Iraklis SYMEONIDIS

Research associate


Currently, I am a post-doctoral researcher at APSIA of University of Luxembourg. 
I am also a free-researcher at COSIC of KU Leuven.

I hold a Ph.D. degree from COSIC of KU Leuven supervised by Prof. Bart Preneel. I also hold a master’s degree in Digital Systems Security from University of Piraeus, and an engineering degree in Information and Communication Engineering from University of the Aegean.

Contact information:

SnT - APSIA, University of Luxembourg 
29, avenue JF Kennedy
L-1855 Luxembourg
(+352) 46 66 44  5594
Email: iraklis [dot] symeonidis  [at] uni [dot] lu
PGP keyF0567427

Contact information in COSIC: iraklis [dot] symeonidis  [at] esat [dot] kuleuven [dot] be

  

Research interests


My research interests fall in the intersection between information security and privacy with a specific focus on security-by-design and privacy-by-design.

Currently, I am working on threat modeling and solutions for private information sharing considering:

  • 5G, V2X, smart cities, and IoT
  • Private messaging
  • Online social networks

CV: Short resume

News and updates


Awards and Media


  • Media attention:
    • Our papers, "Collateral Damage by Facebook Applications: a Comprehensive Study" and "Collateral Damage of Facebook Apps: Friends, Providers, and Privacy Interdependence", appeared in NBC News (published: 21/03/2018, title: "Researchers say it was easy to take people's data from Facebook", author: Brandy Zadrozny) and in an article of France24 (last modification: 21/03/2018). AOL re-posted the article here.
  • Awards:
    • FWO short research visit grant: Research visit at CrySyS lab and Prof. Gergely Biczók, BME University, Budapest, Hungary, I obtained an FWO travel grant to study the interdependent privacy issues of third-party applications on Facebook.

Presentations / talks


  • MEDUP meeting in IETF 104, Prague, Czech Republic [slides], February 2019
  • Invited talk at University of Manchester, Manchester, UK [slides], January 2019
  • Invited talk at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China [slides], July 2018
  • Invited talk at the IPEN Privacy Engineering Workshop, IPEN-UPC, Barcelona, Spain [slides], June 2018
  • Ph.D. defense at the imec -COSIC, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium [slides], May 2018
  • Paper presentation at ESORICS conference, Oslo, Norway [slides], September 2017

Academic service


  • Served/serving as a Program Committee member for: ICISSP 2016/2020, CPDP 2019, DPM 2019
  • External reviewer: PoPETS 2019
  • Session chairICISSP 2016
  • MSc daily thesis supervisor: D. Reardon 2017/2018, A. Madhusudan 2017/2018, S. Dhooghe 2016/2017, T. Bertels 2015/2016, K. Domin 2015/2016

Research visits / stays


  • Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security (CrySyS Lab), BME University, Budapest, Hungary
    Supervisor: Prof. Gergely Biczók
    February - March 2017

Publications (Google scholar/DBLP)

I. Symeonidis, J. Schroers, M. A. Mustafa, and G. Biczok, "Towards Systematic Specification of Non-Functional Requirements for Sharing Economy Services," In International Workshop on Smart Circular Economy, IEEE, 7 pages, 2019. 

 

A. MadhusudanI. SymeonidisM. A. MustafaR. Zhang, and B. Preneel, "SC2Share: Smart Contract for Secure Car Sharing," In International Conference on Information Systems Security and PrivacyProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy, 9 pages, 2019.

I. Symeonidis, Analysis and Design of Privacy-Enhancing Information Sharing Systems, Ph.D. thesis, COSIC, KU LeuvenB. Preneel (promotor), pp. 1-222, 2018. 

I. Symeonidis, G. Biczok, F. ShiraziC. Pérez-Solà, J. Schroers, and B. Preneel, Collateral damage of Facebook third-party applications: a comprehensive studyComputers & Security 2018 (77), 179-208 pages, 2018. 

I. SymeonidisA. AlyM. A. MustafaB. MenninkS. Dhooghe, and B. Preneel, SePCAR: A Secure and Privacy-Enhancing Protocol for Car Access Provision, In European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2017)Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag, pp. 475-493, 2017. 

I. SymeonidisA. AlyM. A. MustafaB. MenninkS. Dhooghe, and B. Preneel, SePCAR: A Secure and Privacy-enhancing Protocol for Car Access Provision (Full Version)IACR Cryptology ePrint Archive 2017(039), 32 pages, 2017.

I. SymeonidisM. A. Mustafa, and B. Preneel, Keyless Car Sharing System: A Security and Privacy Analysis, In IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2016). , IEEE, pp. 1 - 7, 2016. 

I. SymeonidisF. Shirazi, G. Biczok, C. Pérez-Solà, and B. Preneel, Collateral Damage of Facebook Apps: Friends, Providers, and Privacy Interdependence, In ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection - 31st IFIP TC 11 International Conference, SEC 2016, Ghent, Belgium, May 30 - June 1, 2016, ProceedingsLecture Notes in Computer Science 471, Springer-Verlag, pp. 193-208, 2016. 

K. Domin, E. Marin, and I. Symeonidis, Security Analysis of the Drone Communication Protocol: Fuzzing the MAVLink protocol, In Proceedings of the 37th Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux, Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie, 7 pages, 2016. 

I. Symeonidis, P. Tsormpatzoudi, and B. Preneel, Collateral damage of Online Social Network Applications, In International Conference on Information Systems Security and PrivacyProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy scitepress, 8 pages, 2016. 

D. Al-Azizy, D. Millard, I. Symeonidis, K. O'Hara, and N. Shadbolt, A Literature Survey and Classifications on Data Deanonymisation, In 10th International Conference, CRiSIS 2015, Mytilene, Lesbos Island, Greece, July 20-22, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, pp. 36-51, 2015. 

I. Symeonidis, P. Tsormpatzoudi, and B. Preneel, Collateral damage of Facebook Apps: an enhanced privacy scoring model, IACR Cryptology ePrint Archive, Report 2015/456, 7 pages, 2015. 

I. Symeonidis, SARL: A revocation mechanism for long-lived assertions on Shibboleth, COSIC Technical report, 6 pages, 2014.