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KULeuven COSIC (COSIC)

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Kasteelpark Arenberg 10
3001
Leuven
Belgium
0032 (0)16 321050
bart.preneel@esat.kuleuven.be
http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/scd/index.php?view=COSIC
University
51-250

 

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Prof. Bart Preneel

Field of Activity


6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» ICT applications
» Electronic authentication
» Intelligence systems
» Cyber security
» Software, Data Processing
» Network technologies
» Smart Systems
» Radio Frequency (RFID)

Core competencies

The goal of COSICs research activities is to create a secure electronic equivalent for interactions in the physical world such as confidentiality, signatures, identification, anonymity, payment and elections. The research concentrates on the design, evaluation, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols, on the development of security architectures for information and communication systems and on the development of security mechanisms for embedded systems.
COSICs theoretical work is mainly based on discrete mathematics such as number theory, finite fields, Boolean algebra, but also includes statistics and optimization. The aim is to achieve efficient and secure solutions. The broader goal is to achieve efficient and secure multi-party computation. These mathematical tools are applied to increase our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic algorithms and to develop new and better algorithms such as block ciphers, stream ciphers, public-key encryption algorithms and zero-knowledge identification protocols.
One of the well-known successes is the selection of Rijndael as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Currently AES is used by millions of users in more than thousand products, such as the protection of US government information. COSIC is also coordinating ECRYPT II, a European-wide Network of Excellence in the area of cryptology and watermarking.

H2020 Research Focus


RTD Experience

 Project CoordinatorProject PartnerProject Acronyms
FP7/H2020-SecurityFidelity
Unique
HINT
PUFFIN
FP7/H2020-ICTECRYPT II European Network of Excellence in Cryptography
GINI


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2012-08-21 / 2012-08-21