“Andamentos de Ciência”: Nuno Neves

Title: Artificial Intelligence: An Aid in Cybersecurity?

Speaker: Nuno Neves (LASIGE/FCUL)
Date: October 19, 2022, 17h00
Where: FCUL, C6.1.36

Abstract: More than at any time in the past, the use of computer systems, such as cell phones and computers, is preponderant in our lives, creating a huge dependence on their correct functioning. This increased dependence highlights the increasing value of computer security associated with these systems in order to make them less vulnerable to attacks. The news about successful computer attacks, so often described in the press, is irrefutable proof of this. The most recent examples include the disclosure of personal information of more than 1.5 million TAP customers or the sale on the dark web of hundreds of secret/confidential documents sent by NATO to Portugal.

In this session, three main questions will be addressed. What is a computer vulnerability? Why can’t we eliminate these vulnerabilities? And given that to err is human, will Artificial Intelligence (AI) not be able to eliminate these vulnerabilities, opening the door to a new era in which the occurrence of computer attacks is just a distant memory?

Bio: Nuno Ferreira Neves is a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Did the Aggregation in the field of Informatics, specialty of Computer Science, by FCUL.

Investigates the area of ​​security and reliability in distributed systems, with applications that include critical infrastructures, cloud computing, and environments with mobile devices. He is the author of more than 120 international scientific articles and has regularly led and participated in international and national projects on his topics of interest.

He currently chairs the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance, and is a member of the Coordinating Council of the LASIGE research unit, where he leads the Navigators research group. He is co-principal researcher in the SEAL project, related to the security of clinical applications software, and participates in the European XIVT project (eXcellence in Variant Testing). His research work has been awarded on several occasions, for example with the IBM Scientific Prize and the Test-of-Time Prize at the IEEE DSN.

Participation is free and open to all interested parties. More info here.