Kris Gaj received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland. He was a founder of Enigma, a Polish company that generates practical software and hardware cryptographic applications used by major Polish banks. In 1998, he joined George Mason University, where he currently works as an Associate Professor, doing research and teaching courses in the area of cryptographic engineering and reconfigurable computing. His research projects center on new hardware architectures for secret key ciphers, hash functions, public key cryptosystems, and factoring; benchmarking of cryptographic hardware, as well as development of specialized libraries and application kernels for high-performance reconfigurable computers.
Jens-Peter Kaps is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University (GMU). He joined GMU after he received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2006. He is a co-director of the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group (CERG) at GMU. His research interests include ultra-low power cryptographic hardware design, side-channel analysis, computer arithmetic, efficient cryptographic algorithms, and ubiquitous computing. He was general co-chair for the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems conference (CHES) in 2008 and general chair for the Special-purpose Hardware for Attacking Cryptographic Systems (SHARCS) workshop in 2012. Dr. Kaps is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).