Director of Fraunhofer IEM

Eric Bodden

Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden
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Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden

From 2000 to 2005, Eric Bodden studied computer science at RWTH Aachen University and spent a year abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2002/2003. In the years 2006 to 2009, he did his doctorate under Prof. Laurie Hendren at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. He then spent six years in Darmstadt, first as scientific staff in the research group of Prof. Mira Mezini, later as head of an Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group and of a Claude Shannon Junior Research Group at the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE). From 2013 to 2015, Prof. Bodden held a cooperative professorship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) and the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt. Prof. Bodden remains connected with the TU as Principal Investigator of the local special research field “CROSSING”.

Since 2016, Prof. Bodden is head of the Software Engineering Chair at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn and is one of three directors of Fraunhofer IEM. In addition to his leadership function, he maintains the research group ”Secure Software Engineering” at Fraunhofer IEM within the scope of the ”Attract” program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

With Attract, Fraunhofer promotes special high-risk/high-gain projects under the supervision of renowned, aspiring researchers. Bodden is member of the BITKOM Management Club, the ACM and the Association for Computer Science. His research has already been awarded prominently several times. In 2005 already, he won the worldwide ACM Student Research Competition with the topic of his diploma thesis. In 2014, Prof. Bodden was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation which is the most prestigious research prize for young German scientists. That same year, his research project on the analysis of software product lines won second place at the German IT Security Award and the magazine “Capital” listed him as one of the “Top 40 under 40” German scientists. Additionally, he gained several research awards of Google and Oracle as well as Distinguished Paper Awards of ACM.

Studies/academic-professional background

2000-2005 RWTH Aachen University, studies in Computer Science
Degree: Diplom (with distinction)
2002-2003 Stay abroad at University of Kent at Canterbury as part of ERASMUS program
McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Dissertation: “Verifying finite-state properties of large-scale programs”
2009-2011 Technical University of Darmstadt
Research Associate at Chair of Software Engineering (Prof. Mira Mezini)
Head of a Claude Shannon Research Group
on the topic “Secure Software Engineering” at the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE)
since 2012 Head of Emmy Noether Research Group “Provably secure program executions through declaratively defined dynamic program analyses” (RUNSECURE)
since 2016 Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn
Professor for Software Engineering
since 2016 Fraunhofer IEM, Paderborn
Director of Software Engineering and IT Security department

Further activities in the scientific field

2016 Head of program committee of ACM International Conference for Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA)
2016 Head of program committee of ACM International Symposium on Engineering Secure Software and Systems (ESSoS)
  Member of top-tier international scientific conferences on Software Engineering (e.g. ICSE, ISSTA, PLDI, ASE)
  Member of Advisory Board, project “Compositional Risk Assessment and Security Testing of Networked Systems” (RASEN), EU FP7
  Expert for various scientific journals as well as for Horizon 2020 / European Research Council, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong