CAST/GI Promotionspreis IT-Sicherheit 2022 for Dr. Kristina Hostáková

CROSSING alumna recognized with first place for dissertation

2022/04/07 by

As part of the conference “GI Sicherheit 2022”, the CAST/GI Promotionspreis IT-Sicherheit 2022 was awarded at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Kristina Hostáková, a CROSSING alumna, took first place.

Dr. Kristina Hostáková

On April 6, 2022, the CAST/GI Promotionspreis IT-Sicherheit was awarded in Karlsruhe. With the first prize, the jury recognized the dissertation “Foundations of Generalized State Channel Networks” by Dr. Kristina Hostáková as an outstanding contribution to improving the scalability of cryptocurrencies based on so-called payment channels. The thesis from 2020 was supervised by CROSSING-PI professor Sebastian Faust. Within CROSSING, Hostáková was involved in project S7 on Secure and Scalable Blockchain Technology and engaged as a mentor in the female student mentoring and networking program. Since December 2020, Dr. Hostáková is a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich.

The other three finalists for the award included Prof. Dr. Alena Naiakshina (Ruhr Uni-Bochum), and TU doctoral graduates Dr. Cristian-Alexandru Staicu (CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security) and Dr. Christian Weinert (Royal Holloway, University of London). Dr. Staicu completed his thesis on “Enhancing the Security and Privacy of Full-Stack JavaScript Web Applications” in 2020. The work was supervised by CROSSING PI Prof. Dr. Guido Salvaneschi. Dr. Christian Weinert was nominated for his 2021 dissertation “Practical Private Set Intersection Protocols for Privacy-Preserving Applications.” Weinert was supervised by CROSSING-PI Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schneider.

About the CAST/GI Promotionspreis IT-Sicherheit

This CAST/GI Promotionspreis IT-Sicherheit (doctoral award IT security), jointly offered by CAST e.V. and the Security Division of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., recognizes outstanding dissertations in the field of IT security. The prize is awarded for work that represents a step forward in IT security and for work that increases the level of security in IT applications.