Nils Tippenhauer

Nils Tippenhauer
Nils Tippenhauer

Nils Tippenhauer is an Assistant Professor at the Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar, SUTD. He is also a adjunct research scientist with the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore. Nils earned his Dr. Sc. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2012. Before coming to ETH, Nils received a degree in Computer Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) from the Hamburg University of Technology (Germany) in 2007. Nils is interested in information security aspects of practical systems. In particular, Nils is currently working on security analysis of large heterogeneous systems such as (smart) power grids. In addition, Nils is interested in physical layer security aspects of wireless and embedded systems, for example secure ranging, distance measurements and communication using wireless signals.

Research Interests: Physical layer wireless security, wireless localization systems, security of cyberphysical systems

ADSC Project:


  • Ph.D (Dr. Sc.) in computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2012
  • M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.) in computer engineering, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, 2007


Outside academia, Nils also worked at Philips/NXP semiconductors in Hamburg and Disney Research in Zurich.

Publications and Patents:

  • William G. Temple, Binbin Chen, and Nils Ole Tippenhauer; Delay Makes a Difference: Smart Grid Resilience Under Remote Meter Disconnect Attack; Accepted at IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), 2013
  • Binbin Chen, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, David M. Nicol, William H. Sanders, Rui Tan, William G. Temple, Nils Ole Tippenhauer, An Hoa Vu, and David K. Y. Yau; Go with the Flow: Toward Workflow-Oriented Security Assessment ; Accepted at New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW), 2013
  • Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Luka Malisa, Aanjhan Ranganathan, Srdjan Capkun; On Limitations of Friendly Jamming for Confidentiality; in Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), 2013
  • Domenico Giustiniano, Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Stefan Mangold; Low-Complexity Visible Light Networking with LED-to-LED Communication; In proceedings of IFIP Wireless Days, 2012 (best paper award)
  • Nils Ole Tippenhauer; Physical-Layer Security Aspects of Wireless Localization; PhD Thesis, ETH Zurich, 2012
  • Aanjhan Ranganathan, Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Boris Skoric, Dave Singelee and Srdjan Capkun; Design and Implementation of a Terrorist-Fraud Resilient Distance Bounding System; In Proceedings of European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), 2012
  • Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Christina Pöpper, Kasper Bonne Rasmussen, Srdjan Capkun; On the Requirements for Successful GPS Spoofing Attacks; In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2011
  • Christina Pöpper, Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Boris Danev, Srdjan Capkun; Investigation of Signal and Message Manipulations on the Wireless Channel; In Proceedings of the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), 2011
  • Srdjan Capkun, Mario Cagalj, Ghassan Karame, Nils Ole Tippenhauer; Integrity Regions: Authentication Through Presence in Wireless Networks; IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2010
  • Marc Kuhn, Heinrich Luecken, Nils Ole Tippenhauer,; UWB Impulse Radio Based Distance Bounding; In Proceedings of WPNC (Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication), 2010
  • Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Kasper Bonne Rasmussen, Srdjan Capkun; Secure Ranging With Message Temporal Integrity; Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2009/602, 2009
  • Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Srdjan Capkun; ID-based Secure Distance Bounding and Localization; In Proceedings of ESORICS (European Symposium on Research in Computer Security), 2009
  • Nils Ole Tippenhauer, Kasper Bonne Rasmussen, Christina Pöpper, Srdjan Capkun; Attacks on Public WLAN-based Positioning Systems; In Proceedings of the ACM/Usenix International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys), 2009


  • K.-H. Ditze Award for best Master Thesis at TU Hamburg, 2007
  • Best paper award at IFIP Wireless Days 2012