Mathias Payer is a security researcher and an assistant professor in computer science at Purdue university, leading the HexHive group. His research focuses on protecting applications in the presence of vulnerabilities, with a focus on memory corruption. He is interested in system security, binary exploitation, user-space software-based fault isolation, binary translation/recompilation, and (application) virtualization.
Before joining Purdue in 2014 he spent two years as PostDoc in Dawn Song's BitBlaze group at UC Berkeley. He graduated from ETH Zurich with a Dr. sc. ETH in 2012, focusing on low-level binary translation and security. He analyzed different exploit techniques and wondered how we can enforce integrity for a subset of data (e.g., code pointers). All prototype implementations are open-source. In 2014, he founded the b01lers Purdue CTF team.