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Martin Strohmeier

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Dr Martin Strohmeier

Research Officer

Junior Research Fellow, Kellogg College




My general research interests are in the fields of security and privacy in wireless communication, specifically wireless sensor networks, future air traffic control communication, and crowdsourced networks. In particular, I have focused on all sorts of wireless technologies used in aviation (e.g., ADS-B or ACARS), navigation and other critical infrastructures (satellites, space, maritime). Recently, I have been very interested in privacy issues in complex global systems such as aviation and shipping, in conjunction with open source intelligence and data mining methods.

I am also responsible for research and communications at the OpenSky Network, featured in the departmental magazine some time ago.


  • We are running a new Aircraft Localization Competition, with interesting prizes! Help us advance the science of localization in crowdsourced networks.

  • In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, our OpenSky work is now being used by many institutions for economic nowcasting, including the Bank of England.

  • Two papers recently accepted at top systems conferences! Our paper A View from the Cockpit: Exploring Pilot Reactions to Attacks on Avionic Systems was published at The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2020 (slides, presentation) and our paper A Tale of Sea and Sky: On the Security of Maritime VSAT Communications was published at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) 2020 (introductory video, presentation)!

  • It was a pleasure to be General Chair of the 7th OpenSky Workshop in Zurich on November 21/22! Check out for the workshop proceedings, covering selective works from the whole OpenSky community.

  • We have further had an amazing conference on Aviation Cyber Security in Zurich on November 19/20, bringing together many excellent aviation security experts for an exciting event.


Martin Strohmeier (PGP key) is a Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford and a Senior Scientist at the Swiss Cyber Defence Campus, where he is primarily based at the ETH Zurich office. The main focus of his work has been the design, implementation, and analysis of security protocols for cyber-physical systems, specifically those used in critical infrastructures such as aviation (civil and military). Using these domains as a driver for the real-world applicability of his research, his work has been published in many diverse venues, spanning wireless communications, cryptology, systems security, sensor networking, privacy and aviation.

During his DPhil at Oxford with Prof. Ivan Martinovic, he has extensively analyzed the security and privacy of wireless aviation technologies of this generation and the next. This line of work has predominantly been focused on developing cyber-physical approaches which can improve the safety and security of air traffic control quickly and efficiently. After completing his DPhil, he has been extending his interests towards areas of open-source intelligence, privacy issues in aviation and satellite environments, and most recently adversarial machine learning.

Martin is also a co-founder of the aviation research network OpenSky and responsible for coordinating research activities there. Before coming to Oxford in 2012, he received his MSc degree from TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and joined Lancaster University's InfoLab21 and Lufthansa AG as a visiting researcher. His work on aviation security received several awards from the aviation and computer security communities, including the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. His dissertation was further highly commended by the British Computer Society.


Recent Professional Activities

  • 16th EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SECURECOMM 2020), TPC member
  • 6th ACM Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop (CPSS 2020), TPC member
  • 1st CYD Campus Conference on Aviation Cyber Security (AvCS 2019), General Chair
  • 7th OpenSky Workshop (OpenSky 2019), General Chair
  • 38th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC 2019), Co-Chair of Security Track
  • CPS-IoT Week 2019, Aircraft Localization Competition, Organizer
  • 6th OpenSky Workshop (OpenSky 2018), TPC Chair
  • The 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (ACM WiSec 2015), Publication Chair


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