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Communication and Information Theory


The Cain group is a small research group in ILIAS. Moreover, it is a part of the SECAN-Lab.  There are frequent collaborations and exchanges with researchers from other groups like Bouvry’s Parallel Computing and Optimisation Group (PCOG), Engel’s Security and Networking Lab (SECAN-Lab), or Biryukov’s cryptology research group (CryptoLUX). The group is currently composed of three people; besides the head there is Christian Franck who joined in 2015 as a research scientist and Andrea Capponi who joined in 2016 as a PhD candidate. The core expertise of the group are mathematical principles behind the efficient encoding of information and the realisation of reliable error-free digital communication systems.

Laufende Forschungsprojekte

DCnets - Dining Cryptographer Networks

Zeitrahmen: 10. April 2020 - 31. Dezember 2021
Finanzierung: NLnet - NGI - NGI0 PET Fund
Teilnehmer: FRANCK, Christian (Projektleiter), GROSZSCHÄDL, Johann (Forscher), BEGUM, Rubaiya (Collaborator), DUPONT, Briag Gerard Benjamin (Collaborator)


Software Library for implementing DCnets. Kindly supported by NLnet. Budget mainly used for student jobs.



    Conference Paper

  • Fast and Flexible Elliptic Curve Cryptography for Dining Cryptographers Networks, Dupont Briag Gerard Benjamin, Franck Christian, Groszschädl Johann, Bouzefrane Samia (Editor), Laurent Maryline (Editor), Boumerdassi Selma (Editor), Eric Renault (Editor). In: Mobile, Secure, and Programmable Networking, 6th International Conference, MSPN 2020, Paris, France, October 28–29, 2020, Revised Selected Papers, Springer Verlag.




  • Active Harmonics Compensation in Smart Grids, Kobou Ngani Patrick, Jury: Hadji-Minaglou Jean-Régis (Promotor), Sorger Ulrich (President), De Jaeger Emmanuel (Member), Neshvad Surena (Member), Darouach Mohamed (Member).