ECCWS Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr. Nhien-An Le-Khac i

Tiago Cruz is Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra. His research interests cover areas such as management systems for communications infrastructures and services, critical infrastructure security, broadband access network device and service management, internet of things, software defined networking and network function virtualization (among others), being the author of more than 60 publications, including chapters in books, journal articles and conference papers.

Dr. Nhien-An Le-Khac i

Paulo Simões is Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra. His main research interests are Security, Network Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection. He has over 150 journal and conference publications in these areas. He has been involved in several European research projects. He has been involved in several European- and industry-funded research projects, with both technical and management activities. He was also co-founder of two technological spin-off companies in these areas.

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Leandros A. Maglaras received the B.Sc. degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, M.Sc. in Industrial Production and Management from University of Thessaly in 2004, and M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Volos, in 2008 and 2014 respectively. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD in Intrusion Detection in SCADA systems from University of Huddersfield. He is the head of the National Cyber Security Authority of Greece and a part time Senior-Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, U.K. He serves on the Editorial Board of several International peer-reviewed journals such as IEEE Access and Wiley Journal on Security & Communication Networks. He is an author of more than 90 papers in scientific magazines and conferences and is a senior member of IEEE.

Nuno Medeiros

Nuno Medeiros gained a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Oporto, Portugal, in 2008. At the end of 2011, he obtained two MSc degrees in information security from Carnegie Mellon University (USA), as well as the University of Lisbon. In 2009 Nuno began working at EDP Distribuição, becoming part of the Directorate for Automation and Telecontrol. In 2012 he started working in the cybersecurity area, which is responsible for the end-to-end security architecture and the definition, management and coordination of the security and privacy requirements, based on risk analysis methodologies for the critical systems of the organization. From 2017, Nuno has been a Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) Certified by the EC-Council and he became the top responsible for Cybersecurity at EDP Distribuição. Nuno is an industry representative in several projects and working groups at European level, he is regularly invited as a lecturer at several European conferences, which has allowed him to share the vision and the paths adopted by EDP Distribuição regarding Privacy and Cybersecurity.

Mini-Track Chairs


Dr Nasser S. Abouzakhar is a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Currently, his research area is mainly focused on critical infrastructure security, cloud security and applying machine learning solutions to various Internet and Web security and forensics related problems. He received PhD in Computer Sci Engg in 2004 from the University of Sheffield, UK. Nasser worked as a lecturer at the University of Hull, UK in 2004-06 and a research associate at the University of Sheffield in 2006-08. He is a technical studio guest to various BBC World Service Programmes such as Arabic 4Tech show, News-hour programme and Breakfast radio programme. Nasser is a BCS chartered IT professional (CITP), CEng and CSci and is a BCS assessor for the accreditation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK. His research papers were published in various international journals and conferences.


Filipe Caldeira is an Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal. He is a researcher at the CI&DETS research centre of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu and at the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra. His main research interests include ICT security, namely, trust and reputation systems, Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructure Protection. His research papers were published in various international conferences, journals and book chapters. He has been recently involved in some international and national research projects.


Prof. Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and the Canadian Forces College (CFC). He teaches officers of rank major to brigadier-general from Canada and about 20 other countries.


Prof. Helge Janicke is the Technical Director of De Montfort University's Cyber Technology Institute. He is a general chair of the International Symposium on SCADA and Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Research (ICS-CSR). He serves on the editorial board and as reviewer for a number of international journals.


Dr. Michael Robinson is a cyber security research engineer at Airbus.  As part of the architecture, innovation and scouting team he provides cyber expertise to the business and supports state of the art research into new and novel cyber security solutions.


Dr. Char Sample is a researcher focused on Threat Intelligence at MITRE and a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick. Dr. Sample has most recently focused her studies on the role of culture in cyber-attack and defence behaviours.  Additionally, she has interest in metrics, traffic analysis, risk management and measurement, and predictive models.  Dr. Sample’s background encompasses commercial, government and most recently academic environments.  She continues to try to merge the best features of all three environments.