Christina Pöpper
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
New York University Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Campus
P.0. Box 129188
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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

Recent News

08/2018: The Computer Science Program at New York University Abu Dhabi invites applications for faculty at the Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Visiting Professor ranks. One particular focus is cyber-security: https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/about/careers/faculty.html.

06/2018: Attacks against LTE on Layer 2 – OR – Why to insist on HSTS? Find details about aLTEr in our paper “Breaking LTE on Layer Two”  accepted at IEEE S&P 2019 [PDF, Pre-Print] (to appear) and online.

03/2018: Article “On Security Research Towards Future Mobile Network Generations” accepted at IEEE Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Sur­veys and Tu­to­ri­als, 2018, [PDF, TR, Pre-Print]

01/2018: Our group has been selected for funding from the ADEK Award for Research Excellence (AARE) 2017.

01/2018: ACM WiSec’18 is taking place in Stockholm this year. I am happy to co-chair the TPC. Consider submitting (Feb 22 / Mar 1) and/or attending in June!

12/2017: Two new papers to appear: “Crowd-GPS-Sec: Leveraging Crowdsourcing to Detect and Localize GPS Spoofing Attacks” [PDF, Youtube Video] at IEEE S&P 2018 and “Forgetting with Puzzles: Using Cryptographic Puzzles to support Digital Forgetting” [PDF] at ACM CODASPY 2018.


I am an assistant professor at NYUAD where I head the Cyber Security & Privacy (CSP-) Lab. 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 with my Ph.D. thesis entitled “On Secure Wireless Communication under Adversarial Interference”. Prior to that, I worked at the European Space Agency (ESA). 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.

News Archival

11/2017: Considering a PhD program at NYUAD in Computer Science, with focus in security and/or privacy? Visit https://cs.nyu.edu/home/phd/admission.html and http://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/programs/computer-science-phd and get in touch with me. Application deadline: Dec 12, 2017.

11/2017: Multiple faculty positions at New York University Abu Dhabi in Computer Science (Tenure Track and Tenured). Area of interest is cybersecurity, among others. For more information, please visit: https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/about/careers/faculty.html

09/2017: Brice Tedongmo is joining the group as research assistant. Have a good start, Brice!

06/2017: Nian Xue will be joining the group as PhD student in July. Have a good start, Nian!

05/2017: Opinion Paper on Multi-device attackers on satellite-based localization systems at WiSec 2017 [PDF]

04/2017: ASIACCS is taking place at NYUAD

12/2016: Open PostDoc position in cyber/wireless security. Click here for more information and to apply. For inquiries, please get in contact with me (christina.poepper@nyu.edu).

12/2016: Paper on GPS multi-receiver spoofing detection and countermeasures at ACSAC 2016 [PDF]

11/2016: ASIACCS 2017 will take place in Abu Dhabi at NYUAD in Apr. 2017 – consider attending (submission deadline was extended to Nov 15th)

8/2016: Paper on implementation correctness of LTE security functions at WOOT 2016 [PDF]

5/2016: Paper on VoIP steganography at ASIACCS 2016 [PDF]

3/2016: Outstanding paper award for “Neuralyzer: Flexible Expiration Times for the Revocation of Online Data” at ACM CODASPY 2016 [PDF]