I was a PhD student in the Software and Systems Security group of Eurecom, under the supervision of Aurélien Francillon. After graduating in November 2020, I am now working at Code Intelligence. (The email address at the end of this page remains valid.)

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 focused 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.


Sebastian Poeplau, Aurélien Francillon
Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 21), San Diego, CA, USA
Sebastian Poeplau, Aurélien Francillon
29th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 20), Boston, MA, USA
Distinguished Paper Award Winner
Nassim Corteggiani, Giovanni Camurati, Marius Muench, Sebastian Poeplau, Aurélien Francillon
IEEE Design & Test
Sebastian Poeplau, Aurélien Francillon
Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2019), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Giovanni Camurati, Sebastian Poeplau, Marius Muench, Tom Hayes, Aurélien Francillon
ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2018), Toronto, Canada
Sebastian Poeplau, Yanick Fratantonio, Antonio Bianchi, Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna
Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2014), San Diego, CA, USA
Sebastian Poeplau, Jan Gassen, Elmar Gerhards-Padilla
7th International Conference on Risk and Security of Internet and Systems (CRiSIS 2012), Cork, Ireland


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