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I am a PhD candidate in the Computer Science department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I am a member of the seclab, and where I am being advised by Christopher Kruegel and Giovanni Vigna. Before joining the PhD program, I received a Master's degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on Information Security from ETH Zurich in 2012, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Bonn in 2010.

My research interests span quite a few areas of software and system security. Starting from the large-scale application of machine learning and representation/deep-learning in security, to assisted vulnerability discovery and exploitation, to automated malicious software analysis, identification and classification. Right now, I am working mostly on web-based malware and defacement detection, but I also like to keep up with work on underground economics.

Besides my PhD studies, I consulted for some security companies in the past, for instance on research on vulnerability exploitation, trend detection, web dynamics, and deep-learning, meaning automatically learning features from data.

In my free time, I enjoy landscape, astro, and street photography, and I like to participate in capture the flag competitions as a member of shellphish and Epic(F|Ph)ail and, prior to moving to Santa Barbara, as a member of gn00bz.

Last but not least, you can grab my full resume from here. For all other questions please just shoot me an email or snail mail me:

Kevin Borgolte
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Computer Science
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-5110
United States of America