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The 2nd Computer Science Day will take place on 23 February

Why can we remember a two-hour film but not all three things on a shopping list? How can security vulnerabilities be prevented already during the development of software? What security risks should have been considered before the mass adoption of blockchains? What curiosities does fuzzing hold as an automated software testing technique?

Answers to these and more questions can be found by all who are interested at the 2nd Day of Computer Science. We cordially invite all curious people to the online event on 23 February 2022 from 2 pm. The short presentations will be followed by a virtual get-together. If you register by 11 February 2022, you will receive a small surprise package for the event (while stocks last).

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HGI is hosting the 9th IT Security Award 2022

Registration for participation in the economic prize for IT security in Germany with an endowment of 160,000 euros is possible from 03.01.2022. Every two years, the Horst Görtz Foundation awards the German Prize for IT Security with the aim of consolidating the position of IT security "made in Germany". In 2022, the Horst Görtz Foundation is again looking for new innovative concepts and solutions. This time, the 9th German IT Security Award 2022 will be organized and hosted by the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security.

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Steffen Bondorf fills W2 professorship for Distributed and Networked Systems

Steffen Bondorf will hold the W2 professorship for Distributed and Networked Systems from 01 December 2021. In October 2019, he was appointed as the first RUB Junior Professor under the joint tenure-track program of the German federal and state governments for the promotion of young scientists.

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Alena Naiakshina occupies new professorship for Developer Centered Security

Prof. Dr. Alena Naiakshina will fill the professorship Developer Centered Security from November 2021. “I deal with diverse topics in IT security, with a focus on user-friendly systems for software developers. As part of my work, I conduct studies with software developers to study their behavior with regard to security,” she explains.

The underlying background of her research is that, just like end users, software developers are usually not security experts. A lack of understanding of security in the development process can later lead to millions of end users being put at risk.

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The first IT.Connect starts with over 150 participants

In line with the launch of the new Faculty of Computer Science at the Ruhr University Bochum, a new event format was also created: IT.Connect – the company contact fair for academic IT professions. The fair celebrated its premiere on November 17 and 18 with over 150 participants, including over 120 students – first online, then in the new building of the Faculty of Computer Science. With the IT.Connect, the ITS.Connect, which is the trade fair for jobs in IT security and which has already been established since 2008, gets its sister event for the entire field of computer science.

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Ghassan Karame fills W3 professorship in Information Security

Just as the Faculty of Computer Science is established, it is already growing: Prof. Dr. Ghassan Karame will fill the professorship for Information Security from November 2021, thus expanding the research portfolio of the faculty.

The newly appointed professor’s research interests lie in all aspects of security and privacy, with a particular focus on blockchain security and privacy, machine learning security, and storage security.

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HGI graduate receives award for his thesis

Benedict Schlüter has been honored with the eurobits Excellence Award 2021 for his bachelor thesis. For the fifth time, the European Competence Center for IT Security (eurobits) has honored an outstanding thesis from the field of IT security and information security with the eurobits Excellence Award. The 21-year-old Benedict Schlüter convinced with his bachelor thesis on the topic "Security Analysis of eBPF", which he wrote at the Horst Görtz Institute (HGI) of the RUB. Jury head and deputy CEO of eurobits, Ralf Benzmüller, justified the award with the high practical relevance of the research results for the detection of complicated security vulnerabilities.

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Election of the Faculty Council: Submission of election proposals

Faculty members of all status groups (professors, academic staff, technical and administrative staff, and students) are invited to submit proposals for the members of the Faculty Council until 29.10.2021.

Please send your proposals informally by e-mail to the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Computer Science (informatik-dekanat@rub.de).

For information on voting locations and absentee voting, please visit the info page on the Faculty Council election.

The NERD.NRW Research Training Group is being extended: NERD II is coming

The application of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) for the continuation of the Research Training Group (RTG) “North-Rhine Westphalian Experts in Research on Digitization”, NERD for short, was successful: NERD II will be funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for 3.5 years starting in February 2022 with a sum of around 2.5 million euros. In addition to the RUB as organizer, the universities involved are FH Münster, WWU Münster, University of Paderborn, RWTH Aachen and the University of Wuppertal.

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Operating systems for next generation computers

Previous main memories are always dependent on the power supply, new ones are not. Computers must be equipped for this.

While current main memories immediately lose their stored data without a power supply, new technologies are designed for non-volatile memories. Operating systems suitable for this are the focus of the NEON project, which is being funded by the German Research Foundation at RUB and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg for two years starting in October 2021. The coordinator is Prof. Dr. Timo Hönig, who heads the "Bochum Operating Systems and System Software (BOSS)" research group at RUB's Chair of Operating Systems and System Software.

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Elections to the first Faculty Council of the Faculty of Computer Science

All members - about 200 employees and 2000 students - of the Faculty of Computer Science, which will be founded on 01 October 2021, are called upon to elect the first Faculty Council. This is composed of 15 members plus one representative per member and forms the central decision-making body of the faculty.

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Women in IT Security

The CASA Cluster of Excellence has launched a new event to promote outstanding female students and scholars.

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Christof Paar receives Ring of Honor from the City of Bochum

This is in recognition of his commitment to IT security in Bochum.

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"This is crucial"

For the first time since 1985, RUB is setting up a new faculty. Computer science is thus given a new significance as a focus of study and research.

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