Dr. Tolga Yalcin

  • Former Assistant - Chair Embedded Security
Yalcin, Tolga


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

Tolga.Yalcin@rub.de PGP key


  • 06/1992 - 12/1999: Group Lead, TUBITAK BILTEN, VLSI Design Group, Ankara, Turkey
  • 01/2000 - 06/2001: Senior IC Design Engineer, Philips Semiconductors AG, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 08/2001 - 10/2003: Senior ASIC Design Engineer, ArrayComm Inc., San Jose, CA
  • 11/2003 - 12/2006: Research Assistant, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 05/2006 - 02/2011: Independent Consultant, Izmir, Turkey
  • 10/2008 - Present: Affiliated Faculty, Middle East Technical Univ, Institute of Applied Mathematics, Ankara
  • 03/2011 - Present: Postdoctorate Researcher, Chair for Embedded Security, HGI, Ruhr University Bochum


  • Cryptography: With focus on (*) Power and area efficient hardware implementation of cryptographic algorithms, (*) Lightweight cryptographic algorithms – hardware design and implementation.
  • ASIC/FPGA design: With focus on (*) Application-specific processors, on-chip communication networks, (*) Mixed-mode design (including CMOS RF).
  • Digital signal processing: With focus on (*) ASIC/FPGA implementation of audio and video processing algorithms, (*) Algorithm development/optimization for power/speed efficient HW implementation, (*) Digital-analog interface modules.


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

Evaluation of Standardized Password-Based Key Derivation against Parallel Processing Platforms

Markus Dürmuth, Tim Güneysu, Markus Kasper, Chris­tof Paar, Tolga Yalcin, Ralf Zimmermann - Computer Security - ESORICS 2012 - 17th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Pisa, Italy, September 10-12, 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

Single-chip detector for electron spin resonance spectroscopy

Tolga Yalcin, Giovanni Boero (EPFL) - Review of Scientific Instruments 79, 094105 (2008)

Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer Suitable For Integration On A Single Chip

Tolga Yalcin, Giovanni Boero (EPFL) - International Patent, Nr. PCT/CH 2006/000247

CMOS Circular Geometry VCOs for Microwave Magnetic Field Generation

Tolga Yalcin, Volkan Sahin (Maxim Semiconductors), Giovanni Boero (EPFL), Radivoje Popovic (EPFL) - Radio Frequency integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium, 2005. Digest of Papers. 2005 IEEE

A low-power system-on-chip for telecommunications: single chip digital FM receiver/demodulator IP

Tolga Yalcin, Neslin Ismailoglu (TUBITAK) - Signals, Systems, and Computers, 1999. Conference Record of the Thirty-Third Asilomar Conference on

Low-power design of a digital FM demodulator based on zero-cross detection at IF

Tolga Yalcin, Neslin Ismailoglu (TUBITAK) - Vehicular Technology Conference, 1999. VTC 1999 - Fall. IEEE VTS 50th

Low-power design of a 64-tap, 4-bit digital matched filter using systolic array architecture and CVSL circuit techniques in CMOS

Tolga Yalcin, Neslin Ismailoglu (TUBITAK) - Signals, Systems & Computers, 1998. Conference Record of the Thirty-Second Asilomar Conference on