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Professor in Computer Science at Rennes 1 University and Institut Universitaire de France.


Pierre-Alain Fouque
Université Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu
263, avenue du Général Leclerc - Batiment 12
35042 Rennes Cedex
Tel: +33 2 99 84 75 58


PhD Students

Past Students:
  1. Sébastien Zimmer, PhD 2005-2008.
    Subject: Authentication and Key Derivation, École polytechnique. Defense 22 september 2008, École normale supérieure. co-advisor David Pointcheval 50%. Actual position: Defense Minister.
  2. Gilles Macario-Rat, PhD 2007-2010.
    Subject: Cryptanalysis of Multivariate Schemes and the IP Problem, Paris VII. Defense 28 June 2010. co-advisor Jacques Stern 50%. PhD done in the Orange Labs. Actual position: permanent researcher at Orange Labs.
  3. Gaëtan Leurent, PhD 2007-2010.
    Subject: Design and Analysis of hash functions, Paris VII. Defense 30 september 2010. Main advisor (90%), co-advisor David Pointcheval.
    Actual position: PostDoc at UCL with Francois-Xavier Standaert.
  4. Charles Bouillaguet, PhD 2008-2011.
    Subject: Multivariate Cryptanalysis, Mode of operation for hash functions and AES cryptanalysis tool.
    Actual Position: Assistant Professor at Lilles.
  5. Delphine Masgana Leresteux, PhD 2008-2012.
    Subject: Fault Attacks. Work done at DGA MI Labs at Rennes.
    Actual Position: Engineer at DGA.
  6. Jérémy Jean, PhD 2010-2013.
    Subject: Crytanalysis of Hash Function.
    Actual Position: Postdoc at NTU Singapore with Thomas Peyrin.
  7. Patrick Derbez, PhD 2010-2013.
    Subject: Cryptanalysis of AES.
    Actual Position: Postdoc at Luxembourg with Alex Biryukov.
  8. Jean-Christophe Zapalowicz PhD 2011-2014.
    Subject: Cryptanalysis of Pseudo-Random Generator and side-channel attack
Current Students:
  1. Sonia Belaid, PhD 2012-2015 with Michel Abdalla
    Subject: Side-channel Attacks.
  2. Pierre Karpman. PhD 2013-2016 with Daniel Augot and Thomas Peyrin.
    Subject: Hash Functions.
  3. Pierre Lestringant. PhD 2013-2016 with Amossys (Rennes) with Frederic Guilhery.
    Subject: Identification of cryptographic algorithms in security products.
  4. Benjamin Richard. PhD 2013-2016 with Orange Labs (Paris) with Gilles Macario-Rat.
    Subject: Security Proof in Authentication and Key Derivation.
  5. Raphael Bost. PhD 2014-2017 with David Pointcheval. DGA.MI
    Subject: Security Proof in Symmetric Cryptography and Cloud Security.
  6. Brice Minaud. PhD 2014-2017. Ministere Recherche.
    Subject: Cryptanalyse Symmetrique.

Master Students

  1. Oualid Ammar, Internship Master Algo 1999/2000.
    Implementing Shoup threshold signature scheme.
  2. Sébastien Zimmer, Internship Master MPRI 2004/2005.
    Distinguishing LSB or MSB of a Diffie-Hellman key from random bits.
  3. Gaëtan Leurent, Internship Master MPRI 2005/2006.
    Automatic Search of Differential Paths on the MD4 Hash Function.
  4. Aurore Bernard, Internship Master MPRI 2005/2006.
    Attacks on algebraic hash functions.
  5. Charles Bouillaguet, Internship Master MPRI 2006/2007.
    Security and Security Proof of Mode of operations for hash functions.
  6. Thomas Chardin, Internship Ecole polytechnique, 2007/2008.
    Timing-Cache Attack on RC4.
  7. Jérémy Jean, Internship KTH/Ensimag 2009/2010.
    Rebound Attacks on ECHO
  8. Patrick Derbez, ENS Cachan, Internship Master Maths Appli (UVSQ) 2009/2010.
    Automatic Search of guess-and-determine and MITM Attacks on Round-Reduced AES
  9. Thomas Bourgeat, ENS, Internship (L3) 2013.
    Algorithms for LPN.


I am responsible for different projects:


I have been secretary for the concours at l'Ecole normale supérieure. Here you can find some past exams. I have also been involved in the international recruitment.