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CERG Announces the Release of ATHENa Version 0.3

CERG released version 0.3 of the Automated Tool for Hardware EvaluatioN (ATHENa) on 11/17/09. The main new features are the support for Altera FPGAs in addition to Xilinx FPGAs, exhaustive search for optimum options of synthesis and implementation tools and an enhanced error handling capability. In addition to the multiplier example, this release contains a VHDL implementation of SHA 256. The latest release can be donwloaded from the download section of the ATHENa webpage. (11/17/09)

Dr. Gaj and Dr. Kaps attend CHES 2009

Dr. Gaj and Dr. Kaps attended CHES 2009, held in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 6-9, 2009. Dr. Gaj has served as a Program Co-chair of this workshop, and he gave a part of the Welcome Talk summarizing interesting statistics about the workshop. He also presided together with Dr. Clavier and Dr. Kaihara over the Best Paper Award Ceremony, and the presentation of the Program Committee. Additionally, Dr. Gaj was an Invited Speaker at a special session devoted to Benchmarking of Cryptographic Hardware, chaired by Dr. Schaumont. Finally, the CERG poster entitled "ATHENa � Automated Tool for Hardware EvaluatioN" was presented by Dr. Gaj and Dr. Kaps during the workshop poster session. (9/25/09)

CERG welcomes new MS Student

Abirami Prabhakaran joined CERG in September 2009. She will be doing her MS Theses on Differential Power Analysis under the supervision of Dr. Kaps, with Dr. Gaj as member of her thesis committee. (9/25/09)

CERG welcomes Prof. Kwon

Prof. Soonhak Kwon is a visiting professor from Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, Korea. He is a well-known expert in the area of algebra, number theory and hardware architectures for elliptic curve and pairing-based cryptosystems. He is joining CERG for the period from July 2009 to August 2010. This is his second stay at GMU, after his first sabbatical visit from July 2005 to August 2006. (9/12/09)

CERG welcomes Dr. Fernandez

Dr. Daniel Piso Fernandez is a post-doctoral research fellow, who completed his Ph.D. at in the Department of at Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. His main research interests include computer arithmetic, computer architecture, parallel programming, and operating systems. He is joining CERG for the period from July 2009 to August 2010. This is his first visit at GMU. (9/12/09)

Dr. Gaj and Marcin Rogawski give talks at CryptArchi 2009

Dr. Gaj and Marcin Rogawski attended CryptArchi workshop held in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 24-27, 2009. Dr. Gaj gave a talk entitled "Fair Comparison of Hardware Implementations of Cryptography without Revealing the Source Codes" (Abstract) and Marcin Rogawski gave a talk on "Implementing SHA1 and SHA2 Standards on the Eve of SHA3 Competition" (Abstract). (9/12/09)

CERG Moved

CERG moved on April 23rd from Science and Technology II to the new Engineering Building.

Dr. Gaj is a guest editor for Integration, the VLSI Journal

Dr Gaj. is a guest editor for Integration, the VLSI Journal - Special Issue "Hardware Architectures for Algebra, Cryptology and Number Theory". Please follow the link for the Call for Papers in HTML or the Call for Papers in PDF for more information on this upcoming special issue. The submission deadline for articles is July, 25th 2009. (3/07/09)

CERG welcomes Michal Varchola

Michal Varchola is a visiting Ph.D. student from Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia. His main research interests are FPGA based True Random Number Generators (TRNGs) for Embedded Cryptographic Applications. (2/15/09)

CERG welcomes two new MS Students

Two new MS-level students Ekawat Homsirikamol (nickname "Ice") and Venkata Amirineni (nickname "Vinny") joined CERG in January 2009. They will be doing their MS Theses under the supervision of Dr. Gaj, with Dr. Hwang and Dr. Kaps as members of their thesis committee. (1/21/09)

Dr. Kaps is a member of the Program Committee of Indocrypt 2009

Indocrypt 2009 is the 10th International Conference on Cryptology in India to be held in New Delhi, India, on December 13-16, 2009. (1/19/09)

Document Database Version 1.4 Released

Dr. Kaps of the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group (CERG) released version 1.4 of the Document Database software. It is used by our research lab (CERG) as well as other research groups world wide. The Document Database is a management system for published documents which enables groups of people, e.g. members of a research lab, to maintain an up-to-date repository of relevant documents and retrieve their BibTeX data. The main new feature of the new version 1.4 are user definable data fields, publicly accessible documents, improved foreign character support and a statistics page. The latest version can be downloaded from Sourceforge. (1/11/2009)

Dr. Gaj is currently serving as a Program Co-Chair of CHES 2009

CHES 2009 Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems is to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 6-9, 2009. Dr. Kaps is a member of the Program Committee and the Web Master for the same workshop. CHES is sponsored by the IACR, the International Association for Cryptologic Research. (1/06/09)

Dr. Hwang is a member of the Program Committee of HOST 2009

HOST 2009 is the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust to be held in conjunction with DAC-2009 in San Francisco, USA, on July 27, 2009. (1/1/09)