Moving to Paris

July 24, 2013

It’s official (for a while now, but the blog is constantly neglected): we’re moving to Paris on the 1st of October! After a strenuous academic job search in Europe that started last October, things are finally settled: I accepted a researcher position at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt. The position is called  “chargé de recherche (CR)” in French, is permanent, and seems to offer perfect job security (French civil servant position). And given that this is INRIA, the competition was fierce, and also painful, since some of the competitors are good friends, who are, as US people might put it, at least as awesome as I am.

The INRIA team I’ll be joining focuses on security (security protocols and web security in particular). And to make things even better, the team is located at Place d’Italie in the center of Paris. We already got a short-term lease for an apartment that’s close to Place d’Italie for the first 2 months, but getting a long term lease in Paris afterwards is going to be a big challenge. Beate’s French skills will help a lot, and I hope to start learning French really soon now (at the moment I only know a tiny bit of culinary French).

Anyway, starting on Friday we’re going on a big adventure trip to many cool US national parks (Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier) and taking the last chance to enjoy the wonderful nature here. Our stay in the US was awesome, but we are also very happy to return to our many cool friends and family in Europe. So long, and thanks for all the fish!

The Saarbrücken Graduate School in Computer Science

December 11, 2010
  • An integrated program from BSc or MSc to PhD
  • Top-notch academic and research training in computer science
  • Unparalleled concentration of computer science research expertise in Europe
  • International program run entirely in English
  • Scholarships and other forms of financial support
  • Next application deadline: 29 April 2011 uptake Winter Semester 2011/12 (October)
  • More information at

Mobility of Young People in Europe (Questionnaire)

May 17, 2009

Young? Fond of traveling abroad to boost your education? What exactly do you expect to gain when studying abroad? Or when doing an internship abroad? Or when just doing a trip in some other country? Which advantages and disadvantages does a young person have when being mobile?

The Young European Federalists (JEF) want to study these questions and need your support. Their online questionnaire contains questions about mobility during education & training and requires approximately 10 minutes for filling in:

English Version/ German Version / French Version

Evaluation is anonymous and the results will be published after the 1st of August 2009 on the JEF website. JEF will use the results to make suggestions to politicians in order to achieve equal opportunities, to provide support and information for young people who want to travel abroad.

Junior Research Groups at Saarland University

September 28, 2008

Saarland University is seeking to establish several junior research groups within the recently established Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction.” Here is the official announcement.

Multimodal Computing and Interaction

Shift Happens

January 1, 2008

Nice presentation I found on the blog of an old friend.

Microsoft Supports IMPRS-CS

August 2, 2007

Press Release: Microsoft Research Contributes up to €1 Million for Exceptional PhD Research at the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science.

Information Security and Cryptography Group

June 22, 2007

It is finally public that I will do my PhD in the Information Security and Cryptography Group under the supervision of Prof. Michael Backes. The field is Language-based Security, and I will most likely focus on the static analysis of security protocols and security protocol implementations.