Dr.-Ing. Elif Bilge Kavun

  • Former Assistant - Chair Embedded Security
Kavun, Elif Bilge


Embedded Security Group
Department of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
Ruhr University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

elif.kavun@rub.de PGP key


  • 09/2004 - 06/2008: B.Sc. studies in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey
  • 01/2008 - 06/2008: Semester ab­road at Université Joseph Fourier-Grenoble, Grenoble, France (as Erasmus exchange student)
  • 09/2008 - 09/2010: M.Sc. studies in Cryptography at Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 01/2011 - 05/2011: Research Assistant at Fraunhofer–AISEC (former Fraunhofer–SIT), Munich, Germany
  • 06/2011 - 02/2015: Research Assistant/PhD Po­si­ti­on at the Em­bed­ded Se­cu­ri­ty Group, Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


  • Resource-efficient (lightweight) cryptography
  • Design of hardware/software-oriented lightweight cryptographic algorithms
  • Hardware implementation of cryptographic primitives


DFG Research Training Group (GRK 1817/1) scholarship (GraKo - UbiCrypt)


Block Ciphers – Focus On The Linear Layer (feat. PRIDE)

Martin R. Albrecht, Benedikt Driessen, Elif Bilge Kavun, Gregor Leander, Chris­tof Paar, Tolga Yalcin - In Proceedings of the 34th International Cryptology Conference 2014 (CRYPTO’14), volume 8616 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 57-76. Springer, Santa Barbara, CA, US, August 17-21, 2014

Large-Scale High-Resolution Computational Validation of Novel Complexity Models in Linear Cryptanalysis

Andrey Bogdanov, Elif Bilge Kavun, Elmar Tischhauser, Tolga Yalcin - In Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, volume 259, part B, pages 592-598, Elsevier, March 15, 2014

A Reconfigurable Architecture For Searching Optimal Software Code To Implement Block Cipher Permutation Matrices

Elif Bilge Kavun, Gregor Leander, Tolga Yalcin - In In­ter­na­tio­nal Con­fe­rence on Re­Con­Fi­gura­ble Com­pu­ting and FPGAs 2013 (Re­Con­Fig'13), IEEE Com­pu­ter So­cie­ty, Cancun, Me­xi­co, Dec. 9-11, 2013

IPSecco: A Lightweight and Reconfigurable IPSec Core

Benedikt Driessen, Tim Güneysu, Elif Bilge Kavun, Oliver Mischke, Chris­tof Paar, Thomas Pöppelmann - 2012 International Conference on Reconfigurable Computing and FPGAs, ReConFig 2012, Cancun, Mexico, December 5-7, 2012

PRINCE – A Low-Latency Block Cipher for Pervasive Computing Applications (Extended Abstract)

Julia Borghoff, Anne Canteaut, Tim Güneysu, Elif Bilge Kavun, Miroslav Knezevic, Lars R. Knudsen, Gregor Leander, Ventzislav Nikov, Chris­tof Paar, Christian Rechberger, Peter Rombouts, Søren S. Thomsen, Tolga Yalcin - Advances in Cryptology - ASIACRYPT 2012 - 18th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology and Information Security, Beijing, China, December 2-6, 2012

RAM-Based Ultra-Lightweight FPGA Implementation of PRESENT

Elif Bilge Kavun, Tolga Yalcin - In International Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs 2011 (ReConFig'11), IEEE Computer Society, Cancun, Mexico, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2011

Memory Encryption in Smart Cards

Baris Ege, Elif Bilge Kavun, Tolga Yalcin - 10th Smart Card Research and Advanced Application Conference (CARDIS 2011), Leuven, Belgium, Sept. 14-16, 2011

Towards an Ultra Lightweight Crypto Processor

Begul Bilgin, Elif Bilge Kavun, Tolga Yalcin - Proceedings of the Workshop on Lightweight Security and Privacy (LightSec’11), Istanbul, Turkey, March 14-15, 2011

A Pipelined Camellia Architecture for Compact Hardware Implementation

Elif Bilge Kavun, Tolga Yalcin - In Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP’10), pages 305 - 308, IEEE, Rennes, France, July 7-9, 2010

A Lightweight Implementation of KECCAK Hash Function for Radio-Frequency Identification Applications

Elif Bilge Kavun, Tolga Yalcin - Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on RFID Security (RFIDSec'11), Istanbul, Turkey, June 7-9, 2010