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Department of Computer Science and Technology

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Martin Kleppmann will be joining us as a member of our faculty from January 2024.

Martin is currently a Research Fellow at the Chair of Distributed Systems & Operating Systems at the Technical University of Munich.

In the new year, he’ll take up his new role here as Associate Professor in Computer Security and Privacy. Welcome, Martin!

Martin works on local-first collaboration software and distributed systems security, and he has taught undergraduate courses on distributed systems and cryptography.

He is the author of the textbook Designing Data-Intensive Applications, which was published in 2017 to wide acclaim. Covering the architecture and algorithms behind data systems (databases, indexes, message queues, batch and stream processing, etc) with a view to building scalable, reliable and maintainable systems, it has sold over 200,000 copies and been translated into eight languages.

Martin says: "Much of today's cloud software prioritises the vendor's interest over that of the users, and my research aims to shift the balance in favour of the users. I am really delighted to be returning to Cambridge for the long term, and to continue working with the wonderful colleagues and students in the department to pursue this vision."

After completing his BA here in Cambridge, Martin initially went to work as an industrial software engineer and entrepreneur. He co-founded two successful start-ups, moved to Silicon Valley, and sold his second start-up Rapportive to LinkedIn in 2012.

He then abandoned his industry career and switched to academic research, returning to Cambridge and obtaining his PhD here in 2019 on the topic of 'Data Consistency and High Availability in Distributed Systems'. He continued to work in research here for several years, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, before moving to TU Munich in autumn 2022.

We’re very pleased that he is coming back to Cambridge again to join us.


Published by Rachel Gardner on Friday 11th August 2023