information security standards. In 2012 he graduated with his PhD focusing on information operations and critical infrastructure protection. He is also holds a MSC in electronic engineering and is CISM certified.

Dr Trishana Ramluckan is a Honorary Researcher in the School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Research Manager at Educor Holdings. She is a member of the IFIP working group on ICT Uses in Peace and War, the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa and is an Academic Advocate for ISACA. In 2017 she graduated with a Doctor of Administration specialising in IT and Public Governance and in 2020 she was listed as in the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa. Her current research areas include Cyber Law and Information Technology Governance.

Dr Keith Scott Is Programme Leader for English Language at De Montfort University in Leicester. His research operates at the intersection of communication, culture and cyber, with particular interests in influence, information warfare, and simulations and serious gaming as a training. teaching, and research tool. He is a member of the Prometheus Research group, supported by the UK Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, which investigates the application of cybernetics and systems thinking within the context of warfare, as well as more general considerations of AI and pervasive technology.

Paulo Simões received his Ph.D. degree in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal), in 2002. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra. His research interests include network and infrastructure management, security, critical infrastructure protection.

Workshop Facilitators