The 2008 International Conference on High performance Computing & Simulation
(HPCS 2008)
June 3 - 6, 2008, Nicosia, Cyprus


Depicting Social Trust in a Digital World

 Ioanna Dionysiou
Department of Computer Science, School of Sciences,
University of Nicosia, Cyprus

In recent years, computer science researchers have investigated various definitions of trust and its management.  However, even nowadays, there is still no widely accepted definition of trust, mainly because trust interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.  Creating a universally acceptable set of rules and mechanisms to specify trust is thus a difficult process due to this variety in trust definitions.

Nevertheless, trust is an abstraction of individual beliefs that an entity has for specific situations and interactions.  An entity’s beliefs are not static but they change as time progresses and new information is processed into knowledge.  Trust must evolve in a consistent manner so that it still abstracts the entity’s beliefs accurately. In this way, an entity continuously makes informed decisions based on its current beliefs.

In this talk, I will present trust as a social paradigm and discuss its applicability and management in distributed system environments.  I will discuss how society practices are depicted in virtual collaborative environments and their impact on modeling digital trust.  Some final thoughts on challenges and future directions in this area will be discussed as well.

Ioanna Dionysiou is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nicosia.  Dionysiou received her PhD, MS, and BS degrees in computer science from Washington State University in 2006, 2000, 1997 respectively and Diploma degree from Higher Technical Institute in 1994.  During her PhD work, Dionysiou has worked on projects funded by the National Institute of Technology and the National Science Foundation in the USA and served as a reviewer for several scientific conferences and journals.  Dionysiou’s research focuses on trust and security in distributed environments.