Jean-Pierre Hubaux


Biography and current work


Jean-Pierre Hubaux is a full professor at EPFL. Through his research, he contributes to laying the foundations and developing the tools to protect privacy in tomorrow’s hyper-connected world. He is focusing notably on network privacy and security, with an emphasis on mobile/wireless networks and on data protection, with an emphasis on health-related data and especially genomic data. He has also studied privacy and security mechanisms (especially for mobile networks) in the presence of selfish players. Previously, he pioneered the areas of wireless network security and secure vehicular communications.

He was an Associate Editor (AE) of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and is an AE of Foundations and Trends in Privacy and Security. He chaired the Communication Systems Department of EPFL and later headed the eponymous division. He held visiting positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and at UC Berkeley. Since 2007, he has been one of the seven commissioners of the Swiss FCC. He was recently appointed to the “Information Security Task Force”, set up by the Swiss federal government. He is a Fellow of both IEEE (2008) and ACM (2010).

He was born in Belgium, but spent most of his childhood and youth in Northern Italy. After completing his studies in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, he worked for 10 years in France with Alcatel, primarily in the area of switching systems architecture and software.

Post-doctoral researchers

Italo Dacosta
Huang Lin

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Selected talks

Invited talk at the CROSSING Conference, Darmstadt, June 2015: "Protecting Genomic Data: A Grand Challenge for Cryptography"

Keynote speech at POST, the Conference on Principles of Security and Trust (Rome, March 2013): "From Location Privacy to Genomic Privacy"
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Keynote speech at WiOpt, the Conference on Wireless Networks Optimization (Paderborn, May 2012): "On Location Privacy"

Keynote speech at WONS, the Conference on Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services (Courmayeur, January 2012): "The Assault on Privacy"

Keynote speech at GameSec, the Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (Berlin, November 2010):
"Designing Network Security and Privacy Mechanisms: How Game Theory Can Help"

Distinguished lecture at TU Darmstadt (July 2010): "Location Privacy and Neighbor Discovery - Attacks, Countermeasures and Game-Theoretic Modeling"

Keynote speech at Financial Crypto (Canary Islands, January 2010): “Security Mechanisms with Selfish Players in Wireless Networks”

Invited talk at the colloquim of the Zurich Information Security Center (ZISC, November 2009):
"Security Mechanisms with Selfish Players in Wireless Networks"

Keynote speech at the European Wireless Conference (Aalborg, May 2009): "The Ultimate Challenge for Wireless Networks is to Secure Them!"

Distinguished lecture at the Information Trust Institute of UIUC (Urbana-Champaign, April 2009): "Security and Non-Cooperative Behavior in Wireless Networks"

Keynote speech at GameComm (Athens, October 2008): "Game Theory and Wireless Security"

Tutorial at Mobicom (Montreal, Canada, September 2007): "Security and Cooperation in Wireless Networks", with Panos Papadimitratos

Panel organization at Mobicom (Montreal, Canada, September 2007): "Bonobos Vs Chimps: Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Behavior in Wireless Networks"

Contribution to the Research Institute FuDiCo III: Building MAD Systems, Bertinoro, Italy, June 2007

Invited talks at Cambridge University, UK, February 2007:
- Security and Cooperation in Wireless Networks
- Securing Vehicular Networks

Keynote speech at ACM Mobihoc 2006, Florence, May 2006: Security and Cooperation in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks: Revisiting Niccolo´ Machiavelli

Jean-Pierre Hubaux
Private phone : +41-21-693-2627
Fax : +41-21-693-6610

Fields of Expertise

  • Privacy Protection, Information Security, Mobile Networking, Non-Cooperative Behavior