Maria Eichlseder

Maria Eichlseder is assistant professor of cryptography at Graz University of Technology. Her research interests include the design and cryptanalysis of symmetric cryptographic algorithms, such as hash functions and authenticated encryption algorithms and their underlying primitives. She co-designed Ascon, a lightweight authenticated cipher that was selected by NIST as the new standard for lightweight cryptography in 2023. She defended her Ph.D. sub auspiciis praesidentis in 2018 and visited Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Radboud University Nijmegen as a guest researcher.

Daniel Gruss

Daniel Gruss (@lavados) is an Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology. He has been teaching undergraduate courses since 2010. Daniel's research focuses on side channels and transient execution attacks. He implemented the first remote fault attack running in a website, known as Rowhammer.js. His research team was one of the teams that found the Meltdown and Spectre bugs published in early 2018. In 2023, he received an ERC Starting Grant to research the sustainability of security. He frequently speaks at top international venues.

Nils Jansen

Nils Jansen is a Full Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He leads the Chair of Artificial Intelligence and Formal Methods. Additionally, he’s an Associate Professor with the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Wouter Lueks

Wouter Lueks is a tenure-track faculty member at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security in Saarbrücken, Germany. Before that he was a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland where he worked with Prof. Carmela Troncoso. He is interested in solving real-world problems by designing end-to-end privacy-friendly systems. To do so he combines privacy, applied cryptography, and systems research. His work has real-world impact. For instance, his designs for privacy-friendly contact tracing have been deployed in millions of phones around the world, and his secure document search system is being deployed by a large organization for investigative journalists.

Amir Moradi


Thomas Prest

Thomas Prest is Lead Cryptography Researcher at PQShield, a start-up specialized in post-quantum cryptography. His main research topics are lattice-based cryptography and threshold cryptography. Thomas is part of the submission teams for the Falcon, Hawk and Raccoon signature schemes.

Chelsea Rose Sidrane


Eduardo Vela


Yuval Yarom

Yuval Yarom is a professor at Ruhr University Bochum, where he leads the Chair for Computer Security. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Adelaide in 2014, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1993 and 1990, respectively. In between he has been the Vice President of Research in Memco Software and a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Girafa.com. Yuval's research explores the security of the interface between the software and the hardware. In particular, he is interested in the discrepancy between the way that programmers think about software execution and the concrete execution in modern processors. He works on identifying micro-architectural vulnerabilities, and on exploitation and mitigation techniques.