Preliminary program - 2020 Annual Workshop

The Smart Cybersecurity Network (Serene-risc) 2020 Annual Workshop brings together researchers, professionals and decision-makers from industry, government and academia to discuss the latest advances in Canadian cybersecurity knowledge, technologies, practices and policies.
The focus this year is on human-centric cybersecurity, understood as the multiple roles played by the human-factor in cybersecurity processes and outcomes. We want to explore how innovative awareness campaigns and cybercrime prevention initiatives enhance the effectiveness of cybersecurity policies.

The event will take place online on October 21-22, 2020.

Confirmed Speakers

Below is the list of speakers selected and confirmed for the 2020 Annual Workshop Call for Papers. This list will be updated in the coming weeks.


  • Decentralized Finance: Landscape and Future Directions

Jeremy Clark - Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Associate professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering

  • The current status of post-quantum cryptography

Douglas Stebila, University of Waterloo - Waterloo, Canada

Associate Professor of cryptography in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization

  • Cybersecurity Communications Strategies

Sky Marsen - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Senior lecturer at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

  • Blockchain-based Personal Health Records and Health Data Sharing:
    Are Patients Ready?

Victoria Lemieux - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Information and Founder and Co-Lead of Blockchain@UBC

  • Understanding the approach of Canada towards online disinformation: confronting, blocking, naturalising or ignoring?

Sofia Martins Geraldes - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Estudos Internacionais, Lisboa, Portugal

PhD student in History, Security and Defence Studies

  • Assessing the Gendered Impact of Internet Shutdowns

Sarah Shoker - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in political science

  • Topological Data Analysis for Ransomware Detection on the Bitcoin Blockchain

Cuneyt Akcora - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Statistics

  • Synthetic Data Generation and Evaluation

Duc-Phong Le - Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, Fredericton, Canada

Research Fellow and Research Team Lead at the CIC at the University of New Brunswick

  • Multi-modal Fusion for Online Users Behavior Recognition

Sanjida Nasreen Tumpa - University of Calgary

M.Sc. in Computer Science

Marina L. Gavrilova - University of Calgary

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary and co-director of the Biometric Technologies Laboratory