AI & security and cybersecurity

Security is an area in which the development of the digital world has played a key role in recent years. A digital system that is not adequately protected and not able to provide appropriate guarantees of resilience and robustness, cannot represent an adequate solution, especially as regards critical infrastructures, but not only. The problem of cyber security has a number of specific declinations related to the characteristics of the devices or applications to be protected (cloud, computer, mobile, network, web, Internet of Things, robotic systems); however, the methodological bases of security understood as cyber security are typically linked to different disciplines of Computer Science: cryptography for access protection and authentication mechanisms, software engineering for program analysis, distributed systems for blockchain, operating systems for the protection of computing resources. In the more general context of security in society, which is the focus of this PhD program, issues such as privacy protection, trustworthy systems and cyber intelligence play a central role. A common element in the approach to the above outlined problems and scenarios is the basic research on AI methods and techniques at the intersection among knowledge representation, reasoning, planning, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision, whose impact on the applications in security will be extremely important. In addition to the basic and methodological component in AI, the PhD course will have a significant interdisciplinary component, which will allow to deepen the application aspects of specific interest. Moreover, it will rely on a strong collaboration and synergy with institutions operating in the field of security and with all the players in the industrial and services world, for the definition of application scenarios and the identification of technological challenges in the field of security.

Lead University: Sapienza Università di Roma

Participants Universities and Research Institutions: Politecnico di BARI, Libera Università di BOLZANO, Università degli Studi di BRESCIA, Università degli Studi di CAGLIARI, Università della CALABRIA, Università di GENOVA, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Associated Universities and Research Institutions: Istituto di Informatica e Telematica, Università degli di Bergamo, Università del Sannio

Fully-funded positions a.a. 2021-2022: 30 (Call, deadline 23 July 2021 h 13:00 CET)

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