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Lecture by Visiting Professor George Karabatis (UMBC, USA) at TUC (27.10.2023)

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Technical University of Crete (TUC) throughout the academic year organizes a series of open scientific lectures by prominent scientists from the academic, research, and industry communities. The next lecture of this series is titled

"The Role of Semantics in Systems Integration and Cybersecurity"

and will be delivered (in English) by

Professor George Karabatis
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA

who is currently on sabbatical leave at TUC, on the following date/time

Friday October 27, 2023 | 14:00

and can be attended either physically or virtually

Lecture Hall 145.Π58 @ Science Building, TUC Campus
Zoom: tuc-gr.zoom.us/j/98488534813?pwd=WDN4My9IWVlLYmQ4dllSSXFNU0orQT09
Live Stream: www.facebook.com/TUC.ece.chania

The lecture is open to all interested members of the School of ECE and the TUC community, as well as to the public. The event marks a great opportunity to start discussing ideas for research collaboration with Prof. Karabatis, during his stay here at TUC in the current semester.


The quality of data that is used as input to an information system is proportional to the quality of the solution. Semantics plays a significant role in identifying the most relevant data that lead to a better solution. Semantics actually represents the meaning of things. In this talk we will examine the role of semantics in research topics such as systems integration and cybersecurity. Systems integration is a must and at the same time a necessary evil of enterprises since they need to integrate software apps and/or data to stay competitive as a reaction to changes in the market. For a successful integration one needs to identify the proper mappings of objects across software systems. Semantics comes to assist in automated object mappings towards systems integration using machine learning techniques. In cybersecurity, semantics plays an important role in correctly identifying cyber-attacks (including 0-day attacks) in intrusion detection and prevention systems. An overview of techniques will be presented that utilize context, semantic graphs, and machine learning techniques to correctly identify incoming connections as benign or cyber-attacks. Results show that when using semantics the quality of information increases, leading to significant improvement of metrics such as precision, recall, etc.

Short Bio

George Karabatis is a Professor and an entrepreneur. He works at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Department of Information Systems. He is also the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor at UMBC. He holds degrees in Computer Science (Ph.D. and M.S.) and Mathematics (B.S.). Before joining UMBC he was a Research Scientist at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore). His research interests are in various aspects of Data Science specifically on identifying and extracting information using semantics and context in an intelligent way to solve interesting problems in research areas such as information and systems integration, detection of cyber-attacks (including 0-days), data anonymization, etc. His work has been published in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters and he has co-edited a book "Information Fusion for Cyber-Security Analytics" published by Springer. As an entrepreneur he co-founded three startup companies with the help of his students.

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