I am the Chief Scientist at ShiftLeft and an Associate Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University. Prior to taking these positions, I worked as a PostDoc at the Institute of Systems Security, TU Braunschweig, and the Computer Security Group at the University of Goettingen. Before joining University of Goettingen, I worked as a Security Consultant and Vulnerability Researcher for Recurity Labs GmbH, Berlin.
My research interests revolve around the discovery and exploitation of vulnerabilities, program analysis, large-scale data processing, and machine learning.
PhD in Computer Science, 2015
Georg-August Universitaet Goettingen
Dipl.-Ing. in Computer Engineering, 2011
Technische Universitaet Berlin
I am the initiator and main developer of the open-source code analysis platform Joern, a tool for interactive vulnerability discovery with via graph database queries, first presented along with the underlying code property graph representation at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in 2014. Work on the platform became a corner stone of my PhD thesis for which I received the CAST/GI Dissertation Award 2016. The work also provided the basis for the commercial offering of ShiftLeft Inc.