The 15th Seminar within the Framework of a Swedish IT Security Network for PhD students (SWITS 2015)

11-12 June 2015, Sätra Brunn

Registration is closed.


We have booked 52 rooms at hotel Skogsgården and 8 rooms in Brunnslogi. The rooms at Skogsgården have toilet and shower en suite, while the rooms in Brunnslogi are located in the old part of the health resort (dating back to 1700) and lack shower. There are, however, showers in the buildings and in the spa. For the rooms in Skogsgården we have to charge 400 SEK which you will pay to the hotel at arrival.


PhD students will again have the opportunity to present their research to an auditorium of other PhD candidates and research advisors. All PhD students that want to participate are requested to submit a one-page abstract of a presentation about their current research. The abstract should be in English and should be sent by the 12th May 2015 to Simone Fischer-Hübner ( Presentations will be in English and will be 10-20 minutes (depending on the number of presentations) plus at least 10 minutes for questions.

Besides, research groups will again be invited to give an overview of their research work.

As in previous years, we also plan to have parallel thematic workshops at the SWITS seminar this year. The purpose of the thematic workshops is to allow more extensive discussions among PhD students and supervisors from different research groups working on related topics. They should help to intensify the cooperation between Universities working on similar issues in the area of research and research education. The themes of the thematic workshops will be suggested based on the topics of the submitted abstracts.

Besides, we plan to include invited presentations by MSB and industry representatives - more details will follow. Please feel welcome to send us further suggestions.

The draft SWITS 2015 seminar program is as follows:

Thursday, 11th June 2015
09:45 Bus from Västerås C
10:30 Arrival, Coffee for early arrivals
11:00 Welcome, Introduction, research group presentations PhD student presentations/discussion
12:30 Lunch
13:30 PhD student presentations/discussions, and invited talk
17:00 Parallel workshops on cooperation within research and education
18:05 Bus to Sala silvergruva
18:30 Guided tour of Sala silvergruva (60m) and refreshments
20:05 Bus back to Sätra brunn
20:30 Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Sätra Brunn
Friday, 12th June 2015
9:00 Summing up the first day
9:15 Cont. of PhD student presentations/discussions Invited presentation
12.30 Lunch
13:30 PhD student presentations/discussions Invited presentation
15:15 Summing up of seminar results, future of SWITS 15:30 Coffee, end of SWITS 2015
16:00 Bus back to Västerås C


This year, the SWITS 2015 seminar will be held from 11-12 June 2015 in Sätra Brunn, which should be easy to reach for most SWITS partners. Sätra brunn is an old health resort (kurort) dating back to 1702 (wikipedia). Check in time is at 15.00.


Sätra brunn is located between Västerås and Sala. Unfortunately public transportation is limited. We have arranged a bus to take participants from Västerås to Sätra brunn and back according to the following schedule.

Thursday 11th 09:45 Västerås C - 10:30 Sätra brunn
Friday 12th 16:00 Sätra brunn - 16:45 Västerås C

Arriving: by train to Västerås

There are direct trains from Göteborg and Stockholm to Västerås. The following two trains will allow you to get you to the meeting in time. For people arriving by air to Arlanda this is also the best alternative.

Train 164 05:45 Göteborg C - 09:34 Västerås C
Train 716 08:24 Stockholm C - 09:20 Västerås C

Sätra brunn is located around 30 minutes by car from Västerås. Sätra brunn can be reached by taxi or by public transportation. Unfortunately, the public transportation from Västerås is quite limited, with only one possible option. Use the vl trip planner for more information.

Bus 569 10:05 Västerås Bussterminal / Centralen - 10:33 Tomta vsk (Riktning: Sala)
Bus 62 10:33 Tomta vsk - 10:43 Badanstalten (Sätrabrunn) (Riktning: Västerfärnebo via Sätrabrunn)
For this reason, we are currently looking into the possibility of providing bus transport, see above for more information.

Arriving: by train to Sala

There are direct trains from Stockholm and Uppsala to Sala. Note that it takes longer from Stockholm to Sala than to Västerås (the direct trains go via Uppsala), but it is easier to get to the venue from Sala by taxi and public transportation.

Train 14 08:24 Uppsala C - 08:59 Sala stn
Train 8510 09:43 Uppsala C - 10:23 Sala stn
Train 14 07:45 Stockholm C - 08:59 Sala stn

Getting from Sala to Sätra brunn takes around 20 minutes by taxi. Public transportation is available on a hourly basis.

Bus 569 10:10 Sala Resecentrum / Sala bstn/jvstn - 10:27 Tomta vsk (Riktning: Västerås)
Bus 62 10:33 Tomta vsk - 10:43 Badanstalten (Sätrabrunn) (Riktning: Västerfärnebo via Sätrabrunn)


This year the SWITS seminar will be hosted Mälardalens Högskolan. Aims of the SWITS network and seminars are:

  • To enhance cooperation between research labs and PhD student
  • To offer the PhD students the possibility to present their research work, to get feedback and inspirations
  • To discuss future activities and projects
  • To identify courseware usable on national level and make these available to participating departments
  • To identify existing PhD courses at Swedish Universities/ University Colleges and make them available for all students within the network
  • To participate in the organization of compact IT security courses or summer schools for PhD students at international level and open them for all students of the network
  • To share outside/expert lecturers (see also: ).

Previous SWITS seminars have been arranged by Karlstad University, Stockholm University/KTH, BTH, Linköping University, Chalmers University of Technology, Skövde University, Örebro University, Lund University and Uppsala University, where at each seminar we had about 25-60 participating PhD students and supervisors from Swedish Universities/University Colleges and other Swedish research organisations.


Questions regarding the local organization should be directed to Daniel Hedin.

Daniel Hedin
Phone: 021-107052

Questions regarding SWITS in general and one-page abstracts should be send to Simone Fischer-Huebner.

Simone Fischer-Huebner
Phone: 054-7001723