Aims and scope

In this workshop, we aim to convene researchers in the areas of Security, Data Privacy and Artificial Intelligence. We seek to collect the most recent advances in artificial intelligence techniques (i.e. neural networks, fuzzy systems, multi-agent systems, genetic algorithms, image analysis, clustering, etc), which are applied to the protection of privacy and security.

Individual privacy protection is a hot topic that must be taken into account in order to guarantee the proper evolution of a modern society based on the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). However, security policies could invade individual privacy, especially after the appearance of the new forms of terrorism (e.g. cyberterrorism). These two concepts (i.e. security and privacy) are somehow opposite because, most of the times, security is achieved by means of privacy invasion.

Statistical agencies and the like are collecting large amounts of personal information that has to be protected before its publication. Different forms of evolutionary computation and clustering techniques have been proposed to tackle this problem. Moreover, the protection of critical infrastructures such as airports has invigorated the study of more efficient techniques for pattern recognition, image analysis, etc.

This workshop will focus on artificial intelligence techniques that are used to address these privacy and security problems. The workshop is open to real applications, theoretical contributions, and works in progress.


Topics include but are not limited to...

Privacy and security fields

  • Statistical Disclosure Control
  • Location-based services
  • Statistical databases
  • Homeland security
  • Robotics
  • Cryptography and security protocols
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Denial of service attacks
  • etc.
... by means of ...

Artificial Intelligence techniques

  • Pattern recognition
  • Image analysis
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Neural networks
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Clustering
  • Case-based reasoning
  • Fuzzy logic
  • etc.


Programme Chairs


Antoni Martínez-Ballesté (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, 1976) is a Junior Lecturer at Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona (URV). He is currently a member of the CRISES research group. Dr. Martínez-Ballesté’s research interests are related to security in computer networks and secure applications. In 1999 he received a B.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering from the URV. In 2002 he received a M. Sc. in Computer Engineering also from URV. In 2004 he received with honors a Ph. D. in Telematics Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). In 2004, he was a visiting researcher at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France. He has authored more than 30 articles in journals and conferences. He is also currently working on innovative learning techniques in engineering and the European Higher Education Space.


Agusti Solanas (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, 1980) is a researcher at the CRISES Research Group and the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) of Tarragona, Catalonia. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from URV in 2002 and 2004, respectively, the latter with honours (Outstanding Graduation Award). He received a Diploma of Advanced Studies (Master) in Telematics Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2006. He received a Ph.D. in Telematics Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia in 2007 with honours (summa cum laude). He was selected to take part into the Young Researchers Award 2005 organised by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. His fields of activity are data privacy, data security, watermarking, neural networks and evolutionary computation. He is a participant in the CONSOLIDER 2007 project. He participated in several Spanish-funded and Catalan-funded research projects. He has authored over 40 publications and he has delivered several talks. He has served as program committee member and reviewer in several conferences and journals. He is a member of several organisations and societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. [Website]


UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy
CRISES Research Group
Rovira i Virgili University
Catalonia (Spain)

Local Commitee

Name Affiliation Country
Prof. Dr. Josep Domingo-Ferrer Rovira i Virgili University Spain
Mr. Jesús A. Manjón Rovira i Virgili University Spain
Ms. Gloria Pujol Crespo Rovira i Virgili University Spain


Programme Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Dr. Saeed Abu-Nimeh Websense Security Labs USA
Dr. Gildas Avoine Universite Catholique de Louvain Belgium
Dr. Pascal Bouvry University of Luxemburg Luxembourg
Dr. Valentina Ciriani Universita degli Studi di Milano Italy
Dr. Roberto Di Pietro Universita di Roma Tre Italy
Prof. Hiroaki Kikuchi Tokai University Japan
Dr. Matthias Schmid Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Germany
Dr. Vicenc Torra CSIC Spain
Dr. Zhenke Yang Delft University of Technolog Netherlands
Dr. Zonghua Zhang Information Security Research Center, NICT Japan


Invited Speakers



Submission Guidelines

Instructions about styles and paper submission can be found here.


Grants and Awards

Travel Grants

Thanks to support from the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, we are able to offer stipends to offset some of the costs associated with attending the PSAI workshop for participants coming from "transition" countries", which are nations other than the USA, Canada, Western Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Travel grants will be provided according to this priority order:

  1. student author of an accepted paper;
  2. author of an accepted paper;
  3. student author of a submitted but rejected paper;
  4. author of a submitted but rejected paper.

To apply for support, send an email to after your paper has been submitted to PSAI, including the following information: (1) Name, (2) affiliation, (3) contact information, (4) if you are currently a student, (5) the title of your paper, (6) curriculum vitae.


Important Dates

September, 1st 2009
September, 27th 2009
October, 5th 2009
Submission Deadline

November, 1st 2009
Authors Notification

November, 14th 2009
Authors Registration

November, 14th 2009
Proceedings Version

February, 15th - February, 18th 2010