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Nicola Zannone is an Associate Professor in the Security group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests include computer security, requirements engineering, data protection,formal methods, access control and auditing and privacy & ethics. Current projects are related to open standard Application Platform for cars and transportation vehicles, security in Intelligence Transport Systems, privacy compliance and enforcement, M2M Internet for dynamic M2M Information Business ecosystem, extensible authorization framework as a service and Data Leakage detection analysis and visualization.

Academic background

Nicola Zannone received the Laurea degree in Computer Science in 2003 from the University of Verona. In 2007 he received a PhD in Computer Science from  the University of Trento, with a thesis on security requirements engineering. He visited Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in 2005. He visited IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in 2006. In 2006-2007, he was young researcher at the ConsorzioInteruniversitarioNazionale per l'Informatica. In 2007-2008, he was a postdoc at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Toronto. In 2008, he joined the Security Group at TU/e as post-doc. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at the University of Southampton.  

He received the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the 2006-07 Academic Year. Nicola is an Editorial Board Member for Cybersecurity and Associate Editor of Computer and Network Security (specialty section of Frontiers in ICT). He has been program committee member for dozens of leading international conferences, workshops and symposia.

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Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Access control in Internet-of-Things: a survey

Ravidas, S., Lekidis, A., Paci, F. & Zannone, N., 15 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Network and Computer Applications. 144, p. 79-101 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Access control
Internet of things
4 Downloads (Pure)

A framework for the extended evaluation of ABAC policies

Morisset, C., Willemse, T. A. C. & Zannone, N., 2019, In : Cybersecurity. 2, 1, 21 p., 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Access control
Binary decision diagrams
Data structures
2 Downloads (Pure)

Discovering reliable evidence of data misuse by exploiting rule redundancy

Genga, L., Zannone, N. & Squicciarini, A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Computers and Security. 87, 17 p., 101577.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Association rules
Decision making

Hierarchical clustering for discrimination discovery: a top-down approach

Nasiriani, N., Squicciarini, A., Saldanha, Z., Goel, S. & Zannone, N., 1 Jun 2019, Proceedings - IEEE 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering, AIKE 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 187-194 8 p. 8791737

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Decision making
Learning systems
Hierarchical clustering
6 Downloads (Pure)

Mining local process models and their correlations

Genga, L., Tax, N. & Zannone, N., 1 Jan 2019, Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis - 7th IFIP WG 2.6 International Symposium, SIMPDA 2017, Revised Selected Papers. van Keulen, M., Ceravolo, P. & Stoffel, K. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 65-88 24 p. (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; vol. 340).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Process Model
Process model


Best paper award at the 7th International Symposium on Data-driven Process Discovery and Analysis (SIMPDA 2017)

Niek Tax (Recipient), L. Genga (Recipient) & N. Zannone (Recipient), 8 Dec 2017

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best Student Paper Award at 28th Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Data and Applications Security (DBSec 2014)

S. Vavilis (Recipient), M. Petkovic (Recipient) & Nicola Zannone (Recipient), 2014

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Most Influential Paper Award at the 23rd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE 2015)

Paolo Giorgini (Recipient), Fabio Massacci (Recipient), J. Mylopoulos (Recipient) & Nicola Zannone (Recipient), 2015

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Requirements engineering


CSE-IST master

1/09/15 → …


Principles of data protection

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

9th international workshop on data privacy management (DPM 2014)

Nicola Zannone


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Accurate, automated and flexible privacy policy conflicts resolution in multiparty systems

Author: Darwish, K., 29 May 2017

Supervisor: Zannone, N. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Anomalous pattern detection using process mining

Author: Cui, J., 30 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Zannone, N. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


API for intelligent traffic systems and telematics applications implemented on a hybrid communication platform

Author: Sharma, R., 27 May 2019

Supervisor: Bril, R. (Supervisor 1), Daalderop, G. H. (External person) (External coach), van Doorn, J. (External person) (External coach) & Zannone, N. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A secure communication model for the pacemaker: a balance between security mechanisms and emergency access

Author: Ibrahimi, S., 31 Aug 2014

Supervisor: Zannone, N. (Supervisor 1), Ozcelebi, T. (Supervisor 2) & Slobbe, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A security evaluation and proof-of-concept relay attack on Dutch EMV contactless transactions

Author: van den Breekel, J., 30 Nov 2014

Supervisor: Zannone, N. (Supervisor 1), Poll, E. (External coach), de Ruiter, J. (External coach), Hegt, S. (External coach) & Timmerman, T. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master