Dec 1, 2016

The founding principle of all the activities of Zdenek and Michaela Bakala is, truly, the courage, which must, according to their belief, always go hand in hand with responsibility.
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Florian Tramer


What I love about Computer Science is the field's unique combination of formal abstractions and logic on the one hand, and very tangible real-world applications and practical experimentation on the other.

During my studies, at EPFL and Carnegie Mellon University, I developed a particular interest for research in Computer Security and Cryptography. To ensure that a computer system is truly secure, you have to think like an adversary, and consider worst possible scenarios at every turn. This requires a kind of mental gymnastics that I find extremely challenging and fascinating.

Pursuing a PhD at Stanford University will enable me to reach a deeper understanding of my field, to collaborate with some of the leading researchers in the world, and hopefully make my own meaningful contribution to the study of secure computer systems.

I express my sincere gratitude to the Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation, for their support as I embark on this exciting academic adventure abroad.

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