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Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

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Team CASA

CASA brings together a core group of PIs who have been chosen with a strong focus on security and privacy with selected top-level researchers from highly relevant neighboring disciplines. The PI team covers the full range needed for tackling the challenging research problems in modern cyber security, namely computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and psychology.

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Gilles Barthe

Research Interests: Programming Languages and Program Verification, Software and System Security, Cryptography, Formal Methods and Logic
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Gilles Barthe

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, IMDEA Software Institute - Principles of Security and Privacy Group

Founding Director

E-Mail: gilles.barthe@mpi-sp.org

A,B

Research Interests: Programming Languages and Program Verification, Software and System Security, Cryptography, Formal Methods and Logic

Research Stops: Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1993, and a Habilitation in Computer Science from the University of Nice, France, in 2004

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Daniel Bernstein

Research Interests: Building fast and secure software implementations, post-quantum cryptography, defenses against mass surveillance
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Daniel Bernstein

Professor U Chicago, Visiting Professor RUB - - Department of Mathematics; Research Professor University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Computer Science

Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley, USA

E-Mail: djb@cr.yp.to

HUB A and HUB C

Research Interests: Building fast and secure software implementations, post-quantum cryptography, defenses against mass surveillance

Highlight: 2012 NWO Vici Grant, H-index: 48

Research Stops: Chicago, Toronto and Sydney

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Asia Biega

Research Interests: Ethically, socially, and legally responsible information and social computing systems and studies how they interact with and influence their users
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Asia Biega

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy - Tenure-Track

E-Mail: asia.biega@mpi-sp.org

Hub D

Research Interests: Ethically, socially, and legally responsible information and social computing systems and studies how they interact with and influence their users

Research Stops: Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research Montréal in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI (FATE) Group, Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Holger Boche

Research Interests: Physical layer security, Network Information Theory, Network Coding, Quantum Information Theory
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Holger Boche

TU München - Chair of Theoretical Information Technology TU München, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. of Science from TU Berlin, Ph.D. of Electrical Engineering from TU Dresden

E-Mail: boche@tum.de

HUB A and B

Research Interests: Physical layer security, Network Information Theory, Network Coding, Quantum Information Theory

Highlight: 2008 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Best Paper Award of the ITG 2015

Research Stops: Berlin, Dresden and München

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Marcel Böhme

Research Interests: Automatic discovery and remediation of software bugs, security vulnerabilities, security guarantees, assurances, and certification
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Marcel Böhme

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy - Software Security

Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore

E-Mail: marcel.boehme@mpi-sp.org

HUB C

Research Interests: Automatic discovery and remediation of software bugs, security vulnerabilities, security guarantees, assurances, and certification

Highlight: Technology Transfer Google and Mircosoft, 70 security advisories (CVEs), ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards (ICSE & ESEC/FSE), 2019 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), 2019 Google Faculty Research Award, 2018 Google Patch Rewards

Research Stops: Dresden, Singapur, Saarbrücken, Melbourne, Bochum

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Kevin Borgolte

Research Interests: Network and Internet Security, especially security and privacy of networked systems; software security, particularly analysis and vulnerability discovery; and Internet measurements, focusing on IPv6 visibility and security adoption
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Kevin Borgolte

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Software Security Group

Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara

E-Mail: kevin.borgolte@rub.de

HUB C

Research Interests: Network and Internet Security, especially security and privacy of networked systems; software security, particularly analysis and vulnerability discovery; and Internet measurements, focusing on IPv6 visibility and security adoption

Highlight: DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge 1st place academic + 1st place self-funded

Research Stops: TU Delft, Princeton University

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Lucas Davi

Research Interests: Software exploitation techniques and defences
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Lucas Davi

Universität Duisburg-Essen - Junior Professor for Computer Science, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Ph.D. degree from TU Darmstadt

E-Mail: lucas.davi@uni-due.de

HUB A and HUB C

Research Interests: Software exploitation techniques and defences

Highlight: 2016 ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016, 2015 Best Paper Award at DAC 2015

Research Stops: Darmstadt, Portland

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Holger Dette

Research Interests: Mathematical Statistics, Applied Statistics, Probability Theory
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Holger Dette

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Stochastics

PhD from Universität Hannover

E-Mail: holger.dette@rub.de

HUB A and HUB B

Research Interests: Mathematical Statistics, Applied Statistics, Probability Theory

Highlight: 2012 Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, H-index: 42

Research Stops: Hannover, Göttingen, Purdue/ Indiana

Markus Dürmuth Markus Dürmuth

Research Interests: User authentication, Privacy aspects of biometric systems, Privacy aspects of ubiquitous computing
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Markus Dürmuth

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Mobile Security Group

Ph.D. degree from Universität des Saarlandes

E-Mail: markus.duermuth@rub.de

HUB A and HUB D

Research Interests: User authentication, Privacy aspects of biometric systems, Privacy aspects of ubiquitous computing

Highlight: 2016 Outstanding Paper Award at ACM CODASPY

Research Stops: Saarland, Karlsruhe, Stanford

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Sascha Fahl

Research Interests: intersection of computer security and privacy with human factors
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Sascha Fahl

Leibniz University Hannover - Information Security Chair

Ph.D. degree from Leibniz Universität Hannover

E-Mail: sascha.fahl@gmail.com

Hub D

Research Interests: intersection of computer security and privacy with human factors

Highlight: Google Faculty Research Award (2017), Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize (2018), "Curious Mind" Award (2018)

Research Stops: Bonn, Saarbrücken, Bochum

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Asja Fischer

Research Interests: Development, analysis, and application of deep learning models and methods
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Asja Fischer

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Machine Learning Group

Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen, DK

E-Mail: asja.fischer@rub.de

Hub C

Research Interests: Development, analysis, and application of deep learning models and methods

Highlight: 2017 NVIDIA Pioneering Research Award, ICML, 2016 Best Paper 2014 Award, Pattern Recognition

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Nils Fleischhacker

Research Interests: Foundations of Cryptography, Black-Box Separations and Lower Bounds
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Nils Fleischhacker

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Junior Professor for Theoretical Cryptography

Ph.D. from Saarland University

E-Mail: nils.fleischhacker@rub.de

Hub A

Research Interests: Foundations of Cryptography, Black-Box Separations and Lower Bounds

Highlight: Program Committee of ISC 2018 and ASIACRYPT 2019, reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Tim Güneysu

Research Interests: Security Engineering, Efficient Cryptographic Implementations, Physically Resilient Cryptographic Systems, Security on Hardware Level, Practical Cryptanalysis
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Tim Güneysu

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Security Engineering

Ph.D. degree from Ruhr-Universität Bochum

E-Mail: tim.gueneysu@rub.de

HUB A, HUB B, HUB C

Research Interests: Security Engineering, Efficient Cryptographic Implementations, Physically Resilient Cryptographic Systems, Security on Hardware Level, Practical Cryptanalysis

Highlight: 2015 – 2018 Fellow of the “Junges Kolleg”, North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

Research Stops: Mannheim, Bremen, Saint-Etienne, Massachusetts Amherst

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Thorsten Holz

Research Interests: Automaed analysis of malicious software, Detection of infected machines on the network- and host-level, Security aspects of embedded systems with a focus on smartphones, Security and privacy aspects of social networks
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Thorsten Holz

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Systems Security, CISPA

Ph.D. degree from Universität Mannheim

E-Mail: thorsten.holz@rub.de

HUB B, HUB C, HUB D

Research Interests: Automaed analysis of malicious software, Detection of infected machines on the network- and host-level, Security aspects of embedded systems with a focus on smartphones, Security and privacy aspects of social networks

Highlight: 2011 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2014 Best Student Paper Award at ACM CCS 2014, 2015 ERC Starting Grant “Leveraging Binary Analysis to Secure the Internet of Things”, H-index: 50

Research Stops: Mannheim, Vienna

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Cătălin Hrițcu

Research Interests: Formal methods for security, programming languages, design and verification of security-critical systems
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Cătălin Hrițcu

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy - Formally Verified Security Group

E-Mail: catalin.hritcu@mpi-sp.org

HUB A, Hub B, Hub C

Research Interests: Formal methods for security, programming languages, design and verification of security-critical systems

Highlight: ERC Starting Grant on formally secure compilation

Research Stops: Saarland University, ENS Paris, Inria Paris, University of Pennsylvania, Microsoft Research Redmond

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Martin Johns

Research Interests: web application security, applied software security, static code checking
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Martin Johns

TU Braunschweig - Institute for Application Security

Ph.D. degree from Universität Passau

E-Mail: mj@martinjohns.com

HUB B

Research Interests: web application security, applied software security, static code checking

Highlight: 2009 and 2012 Organizer of Dagstuhl Seminar on “Web Application Security” 2012 – Board of the OWASP Chapter Germany

Research Stops: Hamburg, Passau, Braunschweig

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Ghassan Karame

Research Interests: Blockchain Security and Privacy, Machine Learning Security, Storage Security
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Ghassan Karame

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Information Security

Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich

E-Mail: ghassan.karame@rub.de

Hub C

Research Interests: Blockchain Security and Privacy, Machine Learning Security, Storage Security

Highlight: 2019 Best Paper Award at IEEE Transactions on Computers, 2017, 2014 Excellent Innovation Award at NEC Corporation

Research Stops: Heidelberg, Zurich

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Eike Kiltz

Research Interests: Foundations of privacy, Theoretical cryptography, Design and analysis of cryptographic protocols, Complexity Theory
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Eike Kiltz

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Cryptography

Ph.D. degree from Ruhr-Universität Bochum

E-Mail: eike.kiltz@rub.de

HUB A, HUB B, HUB C, HUB D

Research Interests: Foundations of privacy, Theoretical cryptography, Design and analysis of cryptographic protocols, Complexity Theory

Highlight: Three Best Paper awards at EUROCRYPT, 2014 ERC Consolidator Grant "Efficient Resource Constrained Cryptography"

Research Stops: Paris, Lausanne, Amsterdan, San Diego

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Tanja Lange

Research Interests: Mathematical foundations of cryptography and quantum-secure encryption
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Tanja Lange

Technische Universität Eindhoven - Chair of Cryptology, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Ph.D. degree from Universität Essen

E-Mail: t.lange@tue.nl

HUB A

Research Interests: Mathematical foundations of cryptography and quantum-secure encryption

Highlight: Coordinator of various joint projects funded by the EU, H-index: 41

Research Stops: Braunschweig, Lyngby/Denmark, Essen, Bochum

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Gregor Leander

Research Interests: Symmetric Cryptography, Block Ciphers, Lightweight Cryptography, Boolean Functions
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Gregor Leander

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Symmetric Cryptography Group

Ph.D. degree from Ruhr-Universität Bochum

E-Mail: gregor.leander@rub.de

HUB A, HUB B, HUB D

Research Interests: Symmetric Cryptography, Block Ciphers, Lightweight Cryptography, Boolean Functions

Highlight: 2014 Best Paper Award at FSE 2014, 2015 Heisenberg Professorship by DFG

Research Stops: Lyngby/Denmark, Toulon/France

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Giulio Malavolta

Research Interests: Theory of cryptography and its connections with quantum computation, concurrent systems, cryptocurrencies, and game theory
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Giulio Malavolta

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy - Tenure-Track

E-Mail: giulio.malavolta@mpi-sp.org

Hub A

Research Interests: Theory of cryptography and its connections with quantum computation, concurrent systems, cryptocurrencies, and game theory

Research Stops: Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Karola Marky

Research Interests: Human-Centred Security, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Sovereignty, Digital Privacy
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Karola Marky

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Digital Sovereignty Group

Ph.D. degree from Technical University of Darmstadt

E-Mail: karola.marky@rub.de

HUB D

Research Interests: Human-Centred Security, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Sovereignty, Digital Privacy

Research Stops: TU Kaiserslautern, National Institute of Informatics Japan, JAXA, Technical University of Darmstadt, University of Glasgow, Gottlieb Wilhelm Leibniz University Hanover, Keio University

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Alexander May

Research Interests: Cryptography, Protocols, Algorithmic Number Theory, Lattices, Coding Theory, Complexity Theory, Quantum Algorithms
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Alexander May

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Cryptology and IT Security

Ph.D. degree from Universität Paderborn

E-Mail: alex.may@rub.de

HUB A, HUB B

Research Interests: Cryptography, Protocols, Algorithmic Number Theory, Lattices, Coding Theory, Complexity Theory, Quantum Algorithms

Highlight: 2006 Best Paper Award at PKC, 2009 Best Paper Award at PKC, 2009 General chair EUROCRYPT 2009

Research Stops: Zürich, Paderborn, Darmstadt

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Veelasha Moonsamy

Research Interests: Security and privacy of smart mobile devices, User data privacy, Security applications of machine learning
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Veelasha Moonsamy

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Systems Security Chair

Ph.D. degree from Deakin University

E-Mail: veelasha.moonsamy@rub.de

HUB B, HUB C, HUB D

Research Interests: Security and privacy of smart mobile devices, User data privacy, Security applications of machine learning

Highlight: 2019 Google Faculty Research Award

Research Stops: Melbourne, Nijmegen, Utrecht

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Amir Moradi

Research Interests: Physical Security, Hardware Security, Side-Channel Analysis, Applied Cryptography
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Amir Moradi

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Implementation Security

Ph.D. degree from Sharif University of Technology, IR Habilitation from Ruhr-Universität Bochum

E-Mail: amir.moradi@rub.de

HUB B

Research Interests: Physical Security, Hardware Security, Side-Channel Analysis, Applied Cryptography

Highlight: Best paper award at ACNS 2014 & COSADE 2015 & HOST 2016, Program chair CHES 2020, 10 Papers at CHES in 2021, 8 in 2022

Research Stops: Sharif Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy Tehr­an, Uni­ver­si­ty of Co­lo­gne

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Alena Naiakshina

Research Interests: Human factors in IT-security and privacy research, behavioral security, design of security developer studies
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Alena Naiakshina

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Developer-Centred Security

Ph.D. degree from University of Bonn

E-Mail: Alena.Naiakshina@rub.de

Hub D

Research Interests: Human factors in IT-security and privacy research, behavioral security, design of security developer studies

Highlight: 2021 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award

Research Stops: London, Bonn

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Christof Paar

Research Interests: Software algorithms for cryptographic implementations, Hardware architectures for cryptography, Physical attacks against realworld systems, Cryptanalytical hardware, Security in embedded applications, Security in mobile and ad-hoc networks
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Christof Paar

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Embedded Security

Ph.D. degree from Universität Essen

E-Mail: christof.paar@rub.de

HUB A, HUB B

Research Interests: Software algorithms for cryptographic implementations, Hardware architectures for cryptography, Physical attacks against realworld systems, Cryptanalytical hardware, Security in embedded applications, Security in mobile and ad-hoc networks

Highlight: 2012 Best Paper Award at IEEE Security & Privacy, 2016 ERC Advanced Grant “Exploring and Preventing Cryptographic Backdoors”, 2017 IACR Fellow

Research Stops: Essen, Massachusetts Amherst

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Konrad Rieck

Research Interests: Computer security and machine learning; methods for detecting computer attacks, analyzing malicious software and discovering vulnerabilities in software
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Konrad Rieck

Technische Universität Braunschweig - Institute of System Security

Ph.D. from TU Berlin, DE

E-Mail: k.rieck@tu-bs.de

Hub A, Hub B, Hub C

Research Interests: Computer security and machine learning; methods for detecting computer attacks, analyzing malicious software and discovering vulnerabilities in software

Highlight: 2014 Google Faculty Research Award, 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award at RAID 2015, 2016 German Prize for IT-Security 2016 (2nd Place)

Research Stops: Berlin, Göttingen

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Nikol Rummel

Research Interests: Cognitive, motivational and social aspects of learning
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Nikol Rummel

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Educational Psychology, Institute of Educational Research

Ph.D. degree from Universität Freiburg

E-Mail: nikol.rummel@rub.de

HUB D

Research Interests: Cognitive, motivational and social aspects of learning

Highlight: 2016 – President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), 2017 – Chairwoman of the scientific advisory board of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Kognitive Schnittstellen”, Tübingen

Research Stops: Wisconsin-Madison, Pittsburg (Carnegie Mellon)

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Angela Sasse

Research Interests: Usable security and privacy
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Angela Sasse

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Human-Centred Security

Ph.D. degree from University of Birmingham

E-Mail: a.sasse@ucl.ac.uk

HUB D

Research Interests: Usable security and privacy

Highlight: 2015 Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, H-index: 50

Research Stops: London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Eindhoven

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Clara Schneidewind

Research Interests: Blockchain, Formal methods for security, Applied cryptography
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Clara Schneidewind

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy -

E-Mail: clara.schneidewind@mpi-sp.org

Hub A

Research Interests: Blockchain, Formal methods for security, Applied cryptography

Highlight: Best EAPLS paper award at ETAPS

Research Stops: Visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Vienna University of Technology

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Peter Schwabe

Research Interests: Cryptography, specifically the design and secure implementation of cryptographic primitives
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Peter Schwabe

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Radboud Universität, Nijmegen, - Institute for Computing and Information Sciences

E-Mail: peter.schwabe@mpi-sp.org

HUB A, HUB B

Research Interests: Cryptography, specifically the design and secure implementation of cryptographic primitives

Highlight: ERC Starting Grant EPOQUE – Engineering post-quantum cryptography

Research Stops: Research Center for Information Technology Innovation and the Institute of Information Science of Academia Sinica; Department of Electrical Engineering of National Taiwan University; Institute of Information Science at Academia Sinica; Eindhoven University of Technology; RWTH Aachen University

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Jörg Schwenk

Research Interests: Cryptographic protocols, Internet security and XML security
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Jörg Schwenk

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Network and Data Security

Ph.D. degree from Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen

E-Mail: joerg.schwenk@rub.de

HUB A, HUB C

Research Interests: Cryptographic protocols, Internet security and XML security

Highlight: 2014 Best Student Paper Award at ACM CCS, 2016 IETF TRON Award for best contribution to TLS standardization

Research Stops: Giessen, Nürnberg

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Aydin Sezgin

Research Interests: Communication, Information Theory, Physical Layer Security, Big Data
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Aydin Sezgin

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Digital Communication Systems

Ph.D. degree from TU Berlin

E-Mail: Aydin.Sezgin@rub.de

HUB B

Research Interests: Communication, Information Theory, Physical Layer Security, Big Data

Highlight: 2009 – 2011 Head of Emmy Noether-Research-Group for Wireless Networks, 2016 Best Paper Award at ICCSPA

Research Stops: Berlin, Ulm, Irvine, Stanford

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries Michael Walter

Research Interests: Quantum Information, Algorithms, Complexity, Software; Theoretical Computer Science, Optimization; Mathematics
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Michael Walter

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Chair for Quantum Information

Ph.D. degree from ETH Zürich

E-Mail: michael.walter@rub.de

Hub A

Research Interests: Quantum Information, Algorithms, Complexity, Software; Theoretical Computer Science, Optimization; Mathematics

Highlight: 2020 Early Career Award of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Research Stops: Zurich, Stanford, Amsterdam