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The Speakers & Panel



Dr Eimear Byrne

Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Dr Eimear Byrne is a member of the Applied Algebra group at UCD. She works in the mathematics of communications and its applications to error correction, efficient data transmission in networks, privacy and fundamentals. She has expertise in algebraic coding theory and related topics in finite fields and rings, combinatorics, network coding and cryptography. Dr Byrne is co-organiser of Dagstuhl Seminars 18511 & 16321 on applications of coding theory to data networks, distributed storage and security. Her research, and that of the Applied Algebra Group more generally, addresses core aspects of digital security, namely data preservation and integrity (error-correction), data privacy (secure protocols) and secrecy (cryptography). Efficient schemes to achieve these aims are provided using methods from coding theory.

Prof Eoghan Casey

Professor of Digital Forensic Science and Investigation

Ecole des sciences criminelles (ESC), University of Lausanne

Professor Eoghan Casey is a former Chief Scientist at the United States Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), a world-class US national Cybersecurity center that houses the world’s largest accredited digital forensics laboratory. He is also a former lead Cybersecurity engineer with The MITRE Corporation, a US organization that manages federally funded research and development centers supporting several U.S. government agencies. Most recently he was awarded a full professorship at Lausanne at the School of Criminal Sciences.

He has published over 70 journal papers and conference articles, 45 editorials, and 9 books including 3 monographs. He has delivered over 10 keynotes at Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics conferences, has provided expert testimony in criminal cases, civil matters, and international tribunals, and has given dozens of technical workshops to law enforcement and industry professionals throughout the world. He established, and is the Editor-in-chief of, Digital Investigation, the leading international journal in digital forensics and incident response.

He is recognised as a global leader in Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and Digital Forensics research, widely recognised as one of the founders of Digital Forensics as a scientific discipline. He has combined experience working within, and establishing R&D collaborations between, government entities, commercial companies, and academic partners. He is a trusted advisor to many global organisations, consulting on best practice response to security breaches. He las led a wide range of complex investigations, including network intrusions with international scope (including state-sponsored cyber-attacks).

Dr Pavel Gladyshev

Director, Digital Forensics Investigation Research Laboratory & Director MSc in Digital Investigation and Forensic Computing

Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Dr. Pavel Gladyshev is Director of the MSc in Digital Investigation and Forensic Computing at UCD. He holds a PhD in the field of Digital Forensics and is one of the founders of the state machine theory of digital forensic analysis. His current research interests focus on forensic analysis of IT cloud environments, open source hardware solutions for digital forensics, automated malware forensics, and related areas.

Dr. Gladyshev has been working with the law enforcement since 1998 when he designed the first training course in cybercrime investigation for the Irish national police service.

Prior to joining the university Dr. Gladyshev worked as an IT forensics analyst at the Dublin practice of Ernst & Young and he is still actively working as a consultant in criminal and civil investigations.

Dr. Gladyshev serves on the INTERPOL steering committee on IT Crime. He is a member of the steering committee of ICST International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber crime (ICDF2C) and a member of editorial boards of several journals and conferences including Elsevier's Digital Investigation journal.

In March 2012, Dr. Gladyshev was elected the Chair of the Standards Committee of the Consortium of Digital Forensic Specialists (CDFS)

Mr Brendan Gormley

Director of Security Engineering


Brendan Gormley is Director of Security Engineering at Mastercard where he leads a global team of security engineers who ensure that systems and applications are designed securely. The team define the standards for secure development, provide in-depth technical expertise in areas such as cryptography and application security, and provide consulting advice to internal teams as they develop Mastercard products.

Brendan has worked in a variety of in-house and consultancy roles, with a broad range of experience in multiple domains of information security. Previous positions include Senior Security Consultant for Ward Solutions and Rits Information Security, and Systems Engineer in Hewlett-Packard.

He is a member of the OWASP Dublin board which promotes secure development practices and organises free application security awareness sessions every month. He has delivered a number of talks on general security, as well as technical talks covering topics such as application security attacks, cryptography and PCI.

Brendan holds an M.Sc. in Software Engineering, a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and a number of security industry certifications.

Mr Aidan Healy

Legal Director

DAC Beachcroft DAC

Aidan is a Legal Director in DAC Beachcroft Dublin, one of Ireland's fastest growing law firms and part of DAC Beachcroft LLP (“DACB”), an international law firm with over 2,400 staff and a legal network advising across the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America. He is an experienced regulatory and commercial law practitioner, specialising in advising on data protection & cyber risk. In addition to advisory and representation services, has worked to develop many value-added services for clients including:

  • A 24 hour 7 day Data Breach Helpline: 24 hour 7 day Data Breach Helpline: Under the GDPR clients may be obliged to notify the Data Protection Commission or other supervisory authority of a data breach within 72 hours. This helpline allows our insurer clients' insureds (clients can also engage us directly) to access a prompt and co-ordinated data breach response service, providing access to our specialist lawyers in DACB Dublin, IT security experts and experienced PR consultants, thereby seeking to minimise  the operational, reputational and legal & financial consequences.

  • The DAC Beachcroft Breach Response Planner software package.

  • A DSAR Service which utilises a software package to carry out the searches and facilitate the production of responsive documents.


He has recently been recognised in the recent Legal 500 rankings and is also the data protection officer for DACB Dublin.

Ms Caitríona Heinl

Lead Strategist for Asia Pacific at EXEDEC

Caitríona Heinl is Lead Strategist for Asia Pacific at EXEDEC. She works on issues that include international cyber policy and the implications of other emerging technology security challenges.

Caitríona was previously responsible for policy under the NTU Cyber Risk Management project, having transferred from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Centre of Excellence for National Security at NTU Singapore where she worked as Research Fellow on international security cyber issues from 2012 to 2018. In this role, she provided policy analysis to the National Security Coordination Secretariat within the Prime Minister’s Office and other government agencies.

She previously also led the Justice and Home Affairs policy group and Justice Steering Committee at the Irish Institute of International and European Affairs where she was responsible for research on transnational crimes. She qualified as a Solicitor with the Law Society of England and Wales and is admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York.

She is a member of the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Policy Network, and previously held fellowships with the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre, Canberra and Leiden University Institute of Security and Global Affairs. Caitríona holds an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University.

Prof Tahar Kechadi

Principal Investigator at the SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Professor of Computer Science

University College Dublin

Professor M-Tahar Kechadi was awarded PhD and Masters degree - in Computer Science from University of Lille 1, France. He joined the UCD School of Computer Science (CS) in 1999. He is currently Professor of Computer Science at CS, UCD. His research interests span the areas of Data Mining, distributed data mining heterogeneous distributed systems, Grid and Cloud Computing, and digital forensics and cyber-crime investigations. Prof Kechadi has published over 400 research articles in refereed journals and conferences. He serves on the scientific committees for a number of international conferences and he organised and hosted one of the leading conferences in his area. He is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Future Generation of Computer Systems and of IST Transactions of Applied Mathematics-Modelling and Simulation. He is a member of the communication of the ACM journal and IEEE computer society. He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker in international conferences or to give a seminar series in some Universities worldwide.

Prof John Murphy

Director, Performance Engineering Laboratory

Professor in Computer Science

University College Dublin

John Murphy is a Professor in Computer Science at University College Dublin. He received a first class honours degree in electronic engineering (B.E.) in 1988 from the National University of Ireland (UCD), an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1990 and a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from Dublin City University in March 1996. He is an IBM Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow and Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, and a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. For many years he held an academic part-time position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and acted as a consultant to the US Department of Justice. Prof. Murphy is an editor was an editor for IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2012-2017), Telecommunications Systems Journal (2008-2018), as well as serving on the Editorial Board of IEEE Communications Letters (2008-2012) and IET Communications (2006-2010). He was a guest editor for "Automation in Software Performance Engineering" in the Automated Software Engineering Journal (March 2017) and with Prof. Perros for “Optical Burst and Packet Switching” in IET Communications (March 2009). He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles or international conference full papers in performance engineering of networks and distributed systems. He has supervised 24 Ph.D. students to completion and been awarded over 30 competitive research grants (in excess of €9.5 million direct costs).

Dr Alessia Paccagnini

Academic Director of Master in Quantitative Finance
Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Dr. Alessia Paccagnini is currently permanent Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the at the University College Dublin School of Business. Previously, she was Lecturer at the School of Economics at the University College Dublin, Assistant Professor at the University of Milan - Bicocca and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics and Econometrics from Bocconi University. During her career, she has been research visitor at the European Central Bank, University of Pennsylvania, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Bank of England, National Bank of Poland, and visiting professor at IMT Lucca. Her research includes Time Series Analysis, Forecasting, Factor Models, Big Data, Classical and Bayesian Econometrics, Applied Macroeconomics, Applied Finance, DSGE Model Estimation, and Monetary Policy. Her work has been published in international prestigious journals such as Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Economics Letters, Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Economics Dynamics and Control, and Journal of Financial Stability among others. Since 2017, Alessia is also Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Model Uncertainty and Macro-Econometrics Program. She currently teaches Financial Econometrics for Master student at Smurfit Business Graduate School and Econometrics of Financial Markets for bachelor students in Economics & Finance.

Dr Liliana Pasquale

Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Liliana Pasquale is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at University College Dublin (Ireland) and a funded investigator at Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre. She leads the SFI SIRG (Starter Investigator Research Grant) project ForCopS - Forensics Investigations of Cyber-Physical Incidents. Her research interests are in requirements engineering and adaptive systems with particular focus on satisfying security and forensic readiness requirements in cyber-physical systems. She has served in the PC of some of the top software engineering conferences (e.g., ICSE, ESEC/FSE, ASE, and RE) and is also a member of the review board of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.

Dr Giovanni Russo

Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Giovanni Russo is a Lecturer in Cyber-Physical Systems at University College Dublin (UCD). Dr. Russo received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Naples Federico II in 2010. The focus of the work was on the stability of nonlinear dynamical systems with applications to networked control and systems biology. In 2010, Dr. Russo joined Ansaldo STS as a System Engineer and, from 2012 to 2015, he was the Lead System Engineer and Integrator of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP) in the United States. From 2015 to 2018, after having completed the HRTP system-level design, Dr. Russo has been with IBM Research Ireland as a Research Staff Member in Optimization, Control and Decision Science. In September 2018, Dr. Russo joined UCD and current research interests include Cyber-Physical Systems, nonlinear dynamics, stochastic systems and networked control systems. Dr. Russo is currently a member of the Board of Editors of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: regular papers and of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. He is also a funded investigator of the SFI Research Centres LERO and I-Form.

Dr Mark Scanlon

Principal Investigator, CeADAR Centre for Applied Data Analytics 

Co-Director of MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation

Director of UCD Forensics and Security Research Group

Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Dr. Mark Scanlon is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Computer Science and Principal Investigator for Cybersecurity at the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research and Machine Learning (CeADAR). He is also the Founding Director of the UCD Forensics and Security Research Group, and the Director of the School's Masters in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (this 2 year part-time, law enforcement focused programme currently has over 260 registered students) and a Fulbright Scholar in Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation. Both his MSc and PhD are in the field of Remote Digital Forensic Evidence Acquisition. His research interests include Automated Evidence Processing, Evidence Whitelisting & Data Deduplication, Intelligent Systems for Cybersecurity, and Network Forensics and Analytics. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in these fields. Dr. Scanlon is an active member of the digital forensics research community and is a keen editor, reviewer and conference organiser across a range of key journals and conferences in the field including Digital Investigation and DFRWS.

Prof John Sheridan

Professor of Optical Engineering

University College Dublin

John T. Sheridan, BE (UCG/NUIG), MScEE (Georgia Tech), DPhil (Oxon), Held a Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in Erlangen-Nürnberg, and was a visiting scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, in Italy.  He is currently Professor of Optical Engineering in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD and is director of UCDs’ Masters in Optical Engineering.  He is a fellow of SPIE, OSA and IMA, co-editor of Linear Canonical Transforms in the Springer Series on Optical Sciences and Co-author of the monograph Optical Encryption and Decryption SPIE Press.  He has authored over 400 publications and chairs several international conferences.  He has recently acted as lead editor on the Applied Optics Feature Issue: Optics in Ireland.  He is actively engaged in collaborative projects with national and international academic and industrial partners.  Most recently this has included the development of Computational Terahertz Imaging for manufacturing applications.

Dr Mathieu Sinn

Research Staff Member & Manager - Cognitive Data Science
IBM Research - Ireland

Dr. Sinn's research interests lie in Artificial Intelligence, more specifically at the intersection of Computer Science (Machine Learning) and Statistics (Time Series Analysis, Large-Sample Theory). Most recently, his focus is on understanding the robustness of Deep Learning classifiers with respect to adversarial perturbations. Previously, he worked on order statistics for time series (with applications to the analysis of electroencephalography recordings), asymptotic properties of models for labeling and segmenting sequence data, and applications of semi-parametric statistical models to forecast electricity demand and distributed renewables in smart grids.

Dr. Sinn received his Master's in Computer Science in 2006, and his PhD in Mathematics in 2009, both from the University of Luebeck, Germany. From 2009-2011 he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada. In 2011, he joined IBM as a Research Staff Member where, since 2012, he has been leading the AI, Machine Learning and Data Science work in the Dublin Research laboratory.

Dr. Sinn is the co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and co-inventor of more than 10 US patents. His research has been founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Canadian Bureau of International Education, Google Inc and MITACS. He has served as a reviewer and program committee member for numerous journals and top conferences in data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence, including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, NIPS, ICML, AISTATS, ICLR, IJCAI and UAI. He has also served as external reviewer on PhD committees at EPFL, TU Dresden and Aalborg University. He is a Data Scientist Thought Leader certified by the IBM Data Science Profession Board and the recipient of an IBM Research Division Award and two Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Awards.









Dr Pavel Gladyshev (UCD) - “The Application of Generalised Hough Transform Algorithm for Digital Forensics Data Recovery”


Dr Eimear Byrne (UCD) - “Coding Theory for Networks, Storage, and Security”


Dr Alessia Paccagnini (UCD) - “How Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies are changing the Economy”


Dr Giovanni Russo (UCD) - “On safety and privacy in data-driven closed-loop systems”


Dr Mathieu Sinn (IBM Research Ireland) - "Defending AI models against adversarial threats"


Coffee Break 


Prof John Sheridan (UCD) - "Optical Security and Encryption”


Ms Caitríona Heinl (EXEDEC) - "Artificial Intelligence and autonomous weapons systems: Major governance issues"


Dr Mark Scanlon (UCD) - “Deep Learning Framework for Digital Investigation Evidence Prioritisation”


Prof Eoghan Casey (UNIL) - "Cyber Sleuth Science Labs: Inspiring and equipping young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity and digital forensics"


Light Lunch


Dr Liliana Pasquale (UCD) -"I have seen this before" - Sharing Knowledge about Cyber-Physical Incidents"


Prof John Murphy (UCD) -"5G Networks - Making the Inter-Controller Communication Secure
and Resilient"


Prof Tahar Kechadi (UCD) -"Factoring Privacy and Security into Big Data Analytics"


Panel Session

Chair: Prof Tahar Kechadi (UCD) - Insight Centre PI

Panel: Mr Brendan Gormley (Mastercard) - Director Information Security Engineering, Mr Aidan Healy (DAC Beachcroft) - Legal Director, Ms Caitríona Heinl - Lead Strategist for Asia Pacific at EXEDEC, Dr Liliana Pasquale (UCD) - Lero Centre FI, Dr Mathieu Sinn (IBM Research) -  Manager - Cognitive Data Science IBM Research - Ireland


Event Closes

The Venue

Moore Auditorium | O'Brien Centre for Science (East) | UCD | Dublin | Ireland

Please click here for an interactive map of UCD that shows the location of The O’Brien Centre for Science (East). It is a short walk from the main UCD entrance on the N11. The main colloquium sessions will be held in the George Moore Auditorium on the Ground Floor of the building, on the left-hand side of the main foyer, beside the elevators. Coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the Ground Floor Atrium, beside the George Moore Auditorium.

Transport options: UCD is easily accessible by public transport. We strongly recommend that delegates travel to the conference by public transport as car parking will be limited. A useful online guide to getting to UCD is available to help you plan your journey.






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May 9th, 2019


Moore Auditorium | O'Brien Centre for Science (East) | UCD | Dublin | Ireland


UCD Cybersecurity Research Colloquium 2019