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Thesis carried out in IT wins the 2nd edition of the Prémio de Mérito AP2SI

on 15-11-2018

... In its second edition, the Prémio de Mérito AP2SI was awarded ex aequo to João Domingos (IST) and André Baptista (Faculty of Sciences from the University of Porto). The Prémio de Mérito AP2SI is attributed by the Associação Portuguesa para a Promoção da Segurança da Informação to reward MsC thesis that address the theme of Informatic Security and that stand out for their academic quality, practical applicability, originality and pertinence of the theme and dissertation work.

João Domingos, who finished his MsC in Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering was distinguished for his thesis “Characterization and monitoring of critical systems in the national Internet”, which he developed at IT in Lisbon, under the supervison of Rui Valadas (IT) and co-supervision of José Brázio (IT) and Paulo Pereira (ICP-ANACOM). The thesis consisted in developing the capacity for evaluating and monitoring the resilience of sites that support critical public services used by Portuguese citizens, based on available public information. To do so, the following questions were addressed: (i) Identifying the most important sites and algorithms; (ii) Characterization of the IP resources associated to each one of these sites; (iii) Interconnection system that supports the connections between those sites and the internet, namely the characterization of ASes that support their connectivity. The techniques and algorithms described above were integrated in the developed monitoring system - Crisys, which allows obtaining information and resilience indicators of the considered systems in a dynamic way.

Photo: The award that amounted to 1000€ was split between the two winners, João Domingos (the third from the left) and André Baptista, here both holding their winning certificates while surrounded by the panel of judges.

FDRI software developed in IT achieves international recognition at the OSDFcon 2018

on 12-11-2018

... Alexandre Frazão (IT scholarship) and Patrício Domingues (IT/Intituto Politécnico de Leiria) achieved the 2nd place in the software Module Development Contest for the Autopsy software at the 2018 Open Source Digital Forensics Conferece (OSDFcon) with their FDRI - Forensic Detection and Recognition of faces in Images software module.

Autopsy is an open source software used for digital forensic examinations of digital equipment such as computers, smartphones and storage devices. FDRI is a module that automatically flags the photos that have human faces, saving digital forensic experts the burden of manually reviewing each photo (often thousands) within a case. FDRI can also recognize faces, pinpointing the photos where a given individual is present. The FDRI module continues to be developed within the IT funded project Automatic Detection of Faces for Digital Forensics (AD4FDF).

The OSDFcon's software module development contest is a yearly international competition, where competitors from all over the world can remotely submit their software contribution and present them at the OSDFcon conference. This year the event took place between 16-18 October in the Westin Washington Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA, USA. This year´s competition saw the submission of 12 modules.

Photo: The IT research team could not be present at the event, but instead submitted a video to present their work. The video that can be found at our official YouTube channel: