Portrait of Istvan Haller

Istvan Haller

Senior Research Software Development Engineer


Istvan Haller is a Senior Research Software Development Engineer (RSDE) in the Systems group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. He obtained his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2010, and went on to complete his Ph.D. at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2017.

He is working on optical network research, specifically the interaction of electrically switched networks and the optical transport medium.

Recently, Istvan worked on Azure Confidential Computing, a project to give customers more control over the security of their data, even while using a public cloud.

While a Ph.D. student, Istvan worked on compiler instrumentation and program analysis to enchance security. He worked on the ShrinkWrap project, which showed that it is possible to enforce an idealistic control-flow policy for virtual method calls without breaking C++ semantics. Istvan spent 6 months working for the Microsoft Windows and Devices group in this period, working on novel techniques for large scale static analysis.

While a B.Sc. student, Istvan worked on stereo-vision algorithms for autonomous vechicles. He worked on the PERSENS project, designing and developing a GPU optimized variant of the Semi-Global Matching algorithms as well as working towards improving the sub-pixel interpolation precision for all stereo-vision algorithms.