Every year, the Department of Biomedical Informatics at UCSD, the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth, and the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University host the well-known privacy protection challenge called iDASH. The competition was initiated to investigate privacy and security concerns in cloud-based applications for critical medical data. This year, the teams could choose from four tasks, out of which one was about secure record linkage. Here, an algorithm should be designed that finds matching entries in the datasets of two parties while preserving the privacy of the parties' data.
A subgroup of the Professorship of Coding and Cryptography, consisting of Dr. Rawad Bitar, Christoph Hofmeister, Maximilian Egger and Luis Maßny and the master student Afonso de Sá Delgado Neto joined as team "COD" and placed second against a large number of competitors from academia and industry (http://www.humangenomeprivacy.org/2022/). The results were presented on the iDASH 2022 Genome Privacy and Security Workshop in November 2022. The recording of the talk together with the slides can be found at http://www.humangenomeprivacy.org/2022/agenda.html.