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Summer term 2019: Kolloquium (KollegiatInnentreffen)

Schedule, Friday, 8-10 ID 04/413

  • 04.04.2019
    Laura Kocksch (SecHuman, Social Science, Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge, RUB)

  • 03.05.2019
    Salsabil Hamadache (Human Technology Interaction Group, RUB)
    Martin Bordewieck (Human Technology Interaction Group, RUB)

  • 10.05.2019 (ganztägig)
    Workshop on interdisciplinary collaboration in SecHuman and in Cybersecurity
    Organisation: Laura Kocksch (SecHuman, Human Technology Interaction Group, RUB) und Prof. Estrid Soerensen (SecHuman, Human Technology Interaction Group, RUB)

  • 07.06.2019
    Anastasia Danilova (Institute of Computer Science, Bonn)
    Alena Naiakshi (Institute of Computer Science, Bonn)

  • 21.06.2019
    Internal Meeting

  • 28.06.2019
    Alexander Helm (SecHuman, Cryptology and IT-Security, RUB)
    Olga Skrebec (SecHuman, Environmental Psychology, RUB)

  • 05.07.2019
    Benedikt Bönninghoff (SecHuman, Institute of Communication Accoustics, Cognitive Signal Processing, RUB)
    Steffen Hessler (SecHuman, German Linguistics, RUB)
    presentation und lab visit

  • 12.07.2019
    Carina Wiesen (SecHuman, Educational Psychology, RUB)
    Florian Farke (SecHuman, Mobile Security, RUB)

    Workshop on Interdisciplinary Collaboration in SecHuman and Cybersecurity

  • When: Friday, May 10th 2019
  • Where: ID 04/653, Ruhr University Bochum
  • Keynote: Prof. Andrew Barry (UCL)
  • Organizers: Prof. Estrid Soerensen and Laura Kocksch

    3rd SecHuman Summer School

    When: Monday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 6th 2019
    Where: Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Register here

    In re­cent years, IT se­cu­ri­ty and pri­va­cy have be­co­me in­crea­sin­gly im­portant to­pics for so­cie­ty as a whole. Since both sub­ject areas are lin­ked with legal as well as so­ci­al and tech­no­lo­gi­cal as­pects, it is ne­cessa­ry to do­ve­tail dif­fe­rent di­sci­pli­nes in order to un­der­stand the com­ple­xi­ty of mo­dern tech­no­lo­gies and their thre­ats to or­ga­niza­t­io­nal or pri­va­te se­cu­ri­ty. For this re­a­son, it is im­pe­ra­ti­ve that these sub­ject areas be the sub­ject of in­ter- and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch. This ap­proach can be clas­si­fied in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly as very to­pi­cal and in­no­va­ti­ve. This Sum­mer School re­pres­ents the in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry di­s­cus­sions of the NRW Re­se­arch Col­le­ge SecHu­man – Se­cu­ri­ty for Hu­mans in Cy­ber­space, con­den­ses them into a four-day event and opens them to a broad au­di­ence. Gui­ded by top in­ter­na­tio­nal Eu­ropean and US re­se­ar­chers, you will get a fresh look at mo­dern cy­ber­se­cu­ri­ty from dif­fe­rent per­spec­tives: An in­tro­duc­to­ry work­shop on Day 1 will pro­vi­de you with tools for in­ter- and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry work. After that, cy­ber­se­cu­ri­ty is in­tro­du­ced as a so­ci­al, me­dia­ted and tech­ni­cal phe­no­men­on. Day 2 co­vers the quan­ti­fi­ca­ti­on of se­cu­ri­ty from the per­spec­tives of cryp­to­gra­phy, hard­ware re­ver­se en­gi­nee­ring and human as­pects. The­re­fo­re, talks will be given by ex­perts from these areas and in­ter­ac­tive as­si­gnments will be pro­vi­ded to the par­ti­ci­pants. Day 3 fo­cu­ses on fo­ren­sic lin­gu­is­tics as the in­ter­face bet­ween lan­gua­ge, law and crime. Fi­nal­ly, Day 4 in­ves­ti­ga­tes how pri­va­cy is at odds with both the data eco­no­my and user con­ve­ni­ence – and if it is pos­si­ble to over­co­me these con­flicts. Busi­ness mo­dels of web and mo­bi­le apps often rely on mo­ne­tiza­t­i­on via ads spe­ci­fi­cal­ly tar­ge­ted at the user’s in­te­rests. On the other hand, users can be­ne­fit if the ser­vice of­fers im­pro­ved usa­bi­li­ty and per­so­na­liza­t­i­on based on their ha­b­its and pre­fe­ren­ces. The lec­tu­res of the ex­perts are kept re­la­tive­ly short to en­su­re that there is en­ough time to di­s­cuss and de­ve­lop your own ideas. As a par­ti­ci­pant, there will be op­por­tu­nities to pre­sent and di­s­cuss your own re­se­arch. Of cour­se, there will be a daily so­ci­al pro­gram which is not only fun but will also allow to build net­works with li­ke-min­ded re­se­achers. The sum­mer school will be held in English.

    Past events

    "Cyber Security and International Law" Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 16:00–17:30

    Professor Dr. Robin Geiß, LL.M. (NYU)

    Host Institution and Venue:
    Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)
    4th Floor, Room 4.46
    Massenbergstr. 9B
    44787 Bochum

    The lecture will be held in German.
    Informal registration via email is appreciated (

    Winter semester 18/19: interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Kolloquium (KollegiatInnentreffen)

    Thursdays, 10am-12pm in IC 03/444-414

  • 25.10.2018
    Christine Utz (SecHuman, Systems Security, RUB)

  • 15.11.2018
    Guided tour through the city archive Bochum

  • 22.11.2018
    Carina Wiesen (SecHuman, Educational Psychology Research Group, RUB)
    Steffen Becker (SecHuman, Embedded Security, RUB)

  • 06.12.2018
    Ruba Abu-Salma Ph.D. Student at University College London (UCL), UK

  • 13.12.2018
    Randi Heinrichs (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

  • 20.12.2018
    Olga Skrebec (SecHuman, Cognitive Knowledge Integration, FH Dortmund)

  • 10.01.2019
    Fabian Hoff (Cube5 Start-up)

  • 17.01.2018
    Mary Shnayien (SecHuman, Media and Anthrop. Knowledge, RUB)
    Benedikt Auerbach (SecHuman, Cryptography, RUB)

  • 24.01.2019
    Stephan Koloßa (SecHuman, Public German and Public International Law, RUB)
    Florian Farke (SecHuman, Mobile Security, RUB)

  • 31.01.2019
    Benedikt Bönninghoff (SecHuman, Cognitive Signal Processing, RUB)
    Jan Rensinghoff (SecHuman, Media Law, TU Dortmund)

    SecHuman Annual Symposium

    The yearly SecHuman Symposium shows the current advances in the SecHuman research. Additionally, there will be two keynotes by Dr. Sabine Ehrhardt (BKA) together with Steffen Hessler (RUB) as well as Dr. Zinaida Benenson (FAU).

    More information coming soon.

    Summerterm 2018: interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Kolloquium (KollegiatInnentreffen)

    fixed dates on Thursdays, 12-2pm in ID 04/401

    • 03.05.2018
      Carina Wiesen (SecHuman, Educational Psychology, RUB)
      Steffen Becker (SecHuman, Embedded Security, RUB)

    • 24.05.2018
      Christine Utz (SecHuman, Systems Security, RUB)
      Stephan Koloßa (SecHuman, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict,RUB)

    • 14.06.2018
      Laura Kocksch (SecHuman, Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge, RUB)
      Alexander Helm (SecHuman, Foundations of Crypotography and IT-security, RUB)

    • 28.06.2018
      Benedikt Bönninghoff (SecHuman, Cognitive Signal Processing,RUB)
      Steffen Hessler (SecHuman, German Linguistics, RUB)

    • 05.07.2018
      Jan Rensinghoff (SecHuman, Media Law, TU Dortmund)
      Florian Farke (SecHuman, Mobile Security, RUB)

    • 12.07.2018
      Mary Shnayien (SecHuman, Media and Anthropological Knowledge, RUB)
      Benedikt Auerbach (SecHuman, Foundations of Crypotography, RUB)

      2nd SecHuman Summer School

      The Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security invited all postdocs, doctoral students and master students to participate at the interdisciplinary

      SecHuman Summer School

      „Usability, Cybercrime and Ethics of Cybersecurity”
      September 3-6, 2018, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


      New approaches to cybersecurity focus increasingly on the interaction between the user and technology. The SecHuman Summer School was dedicated to numerous aspects of this emerging interdisciplinary research field.

      For four days, renowned researchers from Germany, the UK and the US provided insights into their recent advances in cybersecurity into three relevant and topical subjects: Usable Security, cybercrime as a socio-technical phenomenon, and ethical concerns regarding data security. The focus was on pragmatic research problems.

      Further information


      Winterterm 2017/2018: Kolloquium (KollegiatInnentreffen)

      Monthly Thursdays, 12-2pm in ID 03/419

      • October 19th:
        Maximilian Golla (Graduate School UbiCrypt, RUB)
        Katharina Kohls (Graduate School UbiCrypt, RUB)
      • November 11th:
        Jasmin Degeling (Media Science, RUB) & Martin Degeling (School of Computer Science, CMU)
        Dennis Tatang (Systems Security, RUB)
      • November 23rd:
        Florian Farke (SecHuman, Mobile Security, RUB)
        Abigail Delgado(Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge, RUB)
      • December 7th:
        Max Hoffmann (Embedded Security, RUB)
        Jan Rensinghoff (SecHuman, Media Law, TU Dortmund)
      • December 21st:
        Carina Wiesen (SecHuman, Educational Psychology, RUB)
        Marc Fyrbiak (SecHuman, Embedded Security, RUB)
      • January 11th:
        Laura Kocksch (SecHuman, Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge, RUB)
        Stephan Koloßa (SecHuman, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict,RUB)
      • January 25th:
        Mary Shnayien (SecHuman, Media and Anthropological Knowledge, RUB)
        Benedikt Auerbach (SecHuman, Foundations of Crypotography, RUB)
      • February 1st:
        Benedikt Bönninghoff (SecHuman, Cognitive Signal Processing,RUB)
        Steffen Hessler (SecHuman, German Linguistics), RUB
      • February 8th:
        Christine Utz (SecHuman, Systems Security, RUB)
        Martina Nies (SecHuman, Environmental Psychology, FH Dortmund)

      Workshop Forensic Linguistics (November 17th)

      Our SecHuman Tandem „Linguistic strategies of imitation and obfuscation“ organise a Workshop on Forensic Linguistics.

      Location: RUB, Beckmannshof
      Date: November 17th
      Organisators: Prof. Dr.-ing. Dorothea Kolossa, Dr. Kerstin Kucharczik, Prof. Dr. Karin Pittner, Benedikt Bönninghoff, Steffen Hessler
      Anmeldung: until November 6th

      SecHuman Annual Symposium 2017

      The Annual Symposium of SecHuman takes place:

      Oktober 6th, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
      Ruhr-Universität Bochum
      ID Building Room 04/445

      09:00 - Welcome address by Christof Paar
                  (Spokesperson of the Forschungskolleg)
      09:15 - Guest Lecture: Yasemin Acar
                  (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
      10:30 - Coffee Break
      11:00 - Präsentations of the Forschungskolleg
      12:00 - Poster Session & Get Together
      14:00 - End

      The annual symposium is financially supported by Bochum Wirtschaftsentwicklung

      SecHuman Summer School 2017: Usable Security and Privacy

      The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security invites all postdocs, doctoral students and master students to participate at the SecHuman Summer School „Usable Security and Privacy“, Juli 31st - August 3rd 2017, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

      The Summer School addresses young researchers with various backgrounds including technical disciplines, but also from other areas including law, linguistics, journalism, media science, education as well as social science with an interest in interdisciplinary questions in IT security.

      Workshop: The Practice Turn in IT-Security

      The two-day Workshop (July 20th and 21st) took place at CAIS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The event was organized by SecHuman PhD Laura Kocksch (RUB), Matthias Korn (University of Siegen), Andreas Poller (Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology), Susann Wagenknecht (University of Siegen).

      Further infos to the workshop:

      Workshop Day 1:
      12:30 Welcoming participants
      1:00pm Introduction round and presentation of research snippets
      2:30pm Coffee break
      3:00pm 1-on-1 interdisciplinary dialogues
      3:45pm Intermediate wrap-up
      4:00pm Breakdown of “research question” for the workshop
      4:30pm Coffee break
      5:00pm Plenary session: “Materials of IT security”
      7:30pm Closing of the first conference day with a joint dinner.

      Workshop Day 2:
      9:00am Wrap-up and recap of first day sessions
      9:15am Plenary session: “Practices of IT security”
      10:45am Coffee break
      11:00am Plenary session: “Infrastructures of IT security”
      12:30pm Lunch break with light meal
      1:00pm Plenary session: “Implications”
      2:30pm Wrap-up, Closing session

      This event was sponsored by CAIS (Center of Advanced Internet Studies)

      Interdisciplinary Lecture "IT Security for Humanities" (Summerterm 2017)

      Goal of the lecture is to gain a deep understanding for terms and methods of mordern it security. We will introduce foundations of informatics, classification of it security, foundations of cryptography, user authentification and privacy.

      • Time: Wednesday, 12-2pm und Tutorial: Wednesday, 2pm-3:30pm
      • Room: ID 03/445
      • Instructors: Prof. Markus Dürmuth, Prof. Christof Paar, Dr. Bertram Poettering
      • Teaching assistants: Benedikt Auerbach und Marc Fyrbiak

      Interdisciplinary Lecture "Foundations and methods for it security from the perspective of the humanities" (Summerterm 2017)

      In dieser Lehrveranstaltung soll der Faktor Mensch im Bereich IT-Sicherheit näher betrachtet werden. Wissenschaftlern soll ein Überblick über Geistes- und Gesellschaftliche Grundlagen und Methoden gegeben werden um die aktuellen Probleme in Bereich IT-Sicherheit ganzheitlich zu erfassen. Dabei sollen sowohl grundlegende Begriffe aus den jeweiligen Disziplinen wie Linguistik, Sozialwissenschaft, Medienwissenschaft und Psychologie vermittelt wer-den als auch aktuelle Themen aus dem Bereich IT-Sicherheit wie beispielsweise das Recht auf Privatheit besprochen werden. Wechselnde Dozenten werden in jeweils ein bis zwei Sitzungen das Thema aus Sicht der jeweiligen Disziplin vorstellen. Dabei besteht eine Sitzung aus 45 Minuten Vortrag und 45 Minuten Arbeit in Lerngruppen.

      • Time: Friday, 2pm-4pm,
      • Room: ID 04/401
      • Instructors: PI’s of the Forschungskolleg SecHuman

      Kollegiatentreffen (Sommerterm 2017)

      Monthly Fridays, 12-2pm in ID 03/401

      • 5. Mai: Laura Kocksch, CAST - Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technical Cultures
      • June 2nd: Benedikt Auerbach, Chair for Foundations of Cryptography
        und Mary Shnayien, Mercator Research Group "Die Medien moderner Affektforschung"
      • June 23rd: Sebastian Strauß, Educational Psychology Research Group
      • July 7th: Marc Fyrbiak, Chair for Embedded Security, Lernprozesse in der IT-Sicherheit
        und Stephan Koloßa, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht
      • July 21st: Steffen Hessler, German Linguistics und Benedikt Bönninghoff, Research group Cognitive Signal Processing

      Meeting with industrial advisors (Nov. 9th)

      Kick-Off (Nov. 9th)

  • Coming up next:

    Kollegiatentreffen (Kolloquium)
    In our interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Kolloquium, we meet to share our latest research. Besides talks organized by our PhD students, we also invite scientists from outside to share they research on IT-Security.

    Kollegiatentreffen: fixed dates on Friday, 10am-12pm in ID 04/413

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