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Jean-Jacques Quisquater
Director - UCL Crypto Group, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Jean-Jacques Quisquater is professor of cryptography and multimedia security at 
the Laboratory for Microelectronics (DICE), Department of Electrical Engineering,
Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve,  Belgium, where he is responsible of
many projects  related to smart cards, to secure protocols for communications,
digital signatures,  payTV, protection of copyrights and security tools for electronic
commerce, including the most theoretical and mathematical aspects to the applied ones. 
He is responsible for the well-known group "UCL Crypto Group" (14 PhD students, 5 postdocs).
From September 2001 till September 2004, he was the  head (director) of the Microelectronics Laboratory at UCL (department of electricity). See the web site of his group at He published about 170 scientific papers and 20 patents including the well-known GQ protocol used by millions of computers in the world (Netware). Since 1980 he is working in the field of the security for smart cards (first smart card with DES, first smart card including a coprocessor for RSA).  
1970-1991: scientist at the research laboratory of Philips (Brussels, next Louvain-la-Neuve). Head of the cryptologic research group (7 persons).

- "chaire Francqui au titre belge" for 2000-2001 (invited by FUNDP), - Montefiore prize 2000 (given only each 5 years to an international scientist),
- doctorate honoris causa (2003) at the University of Limoges, France by the department of mathematics,
- "chaire Pierre de Fermat" (Toulouse) for 2004-2006,
- research director of CNRS (France, 2004),
- IFIP TC-11 Kristian Beckman Award (2004) for important contributions to computer security..

Gildas Avoine
UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Gildas Avoine is professor of cryptography and information security at the UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), in the Department of Computing Science and Engineering. Hired in 2007, he launches a new group that addresses the security and privacy issues in RFID systems.

Before joining the UCL, he was researcher at the MIT (USA) hosted by Ron Rivest in the CSAIL, and at the EPFL (Switzerland) in the LASEC headed by Serge Vaudenay, where he obtained a PhD degree in cryptography. Previously, he studied at the University of Caen (France) where he received a Bachelor degree in mathematics and Bachelor and Master degrees in computer science.

Gildas Avoine is also an independent expert in cryptography and information security. He leads training and consulting for companies, especially in his favorite field that is radio-frequency identification (RFID). Gildas Avoine founded the RFID security and privacy lounge (, a scientific portal which 700 researchers are registered to.

François Koeune
UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
François Koeune holds a PhD in cryptography from the Université catholique de Louvain, and a degree in company management.
He has been involved in many cryptography-related projects, both for private companies (DeLaRue, Alcatel, Mitsubishi,Belgacom,Safenet...) and governmental organizations worldwide (European Commission, Belgium, Japan...). He is currently working as a senior researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain, where he is mainly in charge of applied research projects set up and management.

François Koeune is also founder and CEO of K2Crypt, a consulting company offering high-level expertise in cryptography and security.

François-Xavier Standaert
UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
François-Xavier Standaert was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1978. He received the Electrical Engineering degree and PhD degree from the Université Catholique de Louvain, respectively in June 2001 and June 2004. In 2004-2005, he was a Fulbright visiting researcher at Columbia University, Department of Computer Science, Network Security Lab (September 04 to February 05) and at the MIT Medialab, Center for Bits
and Atoms (February 05 to July 05). In March 2006, he was a founding member of IntoPIX s.a. He is now a post-doctoral researcher of the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNSR) at the UCL Crypto Group.
His research interest includes digital electronics and FPGAs, cryptographic hardware, design of symmetric cryptographic primitives, physical security issues and side-channel analysis.

Pim Tuyls
CTO, founder - Intrinsic ID, Netherlands
Dr. Tuyls initiated work on Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs) within Philips Research in 2002. PUFs are now at the heart of Intrinsic-ID's technology development. As a principal scientist, he managed the cryptography cluster in Philips Research in which the initial research work on PUFs was carried out. Later, he transferred this work to Intrinsic-ID and headed the technology development. Since 2004, Dr. Tuyls is a visiting professor at the COSIC institute of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His inventions have resulted in numerous patents. He is widely acclaimed for his work in the security field and PUFs in particular. Several of Dr. Tuyls' papers relating to PUF's have been published at leading security conferences. He co-authored the book "Security with Noisy Data", which was published by Springer in 2007.

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