Prof. Dr. Bart Preneel
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Preneel received a Doctorate in Applied Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) where he is currently a full professor. He was a visiting professor at several universities in Europe and a research fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. His main research interests are cryptography and information security. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 scientific publications. He is president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cryptology and of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. He has participated in 25 research projects sponsored by the European Commission, five of these as project manager. He has been program chair of ten international conferences and he has been an invited speaker at more than 30 conferences. In 2003, he has received the European Information Security Award in the area of academic research. He is president of L-SEC (Leuven Security Excellence Consortium), an association of 70 companies and research institutions in the area of e-security.