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David Kohlbrenner

David Kohlbrenner

Research focus

software security, systems, hardware architecture, hardware design and high-level software security


Ph.D. Computer Science, University of California, San Diego, 2018
M.S. Computer Science, University of California, San Diego, 2015
B.S. Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011

David Kohlbrenner joins the Allen School as an assistant professor from the University of California, Berkeley where he had a postdoctoral appointment with the RISE and ADEPT Labs.

In his research, David focuses on building secure systems using both hardware and software, taking into account a complex system of software libraries, operating systems, firmware, and chip architecture. His work on mitigating vulnerabilities in popular web browsers has been deployed in Firefox, Chrome and Safari. David co-founded the San Diego-based embedded security company Somerset Recon in 2012 and was a founding member of Carnegie Mellon's PPP hacking team. David received the University of California, San Diego CSE Graduate Award for Research in 2016.