Daemen, Joan

Daemen, Joan

Professor
Symmetric Cryptography in the Digital Security Group
Radboud University Nijmegen (Belgium)

After graduating in electromechanical engineering Joan Daemen was awarded his PhD in 1995 from KU Leuven. After his contract ended at COSIC, he privately continued his crypto research and contacted Vincent Rijmen to continue their collaboration that would lead to the Rijndael block cipher, and this was selected by NIST as the new Advanced Encryption Standard in 2000. After over 20 years of security industry experience, including work as a security architect and cryptographer for STMicroelectronics, he is now full professor in the Digital Security Group at Radboud University Nijmegen. He co-designed the Keccak cryptographic hash function that was selected as the SHA-3 hash standard by NIST in 2012 and is one of the founders of the permutation-based cryptography movement and co-inventor of the sponge, duplex and farfalle constructions. In 2017 he won the Levchin Prize for Real World Cryptography 'for the development of AES and SHA3'. In 2018 he was awarded an ERC advanced grant for research on the foundations of security in symmetric cryptography called ESCADA and an NWO TOP grant for the design of symmetric crypto in the presence of efficient multipliers called SCALAR.

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