Christina Pöpper
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Cyber Security & Privacy Lab (CSP-lab)
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
P.0. Box 129188
Abu Dhabi, UAE

E-Mail: christina.poepper@nyu.edu, christina@poepper.net
Tel: +971 2 6284360
PGP-Key: 0x7A939D38
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Recent News

12/2021: NYUAD is hiring. Open Rank. Tenured/Tenure-Track. Also in Cyber Security. Application Deadline: Dec 15. https://apply.interfolio.com/92057

11/2021: Team member dynamics II: Sarah Pardo is joining the CSP-lab and HuDa-lab to tackle the thread of misinformation campaigns. Welcome Sarah!

10/2021: Team member dynamics I: Goodbye to Dr. Mathy Vanhoef! Good luck with joining the faculty at KU Leuven. It has been an immense pleasure working with you!

08/2021: Paper accepted at ACSAC’21: “Don’t hand it Over: Vulnerabilities in the Handover Procedure of Cellular Telecommunications” [PDF]

07/2021: Excited to start my term as ACM SIGSAC Treasurer 2021-2023. Looking forward to collaborating with SIGSAC Chair Xiaofeng Wang and Vice-Chair Danfeng Yao.

06/2021: ACM WiSec 2021 is taking place! Excited to welcome everyone virtually to NYUAD/Abu Dhabi. You missed it? Recordings and Material available on YouTube.

6/2021: Keynote on “Wireless Witnessing and Crowdsourcing for Air-Traffic Communication Security” given at CPSS’21, the 7th ACM Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop.

05/2021: Labeeba Begum is (re)joining the CSP-lab. Welcome Labeeba!

03/2021: Our view on cyber security research in the Arab region is part of the CACM Arab World Special Issue. Joint article with Mihalis Maniatakos (NYUAD) and Roberto di Pietro (HBKU, Qatar).

02/2021: Excited to start a new collaboration on misinformation campaigns. Sponsored by the Center for Cyber Security (CCSAD) and by the Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES) at NYUAD.

01/2021: New Year, New Luck with Paper Submissions: Plan to submit to ACM WiSec’21, submission deadline: Mar 18, 2021! Greetings from the happy organizer.

12/2020: Paper accepted at NDSS’21: “Trust the Crowd: Wireless Witnessing to Detect Attacks on ADS-B-Based Air-Traffic Surveillance” [PDF, video]

10/2020: I am looking for U! Postdoctoral, PhD, and research assistant positions available. Do you enjoy working with real-world systems and devices, are you a creative challenge/puzzle solver with much technical depth, do you have excellent programming skills? Want to work on  5G security, aviation security, network security, anonymity or privacy? Please reach out to me (christina.poepper@nyu.edu)! Adding your CV and sharing any ideas and/or relevant previous research experience will be beneficial.

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I am a tenure-track faculty in Computer Science at NYUAD where I head the Cyber Security & Privacy (CSP-) Lab. I am the director of research at the Center for Cyber Security at NYUAD (CCSAD). I am also affiliated with the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany, where I have been heading the Information Security Group as part of the HGI, the Horst-Görtz-Institute for IT-Security, since 2013.

My research interest is information security and privacy. One focus area is wireless and communication security, in particular securing wireless radio transmissions against jamming as well as securing localization techniques. I like to combine systems and security mechanisms in different application settings. We address secure systems where cryptography alone is often not enough.

Before joining RUB, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Information Security (D-INFK) at ETH Zurich. I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich for a Ph.D. thesis entitled “On Secure Wireless Communication under Adversarial Interference”. Prior to that, I worked at the European Space Agency (ESA). Space rocks. I hold a diploma in Computer Science from ETH Zurich; in my diploma thesis, I worked on information flow analysis and the automatic detection of information leaks during program execution.