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European Network of Excellence in Cryptology

European Network of Excellence in Cryptology

Objective

ECRYPT is a NoE in the area of cryptology and watermarking. Cryptology is the science that studies mathematical techniques in order to provide secrecy, authenticity and related properties for digital information. Watermarking allows embedding hidden information into the digital media, such that the watermark is imperceptible and difficult to remove. Cryptology and watermarking are interdisciplinary research areas with a high strategic impact for European industry and for the society as a whole. They are a fundamental enabler for security, privacy and dependability in the Information Society for digital asset management.

The ECRYPT research roadmap is motivated by the changing environment (evolving towards ambient intelligence) and threat models in which cryptology is deployed, by the gradual erosion of the computational difficulty of the mathematical problems on which cryptology is based, by the need of strong foundations in the watermarking area and by the requirements of new applications and cryptographic implementations. The main objective of ECRYPT is to ensure a durable integration of European research in both academia and industry and to maintain and strengthen the European excellence in these areas. In order to reach this goal, 32 leading players propose to integrate their research capabilities within five virtual labs focused on the following core research areas: symmetric key algorithms, public key algorithms, protocols, implementation, watermarking.

Essential integration activities will include joint workshops, exchange of researchers and students, development of common tools and benchmarks and a website and forum which will be a focal point for the network and the wider cryptographic community. Spreading activities will include a training program, a substantial contribution towards standardization bodies and an active publication policy. The project team has the critical mass and breadth to address the key questions in these areas.

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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Participants (38)

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

AXALTO SA

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI

Italy

CRYPTOLOG INTERNATIONAL

France

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS

France

ECOLE SUPERIEURE D'ELECTRICITE - SUPELEC

France

EDIZONE GMBH ELECTRONIC BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS AND SECURITY

Germany

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

FRANCE TELECOM SA

France

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

GEMPLUS

France

INSTITUT EURECOM

France

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE

France

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE

France

INSTYTUT MATEMATYCZNY POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION

United States

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

MASTERCARD EUROPE

Belgium

OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG

Germany

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

UNIFOB AS

Norway

UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO

Spain

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

Italy

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN - STANDORT ESSEN

Germany

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE - LILLE I

France

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1

France

UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

France

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

VODAFONE GROUP SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507932

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium