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Boris Köpf

Assistant Research Professor
IMDEA Software Institute

Boris Köpf IMDEA Software Institute
Campus Montegancedo UPM
28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid
(+34) 91 101 2202 ext 4108
boris 'dot' koepf 'at' imdea 'dot' org

Open Positions

I am looking for strong students to work with me on topics of mutual interest. If you're interested in doing an internship or a PhD, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the foundations of computer security. In particular, I am interested in quantitative notions of security, and in techniques for computing corresponding guarantees for real systems. I apply my research to the analysis of side-channel attacks (and countermeasures) and to privacy-preserving data publishing.

Selected Publications

Symbolic Polytopes for Quantitative Interpolation and Verification (CAV '15) [pdf]
Rational Protection against Timing Attacks (CSF '15) [pdf]
CacheAudit: A Tool for the Static Analysis of Cache Side Channels (USENIX Security '13, TISSEC '15) [pdf][slides][www]
Leakage Resilience against Concurrent Cache Attacks (POST '14) [pdf]
Preventing Side-Channel Leaks in Web Traffic: A Formal Approach (NDSS '13) [pdf]
Probabilistic Relational Reasoning for Differential Privacy (POPL '12, TOPLAS '13) [pdf]
Automatic Quantification of Cache Side Channels (CAV '12) [pdf][slides]
Approximation and Randomization for Quantitative Information-Flow Analysis (CSF '10) [pdf][slides]
A Provably Secure and Efficient Countermeasure against Timing Attacks (CSF '09) [pdf][slides]
Automatic Discovery and Quantification of Information Leaks (Oakland '09) [pdf][slides]
An Information-theoretic Model for Adaptive Side-Channel Attacks (CCS '07) [pdf][slides]

Recent and Upcoming Events

POST 2017, 6th ETAPS Conference on Principle of Security and Trust (PC member)
SecDev 2016, 1st IEEE Conference on Cybersecurity Development (PC member)
CSF 2016, 29th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (PC co-chair)
POPL 2016, 42st ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (PC member)
QEST 2015, 12th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems (PC member, invited speaker)


I joined the IMDEA Software Institute after completing my Ph.D. in the Information Security group of ETH Zurich and working as a postdoc in the Information Security and Cryptography Group of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. Before that, I studied mathematics at the Universidad de Chile, the Universidade Federal de Campinas, and the University of Konstanz, from which I received a M.Sc.