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Rene Mayrhofer


René Mayrhofer was heading the Android Platform Security team and is currently acting both in an academic role at the Institute of Networks and Security at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Austria, and in an advisory role to Android Platform Security. He tries to make recent advances in usable, mobile security research available to the Billions of Android users. Previously, he held a full professorship for Mobile Computing at Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Campus Hagenberg, a guest professorship for Mobile Computing at University of Vienna, and a Marie Curie Fellowship at Lancaster University, UK. His research interests include computer security, mobile devices, network communication, and machine learning, which he currently brings together in his research on securing mobile devices. Within the scope of u'smile, the Josef Ressel Center for User-friendly Secure Mobile Environments, his research group looked into full-stack security of mobile devices from hardware through firmware up to user interaction aspect. One particular outcome was a prototype for a privacy conscious Austrian mobile Driving License (AmDL) on Android smartphones supported by tamper-resistant hardware. René has contributed to over 80 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for numerous journals and conferences. He received Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) and Dr. techn. (PhD) degrees from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and his Venia Docendi for Applied Computer Science from University of Vienna, Austria. His full publication list can be found on his personal page.

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