On a sunny day in may, I was born in Wuerzburg,
From April 2008 to April 2010, I was a postdoc at Caltech in the group of John Preskill.
- From July 2004 until the 27th of february 2008, I was a PhD student at CWI.
PhD thesis "Cryptography in a Quantum World" as a pdf.
- I studied computer science at the University of Amsterdam, and
graduated in June 2004 (MSc in Computer Science, thesis). From the
Royal Dutch Society of Sciences I received the Bakkenist Jong Talent
Afstudeerprijs for the best Computer Science master student in the Netherlands
(ILLC Annual Report).
In a former life, I was into computer and network security. Among other things,
I wrote an article about FreeBSD
Kernel Rootkits which forms the basis of a forthcoming book by J. Kong and has been covered in Phrack Vol 0x0b, Issue 0x3f.
I also used to work as a hacker for ITSX.
Before entering university, I've worked as a system administrator/programmer, for
example for XS4ALL Internet. I made various
kinds of publicly available software, e.g.
for FreeBSD and PHP (now part of the distribution).
I love electronic music and occasionally still play records at various events and on the radio.
I also enjoy climbing and have an interest in the behaviour of parrots.