I am a Senior Researcher at the IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain. Prior to that, I have been Security and Privacy Technical Lead Engineer at Gradiant, and post doctoral researcher at the COSIC group, lead by Prof. Bart Preneel.

I got my PhD from KULeuven, Belgium, advised by Prof. Bart Preneel and Prof. Claudia Diaz. Here is my full CV.

Team: I currently supervise Bogdan Kulynych at the IMDEA Software Institue, and Simon Oya, at the Univeristy of Vigo. I also have the pleasure to collaborate with post doctoral researcher Wouter Lueks.

Research interests: My main interest is privacy research, but I also enjoy working on computer security problems. I like to do research on:

     building privacy-preserving systems and developing methodologies that help engineers embedding strong privacy guarantees in their designs.

     developing techniques to systematically quantify the private information that an adversary can infer from data she may have access to.

Some of my current research:

     within the H2020 European Project NEXTLEAP we are developing techniques to improve privacy properties in decentralized systems.

     within the National project DataMantium we are working with Scytl, an eVoting company, to extend their solutions to include schemes based on anonymous communications and attribute based credentials.

     recently I have become very interested in genomic privacy, and in finding solutions to enable safe sharing of genetic data.



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Bio (for those times where you need my bio for a talk, shorten as you see fit)

Carmela Troncoso received the Master's degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo, Spain in 2006; and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium, in 2011. Her thesis “Design and Analysis methods for Privacy Technologies” funded by the Fundación Barrié de la Maza and the Flemish Foundation for Science, received the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics Security and Trust Management Best Ph.D. Thesis Award. During her doctoral studies she was an intern at Microsoft Research Cambridge for three months.

She joins the IMDEA Software Institute in October 2015. Previously, she spent one year being post-doctoral researcher at the COSIC Group (KULeuven, Belgium) and two years as post-doc in Gradiant, the Galician Research and Development Center in Advanced Telecommunications. In December 2014 she became the Security and Privacy Technical Lead at Gradiant, leading a group of 5 people that works closely with industry to deliver secure and privacy friendly solutions to the market. In this time she files a patent with PSA Peugeot Citroën about secure communications Vehicle-Cloud.

Her research focuses on security and privacy, with main contributions to the field of anonymous communications and location privacy. She has published more 38 refereed scientific papers with more than 35 people, in the most prestigious venues in Security (e.g. ACM Conference on Computer Security or USENIX Security Symposium) and Privacy (Privacy Enhancing Technologies) and also in JCR journals such as the IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security. She was co-author of the Gold Award to Best Student Paper at the IEEE Intl. Workshop on Information Forensics and Security in 2011.

She has given keynotes at several workshops and has participated as lecturer in security-oriented summerschools. She has participated as panelist in many events for industry and/or policy makers such as the Conference on Computers Privacy and Data Protection, the Annual Privacy Forum, the Trust in the Digital World event, or the Smart Cities World Congress.

She has served on more than 25 program committees of international conferences (e.g., PETS and other key venues in security), and has reviewed articles for numerous international journals. She has been program chair of the Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies Workshop in 2010 and 2011, General Chair of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in 2012, Poster/Demo chair of the ACM Conference on Computer Security in 2013, and Caspar Bowden PET Award Chair for 2015 and 2016. Currently, she is the Co-Editor-in-Chief (and Program Chair) for PoPETS in 2018 and 2019.

She has been principal investigator of 3 European project and of 3 Spanish national projects, as well as of many projects with industry while she was Security & Privacy Lead at Gradiant. She has acted as evaluator for European project proposals within the H2020 program, and as Expert for ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) advising on projects related to Privacy Technologies. She has also contributed on topics related to Privacy to the Strategic Research Agenda Privacy established by the NIS Platform which serves as input for the incoming H2020 Work Programmes.