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Department of Computer Science

Irene Giacomelli got her Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Pisa in Italy, her native country. She also studied one year in Madrid at the Complutense University. 

Irene is now joining the Crypto group as PhD student under the supervision of Ivan Damgaard. Her PhD program deals about codes, secret sharing and algebraic geometry and it counts on the collaboration with the Mathematics Department in Aurhus (prof. Johan Hansen is her co-supervisor). 

Department of Aesthetics and Communication

Sandra Boss started at Department of Aesthetics and Communication (Humanities and Informationtechnology) on 1 September 2013.

Professional background:
I've been working with sound art and electronic music during the last ten years. Before coming to AU I studied electronic music composition at DIEM, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. I also have a bachelor in Modern Culture & Auditive Culture from Copenhagen University.

Previously I have worked with composing, studying and performing electronic music. I've been working with old medias (reel-to-reel tape recorders, wire recorders, record players) where I've been exploring the sound of the medias themselves (see more at www.sndrbss.blogspot.dk). I'm interested in the dialogue that these "obsolete", physcial, material and performative media can open, and also I'm interested in the different kind of listening situations they can establish.

In my new job I will work with auditory ideals heard through different sound medias. I will look into the technological development of reproductive sound media - as well as the cultural discourse concering the idea of creating a more authentic reproduction, where the sound of the media itself (its internal noise and filter mechanisms) no longer is present. The project will initiate an artistic and media archaeological excavation of reproductive sound medias.

Personal interests
In my spare time I Listen to music, play around with sounds, read, write. Walk.

 

Department of Computer Science

Hans Bugge Grathwohl finished a Master's degree in Logic from the University of Amsterdam in 2013, after obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Copenhagen in 2011. Since October 2013, he is a PhD student in the Logic and Semantics group, working under supervision from Lars Birkedal. He will mainly be working on categorical models for type theories.

Department of Computer Science

Mario Strefler joined the Crypto group as a postdoc in October after completing his PhD at ENS in Paris.

His main research interests are definitions of security and designing protocols which are both practical and provably secure.

Department of Computer Science

Sean Chester just started his Postdoc position on September 1 with the Data Intensive Systems group.  He earned his PhD last month at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada, his native country. 

His main research interest is in top-k queries, the skyline operator, and data mining, focusing mostly on algorithm design and analysis. Outside research, his primary passion is track and field, but he also enjoys anything outside, cooking, and chess.

Department of Computer Science

Robert Stephen Brewer is a postdoc on the EcoSense project in the Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction group. He recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa based on the Kukui Cup project: an energy challenge designed to foster energy conservation and increase energy literacy using both real-world and online game experiences.

Robert has also been an entrepreneur. As a co-founder of LavaNet (a Hawaii-based Internet Service Provider), he served as board chair for six years. Over an 11-year period, he held several positions, including: Vice President, System department manager, and Senior System Administrator.

The Alexandra Institute

Mike Kristoffersen joined the Alexandra Institute in September as a software architect and developer where he will be working on the OpenTele platform.  He is joining Alexandra from a position at Tunstall Healthcare working on the mymedic-II project, his professional background includes working on embedded sw projects in commercial companies like Motorola and B&O and in the open source Mozilla Firefox project. Mikes hobbies includes beer brewing, electronics and model rail roads.

The Alexandra Institute

Trine J. Lundorf  fortæller om sig selv:

Jeg er praktikant hos New Ways of Working og er ved at færdiggøre min civilingeniøruddannelse i ’Teknologibaseret Forretningsudvikling’ (cand. polyt) ved AU-Herning.  Jeg har desuden en Master i International Business (MIB) fra University of the Sunshine Coast, Australien.

Jeg har undervist i kreativitet og innovation ved AU-Herning samt arbejdet ved konsulentvirksomheden Innohow, hvor jeg bl.a. var projektleder på et projekt om innovativ indretning, der skulle forbedre medarbejdernes arbejdsmiljø.

Jeg har glædet mig utrolig meget til at starte på Alexandra og tror det bliver både spændende, lærerigt og udfordrende.

The Alexandra Institute

Torben B Haagh er ansat som softwarearkitekt på udviklingsplatformen til telemedicin på Pervasive Healthcare Lab. Torben er datalog fra Aarhus Universitet. Han kommer fra en stilling som development manager ved OpenText Inc, hvor han arbejdede med udvikling og design af koncernapplikationer; specifikt dokument-, sags- og processtyring, business intelligence og processimulering. Disse erfaringer kan bruges direkte i sundheds-it. Torben var ansat i USA, men arbejdede fra sit hjem i Danmark, hvor han havde sine direkte kollegaer i USA, og styrede et (insourced) projekthold i London og et (outsourced) projekthold i Minsk.

Se evt. mere på LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tbhaagh

Department of Computer Science

Tanya Ingsdorf er fra 1. september 2013 ansat som kontorelev på Institut for Datalogi. Tanya vil bl.a. komme til at arbejde med AURUS support.

Tanya fortæller om sig selv:

Jeg er uddannet Social- og Sundhedshjælper og har arbejdet indenfor faget i 9 år. Senere er jeg blevet uddannet Sundhedsservicesekretær og valgte derefter at tage HGV på Aarhus Købmandsskole.

I min fritid holder jeg af at være sammen med familie og venner, dyrke Zumba og løbe.

Jeg glæder mig meget til at lære og til at samarbejde med en masse skønne mennesker


Department of Computer Science

Matthias Puech got his Ph.D jointly from Université Paris Diderot and Università di Bologna, for works in programming languages theory and proof theory. He recently joined the PL group as a post-doc, and is working on the formalization of program transformations. Matthias is mainly interested in topics lying at the interface between functional programming languages and formal logics, in particular the proof-theoretical interpretation of programming phenomena through typing (program transformations, compilation, pattern-matching), and the implementation of proof-manipulating programs (naming, type-checking, logical frameworks).


Department of Computer Science

Roberto Trifiletti got his bachelor in Computer Science at Aarhus University and thereafter continued onto the local master programme. At the same time Roberto was employed at the Security and Cryptography research group as a student programmer where he has been working for the past year. He is now joining the group as a PhD student with Jesper Buus Nielsen as his main supervisor. Roberto is interested in cryptographic protocols and their applications in order to increase user privacy in a growing online world.


The Alexandra Institute

My name is Aleksejs Kuprins. I am from Riga, Latvia. About to graduate from Computer Science AP course at Erhvervsakademi Aarhus and had a few years of early experience in software development. I joined Alexandra Institute in June 2013 to assist in software development at Security Lab. My areas of enthusiasm are mainly IT security and sports.


The Alexandra Institute

Thomas Gilbert er ny-ansat i Software Infrastructure Lab. Han fortæller om sig selv: Jeg kommer fra CSC Scandihealth A/S hvor jeg i 5 år arbejdede med blandt andet integrationer, databaser og software arkitektur. I 2 år underviste jeg på Ingeniørhøjskolen i Horsens, og har tidligere været ansat hos CCI Europe A/S som Oracle DBA.

Lige nu arbejder jeg blandt andet på 2 EU projekter; ALMANAC og IoT.est. Begge projekter handler om udbredelse og udvikling af 'Internet of Things'.


The Alexandra Institute

Thomas Spanggaard er ansat som project controller:

Jeg er blevet ansat som Project Controller pr. 12/8-2013 hos Alexandra Instituttet A/S. De sidste godt fem år har jeg arbejdet som controller i Bilernes Hus A/S i Silkeborg, hvor jeg også bor sammen med min dejlige kone og to lige så skønne døtre. Jeg er blevet rigtig godt modtaget her på Alexandra, og jeg glæder mig meget til for alvor at komme i gang med arbejdet.


The Alexandra Institute

Morten V. Christiansen is a computer scientist from University of Copenhagen and have worked with IT since the mid 80s, primarily as a software developer, IT architect and teacher. Mainly in Denmark but also a couple of years in Germany and the US.

Before he was employed with the Alexandra Institute, he worked for a number of years as an independent consultant for customers in e.g. the bank, insurance and telecommunications sectors.


The Alexandra Institute

Jonas Lindstrøm Jensen has a PhD in mathematics from Aarhus University in 2012, and at the Alexandra Institute he will be working in the Security Lab.

Jonas is interested in number theory and cryptography, and in his spare time he plays music and football.


The Alexandra Institute

Johannes Kugle er Alexandra Instituttets nye praktikant i kommunikationsafdelingen. Som studerende fra Aarhus Medie- og Journalisthøjskoles kommunikations bachelor har han til opgave at skrive artikler, webtekst, pressemeddelelser, samt formidle og vinkle historierne. Han vil også arbejde og komme med inputs til daglige kommunikationsopgaver.

I forbindelse med sit halve år i praktik praktik vil Johannes udarbejde et praktikprojekt om et emne inden for Alexandra Instituttets kommunikationsstrategi.  Den præcise problemformulering er ikke fastlagt endnu.

I sin fritid er han sammen med vennerne, ser en masse tv-serier, og spiller og ser fodbold.


The Alexandra Institute, Copenhagen

Bjarke Hou Kammersgaard blev færdig som diplom ingeniør i informations og kommunikationsteknologi i januar, fra Ingeniørhøjskolen Aarhus (nu en del af AU). Han har sidenhen startet egen virksomhed og arbejdet freelance med forskellige mobile applications-projekter, hovedsagligt lærings børnespil til iPad, hvilket han fik øjnene op for da han i 2012 var en måned i Bangladesh og arbejde på et sådan projekt, i samarbejde med nogle Bangladeshiske udviklere. 

Bjarke starter i august måned på kandidaten Games, Technology på IT-Universitetet i København, og har så sideløbende en deltidsstilling som studenterprogrammør hos Alexandra i København.


The Alexandra Institute

Dina Raabjerg er startet i en stilling som salgschef og skal hjælpe med at bringe Alexandra Instituttets viden og ydelser i spil hos kunderne gennem et øget kommercielt salg.

Dina har arbejdet med ledelse af salgsprocesser og direkte salg af it-rettede ydelser gennem 6 år hos KMD A/S. Hun har speciale i afsætning til den offentlige sektor, hvor hun tidligere har arbejdet i forskellige stillinger over en 11 årig periode. Dina er oprindelig uddannet cand.oecon. med speciale i makroøkonomi og har studeret MPA på Aalborg Universitet, herefter kom fokus til at ligge på kompetenceudvikling og uddannelse inden for salg.

Dina brænder for at hjælpe sine kunder, så de kan udvikle deres forretning og skabe resultater gennem anvendelse af ny teknologi. Herudover har hun stor interesse i, hvordan man optimerer interne forretnings- og salgsprocesser med henblik på at udnytte ressourcerne bedst muligt og opnå et større salg.

Sin fritid bruger Dina sammen med sin mand og børn, hvor turen ofte går til sommerhuset i Sverige. Her går hun ikke af vejen for ryge af skiliften på det nærliggende skisportssted om vinteren, og at kløve brænde mellem myggene om sommeren.


The Alexandra Institutte

Joakim Vinter-Olsen has been employed as student programmer at the Alexandra Institute:

My name is Joakim Vinter-Olesen and I am a new student programmer at the Alexandra Institute, Security Lab, currently working on the "RK identitet på nettet" project.
I am in the process of getting my bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the department of Computer Science at Aarhus University, which will hopefully be followed by a Master's at the same place.
In my free time I enjoy playing Magic: the Gathering and board games.


Department of Computer Science

My name is Antonio Ruiz and I am from Blanca, a small village of Murcia region, situated in the south-east of Spain. I graduated as a computer science engineer in the University of Murcia in 2007. Nowadays I am on my last year of my PhD studies as member of the Computer Engineering Department (DITEC) at the University of Murcia.  My research interests are location-based services and positioning systems, making use of the different sensors available in  smartphones and tablets. Now I have the opportunity of collaborating with people in the Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction group at the Computer Science Department. During my stay here, I will focus my work on the analysis of large sensors readings databases, with the main aim of obtaining useful information from data stored. Honestly, I reckon this can be a great opportunity to learn new knowledge on crowd sourcing data analysis and use my knowledge to help my new working group as much as I can.


Department of Computer Science

I am Nawfal R.Smith, I have obtained my Masters in Electrical Engineering with specialty in Radio Communications from Sweden. Currently I am employed as a Research Assistant in the Computer Science Department at Aarhus University. Previously I worked at some Telecommunication Companies such as Orange and Zain. My research interests are in Wireless Networks, Cognitive Radio, Radio Communication and Harvesting Energy. For after work sometimes I enjoy a drink with friends and good music. In my free time I usually do some sports such as hiking, football, biking or on a warm day have a dip in the sea :) 


The Alexandra Institute

Oscar Manso started at The Alexandra Institute, Security Lab.

He obtained his PhD on the design of fault-tolerant systems from Dublin City University.

He has a few years of experience working as security research scientist and also working on the development and deployment of system solutions that integrate security and business continuity.

His main areas of interest include: Security and privacy, cooperating systems and electronic governance.

He really enjoys outdoor activities, particularly hiking and cycling.


The Alexandra Institute

Sebastian Cappelen er havnet lige ned i krydsfeltet mellem OpenSource, datasikkerhed og brugerinddragelse på Alexandra Instituttet. Han er pr. 15. marts ansat som journalist to dage om ugen i Alexandras kommunikationsafdeling. Sebastian er 41 år og uddannet fra Danmarks Journalisthøjskole og Stockholms Universitet i 2001, og har gennem de sidste ti år arbejdet på begge sider af det redaktionelle skrivebord, både som pressemedarbejder i Region Syddanmark, erhvervsjournalist på Vejle Amts Folkeblad og Søndagsavisen samt på forskellige fagblade som nyhedsmagasinet Ingeniøren og Lederne.

Filip Sieczkowski graduated in Computer Science from University of Wrocław, Poland, in 2010. Since then he has been a PhD fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen, working under supervision of prof. Lars Birkedal, whom he is visiting in Aarhus until November. Filip is interested in program verification — mainly separation logic and relational reasoning — as well as type theory and design and implementation of programming languages. His spare time is filled with books and music, with less then enough sport thrown into the mix.

Fabio Strocco is a Phd student in the Programming languages group. He got his master's degree in "Methods and Models for the computer science" at the University of Torino in Italy and also worked
for almost 1 year as an IT consultant in Paris. After that, Fabio join the Aarhus
University as a Phd student. He's interested in programming language design, and especially in the design of type systems.


Matthias Korn (cs.au.dk/~mkorn/) has just finished his PhD in the Computer-Mediated Activity Group and is now a postdoc in the Centre for Participatory IT (PIT) at Aarhus University. His research interests centre around situated technologies, that is, mobile and ubiquitous systems that interweave with our everyday lived experience and the places we inhabit. With his work he wishes to empower local communities through their involvement in the design of new kinds of socio-technical systems.

When he is not working, he is there for his son and enjoys indoor climbing as well as mountain biking.


Department of Computer Science and Alexandra Institute

Peiman Barnaghi will start his PhD at Data Intensive Systems group the Department of Computer Science in April 2013. He completed his MSc in Artificial Intelligence Department at National University of Malaysia in 2012. 

Peiman’s research interests include data mining, intelligent systems and machine learning. He enjoys music, reading and swimming.

Sarfraz Raza has joined as PhD-student at MADALGO(madalgo.au.dk), under supervision of Lars Arge. He is from Pakistan, where he did his Masters in Computer Science from LUMS(www.lums.edu.pk) in 2011. His area of interests are Geometry and Algorithms.

Carsten Baum received his diploma in Computer Science in 2013 from the University of Postdam, Germany. During his education he spent 3 months in 2012 as a intern at Ivan's Crypto group here in Aarhus. Carsten is now returning as a PhD student and is going to be supervised by Ivan Damgard.

Carsten i interested in lattice-based cryptography and in his spear time he enjoys music, reading and sports such as jogging.


Department of Computer Science

Kevin Matulef just arrived to start his Post Doc position with CTIC, and we are very happy to welcome him to snowy Aarhus. Kevin holds a PhD from MIT from 2009, and thereafter spent two years at Tsinghua University as a postdoctoral researcher, before venturing back to the States to work for 10gen for a year. Kevin specializes in sub-linear time algorithms, (i.e. algorithms with limited access to their input), complexity, and computational learning theory.

Department of Computer Science

Bernado David got his bachelor in Network Engineering at the University of Brasilia. Concurrently Bernado also worked as an information security consultant in both private and governmental projects. Bernado is interested in cryptographic protocols and information theory.


Department of Computer Science

Berit Lindum Waltoft has been a PhD student at Computer Science within the field of Bioinformatics since February 1. She has a master in statistics from Aarhus University (2003). Since 2004 she has been employed at the National Center for Register-based Research (NCRR) at the Department of Economics and Business as a statistician. Here she has mainly worked with statistical analyses and theory within the field of epidemiology. With The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrated Psychiatric Research, iPSYCH, she was given the opportunity to make a PhD within the theoretical field of statistics. Her PhD is entitled “Association studies for next-genereation sequencing using a matched case-control design”. She is still employed by NCRR and psysically located at the campus on Fuglesangs alle. When she is not working Berit spend time with her husband, her two kids (age 3 and 5) and her dog (age 8) and try to keep in scape doing weight traning and cycling.


Department of Computer Science

Frédéric Dupuis received his PhD in computer science in 2009 from the Université de Montréal, and was a postdoc in physics at ETH Zurich from 2010 to 2012. He has now joined the cryptography group as a postdoc. His is interested in quantum cryptography and quantum information theory.


Department of Computer Science

Lars Birkedal takes up a position as professor at the Department of Computer Science on 1 January 2013. Lars is 42 years old and started in January 2008 as a professor of "Trustworthy Computing" at the IT University of Copenhagen. In brief Trustworthy Computing is about preventing software errors. Lars Birkedal has since 2005 led the group Programming, Logic and Semantics and from 2000 to 2005 he was head of the Department of Theoretical Computer Science. Lars Birkedal was also director of the PhD School named FIRST (Foundation for Innovative Research-based Software Technologies) 2007-2011. His work was nominated in 2007 as one of the best research contribution at the IT University. Lars Birkedal earned his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 and was appointed associate professor at ITU in 2000.

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