Who we are (7) – INSA

EEXCESS-INSA-DRIM-TEAMWe are researchers from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) which was founded in Lyon in 1957. With the second largest budget, the second largest research generated revenue and a very tough student selection process, INSA is regularly ranked in the very best French “Grandes Ecoles  d’ingénieurs”, especially in ICT (4 out of 10 INSA departments are related to ICT, which makes INSA one of the prominent French universities in this field). We are also members of the LIRIS lab (Laboratoire d’InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d’information) which was created in 2003 through the merging of several laboratories all involved in ICT research and is affiliated to CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) under the UMR 5205 label. The laboratory comprises of 280 people including 94 faculty members and researchers.

All the members involved in EEXCESS are all members of the “Distributed Systems, Information Retrieval, Mobility” (DRIM) team.  The DRIM team (10 researchers, 25+ PhD students) is focused on information retrieval and data management in distributed systems, particularly in large scale (grids, clouds) and collaborative systems. Research topics include data caching and replication, monitoring, data delivery protocols, information and document retrieval, and security with a special emphasis on access control and trust/privacy. Our team and the Universities of Passau (head: Pr. H. Kosch) and Milan (head: Pr. E. Damiani), created in 2007 the French-German-Italian Doctoral College in “Multimedia Distributed and Pervasive Secure systems (MDPS)”. This unique structure proposes both an integrated PhD program and a joint research program. The MDPS doctoral college drains top-level PhD students who benefit from a very attractive research environment.

We have an experience of 10 years in security. Our team has a large network of collaboration both with industrial and academic partners. Over these 10 years, our team has acquired a deep experience and a strong competence in decentralized security protocols, trust computing, privacy preserving reputation systems, social-aware secure collaboration protocols.

Our role in the EEXESS is to study and propose privacy-preserving solutions throughout the project. The challenge for us is to obtain the best compromise between the quality of the recommendations made by EEXCESS, which requires a deep understanding of the user needs   and at the same time respecting the privacy of the user’s personal information.

Benjamin Habegger
National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon



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