Summer School
June 17–21, 2019

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

Hands-on Hardware Tutorial

Important information

Instructor: Nele Mentens
Number of participants: 50 (participants have to register for the Summer School prior to signing up)
Requirements: (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
Date and time: Thursday, 20 June between 14:00-17:30
Location: TBC

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.


In this tutorial, you will be introduced to hardware design, and in particular FPGA design. You will learn to work with FPGA tools for design and simulation, and get familiar with hardware architectures for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). The tutorial consists of a step-by-step guide and exercises to implement an ECC hardware architecture using VHDL.

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 and an academic staff member of the COSIC research group. Her research interests are in the domains of reconfigurable platforms for security applications, and embedded 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 serves as a program committee member of renowned international conferences on security and hardware design, such as CHES, SAC, DATE, FPL and ESWEEK. She was the general co-chair of FPL in 2017 and the program chair of EWME and PROOFS in 2018. Nele is (co-)author in approximately 100 publications in international journals, conferences and books.