Informatics Showcase: The Fundamentals of Privacy Engineering

Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Pappajohn Business Building, W151
21 East Market Street, Iowa City, Iowa

"The Fundamentals of Privacy Engineering" Dr. Ian Oliver, Bell Labs, Finland 6—7 p.m. W151 Pappajohn Business Building Privacy is firmly rooted in the legal domain, which has significant problems when systems that process data and information are constructed because the semantics of the legal domain do not match the semantics of the engineering domain. This talk will examine how this semantic gap is bridged through ontological and data-realted means. Furthermore, we also touch on the subject of cultural change from the engineering perspective such that privacy engineering draws from experiences and lessons present in the safety-critical domains, such as aviation and medicine. Ian Oliver is a privacy officer and software engineer specializing in the construction of information systems with privacy as an inherent property. He has taken ideas from safety-critical systems development, aviation, and medicine to better comprehend, understand, and formalize an engineering approach that unifies the legal and engineering aspects of privacy together to make privacy relevant and implementable for the practising software engineer. He currently works for Nokia Networks and holds a research fellow position at the University of Brighton working with the Visual Modeling Group on diagrammatic forms of reasoning and description logics, with the occasional foray into category theory. Prior to that, he served as the privacy officer for Here and Nokia Services, and for eleven years at Nokia Research Centre working with Semantic Web, UML, formal methods and hardware-software co-design. He has also worked at Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University teaching formal methods and modelling with UML. He holds 30 patents in areas such as The Internet of Things, semantic technologies, and privacy. He lives in Sipoo, Finland with his wife, two children, dog, and cat.   Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Andrea Flaherty in advance at

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