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Dig In! The Internet of Things

Date: May 9, 2019

Time: 7 – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, 102 8 (Stephen) Ave S.W. (see map)

Cost: $10, includes breakfast

Every day, we share huge amounts of data across countless smart devices to increase convenience and efficiency in our day-to-day activities at home, work, community and beyond — from phones and homes, to transportation and health care.

But this hyper-connected world — which is called the “Internet of Things” — has a dark side. The huge amounts of data continually collected and generated by smart devices also leave us exposed to growing security and privacy challenges.

Join us at Dig In! on May 9 for an eye-opening conversation about how UCalgary researchers are working towards a safer and more secure digital world as the Internet of Things continues to expand and multiply.

Meet our Speaker


Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini, PhD

Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini, PhD

Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini, PhD, holds both the NSERC/Telus Industrial Research and AITF Strategic Research chairs in information security at the University of Calgary. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance at UCalgary, and served as its director until December 2018. She has been published widely in premier journals, has presented at conferences on information security and privacy, and has given numerous keynote talks, most recently at Chinacrypt 2018 and the joint session of International Conference on Information Theoretic Security and Cryptology and Network Security in 2017. Safavi-Naini has served on the editorial board of major information security journals, has been a member of program committees for leading conferences, and has served as the program chair of major conferences such as Crypto, Financial Cryptography, and Applied Cryptography and Network Security. She is currently associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IET Information Security and the Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. She has a long track record of industry-collaborative research in Australia and Canada. Her current research interests include post-quantum cryptography, communication and cloud security, and security in distributed systems.

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