Svetla Petkova-Nikova


My research interests are in cryptography and coding theory:

  • Side channel resistant implementations – Threshold Implementations
  • Light-weight cryptography
  • Boolean functions used in Block Ciphers (S-boxes)
  • Secret Sharing Schemes, Commitment Schemes
  • Multiparty Computation, Oblivious Transfer
  • Resilient and Correlation-Immune Functions
  • Coding Theory
  • Codes and Designs in Polynomial Metric Spaces
  • Linear Programming Bounds for Codes and Designs
  • Covering Radius
  • Minimal Codewords
  • Reed–Muller Codes


EU H2020 project FENTEC, WP leader

NIST research grant “Cryptography secured against side-channel attacks and fault attacks by means of Threshold Implementations” – co-PI together with Prof. Vincent Rijmen

FWO-SBO SNIPPET “Secure aNd prIvacy-friendly Peer-to-Peer Electricity Trading”, Project coordinator

KU Leuven RUN ESCALaTe, co-PI together with Prof. Vincent Rijmen

imec ICON: Boss “Blockchain for online Service Security”, WP leader


I have a Research Manager position in COSIC.

I am adjunct professor in University of Bergen in Norway, at The Selmer Center in Secure Communication.

Prior to that I was Assistant Professor in University of Twente, NL.

My Ph. D. degree is from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

My M. Sc. degree is from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria.