K. U. Leuven
Social Networks
Privacy and Surveillance
Requirements Engineering


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I am currently a post-doc at NYU, you can find my new home page here . Previously, I was a post-doc at COSIC/ESAT working on privacy in social networks, requirements engineering, privacy enhancing technologies and identity management systems. I am also part of the Privacy and Identity Management Group.

I completed my PhD titled "Multilateral Privacy Requirements Analysis in Online Social Networks" at the Arenberg School in the group HMDB of the Computer Science Department also at the Catholic University in Leuven . Bettina Berendt and Bart Preneel were my supervisors.

I am the coordinator of the interdisciplinary project "Security and Privacy in Social Networks" (SPION) supported by the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) in Belgium. I participate as a researcher in two EU projects "Trusted Architecture for Securely Shared Services" (TAS³) and "Global Identity Networking of Individuals" (GINI) where I do research on privacy and security requirements engineering.

Projects and studies:

  • Research assistant, COSIC
    Department of Electrical Engineering, K.U. Leuven, Belgium (march 2009 - current)

  • Research assistant, Hypermedia and Databases Research Group
    Department of Computer Science, K.U. Leuven, Belgium (february 2008 - february 2009)

  • Research assistant, Department of Information Systems, Project InterVal
    Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (January, 2005 - December 2007)

  • Research assistant, DiMeB (Digital media in education),
    University of Bremen, Bremen, Bermany (May, 2004 - January 2005)

  • M.A. Equivalent Degree in Computing (Diplom Informatik),
    Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (Graduation: April, 2004)

  • B.S. Mathematics, B.A. International Relations and Peace,
    University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, U.S.A. (Graduation: 1996)

Participation in program committees:

Peer reviewer for following publications: