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Together with support from the Japanese internet visionary, mentor, and entrepreneur Dr. Hiroshi Fujiwara and the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Technion Hiroshi Fujiwara Cyber Security Research Center opened in April 2016. It has quickly been recognized as one of the leading cyber security research facilities in the world.

The Research Center brings together faculty member from various different institutions to research discover weaknesses that endanger computerized systems and propose methods of protection.

These faulty members then hold seminars and workshops to bring the engineers that work in the cyber security industry up to date on the latest information. Together they devise solutions and come up with new technology to fix these weaknesses and prevent future cyber attacks.

The Research Center collaborates with professionals and routinely hosts researchers and post-doctorate fellows from Israel and abroad.

The research and development at the Technion focuses on cyber security research such as:

  • Software and hardware protection
  • Operating systems security
  • Cloud security
  • Protection of IoT (Internet of Things) systems
  • Verification of software and hardware
  • Computer vision
  • Security of autonomous systems
  • Cryptology and cryptanalysis
  • Aeronautical systems
  • and much more.

The center manages research grants for researchers and graduate students (MSc and Ph.D.), serves as a focal point for scholars, focuses on disseminating innovative knowledge through conferences and international workshops, and deepens awareness of the field via courses, lectures, and other outreach activities.

Events at the Technion Cyber Research Center

The Technion has hosted many different seminars and events at the Hiroshi Fujiwara Cyber Security Research Center over the past years. These events are attended by professionals and students from more than 80 countries as they hear about the latest innovations in the world of cyber. Some of the recurring events are Cyberday, Cryptoday, and an annual summer school on Cyber and Computer Security.

Prof. Eli Biham – Head of the Center

Professor Eli Biham is the head of the research center. His research focuses on Cryptology and Cryptanalysis, Symmetric Cryptography, Quantum Cryptography, and QuantumComputation.

Prof. Biham received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Tel Aviv University (cum laude), 1982, and his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute, 1991. His Ph.D. thesis developed Differential Cryptanalysis, the first cryptanalysis method that could break the Data Encryption Standard (DES), and the first general cryptanalysis method that was applicable to a large family of block ciphers.

He (together with his students and colleagues) developed various methods for the analysis of various kinds of ciphers. The most known of them are DES and the cipher of the GSM cellular phone system (A5) – which proved that it is easy to listen in to any GSM (voice or data) conversation, and even to fake such calls as if originated from somebody else’s phone

Prof. Carmel Domshlak

Prof. Carmel’s research mainly focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) computational and modeling problems, with an emphasis on interesting structure/complexity connections that can be found in different tasks of automated reasoning such as domain-independent planning, multi-agent system design, and user-centric information systems (via preferential reasoning). The recent focus of his work has been on heuristic-search planning, Monte-Carlo techniques for online planning in complex environments, planning for fault tolerance, and parametric complexity of various fragments of planning tasks.