9th TMA PhD School

Security and Privacy Throughout the Stack

Following the success of the previous editions, the 9th TMA PhD School will take place on June 17th and 18th 2019 in Paris, France.

Under the theme Security and Privacy Throughout the Stack, the 9th TMA PhD School will include 4 tutorials, by 5 distinct lecturers, over a 2 days program. Lectures are accompanied by related practical lab sessions, where students have the opportunity to put in practice learned notions.

The detailed program of TMA PhD School with bios and abstracts is available here.

PhD School Speakers

The list of speakers for the 9th TMA PhD school includes:

  • Sara Dickinson, co-chair of the DNS Privacy Workshop and the proposed Privacy Enhancement and Assessment Research Group (PEARG) in the IRTF. She will discuss Privacy in the DNS, then organize labs with getdns, Stubby and Unbound.

  • Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Assistant Research Professor at IMDEA Networks. He will present privacy in the mobile app ecosystem and propose a hands-on with the Lumen Privacy Monitor.

  • Mirja Kühlewind, researcher at Ericsson Research in Aachen, Germany, focusing in her work on transport protocol evolution. She will talk about path transparency and propose a hands-on with PATHspider.

  • Tim Bruijnzeels, senior software developer at NLnet Labs. He will discuss about RPKI: why we need it, what it is and how it works.

  • Martin Hoffmann, seasoned software developer at NLnet Labs. He will propose a hands-on RPKI with the “Routinator 3000”.

The PhD School program will include 4 poster sessions where students can present their own (ongoing) PhD work to other students and to the lecturers, and receive individual feedback from them. Panel sessions will take place during breaks.

The program will also include an informal interactive session between students and the speakers, with the explicit goal of fostering “vertical” interaction between students and the speakers, and “horizontal” interaction between the students themselves. Students will have the opportunity to interview the speakers, asking for their expert opinion on general aspects (non-technical) of the current research dynamics in the field of traffic monitoring and analysis (e.g., how they see the prospective development of a particular research topic in the near future, or what are the key ingredients that drive the success of an experimental measurement platform, etc).

The PhD school program will include social activities on both days, where students, lecturers and attendees of the main TMA conference will have the opportunity to interact informally: city walk and social dinner on the first day, and TMA Conference welcome cocktail on the second day.


Participation to TMA Conference & Poster Presentation

To foster interaction with the TMA community, students are encouraged to join the TMA Conference in the three days following the PhD School. Note that travel grant holders are invited to join the main TMA conference free of charge (except for those participants authors of an accepted paper).

Students will have the chance to present their posters at the main conference poster session(s).



Registrations are now open, you can apply at https://hotcrp.info.ucl.ac.be/tmaphdschool19/

As the PhD school is popular, we encourage students to register early. Our goal is to admit as many students as possible but we do note that we have limited room availability.



Application deadline: Monday March 25th April 10th at 23:59 UTC (firm)
Tentative decision notification: Wednesday April 3rd April 17th

How to apply

The price for registration for the TMA 2019 PhD school is fixed at €250 per student. This fee will be levied on all attending students, also those receiving travel grants (see below), as the travel grant rules from our sponsors require us to ask for a small own investment.

In order to apply, please submit the following as a single PDF document:

  • the title and abstract of your poster (in the fields required by the submissions system)

  • a current CV with contact information and e-mail address

  • a short personal statement, including: i) a description of the research subject followed by the student, and (ii) information that the applicant feels is relevant to support his/her application, e.g., why the PhD School attendance is important to the applicant’s research and career development;

In case you also want to apply for optional travel support, we ask you to also include:

  • a letter from your advisor which should: (i) confirm the applicant’s good standing in the institution; (ii) explain why the applicant would benefit from attending the TMA PhD School

  • the estimated expenses for attending the TMA PhD School (total, and breakdown by travel and lodging), and an indication of which cost items would need to be covered by the grant; if the applicant will be unable to attend the school without a travel grant, they should explain why this is the case (in this case the advisor’s letter should additionally explain the current funding status of the applicant and why the applicant is in need of the travel grant);

The organization will prioritize awarding of travel grants to students who will be unable to attend without a grant, and additionally based on diversity and the region from which the applicant has to travel, to ensure representation from traditionally underrepresented regions. In special cases, where the registration fee is also prohibitive, the organization may decide to waive the fee at its discretion.

Any decision made by the organization regarding attendance and awarding of travel grants is final. We note that reimbursements of travel grants may take up to several months to complete.


Additional Notes

Please pay attention to the following details about the student travel grant application and reimbursement process:

  • The School will admit a limited number of students.

  • Students enrolled in PhD study programs will receive preference both in the admission to the School and the travel grant awarding.

  • Students admitted to the school are encouraged to attend the TMA conference.

  • We expect a student travel grant will significantly offset air fare and shared hotel accommodation. However, it may not fully cover these expenses, since our desire is to maximize participation by students.

  • In order to obtain reimbursement, you must provide original receipts for air fare and hotel expenses, along with boarding passes (plane or train) for both outbound and inbound journeys.

  • All students participating in the School are required to present a poster describing their research and to actively engage with all activities. Failing to do so will lead to admission rejection.

  • Please provide complete contact information. You will be notified via email, so make sure your email address is correct on your application.