|The authors of the winning research paper in the Kaspersky Lab 2012 Student Conference Global Cup (L-R): Kevin Charles Atienza, Rod Xavier Bondoc and team leader Joshua Arvin Lat.
MANILA, Philippines – A team of Filipino students won an award in the Netherlands last month for topping Kaspersky Lab's annual international conference.
This year’s summit, dubbed “IT Security for the Next Generation,” was held at the Delft University of Technology.
It brought together the brightest researchers from North America, Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth Independent States and from the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, to compete for the top awards.
The Filipino team was led by 22-year-old Joshua Arvin Lat from the University of the Philippines.
The paper was co-authored by Lat’s classmates, Kevin Charles Atienza and Rod Xavier Bondoc.
They won first prize for the research paper “SOUL System: Secure Online USB Login System” and was awarded 1,500 euros.
As part of his prize, Lat was invited to be a part of the program committee for the next year’s competition.
"We are very happy that our undergraduate research paper got first place. We did not expect it would stand a chance against those of post-graduate students' papers from all over the world," Lat said.
Second place went to Iwan Gulenko from the University of Munich in Germany for his research paper entitled, “Concept and Development of a Facebook Application to Raise Security and Risk Awareness Regarding Social Engineering”.
Meanwhile, Napa Sae-Bae of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University took third place with her research on “Biometric-Rich Gestures: A Novel Approach to Authentication on Multi-touch Devices.”
The second and third placers won 1,000 and 750 euros, respectively.
This is the third year of the student conference with the inclusion of Asia Pacific countries but was the first time the Philippines was shortlisted for the competition.
The Philippines was represented by two teams in the regional cup held at the City University of Hong Kong last March 14 to 16.
Lat and his team clinched the first prize while Ranyel Maliwanag and his team members Mariah Strella Indrinal and Marynyriene Silvestre, who are also Computer Science students from UP Diliman, scored second prize.