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Thomas Kallstenius - Director Distributed Trust and Smart Applications’ Technology Office, imec

Thomas Kallstenius is responsible for imec’s research & innovation program related to security and privacy, called “Distributed Trust”. He is also leading the smart applications business unit’s technology office. Prior to joining imec, he was vice president research at iMinds, the Flemish independent ICT research institute that merged with imec end of 2016.

Thomas has more than 15 years of experience with industrial research, strategy and strategic marketing.  He worked as a director at Bell Labs with video communication related topics, and prior to this, he was strategic marketing director in charge of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed access portfolio. He has also worked with broadband access related projects within Ericsson Research and reliability of III-V components at Ericsson Microelectronics.

Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), a PhD in semiconductor materials science from Uppsala University (Sweden) and an MBA from Vlerick Management School in Belgium. He has served in the board of director of the FTTH Council Europe and is currently the vice-chair of the European Commission’s Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation’s workgroup on wearables. 

Presentation abstract

Distributed Trust

A necessary precondition for an intuitive internet of things is trust establishment and continued guarantee of trust of distributed systems. This is the mission for imec’s distributed trust program, which is addressing three broad research challenges associated with this:

Firstly, cloud services are expected to remain a cornerstone of the digital economy, exposing substantial growth for the next decade. Yet at the same time, the inherently outsourced business model that comes with the cloud computing paradigm triggers the fear by lack of control on remote, virtualized ICT solutions that are provided and operated by third parties. Trust in distributed software, services and systems must be enabled and guaranteed.

Secondly, since the inception of the Internet in the seventies, the number of devices connected to this network has been growing exponentially. Yet, only a small number of these devices are designed with security in mind, as demonstrated by recent DDOS attacks and Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than 25% of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT, although IoT will account for less than 10% of IT security budgets.

Last but not least, many individuals are deeply engaged in the digital revolution, personal devices, platforms and data have become part of digital ecosystems that are often convenient, necessary and cost effective in delivering specialist services. This trend increases the need for privacy and data protection in many application spaces, ranging from e-government and e-health to online commerce and financial services.

 

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