Humans in a digital era – New Opportunities and Threats for Information Security is a joint initiative between the University of Trento (Media Lab), the University of Innsbruck (Security and Privacy Lab) and the University of Bolzano (Prof. Tillo‘s group), funded by the EUREGIO (Mobility Fund Call 2018).

The main goal of the initiative is to enrich the educational offer of single study courses through a thematic guest lecture series from highly qualified academics and practitioners. Whithin this framework the following two Talks will take place at Trento on October 30, 2018.

Is identifying people using their voice a good idea?

Speaker: Simon King, University of Edinburgh
Time: h. 09.00 am
Venue: Room A102, Via Sommarive 5 - Polo Ferrari 1 (Povo, TN) 
Abstract: Machines can now identify individuals from their speech more reliably than human listeners. That makes voice authentication systems a very attractive and customer-friendly option: “your voice is your password”. But, at exactly the same time as this increasing deployment of voice authentication, advances in computer-generated speech have made it rather easy to attack these systems. In fact, in the earliest experiments, computer-generated speech was identified by voice authentication systems even more accurately than human speech!
Countermeasures against some attacks are now available, but it’s not yet clear who will win this arms race: the good guys or the bad guys? Would you use your voice as your password?

Digital Humans - How they are created and what defines their level of realism

Speaker: Uroš Sikimić, 3Lateral
Time: h. 10.20 am
Venue: Room A102, Via Sommarive 5 - Polo Ferrari 1 (Povo, TN) 
Abstract: Non-verbal communication conveyed via facial gesticulation presents an universal language across the whole human population. While each face is unique, it carries an enormous amount of information that our brains process and understand. Throughout the talk we will be discussing how non-verbal communication and convincing facial gesticulation is captured in the 3D and 4D scanning process, and then processed in order to produce digital replicas of actual people - their facial biokinetic models. We will introduce different components along this process that define the fidelity and level of realism digital humans convey.

Further details: Humans in a digital era - New Opportunities and Threats for Information Security (NOTIS)

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