Lucjan Hanzlik is already well known at CISPA. During his Ph.D. studies, he received the IBM Great Minds award and did an internship at IBM Zurich in the group of Dr. Jan Camenisch. After his doctorate at the Institute of Computer Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Mirosław Kutyłowski, he joined CISPA in 2017. There he became part of the prestigious CISPA-Stanford program and took up a one-year postdoctoral position in the group of Professor Michael Backes. He then became a research group leader and moved to Stanford as part of the CISPA-Stanford program, where he worked as a visiting assistant professor in the group of Professor Dan Boneh. After his return from the US, he will take up his post as a CISPA faculty. His research focuses on applied cryptography and in the use of cryptograph for privacy protection in e-Government systems. He is also interested in embedded devices, smart cards, and the implementation of cryptographic schemes.
Michael Schwarz is joining CISPA from the University of Technology Graz. He started his scientific career at the TU Graz. After his studies, he completed his doctorate there, under the supervision of Daniel Gruss. Most recently, he worked as a postdoc at the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications. The security researcher was part of the team that discovered the security holes „Meltdown“ and „Spectre“ in 2017. His doctoral thesis „Software-based Side-Channel Attacks and Defenses in Restricted Environments“ deals with the topic of ZombieLoad. Michael Schwarz has been awarded several prizes. These include the „EuroSys Roger Needham PhD Award“ and „Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition Honorable Mention: Meltdown.“