Welcome to the CryptoLUX Wiki!
CryptoLUX is a cryptology research group within Security and Trust interdisciplinary center ([wwwen.uni.lu/snt SnT]) and the Computer Science and Communications (CSC) research unit of the University of Luxembourg. Professor Alex Biryukov is head of CryptoLUX and leads a team consisting of two permanent staff members (Johann Großschädl, Yann Le Corre), several postdoctoral researchers, and about half a dozen Ph.D. students. The CryptoLUX group also forms part of the Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security (LACS), whose official Internet presence can be found at http://lacs.uni.lu. This wiki serves as an informal platform for the presentation of ongoing research projects and the dissemination of research outcome, ex. peer-reviewed publications, tools for cryptanalysis, source code of cryptographic software. We do our best to ensure the correctness of the information provided by this wiki, but, of course, we can not guarantee that the content is suitable for any particular purpose, especially if it covers work in progress.
Mission and Vision
The mission of the CryptoLUX group is to define, conduct, and disseminate leading-edge research in cryptology (and closely related fields), and to pass the knowledge gained from research on to students and industry partners. CryptoLUX is one of the few academic research teams worldwide that possesses expertise across the full spectrum of cryptology, ranging from theoretical foundations to implementation aspects and applications. Our mission and objectives are devised in accordance with the three main goals of the University of Luxembourg, which are teaching, research and knowledge transfer at the highest international level. Members of CryptoLUX collaborate with top research groups around the world. Our current research projects cover a wide variety of topics including algorithm design (block ciphers, hash functions, proofs of work), cryptanalysis, communication security and privacy enchancing technologies, financial technologies/blockchain, efficient implementations, side-channel attacks, and reverse engineering.
Emerging information and communication technologies, such as cloud computing or the Internet of things, pose a number of unique challenges related to the design and implementation of cryptographic primitives, which has initiated a large of body of research in these areas. Nonetheless, the number of cryptanalytic attacks (both traditional ones as well as side-channel attacks) is steadily increasing, and many of these attacks have led to devastating security breaches with fatal consequences. We envision CryptoLUX to be in the forefront of an international research community that tackles these challenges and develops innovative solutions for complex security problems based on a solid cryptographic foundation. To achieve this, we strive for a greater understanding of how cryptosystems get broken (or otherwise fail) in the real world, how they can be designed and implemented to better resist attacks, and how they should be used to build secure systems and networks.
We organized ESC 2017
ESC (Early Symmetric Crypto) is a Dagstuhl-like seminar series on symmetric cryptography that fosters collaboration instead of competition. ESC 2017 took place January 16–20, 2017 in Canach, Luxembourg. The program chairs of ESC 2017 were Alex Biryukov, Joan Daemen, Stefan Lucks, and Serge Vaudenay. More information can be found here.
Open Positions, Jobs
Open Post-Doc Position in Real World Crypto
Post-Doc in Real World Cryptography (University of Luxembourg)
The Cryptolux team of the University of Luxembourg is offering a 30 months Post-doc position in Applied aka Real World Cryptography. The candidate should have expertise and a strong publication record (at least one paper at top security conferences: USENIX, ACM CCS, IEEE S&P, NDSS, EUROCRYPT, ASIACRYPT, CRYPTO) in one (or several) of the following areas:
- Applied symmetric cryptography
- Crypto-currencies, blockchains, financial cryptography
- Privacy enhancing technologies
The position is available from the 1-February 2017. Applications (CV+motivation)will be considered upon receipt, therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged. We offer exciting international research environment and salary of around 68Keur/year before taxes.
Applications (in English) should contain the following documents:
- a brief cover letter explaining the candidate's motivation and research interests
- a detailed CV (including photo)
- publication list with publications where you were the main contributor clearly marked
- 2-3 references
Contact: Prof. Alex Biryukov (e-mail: name dot family name (at) uni.lu)
Post-Doc Position in blockchain/FinTech/Financial Cryptography
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and Deloitte, Luxembourg invite applications from PhD holders in the area of blockchain and FinTech. This position will be held jointly at SnT in cooperation with Deloitte.
For more information please see here, deadline 6-March 2017
Post-Doc in a project with Cryptolux/SnT and ICTK company
The Cryptolux team of the University of Luxembourg and ICTK, South Korea are looking for a postdoctoral candidate to perform research in the areas of:
- physicial unclonable functions (PUFs)
- Side-channel analysis and countermeasures
- Implementation of low-power consumption lightweight crypto
Contact: Alex Biryukov (e-mail: name dot family name (at) uni.lu)
Closing Date for Applications: 2017-03-06 Selected candidate will apply with us for the AFR PPP grant. Applications (CV+motivation)will be considered upon receipt, therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.
PhD in Applied Cryptography ==
Exceptionally good Ph.D. candidates (GPA >80%) with interest in applied and real world cryptography are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date for Applications: 2017-03-06 Selected candidate will apply with us for the AFR grant. See here. Applications (CV+motivation)will be considered upon receipt, therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.
News and Announcements
See here history of past events.
February 2016 Alex gave Nikita's talk, Nikita gave Alex's talk at Dagstuhl, Modern Cryptography and Security: An Inter-Community Dialogue seminar.
July 2016 Dmitry will present Argon2 and Equihash at IETF meeting in Berlin.
How to reach us
We just moved to Belval Campus, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg. About 25 mins from Luxembourg city.