Decat Maarten

Maarten Decat

IT security researcher at KU Leuven

Name:Decat Maarten
Date of birth:
Address:Leuven, Belgium
Email:maarten (at)



1. Master of Engineering: Computer Science

University of Leuven

Grade. Magna cum laude.


Master thesis. Towards building secure web machups


2. Bachelor of Engineering: Electronic Engineering

University of Leuven

Grade. Cum laude.



1. University of Leuven

Post-doctoral researcher in Computer Science - Security

Main interest. Access control for large-scale distributed systems.


More specifically. Adaptive authentication, policy-based and attribute-based authorization, risk-based access control, etc.


2. Freelance math teacher

Teaching math to 14- to 16-year old students.


3. Various summer jobs

Working in diverse companies as job student.


4. ICsense


Start-up (at least back then) specialized in advanced IC design and development of sensor systems.


Function. Development of Matlab drivers for automated usage of lab equipment.


5. SpaceBillboard BVBA


Non-profit company that gains funding and raises media attention for the space research at KU Leuven by launching the logos of our sponsors into space.




Featured in. Daily News, VentureBeat, De Standaard, De Tijd, VTM Nieuws, MNM, … (full list)


Customers.  Microsoft, Electrabel/Engie, Mobile Vikings, Kinepolis, … (full list)


Partnership.  ClearChannel


Soft skills.   Entrepreneurship, perseverance, creative thinking, marketing, pitching, web design, press communication, negotiating,  teamwork.


6. University of Leuven

PhD Researcher in Computer Science - Security

PhD on access control for large-scale Software-as-a-Service applications


Grant. Personal research grant of IWT, obtained by successfully defending a self-written project proposal (2010).


Hard skills. Software security, software engineering,  scientific research – identify shortcomings in state of the art in collaboration with industry, set up a stepwise approach to address shortcomings, evaluate the results, present conclusions.


Soft skills. Perseverance, long-term planning, team work, coaching, presenting, writing, working in a multi-cultural environment, networking.


Teaching activities. Taught Software Architecture for 5 years, coached 7 master theses.