Contact information

UCL Crypto Group,
Place du Levant, 3,
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve,
Tel: +32 10 47 25 65
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Brief bio & research interests

Francois-Xavier Standaert was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1978. He received the Electrical Engineering degree and PhD degree from the Universite catholique de Louvain, respectively in 2001 and 2004. In 2004-2005, he was a Fulbright visiting researcher at Columbia University, Department of Computer Science, Crypto Lab (hosted by Tal G. Malkin and Moti Yung) and at the MIT Medialab, Center for Bits and Atoms (hosted by Neil Gershenfeld). In 2006, he was a founding member of IntoPix s.a. From 2005 to 2008, he was a post-doctoral researcher of the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS-F.R.S.) at the UCL Crypto Group and a regular visitor of the two aforementioned laboratories. Since 2008 (resp. 2017), he is associate researcher (resp. senior associate researcher) of the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS-F.R.S). Since 2013 (resp. 2018), he is associate professor (resp. professor) at the UCL Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM). In 2010, he was program co-chair of CHES (which is the flagship workshop on cryptographic hardware). In 2011, he was awarded a Starting Independent Research Grant by the European Research Council. In 2016, he was awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. From 2017 to 2022, he was elected board member (director) of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). He gave an invited talk at Eurocrypt 2019 (one of the flagship IACR conferences). In 2021, he was program co-chair of EUROCRYPT. In 2022 he was a founding member of the SIMPLE-Crypto (non-profit) association. His research interests include cryptographic hardware and embedded systems, physical security issues including side-channel & fault attacks, and the design & analysis of cryptographic primitives that can cope with physical attack vectors.