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For generations, children (and adults) around the world have experienced the timeless wonder of fairy tales. But most don’t realise that fairy tales are full of stories that illustrate the key concepts of cybersecurity and of AI.

In this talk, Professor Luca Viganò, Head of the Cybersecurity Group at the Department of Informatics of King’s College London, will show how the story of Cinderella is actually about two factor authentication, the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves provides salient lessons in eavesdropping, confidentiality, replay attacks and much more, and the adventures of Pinocchio and the myth of Pygmalion are about AI, robotics and much more. 

This event is in-person only. Please register on Eventbrite.

This event is part of the King's Festival of Artificial Intelligence, running from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 May 2023, which brings together speakers, exhibits, demos and screenings in an exciting programme of events. Take a look at the other events here.

Please note, King's events are free, which means we routinely overbook to allow for no-shows and avoid empty seats. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive in good time to avoid disappointment. We will not be able to admit those without tickets or latecomers.


Professor Luca Viganò is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics, King's College London.

He is also the head of the Cybersecurity (CYS) group, which studies design, modelling, analysis, verification and testing of networks and systems in order to tackle cybersecurity and privacy problems that are important to industry, society and everyone living in a technologically dependent world.

Luca is Global Envoy for King's College London and Vice Dean (Enterprise & Engagement) of the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.

At this event

Luca Viganò

Vice-Dean (Enterprise and Engagement) and Head of Cybersecurity Group

Event details

Bush House Auditorium
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG