Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) in Mathematics and Computer Science at Université Paris-Saclay
I'm a Maître de Conférences (associate professor) at the Université Paris-Saclay (UVSQ) in the Computer Science Department and I'm affiliated with the Laboratoire de Mathématiques de Versailles.
As a teacher, I really enjoy pedagogical sciences and I'm always looking for ideas to improve my courses. You can see my courses in the Teaching section.
Doctor in Computer Science and specialized in Symmetric Cryptography, my research work focus mainly on design and analysis of cryptographic primitives. I really enjoy discrete mathematics (Finite Fields, Boolean functions). I am trying to identify different structures of mathematical objects that we use, in order to refine knowledge about the security of cryptographic constructions. I like to cryptanalyze ciphers.
I'm really invested in scientific mediation. Besides giving some talks here and there about cryptography, I'm a co-designer of the exercices for the very exciting Alkindi competition for 15 year old students.
Because my life is not entirely dedicated to research and teaching cryptography, I also have some hobbies. Here they are: hiking, paragliding, skiing. In other words if there is the mountains, I'm in, and if there is the snow, I'm in twice!
I wish my students can find back the knowledge without learning it by heart. More precisely, I like to instil into my students an in-depth understanding of concepts by minimizing the size of the data stored in their brain. I also really like to teach the students to work in groups, mainly because it's a skill I find extremely usefull but unfortunately very little mastered. At the end of my courses, I wish my students don't need anyone to reinforce their knowledge in the field of expertise I teach them. If you have any ideas or just want to discuss on this, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm constantly looking for improving myself on this, which is a hard topic.
Since 2021, the Crypto-Seminar of Versailles has been refurbished into an hybrid version and the presentations are recorded and put online on Youtube. Christina Boura and myself are organizing. If you have something interesting about cryptography, don't hesitate to contact us!
I really like to do scientific interventions outside the university for explaining cryptography. I gave some talks in high school. A wanderfull competition in France: Alkindi, competition for 14 and 15 year old students on cryptanalysis. very interesting!