About Me

Stjepan Picek
Date of Birth: March 14, 1984

E-mail address: stjepan@computer.org

I am a postdoc researcher in the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) group at KU Leuven, Belgium.
In July 2015, I completed my PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia (double doctorate) under the supervision of Lejla Batina, Domagoj Jakobovic, and Elena Marchiori.
In 2007, I finished my MSc in electrical engineering at Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka, Croatia.
I also worked for a number of years in industry. My primary research interests are cryptography, evolutionary computation, and machine learning.

• November 2015: started PhD study in the field of mathematics, University of Paris 8, under the supervision of Claude Carlet.
• Finished PhD: 06.07.2015. Title of the thesis: “Applications of Evolutionary Computation to Cryptology”.
• September 2013: started as PhD student in the field of computer science, area of cryptography, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (double doctorate with the University of Zagreb), under the supervision of Lejla Batina.
• March 2008: started part-time PhD study in the field of computer science, area of evolutionary optimization methods, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia, under the supervision of Domagoj Jakobovic.
• December 2007: Master’s degree with major in Automation and Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka, Croatia.

• Evolutionary computation.
• Cryptography.
• Machine learning.
• Hardware/software codesign.

Technical Skills:
• Experience in database development and maintenance.
• Programming experience in C, C++, Java, Assembly, PL/SQL, Haskell, Python, Tcl, R, Scala, VHDL.
• Experience with Matlab, Mathematica, R, Sage.
• Experience with GPU programming (CUDA).
Language Knowledge:
• Native language Croatian.
• Excellent knowledge of English.
• Good knowledge of German.
• Basic knowledge of Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Dutch.

• Organizational committee for Summer school on real-world crypto and privacy, Šibenik, Croatia (June 2016).
• Organizational committee for Summer school on real-world crypto and privacy, Šibenik, Croatia (June 2015).
• Organizational committee for Summer school on Design and security of cryptographic algorithms and devices for real-world applications, Šibenik, Croatia (June 2014).
• Vice President IEEE CIS Croatia.
• Management Committee COST Action IC1204 – Trustworthy Manufacturing and Utilization of Secure Devices (TRUDEVICE).
• Management Committee COST Action IC1403 – Cryptanalysis of ubiquitous computing systems (CRYPTACUS).

• GECCO 2016 tutorial “Evolutionary Computation in Cryptology”.
• PPSN 2016 tutorial “Evolutionary Computation in Cryptology”.
• Invited speaker for Trudevice Training School on Trustworthy Manufacturing and Utilization of Secure Devices. Leukerbad, Switzerland, 2016.