Swiss research in multimedia, security and networks

The current status of 3 research areas in Switzerland.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


November 07, 2006 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

The University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) focuses on applied research in close collaboration with industrial partners. It develops new technologies, promotes knowledge transfer and provides an efficient link between academia and industry.

This evening presents the current status of research in 3 different areas in Switzerland:


6:30 pm doors open
6:45 pm three presentations followed by Q&A;’s

  • security and quality of service in VoP networks, by Dr. J. Ehrensberger, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. Best practices, audit guidelines, fuzzing, performance and penetration tests for VoIP networks.
  • reliable content-based access to incompletely indexed audio-visual data, by Dr. N. Fatemi, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. Audiovisual search techniques, semi-automatic video indexing, audiovisual data mining, mpeg-7 querying, user study of TV archives, semantic models for video querying.
  • security events management, by J. Winterreg, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. System to centralize, analyze, correlate and report security (policy violations, unusual behavior and intrusions).

7:45 pm finger food & networking
8:30 pm doors close


Prof. Jürgen Ehrensberger, PhD, EPFL

Dr. Jürgen Ehrensberger received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1996 and his Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the field of telecommunications in 2002. After his PhD he joined a Swiss ISP offering Internet access via Wireless Local Loop (WLL) technology where he was responsible for the planning and roll-out of a national telecommunications network as well as for quality of service aspects. Since October 2003 he is a professor for telecommunications at the School of Business and Engineering (HEIG-VD) in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. His research interests include multimedia services (Voice over IP, Video on Demand), quality of service and network security. Dr. Ehrensberger is currently pursuing an EMBA in innovation and management of technology.

Prof. Nastaran Fatemi, PhD, ETH

Dr. Nastaran Fatemi is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland at Yverdon-les-Bains. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (2003), and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble-France (1998). As a research assistant in the MEDIA group of the Theoretical Computer Science Laboratory (LITH) at EPFL she successfully led the COALA project (Content-Oriented Audiovisual Library Access), which provides a generic platform for indexing and retrieval of TV news programs using MPEG-7. Dr. Fatemi is currently active in applied research, as evidenced by projects such as Media Tools (web portal for sharing and retrieving multimedia documents), Lausanne City Archives (platform for semi-automatic indexing and retrieval of archives of city of Lausanne), Virtual Media Studio (Configurable and flexible platform for assembling multimedia applications), Video Annotation Mining (Exploring correlations between various types of audiovisual descriptions in a video corpus) are good examples. She is also an active member of the MPEG-7 standardization committee. As a professor, Dr. Fatemi is responsible for the teaching of a number of courses in computer science such as Database and information systems, Multimedia Information retrieval, Compiler construction, XML technologies, Advanced data base techniques, Web technologies, and scientific and technical writing and presenting techniques.

Jöel Winteregg, Research Engineer at the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland

Jöel Winteregg received his University of Applied Science degree in Telecommunications in 2004. During his studies, he specialized in computer network security and he did a diploma project in Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) management. Joël holds an Information System Security Officer Certification from the University of Geneva. He is currently working as a research engineer at the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, where he continues his research on intrusion detection systems and security management. He is also active in a number of projects as a software developer and security auditor. Joël is the recipient of the 2006 Y-Parc startup price, which rewards innovative and promising startup projects. His areas of interest include computer security, ethical hacking and software development.


Photo: Myleen Hollero