Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), is one of Israel’s largest research universities. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in its five faculties (Natural, Engineering, and Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management), in the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR), and in the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies. The University’s main campus, the Marcus Family Campus, and two smaller campuses are situated in Beer-Sheva. The University also has campuses in Eilat and at Sede Boqer (home to the BIDR).

The BGU team participating in this project are from BGU’s department of Software & Information Systems Engineering (SISE), which is the largest information systems school in Israel. It has 18 faculty members and about 450 students (320 BSc, 90 MSc and 40 PhD students) enrolled in its various programs, which comprise software engineering, data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and cyber security. SISE faculty members conduct innovative basic and applied research, often in collaboration with industry partners, such as with IBM, Dell-EMC, and Deutsche Telekom. In addition to its SISE academic program dedicated to cyber security, BGU created “Cyber@BGU” – an umbrella organization at Ben Gurion University, being home to various cyber security, big data analytics and AI applied research activities. Residing in newly established R&D center at the new Hi-Tech park of Beer Sheva (Israel’s Cyber Capital), Cyber@BGU serves as a platform for the most innovative and technologically challenging projects with various industrial and governmental partners.

Role in project

In BGU Cyber Security Research center there is a lab called Cyber-Med in which researchers and students conduct research on cyber security of medical devices such as Pacemakers, Medical imaging devices and even investigating the security of the da Vinci Surgical System. This research is conducted in collabioration of the Soroka medical center and various device manufactutrers and is some of the resrarches we involve experts such as radiologists. Cyber@BGU activities, among others, are focused on the work of the following centers: BGU Cyber Security Research Center, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Center for Computational Criminology

Within CHAIMELEON, the world-class cybersecurity experts at BGU will develop a generic algorithm for identifying and localizing anomalous changes to medical imagery from a forensic standpoint. These developments are targeted to protect the repository against malware or other malicious agents. This is particularly relevant for properly securing, the authenticity and integrity of the synthetic health images generated by CHAIMELEON pipelines, such as the harmonisation pipelines. BGU leads WP7 Integrity and Interpretability of AI solutions.