👤 About Me

I’m Karo. Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Empirical Information Security Lab at the Leibniz University Hannover where I lead the Digital Sovereignty Group. Before that, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the research section Glasgow Interactive Systems (GIST) at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I am a long-term external collaborator at the Keio University in Japan and an associated professor of the DFG-funded research training group Privacy and Trust for Mobile users at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. In 2020, I completed my PhD in the Telecooperation Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

My research contributes to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on the interaction of cybersecurity and privacy with human factors. I have an international reputation in these fields: I published 50 publications (42 of them since 2018). My publications include four full paper publications at CHI, one in the Usenix Security Symposium, three in the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), one in SOUPS and PETS respectively, which are international top conferences and journals. As evidenced by the affiliations of my co-authors, many of my accomplishments resulted from collaborations with scholars in the UK, Japan, Luxembourg, and Germany.

I was involved in successful grant applications (approx. 400,000 Euro) founded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Engineering, Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and others. I was further involved in an application for a DFG-funded RTG (approx. 4.5 Mio. Euro).

I am a member of a number of program committees, such as the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Mensch und Computer (MuC), and Augmented Humans (AHs). Since 2018, I review for international top conferences and journals, such as CHI, CSCW, TOCHI, and IMWUT. I have been a member of the organizing committee of Mensch und Computer (MuC), Workshop on Interacting with Smart Objects (SmartObjects), and Security for XR and XR for Security (VR4Sec). I have given invited talks at multiple international workshops and seminars as well as guest talks at universities in Japan, Luxembourg, and Germany.

I contributed to teaching a number of classes, including practical courses with five to 20 students and lectures with up to 600 students. I supervised 50+ bachelor and master projects and 20+ theses. Furthermore, I (co-) supervise four PhD students.