Bio

David Rebollo-Monedero is a senior researcher with the Information Security Group, in the Department of Telematics Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), in Barcelona, Spain, where he investigates the application of information theoretic and operational data compression formalisms to privacy in information systems.

He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, in California, USA, in 2003 and 2007 respectively. His doctoral research at Stanford focused on data compression, specifically quantization and transforms for distributed source coding. He was also a teaching assistant for a number of graduate courses on signal processing and image compression.

Previously, from 1997 to 2000, he was an information technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Barcelona, and was involved in the Retevisión startup venture, as head of the system testing team. During the summer of 2003, still as a Ph.D. student at Stanford, he worked for Apple, Inc., with the QuickTime video codec team, in Cupertino.

Among other honors, he won the gold medal at the 1991 Spanish Physics Olympiad, he received the prestigious Spanish fellowship awarded by the “la Caixa” Foundation for graduate studies overseas, and he was awarded the competitive postdoctoral fellowships “Juan de la Cierva” and “R&D Projects for Young Researchers”, both by the Spanish government. He holds the assistant professor accreditation issued by AQU, the Catalan agency for quality assurance in higher education.

His current research interests span data privacy, information theory, conventional and distributed source coding, machine learning, and convex optimization.

The Information Security Group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Technical University of Catalonia, UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialized in the fields of engineering, science and architecture, located in Catalonia, Spain. The Department of Telematics Engineering at UPC has over 60 members including professors, instructors and fellows. Within this department, the goal of the Information Security Group (ISG) is cutting-edge research addressing a rich variety of interlaced issues concerning advanced information security and privacy, of the utmost relevance in the design of trustworthy information-exchange functionality. More specifically, our activity spans the fields of authentication and authorization, digital rights management, mobile agent security, privacy in a number of information systems, security in P2P networks, and security in wireless networks.

Over the course of 20 years, the ISG has published extensively in conferences and journals of international prestige, including the IEEE Communications Magazine, the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, the IEEE Multimedia, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE Wireless Personal Communication. The ISG has participated in numerous government and industry projects, comprising FP6 UBISEC, FP6 e-Representative, several Leonardo da Vinci projects, and the 2010 ARES Consolider Ingenio. The Catalan Official Telecommunications Society awarded the group with the 2003 Prize for the Most Outstanding Research Project.

In its active search for consortiums working towards international projects, the ISG is mainly interested in innovative, theoretical research, but also in the close collaboration with industry and SMBs on development, integration, proof-of-concept implementation, validation and extended services.