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  • 2019-04-02

    New project will make smart devices and environments more secure

    Smart devices present many problems regarding security and privacy. It is for instance possible to track people and map their activities. A new project involving researchers from Karlstad University will investigate these problems with the aim of increasing the security and privacy of next generation smart devices and environments.

    “When you use smart devices, you usually have to enter a number of personal details collected from you, sometimes for no apparent reason,” says Simone Fischer-Hübner, professor in Computer Science at Karlstad University. “Why does my lighting app need to know my name, address and email address to work? Often we need to provide unnecessary information. Through this project, we hope to develop a prototype for different components that can safeguard privacy. In this way, we can show that it is actually possible to do things in a privacy-friendly way.”

  • 2019-03-18

    New solution for secure centralised log collection

    Guaranteeing that information does not leak is one of the challenges of centralising logs. Researchers at Karlstad University have now developed a technical solution for transporting logs via cloud services in a simple, secure way.

    “There are different techniques for protecting logs when they are centralised. One could for example encrypt them, verify that nobody has changed them, and verify that the logs come from a specific device. These are well-known logging techniques, but what is new is that we have combined all these services in the same package,” says Rasmus Dahlberg, doctoral student in Computer Science at Karlstad University.

  • 2019-03-01

    New project enhances cybersecurity in Europe

    Karlstad University is the only Swedish university participating in a new large European research and innovation project under Horizon 2020. The aim of the project is to enhance cybersecurity skills in Europe.

    “We have a high profile in security and integrity protection techniques. We see the fact that we were chosen as further proof of the excellence of our research,” says Simone Fischer-Hübner, professor of Computer Science at Karlstad University.

  • 2019-02-22

    New study programme in computer science

    From this autumn, Karlstad University is offering a new three-year study programme in computer science for those who like IT and programming, but who are not interested in studying physics, electronics or a lot of mathematics.

    “The programme is tailor-made for those who completed upper-secondary school programmes in Science and Technology,” says Tobias Pulls, coordinator of the new programme. “We want to take advantage of their existing knowledge of mathematics, so the programme only includes the most essential mathematics. This study programme is specifically for those interested in computer science.”

  • 2019-02-12

    New platform facilitates the use of machine learning in NFV optimization

    Michel Gokan Khan, PhD student in Computer Science at Karlstad University, has developed the “NFV-Inspector”, a free and fully open source platform for optimizing the infrastructure of the next generation of 5G networks. This platform helps researchers and industry working on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to extract information from underlying infrastructure to optimize latency, costs and energy consumption.

    “This tool saves a lot of time and makes NFV researchers’ work much easier,” says Michel Gokan Khan. “If you want to do it yourself, you need to manually run different tests many times and it will take months to prepare and process all the results.”

    Michel, who has worked in the industry for many years, saw an opportunity to apply his programming skills in the project. During the first months of his doctoral studies, he developed the NFV-Inspector.

  • 2019-01-31

    Students develop app for new type of cultural experience

    Podcast dramas that enhance the listening experience through interactive effects have become reality through a collaboration between dramatist Amanda Fromell and computer technology students at Karlstad University. Together they have created a new type of cultural experience in which a smartphone interacts with the contents and for example vibrates in time with heartbeats, becomes warm during a heated dialogue or sends links related to the podcast contents.

    “The aim is to offer an art form that everyone with a smartphone can enjoy. I wanted to integrate the contents with effects to reinforce the listening experience,” says Amanda Fromell, dramatist and doctoral student at the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.
    “I have long been interested in how algorithms affect phone users. This project also allows users to see which control phones exert over us.”