Fernando Virdia

Argentina   EU

About me

I am a Research Scientist working at Intel Labs, working on post-quantum cryptography.

Research interests

I am interested in investigating and developing secure and practical cryptographic primitives.

My main research topic is analysing the concrete security of cryptographic primitives and protocols. This includes estimating and experimentally verifying the cost of classical and quantum cryptanalytic attacks and constructing security proofs. Most of my work in this direction has focused on constructions claiming post-quantum security.

I also research some aspects of cryptographic implementations, including the development of techniques to investigate their correctness, and the extension of the use of cryptographic co-processors beyond their original scope.

Previous positions

Prior to joining Intel, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Applied Cryptography Group at ETH Zürich, working with Kenny Paterson, and a fellow of the Zürich Information Security & Privacy Center, ZISC.

In 2021, I graduated with a PhD from the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Martin R. Albrecht. My doctoral research focused on theoretical and practical aspects of post-quantum cryptography and cryptanalysis.

During the summer of 2019, I interned at Microsoft Research in the Security and Cryptography group under the joint supervision of Michael Naehrig and Martin Roetteler. During the summer of 2018, I interned in the same group under the supervision of Craig Costello.

Before joining Royal Holloway, I obtained a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Applied Mathematics, both from Imperial College London. For a while, I also worked as a NodeJS developer.

My academic CV can be downloaded here, my professional one can be downloaded here.

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