Rainer Steinwandt, Ph.D.

Dean Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Contact

301 Sparkman Drive
Materials Science Building
Room C 207
Huntsville, AL 35899
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256.824.6046
science.dean@uah.edu

Biography

Before joining The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dr. Rainer Steinwandt served as Department Chair of Florida Atlantic University's Department of Mathematical Sciences. During his time at FAU, he also served as Director of the university's Center for Cryptology and Information Security. Earlier, he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, exploring computer algebra topics.

Today, Dr. Steinwandt's primary research interest is cryptology and its interplay with quantum computing. For a multi-year project on the secure implementation of post-quantum cryptography involving partners from France, Israel, and Slovakia, he was awarded the 2018 NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Partnership Prize. Dr. Steinwandt is a co-founder of an interdisciplinary Dagstuhl Seminar series on quantum cryptanalysis and received funding through the Air Force Research Laboratory, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Security Agency, and the NATO SPS program.

Rainer Steinwandt's Curriculum Vitae


Education

  • Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2000
  • M.S. (Dipl.-Inform.), Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 NATO Science for Peace and Security Partnership Prize
  • Research Mentoring Award as mentor, Florida Atlantic University (twice)
  • Excellence in Teaching, Public Key Kryptographie, University of Karlsruhe
  • Excellence in Teaching, Kryptographie und Datensicherheit, University of Karlsruhe
  • German Research Foundation excellence program: Ph.D. stipend, renewable for three years

Affiliations

  • Steering Committee member of the International Conference on Post-Quantum Cryptography
  • General Chair 9th International Conference on Post-Quantum Cryptography PQCrypto 2018
  • Co-chair 2015 Korea-US Joint Workshop on Quantum Information

Recent Publications

  • Password-Authenticated Key Establishment in the Advent of Scalable Quantum Computing, AMS Special Session on Mathematics in Security & Defense, Joint Mathematics Meeting, January 7, 2021

  • J.-M. Bohli, M.I. Gonza lez Vasco, and R. Steinwandt: Building Group Key Establishment on Group Theory: A Modular Approach, Symmetry –Special Issue on Interactions between Group Theory, Symmetry and Cryptology, vol. 12, no. 2, 197, 2020.

  • C. Colombo, M. I. Gonza lez Vasco, R. Steinwandt, and P. Zajac: Secure Communication in the Quantum Era: (Group) Key Establishment, Advanced Technologies for Security Applications, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics, pp. 65-74, Springer, 2020

  • Secure communication in the quantum era: (group) key establishment, NATO SPS Cluster Workshop on Key Priority Area Advanced Technologies, Leuven, Belgium, September 17, 2019.

  • E. Persichetti, R. Steinwandt, and A. Sua rez Corona: From Key Encapsulation to Authenticated Group Key Establishment –a Compiler for Post-Quantum Primitives, Entropy–Special Issue Blockchain: Security, Challenges, and Opportunities, vol. 21, no. 12, 1183, 2019.

  • K. Matheis, R. Steinwandt, and A. Sua rez Corona: Algebraic Properties of the Block Cipher DESL, Symmetry–Special Issue Interactions between Group Theory, Symmetry and Cryptology, vol. 11, no. 11, 1411, 2019.

  • H. Pham, R. Steinwandt, and A. Sua rez Corona: Integrating Classical Preprocessing into an Optical Encryption Scheme, Entropy, vol. 21, no. 9, 872, 2019.

  • J.-M. Bohli, M.I. Gonza lez Vasco, and R. Steinwandt: Password-authenticated group key establishment from projective hash functions, International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, vol. 29, no. 4, 2019

  • A. Robinson and R. Steinwandt: Group key establishment with physical unclonable functions, Journal of Information and Optimization Sciences, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 69–80, 2019.

  • O. Seker, A. Fernandez-Rubio, T. Eisenbarth, and R. Steinwandt: Extending Glitch-Free Multiparty Protocols to Resist Fault Injection Attacks, IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, vol. 3, pp. 394–430, 2018.