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Bart Preneel

Bart Preneel

Professor, University of Leuven

Bart Preneel Full Professor, COSIC and imec lab at KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven. He heads the COSIC research group, which has 90 members. He has been a visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is the inventor of five patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has participated in more than 40 EU projects. He has served as president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and is co-founder and chairman of the Board of the information security cluster LSEC. He is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of ENISA and of the Academia Europaea. From 2012-2019 he was a member of the Belgian Privacy Commission (national register subcommittee) and in 2019 he became a member of the Knowledge Center of the new Belgian Data Protection Authority. He has been Invited Speaker at more than 120 conferences in 50 countries. He received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics (2014), the IFIP TC11 Kristian Beckman Award (2015) and the ESORICS Outstanding Research Award (2017). In 2015, he was elected as a fellow of the IACR. He frequently consults for industry and government about security and privacy technologies. He is co-founder and Board Member of the start-up nextAuth and member of the Advisory Board of Tioga Capital Partners.