Prof. Dr. Abdellah Touhafi

Short Bio :

Abdellah Touhafi is professor at the Engineering Sciences Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As a member of the Engineering technologies department, he is responsible for the major courses related to electronics design, embedded computing and reconfigurable computing.

He is heading the Electronics and ICT group within the department and is heading the RAPPTOR research lab. His research interests are embedded security, smart and industrial electronics, reconfigurable computing systems, multi-sensorial systems and cloud computing. He applies this research within 3 emerging applications that are advanced environmental monitoring systems, smart cities development and digital education. He is serving as an editor for the  Journal of Sensors and the Journal of Remote Sensing (MDPI). He is serving as the chair for the P2834 standard on Secure and Trusted Learning Systems. He is General chair of several conferences related to smart cities (SCIS 2020), cloud computing (Cloudtech 2016,Cloudtech 2018, Cloudtech 2020) and industrial electronics (IECON 2022). His work has been published in more than 150 peer reviewed scientific publications as Journal papers, conference papers or book chapters

Title : Concepts and Techniques for Secure and Trusted Learning Systems – Efforts to Create a New IEEE standard.

The Covid Pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of the education system on a worldwide scale. A majority of educational institutes vastly implemented digital tool sets to support their educational staff and students for blended learning. Combinations of online and on campus classes and laboratories, online meetings and online group works became an important part of the applied educational learning methods. This however comes with important security challenges which might mitigate the trustfulness of our digital education system. An urgent and clear need for standardized security concepts and techniques to support digital education systems appeared. In this keynote, we will address the different concepts and techniques that are envisioned to be included as part of the IEEE P2834 standard for Secure and Trustable Learning Systems.