I am a PhD student in the Software and Systems Security group of Eurecom,
under the supervision of Aurélien Francillon.
I obtained a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2013 and 2011, respectively. During my studies I spent some time at the University of Bath (UK) and at the Security Lab of the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA).
My passion is in understanding systems to the lowest layers, looking at all the components that are usually hidden away under abstractions, as well as building software. In my PhD I focus on techniques that aid the development of secure software, in particular symbolic execution.
Aside from security, I'm excited about programming languages: among all the languages out there, I particularly like Haskell for the elegance of its abstractions, C++ for low-level control and speed, and Lisp for the total freedom it grants. (Have a look at Clojure, its amazing!)
When away from computers, I enjoy fencing, sailing and climbing.
A note on Pöplau vs Poeplau: The original spelling of my name is the former. However, German allows the latter as an alternative for situations when pure ASCII is required, so that's what I use outside Germany.
Distinguished Paper Award Winner