Career Profile

Short Bio. I am a Key Researcher with SBA Research, Austria, for the “Applied Discrete Mathematics for Information Security” research area where I am leading the Mathematics for Testing, Reliability and Information Security (MaTRIS) Research Group. I am also an Adjunct Lecturer with Vienna University of Technology and a Distinguished Guest Lecturer with Graz University of Technology. I have further (co)-authored over 80 papers in Discrete Mathematics and their applications to Computer Science and have been awarded the rank of Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (FTICA).

Primary research and academic positions

Key Researcher

03.2014 - today
Research Center SBA Research, Vienna, Austria

Duties Principal researcher in mathematical aspects of information security. Leading and managing a small research team of five junior researchers.

ERCIM Postdoctoral Researcher

(Marie Curie Fellow)

03.2013 - 02.2015
Research Center SBA Research, Vienna, Austria

Duties Senior researcher in IT security aspects.

ERCIM Postdoctoral Researcher

(Marie Curie Fellow)

03.2012 - 02.2013
Project-Team SECRET, Research Center INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, France

Duties Mostly devoted on the design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, especially through the study of the involved discrete structures.

Visiting research and academic apppointments

Visiting Scholar

05.2017 - 06.2017
Dept. of Management, Information and Production Engineering, University of Bergamo, Italy

Duties Research activity on methods for combinatorial testing and its applications to computer security.

Adjunct Lecturer (Universitätlektor)

03.2014 - today
Institute of Information Systems Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Duties Teaching of bachelor and master courses at TU Wien, Austria.


Here you can find a list of my projects where I have acted as Principal Investigator or Project Leader. In particular, I have managed scientific projects and acquired research funds from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the European Commission (EC) of total worth (approx.) 6 Million EUR and 4 Million EUR, respectively.

SBA-K1: Area 4

04.2017 - 03.2021
Applied discrete mathematics for information security. Area 4 of the SBA-K1 project is funded as part of the COMET K1 Program Line: Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The research area is comprised of three K1-projects focused on combinatorics and codes for information security, future cryptography: foundations, new threats and novel applications and combinatorial security testing.
(on-going, research area leader, total project volume 4.2 Mio EUR, funding rate 55%)


10.2017 - 09.2020
Securing web technologies with combinatorial interaction testing. SecWIT is a BRIDGE project funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
(on-going, project leader, total project volume 616k EUR, funding rate 90%)


02.2016 - 07.2018
Security protocol interaction testing in practice. SPLIT is a BRIDGE EARLY PHASE project funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
(on-going, project leader, total project volume 610k EUR, funding rate 91%)


05.2013 - 09.2014
Model-based security testing in practice. MoBSeTIP was a BRIDGE project funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). MoBSeTIP won the prestigious EUREKA-innovation award 2015 / 16 through its participation to the ITEA2-funded action DIAMONDS.
(completed, project leader, total project volume 520k EUR, funding rate 85%)


03.2012 - 02.2015
Knowledge transfer of combinatorial designs and codes to cryptography and IT-security. CodeCrypt was a career development grant funded by ERCIM and co-funded by the European Commission (EC) under an FP7 Marie Curie Action.
(completed, principal investigator, total project volume 75k EUR, funding rate 100%)

Current research interests

Combinatorial Design Theory

Software Testing

Computer Security

Coding Theory

Mathematical Cryptography

Symbolic Computation