Award of Excellence for Daniel Kales

Each year, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research presents an award for outstanding dissertations of Austrian universities. The top 40 graduates of doctoral studies of an academic year are honoured with the “Award of Excellence“.
This year, we are happy to congratulate IAIK alumni Daniel Kales, who was one of three TU Graz awardees. He received the prize for his dissertation “Improving Modern Cryptographic Protocols using Domain-Specific Symmetric Primitives”.

Information Security Scholarship 2022 awarded

Congratulations to Carina Fiedler and Ernesto Martínez García, who both received the Information Security Scholarship on 2nd December 2022!
The Cybersecurity Campus Graz is awarding these scholarships, which were sponsored by Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies. Recipients are talented and motivated international students starting their studies at TU Graz. Students qualify if they have a major in information security within the English-language master’s programmes of Computer Science, Information and Computer Engineering, or Software Engineering and Management.

Find out more about the scholarship by clicking on the link on the right!

Bettina Könighofer promoted to assistant professor

We are pleased to announce that Bettina Könighofer has been promoted to be an assistant professor for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence at IAIK. Bettina founded the group Trusted AI. In her research, she and her group is using state-of-the-art formal methods to test, to verify, and to monitor AI systems with the goal to make sure that AI systems are safe, secure, transparent, accountable, robust, and unbiased. Bettina’s research was the first that provided provable correctness guarantees for deep learning systems.

Bettina is lecturing the bachelor course Logic and Computability and partially teaches the graduate course Model Checking.

Daniel Gruss receives Highly Endowed ERC Starting Grant

Daniel Gruss receives the prestigious EU funding award for research into energy-efficient IT security from the European Research Council in 2022. The research of computer scientist and cybersecurity expert Daniel Gruss and also of experimental physicist and START Prize winner Marcus Ossiander will receive funding totalling 3.3 million euros over the next five years, the European Research Council announced today. 
Read more about their remarkable achievement by clicking on the link on the right.

Daniel Gruss awarded Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Gruss was awarded the Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark (Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria) for his paper “Transient-Execution Attacks and Defenses”. The prize was presented on 18th November 2022 and is remunerated with 12.000,- Euros.

You can read a short abstract of his work by clicking on the link on the right (in German).


“Information Security” selected as best-evaluated course

Our lecture “Information Security” is the best-evaluated bachelor-level course of the CS&BME faculty!

In an award ceremony at CS&BME Faculty Day 2022, the faculty celebrated both the best students (“Dean’s List”) and, for the first time this year, the best course (“Students’ List”) in each degree programme.
“Information Security VO” won with the best evaluations in the past years in the bachelor degree programmes CS, ICE, and SEM.
Earlier this week, “Information Security” was also a nominated finalist for the Prize for Excellence in Teaching by TU Graz, which several IAIK courses have won in the past years.
The course is taught by Maria Eichlseder, Daniel Gruss, and Jakob Heher and introduces students to the foundations of our research areas: Cryptography & Privacy, System Security, and Secure Applications.

Congratulations to all awardees on the Dean’s List – we’re proud that several of them are teaching assistants in our courses!

Awardees 2022 & new bachelor theses topics

On 14th October 2022, twelve students were awarded prizes and certificates for their contributions to scientific publications in 2021/22.

This year’s awardees are:

Johannes Erlacher, Simone Franza, Martin Haubenwallner, Jonas Juffinger, Andreas Kogler, Markus Köstl, Erik Kraft, Lukas Lamster, Alexander Palmisano, Stefan Pranger, Thomas Schuster, Amel Smajic.

Congratulations & keep up the good work!
Upon chatting about the current hot topics in security, students were able to learn more about open bachelor theses and research areas at IAIK and got in touch with potential advisors.
We are looking forward to your theses and to a successful Bachelor@IAIK in the year ahead!
Check out our available topics & the overview of writing a thesis at IAIK here!

Why not have a look the presentation of our research areas.

Attacks on computer systems: TU Graz publishes Æpic Leak and SQUIP

International IT security research teams headed by Daniel Gruss of IAIK have released information on two new forms of cyberattack that exploit hardware.
Reliable, bug-free computer hardware provides the foundation for secure software. Now, vulnerabilities on the hardware side are increasingly attracting the attention of hackers and developers alike, not least following the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre side-channel attacks by TU Graz researchers in 2018. Since then, researchers – including from TU Graz – have uncovered a series of new openings for cyberattacks that capitalise on weaknesses in PC hardware. A team headed by Daniel Gruss has now published details of two further vulnerabilities: Æpic Leak and SQUIP.

Read the whole article by following the link on the right.

Summer School: Graz Security Week

Once again, IAIK will hold the Graz Security Week. The summer school targets graduate students interested in security and correctness aspects of computing devices. 

Click here to check out the programme, speakers, and all the details!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Quantum Computers: Cryptographic Algorithm Bearing the Handwriting of TU Graz Becomes Standard

Extremely powerful computers of the future require alternative encryption and signature methods. In a six-year process, the US authority NIST has now elevated four post-quantum algorithms to standard status – one of these algorithms, the signature algorithm SPHINCS+, was developed by the SPHINCS+-team including Christian Rechberger of IAIK. To read the full article, please click on the link on the right.