Brief Bio

I joined the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2016. My research interests are in applied cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies. Before joining FAU, I was a student at the Technical University of Darmstadt and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland. From 2012 to 2015, I was a professor at Saarland University. My research received several awards, such as the Intel Early Career Faculty Award and I served as an independent (privacy) expert in the Bundestag Health Committee.

Current Positions

2016 - present
Chair of Applied Cryptography

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Head of Security Group

Nuremberg Campus of Technology

Education

2006 - 2010
Technical University of Darmstadt | Germany

Ph.D. (with distinction) in Computer Science | Thesis: On the Complexity of Blind Signatures | Advisor: Marc Fischlin

2002 -2006
Technical University of Braunschweig | Germany

Diplom (M. Sc. equivalent) in Computer Science | Advisor: Dietmar Wätjen

Employment History

06/2016 - present
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg | Germany

Full Professor (W3, with tenure)

08/2015 - 06/2016
Saarland University | Germany

Professor (W2, with tenure)

08/2012 - 07/2015
Saarland University | Germany

Assistant Professor (W1, tenure-track)

02/2011 - 06/2015
University of Maryland | United States of America

Postdoctoral Researcher under Jonathan Katz

10/2006 - 01/2011
Technical University of Darmstadt | Germany

Doctoral Student under Marc Fischlin

Awards

2013
Intel Early Career Faculty Award

Awarded to 6 people in Europe ($35,000).

2012
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service.

2010
Fellow of the DAAD

Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service.

2000
Programming Contest N@tkids

Winner of the programming contest “N@tkids” by “akte 2000” and ricardo.de in the third category (5000 DM). Invited to the TV show “akte 2000”.

Invited Talks (selected)

2020
Leopoldina

Welchen Beitrag leistet die Digitalisierung für eine gerechte Gesundheitsversorgung in Deutschland.

2016
Leopoldina

Privacy and Access Control for Outsourced Personal Records.

2015
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Efficient Pseudorandom Functions via On-the-Fly Adaptation.

2014
ATM Security, UK

Bridging the Gap Between Digital Cryptography and the Physical World.

2013
SR Television

Interview with Joachim Weyand about Security and Privacy in the Internet.

2013
Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing

Verifiable Data Streaming

2013
IMDEA, Spain

Verifiable Data Streaming.

2013
University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

Verifiable Data Streaming.

2013
Brown University, Providence, USA.

Verifiable Data Streaming

2010
Universite de Rennes, Rennes, France.

History-Free Aggregate Message Authentication Codes

Institutional Responsibilities

2019-present
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Elected member of the faculty council

2017 - present
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Member of the collegiate management of the department of computer science.

2019-present
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Member of the study commission Bachelor of Science

2016 - present
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Member of the study commission B. Sc. Computer/IT-Security. 2016 – present.

2017-2019
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Elected member of the scientific steering committee of the NCT.

2012-2016
Saarland University

Member of the Master Admission Committee.

2014
Saarland University

Development of the Bachelor “Cybesicherheit” together with Michael Backes, Matteo Maffei and Christian Rossow

Governmental

2019
Bundestag

Independent expert in the Bundestag Health Committee