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Jens Grossklags
  • Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

  • Director - Security, Privacy and Information Economics Laboratory (SPIEL)

329A Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 867-4211
  • Postdoc, Princeton University 2009/10

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 2009

  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley 2008

  • M.I.M.S., University of California, Berkeley 2004

  • Diploma, Business Administration, Humboldt University Berlin 2001


Dr. Grossklags is an Assistant Professor and holds the endowed Haile Family Early Career Professorship at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is affiliated with the Security and Risk Analysis program and a member of the steering committee of the Center for the Study of Global Financial Stability. In addition, Dr. Grossklags has been selected as a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for CyberScience.

Previously, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Information Technology Policy, and as a Lecturer of Computer Science at Princeton University. In 2009, he completed his doctoral dissertation at UC Berkeley’s School of Information advised by Professors John Chuang (chair), Teck-Hua Ho, Deirdre Mulligan and Hal Varian. While at UC Berkeley, he also obtained master’s degrees in Computer Science, and Information Management and Systems.

He is studying information privacy, security, technology policy and networked interactions from a theoretical and practical perspective. Specifically, Dr. Grossklags is motivated to contribute to a better understanding of the current and future marketplace for personal and corporate information, and improved designs of the underlying evolving security infrastructure. His academic work is very cross-disciplinary and utilizes analytic, empirical and experimental methodologies. Please review his publication list here. His citation information is available at Google Scholar.

Research Interests:

His published research has been honored with two best paper awards at technical conferences. He is the recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award and a Research Stipend from the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications. Dr. Grossklags testified and was involved in policy-finding activities of the Federal Trade Commission, National Science Foundation, National Science and Technology Council/White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA ISAT), World Wide Web Consortium, and European Network and Information Security Agency. He occasionally acts as a consultant, for example, in the context of legal disputes.

Dr. Grossklags has been an invited visiting professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, during the summers of 2011 and 2012, an invited visiting researcher at Copenhagen Business School during the summer of 2013, and an invited visiting scientist at EURECOM during the summer of 2014. He was the technical plenary speaker on the topic of user practices and privacy and a panelist at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Annual Meeting 81 in Quebec City, Canada. Jens has given invited talks at Harvard University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, HEC Lausanne, University of Cambridge, École Normale Supérieure, CyLab Japan, HP labs and DoCoMo USA laboratories and many other wonderful research universities and laboratories.

Dr. Grossklags serves as the Program Committee Chair (jointly with Bart Preneel, KU Leuven) of FC 2016 (20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security) and the Chair of the Special Session on Security Economics at CSF 2016 (29th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium). He previously acted as the Program Committee Chair of USEC 2015 (NDSS Workshop on Usable Security), the Chair and Program Committee Chair of WEIS 2014 (Workshop on the Economics of Information Security), and the Program Committee Chair (jointly with Jean Walrand, UC Berkeley) of GameSec 2012 (Third Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security). He is currently contributing to the international program committees of ECIS 2016 (European Conference on Information Systems) and WEIS 2016 (Workshop on the Economics of Information Security). He is an active reviewer for leading journals by the ACM, IEEE, and INFORMS, and funding organizations including the NSF, DoD and Swiss NSF. Dr. Grossklags is a Senior Member and Lifetime Member of the ACM, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.