Summer School
June 11–15, 2018

Šibenik, Croatia
   Summer School
   on real-world crypto and privacy
Hardware Tutorial

Hands-on Hardware Tutorial

Important information

Instructor: Nele Mentens
Number of participants: 25 (participants have to register for the Summer School prior to signing up)
Workshop prerequisites: (i) bring your laptop with the necessary software installed (follow the pre-tutorial instructions which will be sent out the week before the summer school) and (ii) attend the ECC session on Monday
Type of workshop: interactive, hands-on exercises
Duration: 3.5hrs
Location: TBC

In parallel to the regular sessions on Thursday, there will be a 3-hour hands-on hardware tutorial. The number of seats is limited, so participants should register in advance by sending an email to (subject: Hardware tutorial registration).
Admission is on first-come first-serve basis. We will also maintain a waiting list.


  • To get familiar with hardware architectures for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)
  • To learn to work with FPGA tools for design and simulation
  • To implement an ECC hardware architecture using VHDL

  • You can download the hands-on instructions for the hardware tutorial here.

    Instructor Bio

    Nele Mentens received her master and Ph.D. degree from KU Leuven in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Her Ph.D. focused on secure and efficient coprocessor design for cryptographic applications on FPGAs. Currently, Nele is an associate professor at KU Leuven in the COSIC group at the Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT). Her research interests are in the domains of reconfigurable platforms for security purposes, design automation for cryptographic hardware and security in constrained environments. Nele was a visiting researcher for 3 months at the Ruhr University Bochum in 2013 and at EPFL in 2017. She was/is the PI in around 15 finished and ongoing research projects with national and international funding. She served as a reviewer for many international conferences and journals and was/is part of the program committee of around 50 international conferences. Nele is (co-)author in approximately 100 publications in international journals, conferences and books.