Robert Primas

Dipl.-Ing. BSc

Secure Systems, PhD Candidate

Robert Primas is a PhD student, supervised by Stefan Mangard, in the Secure Systems (SESYS) group at the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK) in Graz, Austria. His current research is focused on implementation security and symmetric/post-quantum cryptography. He received his MSc in Computer Science at Graz University of Technology with focus on IT Security.
Robert Primas


My research interests include practical aspects of information security such as constructing and attacking cryptographic implementations as well as more theoretic aspects such as designing cryptographic schemes that feature robustness against physical attacks in addition to cryptanalytic security. I co-designed ISAP, a lightweight authenticated cipher that is currently competing in the 2nd round of the NIST lightweight crypto standardization process and gives out-of-the-box strong guarantees against various kinds of physical attacks like fault injection and power analysis.Online resources on selected research topics (see links for collaboration partners):

  • ISAP, a lightweight authenticated cipher designed for robustness against physical attacks, now competing in the 2nd round of the NIST lightweight crypto standardization process


I currently teach a graduate course that focuses on implementing and attacking secure cryptographic implementations for industrial applications:

Looking for a bachelor’s thesis, master’s thesis, or project in symmetric/post-quantum cryptography, and/or implementation security? Let us know, we’re always happy to discuss open topics!


Conference refereeing

  • 2018: AFRICACRYPT, CHES, EuroS&P

Journal refereeing

  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS)
  • IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD)