Honoring and Celebrating Prof. Ross Anderson: Innovator, Mentor, and Eternal Inspiration

2024/06/24

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Professor Ross Anderson, a distinguished scholar from the University of Cambridge, whose contributions to computer security and cryptography have left an indelible mark on the academic and technological world.

Professor Anderson's career was characterized by groundbreaking research and innovations. His work on security engineering, cryptography, and the economics of information security has been instrumental in shaping modern security practices. As a pioneering thinker, his insights advanced academic understanding and had profound practical implications, influencing policies and systems worldwide.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Professor Anderson authored the seminal book “Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems,” which remains a cornerstone of the field. His research papers, spanning topics from hardware tamper resistance to the societal impacts of security technologies, are widely cited and have inspired countless researchers and practitioners.

Beyond his intellectual achievements, Professor Anderson was a dedicated mentor and educator. His commitment to teaching and mentoring young scholars at Cambridge fostered a new generation of experts who continue to push the boundaries of computer science. His students, colleagues, and friends remember him not only for his vast knowledge but also for his generosity, encouragement, and unwavering support.

Professor Anderson's legacy extends beyond academia. He advocated fearlessly for digital rights and privacy, often engaging in public discourse to highlight the importance of security in the digital age. His contributions to public policy and his efforts to bridge the gap between academia and industry underscored his belief in the transformative power of technology for the greater good.

As we grieve the loss of a visionary leader and a compassionate mentor, we celebrate his extraordinary life and achievements. Professor Ross Anderson's work will continue to inspire and guide us, reminding us of a dedicated individual's profound impact on the world.

During this challenging time, our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues, and students. Professor Anderson's legacy will endure through the many lives he touched and his lasting contributions to computer and information security and privacy.

Speakers:

  • Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi (Opening)
  • Prof. Bart Preneel
  • Dr. Whitfield Diffie
  • Prof. Joan Daemen
  • Prof. Katzenbeisser
  • Prof. Mark Manulis
  • Prof. Steven Murdoch
  • Prof. Michail Maniatakos
  • Prof. Hoda Alkhzaimi

Date: September 24, 2024

Location: Jagdschloss Kranichstein, Darmstadt, Germany

How to Get There:
The city of Darmstadt is very close to Frankfurt Airport and can be reached by taking the AirLiner direct bus. After arriving in Darmstadt you can use public transportation to get to the Jagdschloss:

  • Bus Line H: Get off at Kranichstein “Kesselhutweg”. It's approximately a 10 to 15-minute walk along Kranichsteiner Straße (cycle path).
  • Bus Line F/FU: Get off at “Oberwaldhaus”. It's approximately a 15-minute walk through the forest.
  • Tram 5: to Kranichstein “Siemensstraße”; approx. 15 to 20 minutes on foot along Kranichsteiner Straße (cycle path).

Alternatively, you can use these means to go directly to the location:

  • Regional railway: to Kranichstein railway station and then approx. 20 to 25 minutes on foot along Parkstraße and along Kranichsteiner Straße (cycle path).
  • Car: A5 – Exit Weiterstadt, take the B 42 towards Darmstadt, then towards Rödermark, later follow the signs to Kranichstein.

Event Schedule:

  • Start Time: 13:30 h
  • End Time: 18:00 h

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