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

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).

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.

9/2020: Paper accepted at PETS’21: “SoK: Managing Longitudinal Privacy of Publicly Shared Personal Online Data” [PDF]

8/2020: Paper accepted at ACSAC’20: “DeepSIM: GPS Spoofing Detection on UAVs using Satellite Imagery Matching” [PDFsource code + dataset]

6/2020: Paper accepted at Usenix Security’20: “Timeless Timing Attacks: Exploiting Concurrency to Leak Secrets over Remote Connections” [PDF]

6/2020: Teaser Video for Ala’s ACM WiSec’20 paper presentation (“MAVPro: ADS-B Message Verification for Aviation Security with Minimal Numbers of On-Ground Sensors“, PDF)

6/2020: Pratyush Tiwari is joining our group for a virtual summer research stay. Welcome Pratyush!

5/2020: ACM WiSec’20 will take place virtually from Jul 8-10 this year. Early bird registration of conference participation for 20 EUR will expire on June 6 – do register!

3-5/2020: Learning about and experiencing social distancing and e-working …

3/2020: Paper accepted at USENIX Security’20: “Call Me Maybe: Eavesdropping Encrypted LTE Calls with ReVoLTE” [PDFWebsite, Video, App]

2/2020: The submission deadline for ACM WiSec’20 is approaching: Feb 28. CFP.

1/2020: Our group has been selected for funding from the ADEK Award for Research Excellence (AARE) 2019.

1/2020: Raluca-Georgia Diugan is joining our group. Welcome Raluca!

12/2019: Proceedings of the 7th OpenSky Workshop 2019 have been published. Thanks to all authors and contributors to the workshop!

12/2019: Paper accepted at NDSS’20: “IMP4GT: IMPersonation Attacks in 4G NeTworks” [PDF]

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I am an assistant professor of 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.