NSF United-States/Middle-East Workshop On

Trustworthiness in Emerging Distributed Systems and Networks


Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

June 4-6, 2012

Overview Venue Agenda FAQs Participants


Scope and Goals

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the US/Mideast Workshop on Trustworthiness in Emerging Distributed Systems and Networks will bring together leading US and Mideast scientists pursuing research at the nexus of a number of computer science areas (from distributed systems and networking to cryptography and formal methods), with the goal of spurring future collaborative projects and activities. Towards that end, the workshop will be organized with an emphasis on activities designed to facilitate tangible outcomes, including:

  • Identifying emerging areas of common research interests related to issues of security and trust in emerging distributed systems and networks (e.g., as it relates to cloud computing, mobile computing, social networking, and clean-slate Internet architectures).
  • Enabling existing collaborations between US and Mideast scientists to expand their connections and to serve as models for new collaborations.
  • Providing a unique opportunity for Mideast researchers desiring collaborations with one another and with US counterparts to identify interesting projects and potential partners and to work out initial arrangements in person, including arrangements for follow-up exchange visits.
  • Providing US researchers desiring to expand the international aspects of their research with an opportunity to meet and establish a working relationship with qualified researchers from the Mideast.

In addition, the meeting will provide attendees from each region a deepened understanding of the nature of research activities in the other region, as well as an expanded set of personal contacts.

The workshop will feature a set of plenary presentations by leading researchers in a number of key Cybertrust areas, as well as breakout and panel discussions organized based on common interests of groups of participants.

A grant to Boston University by the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) and the NSF CNS Program of the Computer and Information Science & Engineering Directorate (CISE/CNS) is supporting this workshop. The Hariri Institute and the RISCS Center at Boston University are providing administrative support. Koc University is providing generous local support as the workshop host.


Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. Additionally, researchers interested in being considered for participation are invited to submit to the workshop organizers by March 30, 2012 a short position statement (no more than two pages), summarizing current or envisioned research projects or activities related to the workshop general theme and stated goals.

Depending on availability of funds, participants who are not able to secure financial support covering travel and local expenses from their home organizations may be eligible for full or partial support.

For more information about the workshop, please check Travel and Local Arrangements Information and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


Azer Bestavros, Professor

Computer Science Department

Email: best@bu.edu


Oznur Ozkasap, Associate Professor

Computer Engineering Department

Updated On: June 13, 2012