Call for Participation SPMED Workshop - Real-World Security and Privacy for Collaborative Medical Analytics - 18.07.2016 Darmstadt, Germany


Workshop Focus

Rapid advances in technology have recently brought the analytics of shared data close to practical, even if the amounts of data are large and the security and privacy requirements stringent.  In particular for fields with highly sensitive data such as genomics or other health domains, the wide range of privacy-preserving analytics technologies promise to enable new and exciting applications and scientific breakthroughs.

Though for real-world use, there remain still open questions on necessary and sufficient levels of privacy, regulatory and legal compliance, public acceptance and end-user usability of privacy-preserving algorithms to just name a few.

Workshop Goals

  • To take a step back to compare and contrast recent advances in medical analytics.
  • To bring stakeholders from Medicine, Law, and Technology together to get a better understanding of the full range of requirements, capabilities, and constraints.
  • Discuss the current state of technology and to identify remaining technical and non-technical hurdles for public adaption.
  • To identify promising directions for further research and real-world validation approaches.

The workshop will not publish proceedings: The goal is to share and summarize progress and insights so far in a conference report that will be published. Furthermore, speakers will be free to publish their talks and any accompanying material online.

Keynote Speakers 

Detailed Programme

  • Kate Black (23andMe):

         Navigating Privacy and Security in Consumer Genetics

  • Jim Davies (University of Oxford and Genomics England Limited):

         Security and Privacy in the UK 100,000 Genomes Project

  • Roland Eils (DKFZ and University of Heidelberg):

         Curse or Cure: Big Data in Health

  • Michael Steiner (Intel Labs):
         Securit ReliancePoint: A Foundation for Scalable & Secure Computation over
         Privacy-Sensitive Shared Data
  • Paul Francis  (MPI-SWS and Aircloak)

         A Breakthrough in Anonymity X Utility for Anonymized Analytics

The workshop will consist of invited talks providing introductory point-of-views from different angles, e.g., technological possibilities, in and regulatory reality by eminent experts in the fields followed by panels and discussion rounds.

Poster Submission

  • Call for Posters that discuss related research. Please submit A0 posters by email before July 1. Click here for more information.


  • The workshop will not publish proceedings: The goal is to openly share and summarize progress and insights.

CfP SPMED 2016

  • Download the CfP here and feel free to print and post the PDF!



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