I am an Assistant Professor (lecturer in the UK system) at the University of Birmingham's Security and Privacy group. I am leading the Cryptographic Engineering subgroup. Together with my students, we aim to be a world leader in cryptographic engineering.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) jointly recognise the Security and Privacy group as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR).
PhD and Postdoc Position Openings
If you are interested in a PhD position, please contact me with a CV.
Why PhD with me?
+ PhD students receive close supervision. Students meet me whenever they want.
+ Funding is available for 3.5 years (which is generally the span of a PhD).
+ The university doesn't require a GRE score.
+ Bachelors degree (BS) students with excellent grades are eligible for direct PhD admission.
+ PhD curriculum does *not* involve any major coursework. It is research-focused and hence more fun!
+ Researchers collaborate. We have weekly group discussions and seminars.
+ We are social. Work is fun here!
TeamI work closely with my PhD and UG/MSc project students.
Andrea Basso (PhD, Lattice-based crypto)
Zhuang Xu (PhD, Side-channel analysis of post-quantum crypto)
Giacomo Fiorindo (UG Project Student). Project "Machine Learning on Encrypted Data." He has received the Best BSc Computer Science Student 2020 Award.
Kexin Sun (UG Project Student). Project "Batched implementation of Saber on Platforms with SIMD."
Master/Bachelor project topics:
1. Design and analysis of post-quantum public-key cryptographic schemes
2. their efficient implementations
3. their side-channel security
4. Privacy-preserving cloud computing
I am interested in developing efficient algorithms, design methodologies and hardware/software architectures for computation-intensive tasks targeting new-generation heterogeneous computing platforms. I have contributed to the progress of hardware security by designing and engineering cryptosystems, analyzing their physical security properties and implementing countermeasures against side-channel and fault attacks. I am one of the developers of SABER KEM which is a finalist in NIST's 3rd round Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization project.
My research experience spans two broad areas: Public-key Cryptography and Privacy-preserving Cloud Computing using Homomorphic Encryption, with focus on implementation aspects.
Implementation of post-Quantum Crypto in HW/SW.
Hardware Acceleration of Homomorphic Encryption.
- In the program committees of SAC 2018, SPACE 2018, VLSID 2018, CHES 2019, Indocrypt 2019, SPACE 2019, VLSID 2019.
- Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on VLSI, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Journal of Cryptographic Engineering.
I received the PhD degree with `Summa cum laude with congratulations from the examination committee' (~top 5%) from the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) group, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven, Belgium. My doctoral thesis received the 'IBM Innovation Award 2018' which recognizes of an outstanding doctoral thesis in informatics. I joined the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham in September 2018.