June 18, 2018

Gargnano Talks 2018

“Trends and Challenges for European IT Research: Which roadmap for industry and academia?”

The first edition of the Gargnano Talks will take place on the 28th June parallel to the 20th scientific workshop of MDPS, now IRIXYS. This event is aimed at gathering high level executives involved in IT issues, research and innovation. Speakers will represent industrial, political and academic players from France, Germany and Italy and will discuss about key challenges for our innovation and society in a growing digital world. The mid-term objective is to create a series of annual meetings on “IT Innovation for the Digital Society”. The IRIXYS scientific committee intends to establish the Conference “Gargnano Talks” over the next few years as a reference among the scientific community of Data Science on a European level.


09:00-09:20 Welcome address
09.20-10.00 Luca Solari (President of Filarete Foundation-UNIMI) – “From research to business, the experience at Fondazione Unimi”
10.00-10.40 Massimo Canducci (Innovation Manager – Engineering) – “Engineering Approach to Innovation”
10.40-11.00 Coffee break
11:00-11:40 Volkmar Lotz (Senior Manager and Research Strategist-SAP) – “Security Challenges in the Software Industry – a Research Perspective”
(see abstract below)
11.40-12.20 Guido Bertoni (Security Pattern) – “Side channel and fault attacks: devices in the hands of the attacker”



“The vision for international collaborations in the next decade”
Monica di Luca (Delegate for International Affairs at UNIMI)  – “UNIMI Vision”
Marie-Pierre Favre (Vice-president for International Affairs at INSA Lyon) – “INSA Vision”
12.40-13.30 Panel discussion / Round table: “Trends and Challenges for European IT Research: Which roadmap for industry and academy”

13:30-15:00 Gala lunch


  • “Security Challenges in the Software Industry – a Research Perspective”

This talk introduces SAP’s strategic approach to security research. Driven by SAP’s security strategy, which responds to the challenges imposed by megatrends in business and information technology (including, for instance, the digital transformation of the economy, software consumption over the cloud, agile development, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and more), our research focuses on insights and innovations that impact SAP’s products and services. The talk will give an overview and motivation of SAP’s strategic security research areas, highlight some results in Software Security Analysis and IoT Security, and discuss the value of collaboration between academia and industry.