Dr.-Ing. Pawel Swierczynski is a senior researcher at the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin. Prior to joining the DSI, he worked as a doctoral candidate at the chair of Embedded Security (EMSEC) at the Horst-Görtz Institute (HGI) for IT-Security at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), where he successfully defended his thesis with the topic „Bitstream-based Attacks against Reconfigurable Hardware“ in 2017.
His main research interest at RUB was to explore whether and how SRAM-based FPGA bitstreams, describing cryptographic circuits, can be practically attacked through manipulating the corresponding hardware configurations/bitstreams. He published various peer-reviewed journal/conference paper, which describe successful key extraction attacks against Altera and Xilinx FPGAs.
Pawel holds a M.Sc. degree in IT-Security (01/2013) and B.Sc. degree in IT-Security (10/2010), both from the RUB. At the Ruhr-University-Bochum, he was a mentor for the smart card lab course (AVR Assembler), giving practical exercices for „Implementation of Cryptographic Schemes 1 and 2“ (C), and he offered a Java card lab course (C++, Java) with focus on cryptography.
Besides this, he was also a mentor for the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), where he and his colleague prepared a tailored cryptographic course that involved topics such as hard disc encryption, key extraction from memory dumps, crypto-based forensics, and general theory/application of cryptography.