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Dr Douglas Stebila

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Information Security

Personal

Name
Dr Douglas Stebila
Position(s)
Visiting Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Information Security
Discipline *
Data Format, Computer Software, Other Mathematical Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 9566
Fax
+61 7 3138 2310
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD in Combinatorics & Optimization (University of Waterloo)

Professional memberships
and associations
As of March 2016, I have left QUT and am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Please visit my research website for up-to-date information at http://www.cas.mcmaster.ca/~stebilad/

My PGP/GPG public key has key ID 0x35A2F17C7C8B45E2 and fingerprint 2ADA 9B8D A02C 2977 D998 FFAA 35A2 F17C 7C8B 45E2.

Keywords

Cryptography, Key exchange, Digital signatures, Public key encryption, Client puzzles, Elliptic curve cryptography, Quantum cryptography, Network security protocols, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Internet security

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Computing and Software, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (2016–)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Mathematical Sciences, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2013—2016)
  • Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Mathematical Sciences, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2010—2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Information Security Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2009–2010)
  • Lecturer, Department of Combinatorics & Optimization, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2006–2007)

Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2011–2013)
  • PhD in Combinatorics & Optimization, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2004–2009)
  • Certificate in University Teaching, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2005–2008)
  • MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (2003–2004)
  • BMath in Honours Combinatorics & Optimization and Computer Science in Co-Operative Education, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (1998–2003)
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Teaching

  • CAB240 Information Security (Semester 2, 2015)
  • MXB251 Number Theory and Abstract Algebra (Semester 2, 2015)
  • MXB102 Abstract Mathematical Reasoning (Semester 1, 2015)
  • INX271 The Web (Semester 1, 2014)
  • MXB102 Abstract Mathematical Reasoning (Semester 1, 2014)
  • MAB461 Discrete Mathematics (Semester 2, 2013)
  • INX355 Cryptology & Protocols (Semester 2, 2013)
  • INN651 Security Technologies (Semester 2, 2013)
  • MAB122/127 Linear Algebra and Multi-variable Calculus (Semester 1, 2013)
  • INN651 Security Technologies (Semester 2, 2012)
  • MAB461 Discrete Mathematics (Semester 2, 2012)
  • MAB122/127 Algebra and Analytic Geometry (Semester 1, 2012)
  • MAN778 Applications of Discrete Mathematics (Semester 1, 2012)
  • INN651 Security Technologies (Semester 2, 2011)
  • MAB122/127 Algebra and Analytic Geometry (Semester 1, 2011)
  • MAN778 Applications of Discrete Mathematics (Semester 1, 2011)
This information has been contributed by Dr Douglas Stebila.

Experience

I am currently an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  For up-to-date information, please see my research website at http://www.cas.mcmaster.ca/~stebilad/  My research focuses on the cryptographic security of Internet protocols.

From 2010-2016, I was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, jointly appointed between the school of Electrical Enginnering and Computer Science and the school of Mathematical Sciences.  

From 2009-2010, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Information Security Institute at the Queensland University of Technology, addressing cryptographic aspects of denial of service resistance.

From 2004-2009, I was a PhD student affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. I worked with Prof. Michele Mosca on a variety of problems related to quantum cryptography, including an analysis of the cryptographic case for quantum key distribution and the development of quantum coins, a new form of digital cash that makes use of the no-cloning properties of quantum money.

As a PhD student, I was also affiliated with the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research at the University of Waterloo. My research included analyzing side-channel attacks on elliptic curve cryptography, password authenticated key exchange protocols, and denial of service resistance of key exchange protocols.

Between 2001 and 2005, I worked several times as an intern at Sun Microsystems Laboratories in the Next Generation Cryptography project, working with Sheueling Chang Shantz, Vipul Gupta, Hans Eberle, and Nils Gura. Our research focused on next generation cryptographic technologies. I worked on software implementations of elliptic curve cryptography and the ECDH and ECDSA algorithms, and integrated them into the widely used OpenSSL and NSS toolkits. Our work resulted in several publications and a technical standard.

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Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Program committee co-chair for ACISP 2015: Australasian Conference on Information Security and Privacy
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Program committee member for Eurocrypt 2015
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2014 Best Student Paper award for the paper "Multi-ciphersuite security of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol". Conference acceptance rate 20%. Top-ranked cryptography/security conference according to Google Scholar.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Program committee member for LATINCRYPT 2014
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Program committee member for USEC 2014: Workshop on Usable Security
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Program committee member for ACISP 2014: Australasian Conference on Information Security and Privacy
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Invited speaker for Real World Cryptography Workshop 2014, New York, USA
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Invited speaker for 12th Annual AusCERT Information Security Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
Type
Other
Reference year
2013
Details
Program committee member for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) CREATE Training Program in Building a Workforce for the Cryptographic Infrastructure of the 21st Century (CryptoWorks21)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS) 2011 Best Paper Award for paper "Defending web services against denial of service using client puzzles". Conference acceptance rate 14%.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Internet authentication protocols: theory and practice
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130104304
Start year
2013
Keywords
information security;cryptographic protocols

Supervision