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iTrust: Working Group on Trust Management in Dynamic Open Systems

Objective

Merely having a certified identity in a dynamic and open environment is not enough for informed decisions on access restrictions and controls, selection among potential candidates for interaction, and even less adequate for reasoning about the expected performance and dependability of entities for which no prior knowledge is available. The aim of the iTrust Working Group is to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary investigation of the application of trust as a means of establishing confidence in the global computing infrastructure, recognizing trust as a crucial enabler for meaningfull and mutually beneficial interactions. iTrust will strive to integrate perspectives of trust from the social sciences, philosophy and law with trust-related research in formal reasoning frameworks, security technologies, and distributed software systems. iTrust will seek to establish synergies with ongoing RTD activities.

OBJECTIVES
- To facilitate the cross-disciplinary investigation of fundamental issues underpinning computational trust models by bringing together expertise from technology oriented sciences, law, philosophy and social sciences; - To facilitate the emergence of a widely acceptable trust management process for dynamic open systems; - To facilitate the development of new paradigms in the area of dynamic open systems which effectively utilise computational trust models; - To facilitate the harmonisation of regulatory and legislative frameworks and facilitate their evolution so as to support the fast take-up of the emerging technologies in the area of dynamic open systems; - To incorporate trust management elements in existing standards and prepare the ground for the standardisation of emerging technologies by submitting recommendations to the appropriate standardisation bodies.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The iTrust Working Group (WG) is to organize a series of workshops to give its partners the opportunity to present to each other their ongoing research efforts in the area of trust management, and to allow them to benefit from each other's experience and expertise. These workshops constitute the project's major milestones. Moreover, the iTrust WG will support brief exchanges (up to two weeks) between its members, so as to foster a collaborative environment and set the basis for further larger-scale activities in the target research area. The iTrust WG's timeline is divided into 6-month slots, with a workshop scheduled to take place within each slot. Three internal and three public workshops are scheduled, each with a duration of 3 days. The internal workshops will be restricted to participants from the iTrust WG, with an average of 15-20 attendees. The public workshops are expected to have 30-40 attendees, and will include internationally renowned invited speakers. For the public workshops, the iTrust WG will solicit submissions from the research community through open calls. All workshops will include discussions and briefings on current technology and standardization developments, so as to keep the iTrust WG consortium up-to-date. Each workshop, whether internal or public, is to combine sessions on disciplinary-specific sessions, and plenary sessions with particular emphasis on trust modelling, trust-based decision-making, relationship management, and trust management frameworks. The topics are to be discussed and subjected to multidisciplinary questioning and criticism. The ongoing activities of the iTrust partners cover all these aspects, and expect to attract invited speakers that can provide valuable input and alternative perspectives.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Address
University Campus
74100 Rethymnon, Crete
Greece

Participants (17)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
COUNCIL FOR THE CENTRAL LABORATORY OF THE RESEARCH COUNCILS
United Kingdom
Address
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton - Didcot
GRAHAM, AMANDA KLYNE, NINE BY NINE
United Kingdom
Address
14 Chambrai Close, Appleford
OX14 4NT Abingdon
HEWLETT-PACKARD LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Cain Road
RG12 1HN Bracknell
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ London
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
INTRACOM S.A. HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
Greece
Address
Odos Markopoulou 19,5Km Ktirio B5 Mark X
19002 Peania - Attiki
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
PLEFSIS INFORMATION SYSTEMS S.A.
Greece
Address
4, Seferi Street Metamorfosis, Attica
14452 Athens
QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
SINTEF - STIFTELSEN FOR INDUSTRIELL OG TEKNISK FORSKNING VED NORGES TEKNISKE HOEGSKOLE
Norway
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
THE PROVOST FELLOWS & SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
UNIVERSITAET DORTMUND
Germany
Address
August-schmidt-strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitari S/n
08290 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola Del Valles)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0316 Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
VIRTUAL TRIP LTD
Greece
Address
Science & Technology Park Of Crete, Vassilika Vouton
71110 Heraklion