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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.

My GPG fingerprint is EF3E A4FF C3AC B9F6 75AC B990 5E3F 5DA5 C915 E8B7.

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