Florian Alt is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich. He is head of the Usable Security and Privacy Group, which is part of the Research Institute CODE.
Florian is interested in how secure systems that blend with how users interact with computing devices can be designed. In particular, his research focuses on understanding users’ behavior in security-critical contexts, building security mechanisms based on users’ behavior (behavioral biometrics), leveraging users’ physiology to both enhance existing security mechanisms as well as build novel security mechanisms (physiological security), and understanding we well as investigating threats that emerge from novel ubiquitous technologies (ubiquitous security). Specific application areas of his research are smart homes, social engineering, authentication, and Mixed Reality.
Florian regularly serves as associate chair, associate editor, and program committee member of leading conferences and journals in the field of human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing (e.g., CHI, IMWUT / Ubicomp, DIS, NordiCHI, MUM, PerDis). He is currently the PC Chair of ACM ISS 2023 and 2024, was a Co-Chair of the CHI 2020 and 2021 UX subcommittee, and was TPC Chair of Mensch und Computer 2020 and 2023. Furthermore, Florian is the Steering Committee Chair for the MUM Conference Series. He was Conference Co-Chair of MUM 2018, Program Co-Chair of MUM 2016, Program Co-Chair of PerDis 2015, and Workshop Chair of ETRA 2020 and MobileHCI 2013.
He received a 2022 Test of Time Award from ACM Multimedia and has won 16 Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards with his team at CHI, MobileHCI, IDC, COGAIN, SUI, and AmI. His research and supervision have been funded by the DFG, the Center for Digitization and Technology of the Bundeswehr, the ZD.B / Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Science, BMW, the Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD, Google, and the Telekom Innovation Labs.
Before his appointment at the Bundeswehr University, Florian was an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the LMU München and the University of Applied Sciences München as well as a guest lecturer at the JKU Linz and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Apart from his academic appointment, Florian worked as a web developer (Pinnacle Systems) and IT specialist (Schreiner Group) in the US. Florian holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart and a diploma in Media Informatics from the LMU Munich.
- Dagstuhl Seminar Organizer
- General Chair for MobileHCI 2025
- Associate Editor for PACM HCI – ISS Track
- Subcommittee Chair for CHI 2021
- Steering Committee Chair of the MUM Conference Series
- TPC Chair for Mensch und Computer 2020
- Full paper accepted at DIS 2019
- Two papers accepted at Interact 2019
- Subcommittee Chair for CHI 2020
- Two papers accepted at CHI 2019