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About me

I'm an Associate Professor of cryptography in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My research focuses on improving the security of Internet cryptography protocols such as SSL/TLS and SSH, and developing practical quantum-resistant cryptosystems.


My research interests include:

  • Applied cryptography: key exchange protocols; post-quantum cryptography; digital signatures; public key encryption; client puzzles / proofs of work; elliptic curve cryptography; quantum cryptography
  • Internet security: network security protocols (SSL/TLS, SSH, Tor, …); public key infrastructure (PKI); authentication

My full list of publications and presentations are available online. My most recent papers are:

P. Kampanakis, D. Stebila, T. Hansen. Internet-Draft, April 2023.

B. Westerbaan, D. Stebila. Internet-Draft, March 2023.

C. Aguilar-Melchor, T. Bailleux, J. Goertzen, D. Joseph, D. Stebila. 2023.


I'm fortunate to be able to travel a lot. I take lots of pictures on my trips. The best of my photos are posted in my galleries. My most recent galleres are:


I have a blog. I have not been very good at updating it lately, but here are my most recent posts:

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