About me


Dr. Douglas Stebila is an Associate Professor of cryptography in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on improving the security of key exchange protocols and Internet cryptography protocols such as TLS and SSH, including the development of quantum-resistant solutions. He is the leader of the Open Quantum Safe project, an open-source software project for prototyping and evaluating quantum-resistant cryptography. He holds an MSc from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Waterloo, and held previous academic appointments at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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My academic genealogy

My academic genealogy can be found on the Mathematics Genealogy Project. It includes many notable philosphers (Erasmus), mathematicians (Mersenne, Cayley, Whitehead), physicists (Galileo, Newton, Stokes, Rayleigh, Thomson, Rutherford, Dirac), and quantum computer scientists (Deutsch, Ekert, Mosca). Coincidentally, my PhD supervisor’s supervisor (Welsh) was also my Master’s supervisor.

My Erdős number is 3 (Erdős Stinson Goldberg Stebila).

Sadly, my Erdős–Bacon number is not (yet?) defined.