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Onsite Talk-
Hardware: an essential partner to cryptography

Onsite Talk- 
Hardware: an essential partner to cryptography


Dr. Ir. Ingrid Verbauwhede is a Professor in the research group COSIC at KU Leuven. With extensive experience and academic accomplishments, she specializes in the efficient and secure implementation of cryptographic algorithms on many different platforms: ASIC, FPGA, embedded, and cloud.

In this talk, she will discuss the challenges and opportunities of hardware acceleration for cryptography.

[Date & Time]


  • 14:00~14:05 Quantum Safe Migration Center Introduction

  • 14:05~15:05 Hardware: an essential partner to cryptography/ Dr. Ir. Ingrid Verbauwhede

  • 15:05~15:30 Networking


Cryptography is a beautiful branch of mathematics. Its goal is to provide information security. To be useful in practical applications, the algorithms run on hardware or software, with software ultimately running also on hardware processors. This presentation covers multiple topics that link hardware design and cryptography. When we implement novel cryptographic algorithms, such as currently post-quantum algorithms or fully homomorphic encryption, our first goal is feasibility. It means that we aim to design suitable hardware architectures and estimate the power, time, and area budget.

A very nice aspect of cryptography is that it reduces what must be secret to the keys, while the algorithm itself is publicly known. The hardware is responsible for keeping the key(s) secret. Circuit designers learn how to optimize for area, throughput, latency, power, and energy. These are the classical optimization goals. The elephant in the room is that the implementations also need to resist physical attacks. Countermeasures to resist timing, side-channel, fault, micro-architectural, and other attacks can have a huge implementation cost which adds an extra design dimension.

Provable secure mathematical countermeasures against physical attacks rely on models to abstract how the hardware behaves. Unfortunately, the models are often the weak link between theory and practice. As a result, many ‘provable-secure’ implementations are still broken in practice, as we will illustrate.

As a last topic, hardware provides the means to accelerate the computationally demanding operations of processing encrypted data. We will illustrate this with the realizations of different homomorphic encryption schemes.


Dr. Ir. Ingrid Verbauwhede is a Professor in the research group COSIC at KU Leuven. She is a fellow of IEEE and IACR. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium since 2011. She received two ERC Advanced Grants: one in 2016 and a second one in 2021. She received the IEEE 2017 Computer Society Technical Achievement Award. She delivered the 2022 IACR distinguished lecture. She received the 2023 IEEE D. Pederson award from the IEEE SSCS Society.

She is a pioneer in the field of efficient and secure implementations of cryptographic algorithms on many different platforms: ASIC, FPGA, embedded, and cloud. With her research, she bridges the gaps between electronics, the mathematics of cryptography, and the security of trusted computing. Her group owns and operates an advanced electronic security evaluation lab. Her list of publications is available from or


  • This event is conducted in English.

  • The organizer will send you an "Event Notification Letter" two days before the event.

  • Contact person: Judy / / +886-2-7750-7057.

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