Cyber Security Group (CSG)


Researching novel, fundamental distributed system problems and educating students to master complex distributed systems are the focus of the Cyber Security Group (CSG). We carry out experimental systems research related to architecting and construction of scalable, fault-tolerant, privacy-preserving, and secure distributed systems. This includes that we often go the extra mile and put our engineered systems to realistic use and evaluations through real deployments. This applied approach implies that we more accurately can uncover real insights and user experiences, and these software artifacts are also key contributions to our inter-disciplinary research collaboration.

Our systems provide enabling technologies for collaborating partners in other sciences. The group undertakes high-impact inter-disciplinary research and innovation at the intersection of computer science, law, sports science, psychology, statistics, and medicine. We are particularly focused on technology innovations and compliance issues in the convergence space of mobility, social networking, multimedia, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI).

We have organized our research in three distinct, but closely related research areas.

Research areas

(1) Fundamental Systems

Trust and dependability in a pervasive digital infrastructure will make whole societies critically vulnerable, especially since cybersecurity threats are expected to rapidly increase. Trust includes properties as privacy, security, compliance, and transparency, and dependability includes a computer system’s availability, reliability, and its maintainability.

We work on a wide range of fundamental distributed systems problems related to trust and dependability. Trust-by-design is key when we initially architect, design, and build distributed systems. Our research is focused on building and investigating robust and efficient software infrastructures, trusted data management and storage, secure networking, multimedia support, and support for privacy-preserving algorithmic analysis.

Research in our group is carried out in multiple laboratories at different locations. The CSG Lab at UiT is hosting a majority of those working with fundamental distributed systems research.

(2) System Support for Healthy Human Beings

We are researching and developing efficient, non-invasive, and privacy-preserving technologies in select medical and health domains. This includes distributed systems for monitoring, collection, filtering, storing, analytics, and visualization of large sets of heterogeneous data from multiple sources, primarily carried out in real-time.

This research undertakes high-impact inter-disciplinary collaboration involving real user cohorts. Our long-term objective is to provide new knowledge, research tools, and innovative disruptive technologies in the convergence space and intersection of computer science, health informatics, law, sport science, and epidemiology. Developing digital solutions helping to understand the healthy human being is key, and this work is organized in the “Corpore Sano Centre“.

Cohorts of elite sports athletes are important for this research.  Soccer is one of our target domains, and our current focused attenton involves gender specific aspects since gender-differentiated development, conditioning, and recognition of elite soccer athletes have received relatively little attention from the international research community.

Our research contributes to the UiT “Female Football Research Centre” that intends to obtain new and fundamental insights and knowledge on highly relevant performance factors that influence sustainable development and health of female elite football athletes.

We are also involved in the inter-disciplinary strategic project “High North Population Studies” (High NoPos) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Our mission is to work with our numerous partners to increase the trustworthiness and effectiveness of new digital tools for data collection and analysis in population studies, and to test personalized intervention technologies to prevent disease.

We are also involved as one of many close collaborators in studing digital technology applied in clinical medicine.  Of particular merit is novel technology innovations in gastrointestinal screening.  This research has resulted in several open datasets published, for instance, the worlds largest image and video dataset from the gastrointestinal tract available today.

(3) System Support for Sustainability

We are focusing on researching computer systems that enable and support sustainable development goals for specific application areas. This cross-fertilization research is carried out with partners from industrial corporations and public sector organizations where distributed systems applied might play a pivotal role to address such global challenges. Together with many of our user partners, we work on computer systems problems and casual legal and ethical aspects rooted in real application domains. 

Our location in the Arctic impacts our selection of user partners and problem domains, and we have chosen sustainable fisheries as our prime application domain. Fisheries and aquaculture are among the largest industries in Norway. A global population depends on a sustainable fishing industry, which is reflected in the recent 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. SDG #14 states this goal clearly; to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. Closely related UN SDGs include strengthened food security (SDG #2), promotion of sustainable economic growth (SDG #8), sustainable consumption and production (SDG #12), and strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development (SDG #17).

Our focus on fisheries also relates to combating of economic crime, which relates directly to the UN sustainability goals.  Our inter-disciplinary group of computer scientists and law experts targets in particular anti-money-laundering problems.

Law needs to continuously develop in order to keep pace with technological developments.  Our select application domain rapidly adopting and deploying digital solutions is no exception.  Hence, our cross-disciplinary work involves close cooperation with law science conducting basic research in the field of digital law. A close colalborator is the crime Control and Security Law group at UiT Faculty of Law.





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