Director of the research unit Software Engineering and IT Security
Eric Bodden studied computer science at the RWTH Aachen University from 2000 to 2005 and spent a year abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England in 2002/2003. From 2006-2009, he did his PhD under Prof. Laurie Hendren at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. He then spent six years in Darmstadt, first as a research assistant in Prof. Mira Mezini’s research group, and later as the head of an Emmy Noether junior research group and Claude Shannon junior research group at the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE). From 2013–2015, Prof. Bodden held a cooperative professorship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) and the Technical University of Darmstadt. Prof. Bodden continues to be associated with the Technical University of Darmstadt as Principal Investigator of its special research field “CROSSING.”
Since 2016, Prof. Bodden has been head of the “Secure Software Engineering” department at the Heinz Nixdorf Institut of the University of Paderborn and is one of three directors of the Fraunhofer IEM. In addition to his management function, he also leads the “Secure Software Engineering” research group at the Fraunhofer IEM as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s Attract program. Through Attract, Fraunhofer sponsors special high-risk/high-gain projects led by excellent emerging researchers.
Prof. Bodden is a member of the BITKOM Management Club, the ACM and the German Informatics Society. He has already received several prominent awards for his research work. Back in 2005, he won the worldwide ACM Student Research Competition for his diploma thesis topic. In 2014, Prof. Bodden was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation, the most highly endowed research prize for young German researchers. In the same year, his research project on the analysis of software product lines won second prize at the German IT Security Awards and the journal “Capital” listed him as one of the “Top 40 German Scientists under 40.” He has also received several research awards from Google and Oracle, as well as Distinguished Paper Awards from the ACM.