Florian Kerschbaum is an Associate Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo (since 2017), a member of the CrySP group, and NSERC/RBC chair in data security (since 2019). Prior to join the University, he worked as chief research expert at SAP in Karlsruhe (2005 – 2016) and as a software architect at Arxan Technologies in San Francisco (2002 – 2004). Florain holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2010) and a master's degree from Purdue University (2001). He also served as the inaugural director of the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (2018 – 2021).
Professor Kerschbaum is an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2019) and a winner of the Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award from CS-Can/Info-Can (2019). He is interested in security and privacy in the entire data science lifecycle and extends real-world systems with cryptographic security mechanisms to achieve (some) provable security guarantees. His work has been applied to products for databases, supply chain management and RFID tracking.