Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Melanie Volkamer

Professor (Kooperationsprofessur)

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Department of Computer Science
Building S4|14
Mornewegstr. 30
D-64293 Darmstadt

Room: 3.1.16
Tel: +49(0)6151/16-20813
Fax: +49(0)6151/16-23202
Email: melanie.volkamer(a-t)

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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Melanie Volkamer has been a Professor (Kooperationsprofessur) at the Department of Computer Science of Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) since August 2016. Her main job is at the University of Karlstad, She has been appointed Full Professor for Usable Privacy and Security at Karlstad University. Before she was an Assistant Professor at TU Darmstadt. Prof. Volkamer has been heading the research group "SECUSO - Security, Usability and Society" since 2011. From May 1st to August 31st 2011, she worked as a visiting researcher at CMU/CUPS.

Research Interests

  • Human factors in security and privacy
  • Mental models
  • Usable security and privacy
  • Awareness
  • Security education
  • Electronic voting


10/2008Ph.D. Degree Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Koblenz-Landau, with summa cum laude (meaning 'with highest honor')
Thesis: Evaluation of electronic voting. Requirements and evaluation procedures to support the responsible election authority.
Supervisors: Prof. R. Grimm, Prof. J. Schwenk
04/2004 Diploma in Computer Science Dipl.-Inform. from Saarland University with 1.2 (on a 1.0 to 4.0 scale while 1.0 being the best possible grade)
Thesis: Development and implementation of a voting protocol for council elections.
Supervisors: Prof. J. Siekmann, Prof. D. Hutter

Academic Work Experiences

Since 08/2016Professor (W3 Kooperationsprofessur) for Security, Usability, and Society
Technische Universität Darmstadt

Since 12/

Full Professor for Usable Privacy and Security (till end of March 2016 part time):

Karlstad University, Sweden

Privacy and Security Research Group


Assistant Professor (since April 2016 part time): Research Group SECUSO (Security, Usability and Society) at the Technische Universitat Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) - successfully evaluated in 2014;

Head of the Usable Security Lab at the Center for Advanced Security Research
Darmstadt (CASED)

12/2008-01/2012Post Doctoral Researcher: TU Darmstadt / Research Area Coordinator: CASED
05/2011-07/2011Guest Researcher: Carnegie Mellon University

Research Assistant: University of Passau

Research Manager: Institute of IT-Security and Security Law

01/2007-02/2007Guest Researcher: TU Eindhoven

Research Assistant: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence


Awards and Distinctions

2012 / 2013

Best Paper Awards: TRUST 2013, ICIMP 2012, and EVOTE 2012


Assistant Professorship: University of Bonn (rejected)

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Post Doctoral Scholarship: Carnegie

Mellon University (Cylabs for Usable Privacy and Security, Prof. L. F. Cranor)
ERCIM Post Doctoral Scholarship at NTU und SBA Research (rejected)


Winner: Ph.D. Award from the University of Koblenz-Landau

Nominated and citation: Ph.D. Award - German computer science society (GI)


Invited Expert: German Federal Constitutional Court - evoting concerns

Invited Expert: Council of Europe - development of evoting recommendations


Invited Expert: OSCE - election observation mission to Estonia (Internet voting)

Invited Expert: City of Hamburg - evoting concerns (digital election pen)

Invited Expert: Council of Europe - development of evoting recommendations 

DAAD Ph.D. Scholarship: Technical University Eindhoven (Prof. B. Schoenmakers)

2006TED Scholarship: National University of Ireland (Prof. P. Gibson, Dr. M. McGaley)

Diploma Thesis Award of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)



Scientific Services




USEC 2017EuroUSEC (PETS pre-workshop) in Darmstadt 2016, E-Vote-ID 2016 in Bregenz, Innovations in Mobile Privacy and Security (ESSoS Workshop) 2016 in London, STAST (CSF Workshop) 2015 in Verona, Usable Security Day 2015 in Darmstadt, EVOTE 2012-2014 in Bregenz, E-Voting 2013 and RiskCom 2013 in Koblenz, TRUST 2012 Socio-economic Strand in Vienna, Usable Security and Privacy in Darmstadt 2011; Re-Vote 2011 in Trient; eVoting Ph.D. Workshop 2006 in Saarbrücken, 2008 in Passau, 2009 in Darmstadt and 2011 in Krems; CAST Workshop eVoting 2008 - 2010 in Darmstadt; VOTE-ID 2007 in Bochum.

PC Membership/ Editorial Board

USEC 2016 and 2015; FC EVoting workshop 2016; IFIP SEC 2016, 2015 and 2011; TRUST COM 2015, 2012, and 2011; JETS – The USENIX Journal of Election Technology and Systems 2013 - 2015; VOTE-ID 2007 - 2015; SOUPS 2014 and 2012; HICSS 2014; HCI International 2013 and 2014 ’Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust’; GI Security 2016, 2014, and 2010; STAST 2011 - 2014; EGOVIS & EDEM 2012 and 2014; TRUST 2012 and 2013; IRIS 2006 - 2013; Book ’Design, development, and use of secure electronic voting Systems’ 2013; EVT/WOTE 2011 and 2012; IWSSI 2012; British HCI 2011; CeDem 2011; ARES 2006 - 2011; EDem 2007 - 2011; Re-Vote 2009 and 2011; EVOTE 2006, 2008, and 2010; E-Voting 2008 - 2010; CAST Award 2006 - 2009.

ReviewerCHI 2014 - 2016; Journal of Cybersecurity 2015; TDSC (IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing Journal) 2014; IJHCS (International Journal of Human-Computer Studies) 2014; Computer & Security 2014; IEEE Security & Privacy 2013 and 2014; and JISA (Journal of Information Security and Applications) 2013.

ACM since 2014, GI since 2005; election official (GI elections 2005 and 2007); Head of GI group ECOM since 2010; GI working group (WG) CC-Schutzprofile since 2007; FIDIS Ph.D. consortium 2005 - 2007; IFIP WG ’Research on Information Systems in Public Administration’ since 2007 and ’Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance’ since 2012; Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV) since 2011.

Services at

TU Darmstadt

Several Ph.D. commission e.g. Delphine Christin, Sidi Mohamed El Yousfi Alaoui, Heike Schröder, Albrecht Petzoldt, Matthias Keil, Paul Baecher, Sebastian Biedermann, Sascha Hauke, Florian Folk, Martin Vagil, and Rachid El Bansarkhani; Equal opportunity commissioner of the department from 2012 - 2014; responsible for CASED gender equality activities 2008 - 2010; Search committee for the professorship in ’Cyber Peace’ (2014), ’Algebra’ (2012) and in ’Computer Vision’ (2010); Ethic commission 2012–2016; STIPET - graduate school commission 2013–2016.

Ph.D. Committees


'Shaping information security behaviors related to social engineering attacks' at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (2016); ’Modeling User Perception and Behavior when Intreacting with a Mobile Payment System’ at TU Berlin (2016);’Privacy and Security Risks Analysis of Identity Management Systems’ at Gjovik University College (2013); and ’Using Formal Methods for Building more Reliable and Secure e-Voting Systems’ at the University of Trento (2010).


Project proposal reviewer for the German Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection 2016, the Hasler Stiftung in 2016, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 2014 and 2015, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) 2014; Dagstuhl Seminars on electronic voting (invitation and participation) 2007 and 2011 as well as on ’Socio-Technical Security Metrics’ in 2014 and on ’Assessing ICT Security Risks in Socio-Technical Systems’ in 2016; Several security awareness events organized with the police, the Sparkasse Darmstadt, and the Consumer Protection Agency in 2014 and 2015; Search committee for chair ’Security’ at the University of Applied Science Minden (2013) and ’Security of Socio-Technical Systems’ (2013) at the University of Luxembourg.


Weitere Attribute


What Did I Really Vote For? - On the Usability of Verifiable E-Voting Schemes [to appear]

Karola Marky, Oksana Kulyk, Karen Renaud, Melanie Volkamer
In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), April 2018

Comparative Usability Evaluation of Cast-as-Intended Verification Approaches in Internet Voting [to appear]

Karola Marky, Oksana Kulyk, Melanie Volkamer
In: SICHERHEIT 2018, April 2018

Human Factors in Security

Paul Gerber, Marco Ghiglieri, Birgit Henhapl, Oksana Kulyk, Karola Marky, Peter Mayer, Benjamin Reinheimer, Melanie Volkamer
In: Sicherheitskritische Mensch-Computer-Interaktion, p. 83-98, Januar 2018

Addressing Misconceptions About Password Security Effectively [to appear]

Peter Mayer, Melanie Volkamer
In: Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust, Dezember 2017

Analysis of the Security and Memorability of the Password Card

Peter Mayer, Alexandra Kunz, Melanie Volkamer
In: ACSAC 2017 Posters, Dezember 2017

Coercion resistant proxy voting

Oksana Kulyk, Stephan Neumann, Karola Marky, Jurlind Budurushi, Melanie Volkamer
In: Computers & Security, Vol. 71, p. 88-99, November 2017

Advancing Trust Visualisations for Wider Applicability and User Acceptance

Oksana Kulyk, Benjamin Reinheimer, Paul Gerber, Florian Volk, Melanie Volkamer, Max Mühlhäuser
In: 16th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom), p. 562-569, August 2017

Security Proofs for Participation Privacy, Receipt-Freeness, Ballot Privacy for the Helios Voting Scheme

David Bernhard, Oksana Kulyk, Melanie Volkamer
In: 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security - ARES 2017, p. 1-10, August 2017

Reliable Behavioural Factors in the Information Security Context

Peter Mayer, Alexandra Kunz, Melanie Volkamer
In: International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, August 2017

Exploring Consumers' Attitudes of Smart TV Related Privacy Risks

Marco Ghiglieri, Melanie Volkamer, Karen Renaud
In: Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust. HAS 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 10292, p. 656-674, Juli 2017
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