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Dr. Velichkov's area of research is symmetric-key cryptography. He is interested in techniques for cryptanalysis of block ciphers and in tools for automated cryptanalysis. A large part of his research has been dedicated to the analysis of a special class of cryptographic algorithms based on the operations modular addition, bitwise rotation and XOR (ARX). Vesselin Velichkov is broadly interested in all aspects of applied cryptography.


PhD, Cryptography, KU Leuven, COSIC, 2012
MSc, BSc, Communication Engineering, Technical University Sofia, 2002


Vesselin Velichkov is a Lecturer in Security and Privacy in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Security and Privacy Group within the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS). He has obtained his PhD in cryptography in 2012 from KU Leuven, Belgium under the supervision of Prof. Bart Preneel and Prof. Vincent Rijmen. Vesselin Velichkov holds a BSc/MSc degree (5 year) in Communication Engineering awarded in 2002 by the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. From 2007 to 2012 he was a doctoral researcher at KU Leuven in the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography research group (COSIC) headed by Prof. Preneel. Between 2012 and 2017, Dr. Velichkov was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg, where he was a member of the CryptoLUX group supervised by Prof. Alex Biryukov. Before joining the University of Edinburgh, Vesselin Velichkov was employed as a research associate in Temasek Labs, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as part of the SYLLAB team lead by Prof. Thomas Peyrin.


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