COPERNICUS AWARD LAUREATES 2020
Sebastian Faust is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt and head of the applied cryptography group. After completing his doctorate at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Faust continued his research during a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and then at the Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship. He then returned to Germany to the Ruhr University of Bochum, where he was employed as an assistant professor under the Emmy Noether Research program funded by the DFG. He assumed current professorship in Darmstadt in 2017. In his research, Faust focuses on cryptography, blockchain technology, and IT security.
Stefan Dziembowski is an Associate Professor at the University of Warsaw, where he leads a research group on cryptography and blockchain. Dziembowski obtained his Ph.D. at Aarhus University in Denmark. Then, Dziembowski completed postdoctoral internships at the Federal Polytechnic University of Zurich (ETH) in Switzerland, the Institute of the Italian National Research Council in Pisa, and the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2010, Dziembowski has been employed at the University of Warsaw. Dziembowski received numerous grants and fellowships, such as the Starting and Advanced Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) or the WELCOME and TEAM grants of the FNP. Dziembowski?s main research interests concern cryptography, blockchain, and smart contracts.
Information on Joint Research
Dziembowski and Faust have been working together since they met at a scientific conference a decade ago. Their research often involves young researchers and focuses on the application of mathematical techniques to computer science. Their collaboration led to several important collaborative publications that received great interest from the academic community and had a significant impact on the systems used in practice. In particular, their work on the equivalence of the ?noise leakage model? and the ?random sampling model? won the Best Paper Award at the prestigious EUROCRYPT 2014 conference. The same paper significantly contributed to the general understanding of defense methods against ?side-channel attacks.? These attacks are considered to be one of the greatest threats to practical security systems.
Photographies: Prof. Sebastian Faust / Copyright TU Darmstadt / Katrin Binner, Prof. Stefan Dziembowski / private archive.