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. At George Mason University, he does research and teaches courses in the area of cryptographic engineering and reconfigurable computing. His research projects center on new hardware architectures for secret key ciphers (including authenticated ciphers), hash functions, public key cryptosystems (including elliptic curve, pairing, and post-quantum cryptosystems), and codebreaking; as well as benchmarking of cryptographic hardware, computer arithmetic, high-level synthesis, and software/hardware codesign. He is the co-director of the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group - CERG. He has been a PI for multiple sponsored projects funded by NSF, NIST, DoD, and industry.
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).
Houman Homayoun is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science.
Prior to joining George Mason University, he spent two years at the University of California, San Diego, as National Science Foundation Computing Innovation (CI) Fellow awarded by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC). Houman's research is on power-temperature and reliability-aware memory and processor design optimizations and spans the areas of computer architecture, embedded systems, circuit design, and VLSI-CAD, where he has published more than 30 technical papers on the subject, including some of the earliest work in the field to address the importance of cross-layer power and temperature optimization in memory peripheral circuits.