WASP is very proud to have so many excellent researchers involved in the program. More than 450 researchers, reaching from assistant to senior professors, are affiliated with WASP. Some are international recruitments who have come to Sweden to join the WASP community, others are already well established in the Swedish academic system.

Through a series of portraits, you get the opportunity to get to know them a little bit better.

Meet Andrei Sabelfeld

Andrei Sabelfeld is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg. Professor Sabelfeld joined WASP in 2017.

What is your position/role in WASP?
I am the main PI and coordinator of the WASP NEST CyberSecIT: Automated and Autonomous Cybersecurity for IoT, a joint project of Chalmers together with KTH and Umeå University. I am also supervisor of WASP PhD students and a member of the WASP security cluster.

Why did you choose to join WASP?
To contribute with research and collaboration on security and privacy by construction. WASP provides not only funding possibilities but also networks that can be leveraged for projects that require complementary research expertise.

What are the benefits you see in WASP?
WASP is in a unique position to enable excellent research and collaborations with the industry at large scale. This is particularly important for areas like cybersecurity and privacy that cut across areas, subjects and disciplines. I am particularly excited about WASP NESTs, as a way to build hotspot activities in strategically important areas.

Briefly describe your research topic.
My research focuses on web securitysoftware securitylanguage-based securityIoT security, and location privacy. Software is often the root cause of vulnerabilities in modern computing systems. By focusing on securing the software, my research targets principled security and privacy mechanisms that provide robust protection against large classes of attacks. I lead a team of researchers, engaged in a number of EU and national projects and collaborations with industry including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and SAP.

I’d like to spread the word about the high-profile group of researchers on cybersecurity and privacy, the Chalmers Security Lab: https://www.cse.chalmers.se/research/group/security/ We always look for excellent candidates – join us at Chalmers!

In what way can your research be of importance to our society in the future?
The rapidly evolving modern computing systems driven by the Web and Internet of Things (IoT) make the world a fascinating place to live, connecting a variety of otherwise unconnected “things” from heart pacemakers, baby monitors, surveillance cameras to cars, industrial and military robots, and to large-scale IoT systems like smart cities. Yet the complexity and heterogeneity of these systems poses challenges for security and privacy. Who is in control of the Web and IoT systems? What are the key challenges to address the complexity? How can we protect such systems from breaches? How can we enable rich functionality and utility without compromising security and privacy? How can we build practical and secure solutions enjoying the benefits of third-party code integration and intelligent use of data analytics? Our research addresses these questions. As our society increasingly relies on computing systems, it is of paramount importance to assure the security and privacy in these systems.

For more information about Professor Sabelfeld, see https://www.cse.chalmers.se/~andrei/

Published: June 3rd, 2022

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