Peter Druschel

Distributed Systems Group
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Campus E1.4
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany
Tel: +49 681 9303 9100
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Peter Druschel is the institute's founding director and leads the distributed systems research group. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Saarland University, Associate Director of the Center for Information Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA), and a Principal Investigator in the Center of Excellence in Multimodal Communication and Interaction (MMCI).

Prior to joining the MPI-SWS in August 2005, Peter was a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, TX. He also spent time with the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) (May-June 2000, June 2002), Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK (August-December 2000), and the PDOS group at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (January-June 2001).

Peter received an NSF CAREER Award (1995), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2000), and the Mark Weiser Award (2008). He is on the editorial boards of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) and the Royal Society Open Science Journal. Previously, he served on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS) and chaired the program committees of SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, and EuroSys. Peter is a member of the Academia Europaea and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.


Research

Peter's research interests are in understanding, designing and building computer systems. In the past, he has worked on operating systems, network services, peer-to-peer systems, and accountable distributed systems. Currently, he is interested in practical techniques to make distributed and mobile systems secure, accountable and privacy-preserving.

Current projects:

Much of the group's current work is supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Project: imPACT: Privacy, Accountability, Compliance and Trust in Tomorrow's Internet.

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Publications

SDDR: Light-Weight, Secure Mobile Encounters. Matthew Lentz, Viktor Erdélyi, Paarijaat Aditya, Elaine Shi, Peter Druschel, Bobby Bhattacharjee. In Proceedings of the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security'14). San Diego, CA, Aug 2014.

EnCore: Private, Context-based Communication for Mobile Social Apps. Paarijaat Aditya, Viktor Erdélyi, Matthew Lentz, Elaine Shi, Bobby Bhattacharjee, Peter Druschel. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2014). Bretton Woods, NH, Jun 2014.

BackRef: Accountability in Anonymous Communication Systems. Michael Backes, Jeremy Clark, Aniket Kate, Milivoj Simeonovski, Peter Druschel. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS 2014). Lausanne, Switzerland, Jun 2014.

Beyond Access Control: Managing Online Privacy via Exposure. Mainack Mondal, Peter Druschel, Krishna P. Gummadi, Alan Mislove. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Usable Security (USEC 2014). San Diego, CA, Feb 2014.

Peer-assisted content distribution in Akamai NetSession. Mingchen Zhao, Paarijaat Aditya, Ang Chen, Yin Lin, Andreas Haeberlen, Peter Druschel, Bruce Maggs, Bill Wishon, Miroslav Ponec. In Proceedings of the ACM/Usenix Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2013). Barcelona, Spain, October 2013.

Towards Efficient Traffic-analysis Resistant Anonymity Networks. Steven LeBlond, David Choffnes, Wenxuan Zhou, Peter Druschel, Hitesh Ballani, Paul Francis. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2013 Symposium (SIGCOMM 2013). Hong Kong, China, Aug 2013.

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Team and collaborators

I am proud to work with a talented group of PhD students, post-docs, and research engineers:

Students: Paarijaat Aditya, Eslam Elnikety, Viktor Erdélyi, Raul Herbster, Aastha Mehta, Anjo Vahldiek.
Post-docs: Stevens LeBlond (advised by Paul Francis), Rijurekha Sen (advised by Krishna Gummadi).
Research engineers: Cédric Gilbert, William Caldwell.

I've had the immense pleasure of collaborating with outstanding colleagues over the years, including my institute colleagues, Bobby Bhattacharjee, Miguel Castro, Bruce Davie, Norm Hutchinson, Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Bruce Maggs, Petros Maniatis, Jeff Mogul, Eugene Ng, Larry Peterson, Jennifer Rexford, Rolf Riedi, Rodrigo Rodrigues, Marc Shapiro, Elaine Shi, Devika Subramanian, Ion Stoica, Timothy Roscoe, Ant Rowstron, Dan Wallach, Hui Zhang, Willy Zwaenepoel.

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Teaching


Professional activities (recent)

Current program committees



Funding

Our research is currently supported by the Max Planck Society, the European Research Council (ERC), the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and Google..