Christof Paar

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Christof Paar

Christof Paar co-founded CHES (Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems), an international conference on applied cryptography. Christof’s research interests include efficient crypto implementations, hardware security, and security analysis of real-world systems. He also works on applications of embedded security, e.g., in cars or consumer devices. He holds an ERC Advanced Grant in hardware security and is spokesperson for two doctoral research schools. Christof has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and is co-author of the textbook Understanding Cryptography (Springer, 2009).


In 2003, he founded escar – Embedded Security in Cars, which has become the premier conference in the automotive security domain.

Dr. Paar has lectured intensively in academia and industry, including courses at NASA, Motorola Research and Philips Research.