Accepted papers on the CHI 2024

Three papers written by ATHENE researchers were accepted at the A*-ranked ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI for short. The annual conference is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction.

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Congratulations to Dr. rer. nat. Jasmin Haunschild

Jasmin Haunschild, an ATHENE scientist, completed the final part of her doctoral thesis at the Department of Computer Science at the TU  Darmstadt. Her thesis titled "Enhancing Citizens' Role in Public Safety: Interaction, Perception and Design of Mobile Warning Apps" was written as part of the ATHENE research area Secure Urban infrastructures (SecUrban). Her thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Reuter and co-supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Fiedrich. The thesis was reviewed and recommended for acceptance by the Department of Computer Science. The oral examination was chaired by Prof. Dr. Marco Zimmerling, with Prof. Dr. Jan Gugenheimer and Prof. Dr. Joachmin Vogt also involved as examiners.

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Congratulations to ATHENE researcher Thomas Reinhold on the successful defense of his doctoral thesis

We are pleased to announce that ATHENE researcher Thomas Reinhold has successfully completed his dissertation at the Department of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt, on his path to obtaining a "Dr. rer. nat." degree. His dissertation, "Towards a Peaceful Development of Cyberspace - Challenges and Technical Measures for the De-escalation of State-led Cyberconflicts and Arms Control of Cyberweapons," was written as part of the ATHENE research area, Secure Urban Infrastructure (SecUrban). The research was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Reuter, the coordinator of the research area and Head of the Department of Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) at TU Darmstadt.

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ATHENE researchers publish their work in the journal IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society

ATHENE researchers at TU Darmstadt are working on a privacy-friendly approach for state actors to compare exploit inventories without disclosing national secrets. This approach can be used to enhance cybersecurity for civilians, as known exploits that are identified by multiple states can be released for remediation. The method provides a practical solution to cyber arms control. The research was published in the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society journal and was awarded the 2022 CROSSING Collaboration Award.

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ATHENE reserach in the ARD

In the new ARD documentary "ARD Wissen: Deutschland im Ernstfall: Wie schützen wir unsere Infrastruktur?", ATHENE researchers Prof. Christian Reuter, head of the ATHENE research area "Secure Urban Infrastructure (SecUrban)" and Dr. Marc-André Kaufhold report on their research on automated collection of public data sources and data evaluation with credibility analysis and information prioritization. Thisr research was conducted as part of the CYWARN project and the ATHENE research area Secure Urban Infrastructure (Securban).

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Fragile protection of our communications via submarine cables

ATHENE researchers study states' vulnerability to submarine cable failures
Today, we take it for granted that we can call up a website, stream a movie or be active in social networks within seconds. Many people are often unaware that the data transfer takes place via thousands of kilometers of cable laid at the bottom of the ocean. Today, around 98 percent of international Internet traffic is handled via undersea communication cables. Coastal and island states are highly dependent on this physical infrastructure to provide Internet connections. However, although an annual average of about 100 submarine cable failures of human or natural origin occur, there is currently no global analysis that assesses the vulnerability of individual states to failures on a global scale.
ATHENE scientists Jonas Franken, Thomas Reinhold and Prof. Christian Reuter from the Chair of Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) at TU Darmstadt have tackled this issue.

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Lecture Series "Sichere Kritische Infrastrukturen"

In the winter semester 2021/2022, the lecture series "Sichere Kritische Infrastrukturen" will be offered again at the TU Darmstadt. The series of events will focus on various critical infrastructures and their security challenges. Speakers from research institutions, companies, public authorities or operators of critical infrastructures will shed light on individual facets of the topic in their lectures. The lecture series is organized by ATHENE researchers Prof. Matthias Hollick and Prof. Christian Reuter as well as Prof. Jens Ivo Engels from TU Darmstadt.

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ATHENE scientists discuss the possibilities and limits of cooperative security in cyberspace

As part of the lecture series of the Evangelical Academy Loccum under the title “Cyberwarfare - Cyberpeacebuliding. On a search for a Cooperative Security Architecture in Cyberspace ”, ATHENE scientist Prof. Christian Reuter, head of the research group PEASEC - Science and Technology for Peace and Security at the TU Darmstadt, discusses  the possibilities and limits of cooperative security in cyberspace.

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ATHENE scientist is invited as an expert to the public hearing of the Defense Committee

Thomas Reinhold, research associate in the PEASEC research group led by ATHENE researcher Prof. Christian Reuter, was invited as an expert to a public hearing of the Defence Committee in the German Bundestag. The hearing dealt with "Constitutional and international law issues in the military cyber and information space with special consideration of the parliamentary prerogative, the imputability of cyber attacks and a possible adaptation of national and international norms".

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Study by ATHENE Scientist published in A* rated journal

How do different types of so-called nudges, small "nudges" that try to move us to a decision in a more or less subtle way, influence our cybersecurity decisions?

This was investigated by the ATHENE Scientist Verena Zimmermann from TU Darmstadt and Prof. Karen Renaud from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

Their observations and results are summarized in the article “The Nudge Puzzle: Matching Nudge Interventions to Cybersecurity Decisions”, which was recently published in the A * -rated journal ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

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