About Me

I am a tenured research faculty at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany and hold a guest researcher position at the Digital Security group at Radboud University, The Netherlands.

Previously, I was a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Digital Security group at Radboud University, The Netherlands. In 2018, I was briefly affiliated with the Software Systems group at Utrecht University. Prior to joining Utrecht University, I was a postdoctoral researcher (mid-2015 til 2017) in the Digital Security Group at Radboud University. I received my PhD from Deakin University, Melbourne (Australia) in 2015, under the supervision of Prof. Lynn Batten. I completed my Bachelor of IT Honours (with First Class) and Bachelor of IT (major in IT Security and Mathematical Modelling) at Deakin University in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Since 2016-2020, I have been a board member of the Radboud Women of Computer Science (RWoCS) group and Halkes Women Faculty Network at Radboud University. In 2018, I was steering committee member of the Women in Information and Computing Sciences network (WICS) at Utrecht University.

News

  • 21 May 2020: I am affiliated events chair for RWC 2021 and we are seeking workshop proposals. Deadline 01 November 2020. Apply here
  • 24 Feb. 2020: On 03 April 2020, I will give an invited talk at the 10th edition of Awesome IT in Amsterdam -- event has been postponed to 2021
  • 06 Jan. 2020: I will give an invited talk at the 6th Dutch national symposium on software engineering on 31 January in Amsterdam
  • 06 Jan. 2020: Together with Andreas Peter, I am track co-chair for the Security and Privacy track for ICT Open 2020 -- event has been postponed to 2021
  • 24 June 2019: I will give an invited lecture at one of the Summer Schools organized as part of the 2019 International Summer Schools on Cyber Security in Padova, Italy
  • 12 June 2019: Radboud University awarded NWA-ORC consortium proposal on INTERSECT - An Internet of Secure Things (co-PI)
  • 23 July 2018: I received a travel grant from the European initiative, EPIC, to visit Yuval Yarom and Vanessa Teague in Australia
  • 22 Jan. 2018: I will give an invited talk at the Cybersecurity track of ICT.Open 2018 on 20 March 2018
  • 02 Jan. 2018: I joined the Software Systems group Utrecht University as an Assistant Professor.
  • 20 Apr. 2017: I am a PC member for the research track of the 15th Australasian Data Mining Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia in August.
  • 22 Feb. 2017: I have been invited to join the Technical PC for the 8th International Conference on Applications and Technologies in Information Security (ATIS 2017) to be held on 06-07 July 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 31 Aug. 2016: I am a co-organizer of the 7th annual edition of CrossFyre, to be co-located with EuroCrypt 2017 and Euro S&P 2017 in Paris.
  • 24 Aug. 2016: I was awarded an all-expense paid trip by Google to attend the annual Grace Hopper Conference in Houston, Texas in October. GHC is the largest gathering of women technologists.

Professional Activities

Current

Past

Grants, Scholarships and Awards

  • 2020 - Recipient of Google Faculty Research Award
  • 2019 - Awarded NWA-ORC consortium proposal on INTERSECT - An Internet of Secure Things, (co-PI)
  • 2018 - Travel grant from the H2020 European initiative, EPIC, to visit Yuval Yarom and Vanessa Teague in Australia
  • 2017 - Cryptacus STSM grant for research visit at IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid (COST-STSM-ECOST-STSM-IC1403-38591)
  • 2017 - Real World Cryptography Conference 2017 (RWC 2017) travel grant
  • 2016 - Women Techmakers grant by Google for an all-expense paid trip to attend the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas (GHC)
  • 2016 - TRUDEVICE STSM grant for research visit at University of Padova, Italy (COST-STSM-ECOST-STSM-IC1204-34892)
  • 2016 - Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES 2016) travel grant
  • 2016 - USENIX Security travel grant by Google (link)
  • 2016 - Cryptacus STSM grant for research visit at COSIC, KU Leuven (COST-STSM-ECOST-STSM-IC1403-33615)
  • 2015 - BASF Science and Technology Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, Victorian Young Achiever Awards, Awards Australia
  • 2015 - Real World Cryptography Conference travel Grant
  • 2015 - Publication Scholarship, Deakin University, Australia
  • 2014 - Professor of Information Technology Postgraduate Degree Award, Deakin University, Australia
  • 2014 - Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Intern Scholarship
  • 2014 - Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Finalist, Google
  • 2013 - Higher Degree by Research Travel Grant, Deakin University, Australia
  • 2013 - International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) Foundation Women’s Scholarship
  • 2012 - International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) Research Graduate Scholarship,

Media

  • Het Financieele Dagblad (2019), Besturingssysteem Android lekt persoonlijke data ‘op enorme schaal’ [article]
  • APR.Intern Alumni (2018), APR.Intern Alumna takes on the world through mobile phone data security [link]
  • AMSI Intern (2014), Smartphone Users: Who is really tracking you? [link]
  • CSO (2014), Why I'm going into IT security: Veelasha Moonsamy, Australia's only (ISC)2 scholar [link]