Carlos Cid is director of Simula UiB, a research centre in cryptography and information theory in Bergen, Norway. He is also adjunct professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan, where he leads the Applied Cryptography Unit. Carlos is an experienced researcher and educator in cyber security; his main research interests and expertise are in cryptography and cyber-economics.
Carlos is part of the submission team of Classic McEliece (following its merge with NTS-KEM), a code-based cryptographic scheme selected as a 4th-round finalist to NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization Project. He previously served in the selection committees of the CAESAR and eSTREAM cryptographic competitions, and was the general and programme co-chair of FSE 2014, held in London, and SAC 2018 in Calgary. Carlos is a co-author of the book “Algebraic Aspects of the Advanced Encryption Standard” (Springer, 2006).
Carlos holds a BSc and PhD in Mathematics from Universidade de Brasília (1994, 1999). He was a post-doctoral researcher at RWTH-Aachen (2000-2001), and worked as a software engineer in a startup in Dublin (2001-2003). Carlos spent almost two decades in the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London: he joined in 2003 as a post-doctoral researcher, and left in February 2022 as a full professor. He was the founding director of Royal Holloway’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, and held several teaching, research and administrative roles during his time at the university.
In May 2022 Carlos became the director of Simula UiB, having initially joined the centre in June 2018 as a visiting research professor. Since April 2022 he also holds the position of adjunct professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, where he is involved in developing OIST’s research and education activities in cyber security. Carlos is also an experienced cyber security consultant, having worked in the past 20+ years on a number of projects, mainly in cryptography.