Çetin Kaya Koç, a head of cryptographic labaratory “KOC Lab”. Professor of Department of Computer Science, University of California Santa Barbara. (48th worldwide for 2016-17 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptographic Engineering. Associate Editor of the International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science. The founder of the Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems. Co-founder of International Workshop on the Arithmetic of Finite Fields (WAIFI). Co-founder of Security Proofs for Embedded Systems (PROOFS). Co-author of the three books: “Cryptographic Algorithms on Reconfigurable Hardware”, “Cryptographic Engineering”, and “Open Problems in Mathematics and Computational Science”
Lilya Budaghyan, a researcher from the University of Bergen (Norway), is a leading specialist in the field of Boolean functions and their applications. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Magdeburg (Germany, 2005) and habilitation degree from the University of Paris VIII (France, 2013). An author of the book "Construction and Analysis of Cryptographic Functions", she has been awarded a few prestigious fellowships and awards among which are Bergen Research Foundation award (2016), "Young Research Talent Grant" from Norwegian Research Council (2014), postdoctoral fellowship award from Foundation of Mathematical Sciences of Paris (2012) and Emil Artin Junior Prize in Mathematics (2011).
Peter Boyvalenkov, a researcher from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), is a specialist in the field of Coding theory (codes and designs in polynomial metric spaces). He obtained PhD Degree from BAS in 1993, Dr of Math Sciences degree in 2004, habilitation degree in 1997 and Professor in 2010. He has more than 60 papers in prestigious journals and proceedings of conferences.