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

Recent News

05/2019: Finally, our S&P’19 paper “Attacks against LTE on Layer 2” [PDF] will be presented this month. Here is a teaser: Video.

04/2019: Two visitors to our group, David Rupprecht & Katharina Kohls: Welcome David & Katharina!

03/2019: Two papers on LTE Security accepted at ACM WiSec’19: “Lost Traffic Encryption: Fingerprinting LTE/4G Traffic on Layer Two” [PDF] and “LTE Security Disabled – Misconfiguration in Commercial Networks” [PDF].

01-02/2019: Tom Van Goethem is visiting our group. Welcome Tom!

01/2019: The submission deadline for ACM WiSec’19 is approaching: Jan 25. CFP.

11/2018: How to use Tor while avoiding certain geographic regions? New paper “On the Challenges of Geographical Avoidance for Tor” accepted at NDSS 2019 [PDF].

10/2018: Dr. Mathy Vanhoef is joining the CSP-Lab. Welcome Mathy!

09/2018: Interested in earning a PhD in Computer Science from NYU, 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, 2018 (specify NYUAD).

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!

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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.