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Konrad Wrona
Research Affiliate

Konrad Wrona was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1973. He graduated from Warsaw University of Technology in 1997 with a honours degree in telecommunications. In 1998 he joined the Wireless Network Lab (WINLAB) at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, as a visiting scholar working on network security. The same year, he started to work as a research engineer in the areas of electronic commerce and mobile applications security in an Ericsson Research lab in Aachen, Germany, where he currently holds the position of a senior researcher. In autumn 1998, Konrad joined a Ph.D. program at the Chair of Communication Networks at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen). In 1999/2000 Konrad was actively participating in the WAP Forum activities, where he helped to launch the Electronic Commerce Expert Group.

During his research career Konrad has received several scholarships and research grants: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst 1995, Polsko Niemieckie Towarzystwo Akademickie 1996, and recently Wallenberg Grant 2000. He also holds several patents in the area of mobile network and security.

In April 2001, Konrad joined Media Lab Europe as a visiting research scientist on behalf of Ericsson Research. Konrad's research interests include electronic commerce, security, cryptography as well as their applications in the social life. The aim of his current research is to develop a new approach to trust management and commerce transactions in person-to-person relations. People are social being and they exhibit a natural willingness to share their spare resources. Unfortunately, today's changeable world with mostly ad-hoc relations between individuals makes such sharing both difficult and unprofitable. Within the Common Cents project Konrad would like to enable easy and efficient sharing of the resources, even between complete strangers.