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  • Sep. 2020

    The PhD candidate, Omar Boursalie's journal paper on "Using Medical Imaging Effective Dose in Deep Learning Models: Estimation and Evaluation" has been accepted to be published in IEEE Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences (TRPMS). Congratulations Omar!

  • Sep. 2020

    The PhD candidate, Moe Sabry is presenting the "ArchiveSafe: Mass-Leakage-Resistant Storage from Proof-of-Work," paper, co-authored with Dr. Douglas Stebila (University of Waterloo) and myself at the 15th DPM International Workshop on Data Privacy Management co-located with ESORICS 2020. The paper will appear soon in LNCS. Congratulations Moe! (link to full paper preprint) (link to one-minute video abstract)

  • Aug. 2020

    Yuting Liang has published a preprint on arXive: "Towards Robust Deep Learning with Ensemble Networks and Noisy Layers. Congratulations Yuting!

  • July 2020

    Reza Samavi joined the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering starting July 1st, 2020. Reza will lead the Trustworthy AI research Lab (TAILAB), tailab.org, at Ryerson.

  • June 2020

    Vanessa Calero Bravo, my MSc student in Computer Science has successfully defended her thesis on A Framework for Measuring Privacy Risks of YouTube. Congratulations Vanessa!

  • June 2020

    Yifan Ou, my MSc student in Computer Science has successfully defended his thesis on Game Analysis of Defences against Poisoning Attacks. Congratulations Yifan!

  • May 2020

    Omar Boursalie is presenting our abstract on "Deep Learning Model for Cancer Risk from Low Dose Medical Imaging Radiation" at ESR - EuroSafe Imaging 2020. Congratulations Omar!

  • Apr. 2020

    Yuting Liang, my MSc student in Computer Science has successfully defended her thesis on Algorithms in Privacy and Security for Data Analytics and Machine Learning. Given the scientific depth of the thesis, the committee has reached to the conclusion that Yuting's thesis should be considered for the best thesis award. Congratulations Yuting!

  • Apr. 2020

    The proceeding of the Blockchain enabled Semantic Web Workshop (BlockSW) co-located with the 18th International Semantic Web Conference, is now available at CEUR Workshop Proceedings. CEUR-WS.org (link)

  • Mar. 2020

    Starting March 16, 2020, all our research group meetings and individual meetings go online amid to COVID-19 measures announced by McMaster University.

  • Feb. 2020

    Our new paper "Optimization-Based Anonymity Algorithms." has been published in Computers & Security (2020), in press. (pre-print). Congratulations Yuting!

  • Jan. 2020

    Saman Dhindsa, My Master of Engineering student who I am co-supervising with Dr. Gail Krantzberg has successfully completed her degree requirements. Congratulations Saman!

  • Dec. 2019

    My research group (SPAI) held our Winter retreat last Wednesday and we celebrated the holiday season together. Thank you all for your contributions!

  • With my research group at Mandarin, Dec 11, 2019
  • Nov. 2019

    Dr. Samavi secured a MITACS Accelerate Research awards on MedicalAI Research with Digital Medical Experts Inc.

  • Oct. 2019

    The first Blockchain enabled Semantic Web Workshop (BlockSW) at ISWC 2019 was a success, with an inspiring keynote and several research talks! Thanks to the authors and the program committee!

  • Oct. 27, 2019 - BlockSW workshop at ISWC'19, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct. 2019

    Dr. Samavi speaks at University of Queensland, Cyber Security Team on Trustworthy Machine Learning Algorithems.

  • Oct. 22, 2019 - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Sep. 2019

    Karl Knopf, My MSc student who I am co-supervising with Dr. Douglas Stebila has successfully defended his thesis on Real World Secret Leaking. Congratulations Karl!

  • Sep. 2019

    Dr. Samavi secured a MITACS Accelerate Research awards on MedicalAI Research with Lunar Medical Inc.

  • Aug. 2019

    Yu and Andrew are presenting "Machine Learning Model for Smart Contracts Security Analysis" co-authored by my students: Pouyan Momeni and Yu Wang, "Blockchain-based Marketplace for Software Testing" co-authored by my student Yu Wang and our industry partner Highmark Global Technologies, and "User Authentication Using Keystroke Dynamics via Crowdsourcing" co-authored by my student Andrew Foresi at the Privacy, Security, and Trust conference PST'19 in Fredricton, NB, Canada, Aug. 26-28, 2019.

  • Yu is presenting "Blockchain-based Marketplace for Software Testing" at PST'19 - Aug. 2019
    Andrew is presenting "User Authentication Using Keystroke Dynamics via Crowdsourcing" at PST'19 - Aug. 2019
    Yu is presenting "Machine Learning Model for Smart Contracts Security Analysis" at PST'19 - Aug. 2019
  • Aug. 2019

    Dr. Samavi speaks at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Jul. 2019

    Dr. Samavi received a special award from Autodesk research to conduct research on "Semantic machine learning model for Parametric Human Project (PHP)"

  • Jul. 2019

    I am participating in the Second Conference on Discrete Optimization and Machine Learning, at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Tokyo, Japan. I will be giving a talk at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project AI Security and Privacy Team.

  • Jul 2019

    This year at the Privacy, Security, and Trust conference PST'19 we have one paper and two abstracts. "Machine Learning Model for Smart Contracts Security Analysis" co-authored by my students: Pouyan Momeni and Yu Wang, "Blockchain-based Marketplace for Software Testing" co-authored by my student Yu Wang and our industry partner Highmark Global Technologies, and "User Authentication Using Keystroke Dynamics via Crowdsourcing" co-authored by my student Andrew Foresi. Congratulations to Yu, Pouyan and Andrew!

  • Jun. 2019

    As part of the Vector Institute Friday seminars, Today (June 28), I gave a talk on the research challenges of security and privacy of Machine Learning models. I enjoyed the talk and specifically the lively discussion and feedback from the bright researchers at Vector.

  • Jun. 2019

    Our paper on "Mixed Strategy Game Model Against Data Poisoning Attacks" is featured in this month TechXplore. Using game theory to model poisoning attack scenarios by Ingrid Fadelli, Tech Xplore.

  • Jun. 2019

    Yifan is presenting our paper on Mixed Strategy Game Model Against Data Poisoning Attacks at the Dependable and Secure Machine Learning workshop at the 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019) in Portland, Oregon, USA, June 24, 2019.

  • Yifan speaks at DSML@DSN'19 - Jun. 2019
  • May. 2019

    CFP is out for the Blockchain enabled Semantic Web Workshop (BlockSW 2019). Research papers and positions papers are both welcomed. The workshop is co-located with the 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019) in Auckland, New Zealand, October 26-27, 2019.

  • Apr. 2019

    Dr. Samavi is a Co-PI in a recently awarded ($300K) HHS Research Strategic Initiatives for the project titled: Paediatric Mental Health Learning Health System

  • Apr. 2019

    Dr. Samavi is a Co-PI in a recently awarded ($300K) HHS Research Strategic Initiatives for the project titled: Support and Development of Artificial Intelligence Applications in Medical Imaging

  • Apr. 2019

    Our paper on Mixed Strategy Game Model Against Data Poisoning Attacks is accepted as a research paper at the Dependable and Secure Machine Learning workshop co-located with the 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019) in Portland, Oregon, USA, June 24-27, 2019.

  • Mar. 2019

    Anna Lindsay-Mosher was successful for a summer 2019 McMaster University Undergraduate Student Research Award. She will joining my research group this summer to work on: Using Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes for SIU-involved cases.

  • Mar. 2019

    Dr. Samavi's research on security and blockchain has been awarded by MITACS to partner with Highmark Global Technologies and support two students (Pouyan Momeni and Yu Wang) for four months research internship.

  • Mar. 2019

    Dr. Samavi is giving a talk at HEI Research day at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.

  • Feb. 2019

    Dr. Samavi is co-chairing the Blockchain enabled Semantic Web Workshop (BlockSW 2019) with Dr. Mariano Consens at University of Toronto and Dr. Shahan Khatchadourian at ConsenSys. The workshop is co-located with the 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019) in Auckland, New Zealand, October 26-27, 2019.

  • Jan. 2019

    Dr. Samavi is organizing the Blockchain enabled Semantic Web Workshop (BlockSW 2019) Co-located with the 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019) in Auckland, New Zealand, October 26-27, 2019.

  • Jan. 2019

    Dr. Samavi has been invited to join four grant applications on HHS Research Strategic Initiatives.

  • Dec. 2018

    We wrapped up our CAS757 course, another group of talnted and motivated students completed this course by 10 interesting projects tackling healthcare problems. Please see the list of projects and the photo here.

  • Dec. 2018

    My research group and I had a fun time in our holiday season lunch.

  • At Mandarin, Dec 11, 2018
  • Nov. 2018

    It was an honor to represent McMaster at THE DATA EFFECT, A City Guide Conference, Vancouver November 27, 2018 event. I was one of the panelist in the the Cyber Security Strategies in the Data Age panel.

  • @RezaSamavi talking about data security and privacy at the #DataEffect in Vancouver. @McMasteResearch
  • Nov. 2018

    We had a lively discussion on AI & Personalized Medicine in the McMaster Innovation Showcase event. I was one of the panelist in the Expert Panel Personalized Medicine hosted by Ted Scott.

  • Photo and tweet credit Synapse Consortium (@SynapseLifeSci) - Nov. 2018
  • Oct. 2018

    I will be speaking at THE DATA EFFECT, A City Guide Conference, Vancouver November 27, 2018, representing McMaster University for the Cyber Security Strategies in the Data Age panel.

  • Oct. 2018

    Our paper on DSAP: Data Sharing Agreement Privacy Ontology is accepted as a long/full research paper at the 11th International SWAT4(HC)LS (Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Healthcare and Life Sciences) conference.

  • Oct. 2018 - My interview: Privacy Investigations

    The science writer of Computer Science journals at Elsevier interviewed me about our recently published article in the Journal of Web Semantics: Publishing privacy logs to facilitate transparency and accountability.

  • Oct. 2018

    Our paper titled Integrity Proofs for RDF Graphs is published in the Open Journal of Web Semantics.

  • Oct. 2018

    I accepted the invitation to join the Expert Panel - 9th annual McMaster Innovation Showcase – Nov. 7, 2018. This year’s event will focus on futuristic biomedical technologies, highlighting the role and impact of McMaster research in shaping the future of healthcare.

  • Oct. 2018

    Our AI Project with IBM is awarded with the SOCIP Accelerator HQP Grant: Personalized Predictive Risk for Medical Imaging Radiation Exposure. PI: Dr. David Koff (HHS, McMaster), Co-Investigators: Dr. Thomas Doyle (ECE) and Dr. Reza Samavi (CAS, McMaster University).

  • Oct. 2018

    Harpreet Geekee, CTO of Highmark Global Technologies gave my research group a talk on Research Challenges of Blockchain Platforms. Highmark Global Technologies has job positions for two recent PhD graduates to work on research and development of recommendation engine and prediction algorithm based on advanced Machine Learning methods and frameworks for Axius.

  • Sep. 2018

    Mingyuan Li (Ming), My MSc eHealth student has successfully defended his thesis on DSAP: Data Sharing Agreements Privacy Ontology. Congratulations Ming!

  • Sep. 2018

    A collaboration with Hamilton EMS initiated on Optimization of EMS Calls Alternative Routing.

  • Sep. 2018

    We filed to patent our algorithm on blockchain-based collaboration of medical researchers. The patent is based on the research my student Andrew Sutton is completed in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Doyle (ECE) and Dr. David Koff (HHS).

  • Sep. 2018

    I accepted the invitation by the Vector Institute to give a seminar on safety and security of MLAs as part of the Machine Learning Seminar series on May 3, 2019.

  • Sep. 2018

    We are awarded a collaborative MIRA/Labarge Catalyst Grant with Dr. M. Zargoussh (DeGroote School of Business) and Dr. A. Papaioannou (Faculty of Health Sciences) on Addressing the alternate level of care (ALC) issue facing older Candians: A co-designed comprehensive data analytics approach.

  • Aug. 2018

    With Andrew Sutton, we attended the 16th International IEEE Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST'18) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK to present our paper: Digitized Trust in Human-in-the-Loop Health Research.

  • Aug. 2018

    Sameen Ateeq, My MSc eHealth student has successfully defended her thesis on Finding and Evaluating Predictive Factors of Fall-Related Injuries. Congratulations Sameen!

  • Aug. 2018

    Omar Boursalie's PhD committee met and he has successfully completed his second year PhD milestone. Omar is my PhD student co-supervised with Dr. Doyle. Congratulations Omar!

  • Aug. 2018

    I accepted to join the technical committee of the 2nd International Conference on Emerging Data and Industry 4.0 (EDIT40'19).

  • Jul. 2018

    I accepted to join the reviewers of the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality.

  • Jul. 2018

    Our paper on Tamper-Proof Privacy Auditing for Artificial Intelligence Systems is published in the proceeding of the Twenty-Seventh International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'18).

  • Jun. 2018

    With Dr. Zargoush at the DeGroote School of Business and Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou at Hamilton Health Sciences, our MIRA Catalyst Grant application entitled Addressing Alternate Level of Care Issue Facing Older Canadians; A Co-Designed Comprehensive Data Analytics Approach was awarded.

  • Jun. 2018

    Our paper Digitized Trust in Human-in-the-Loop Health Research was accepted to be included in the proceeding of the IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, and Trust (PST2018)

  • Jun. 2018

    Dr. Reza Samavi is an expert panelist in Blockchain: Privacy friendly or hostile technologies? organized by IAPP KnowledgeNet, Toronto.

  • Jun. 2018

    With Andrew Sutton, we attended the SBD@SIGMOD in Houston, Texas, US to present our paper: Timestamp-based Integrity Proofs for Linked Data.

  • Andrew speaks at SBD@SIGMOD'18 - Jun. 2018
    Andrew and I presenting the poster at SBD@SIGMOD'18 - Jun. 2018
  • Jun. 2018

    Andrew Sutton, my MSc Computer Science has successfully defended his thesis on Establishing Verifiable Trust in Collaborative Health Research. Congratulations Andrew!

  • May 2018

    I gave a seminar at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences on Improving machine learning data utility with optimal K-anonymization.

  • Fields Seminar on Improving machine learning data utility and optimal K-anonymization - Apr. 2018
  • May 2018

    Our paper on Publishing privacy logs to facilitate transparency and accountability is published in the Journal of Web Semantic, Volume 50, May 2018, Pages 1-20.

  • Apr. 2018

    I gave an invited talk at the Blockchain Opportunities Summit, Toronto on Blockchain Enabled Privacy Auditing.

  • Blockchain Opportunities Summit Canada - Apr. 2018
  • Mar. 2018

    I gave an invited talk at the Clinical Trials Conference, Toronto on Collaborative Health Research and Privacy Compliance in the Age of Intelligence Systems.