The Selmer Center is a research center for secure and reliable communication at the Department of Informatics, University of Bergen. It was opened Tuesday, February 11, 2003, with the name in honor of Ernst S. Selmer, Prof. Emeritus at the University of Bergen.

The Selmer Center currently has 25 members: 7 professors, 1 Dr. habilitation, 1 associate professor, 5 post-doctoral researchers, 11 PhDs, with primary research fields including

  • cryptology
  • coding theory and signal design
  • cryptographic Boolean functions and discrete structures
  • quantum information theory and quantum machine learning

The Selmer Center has been an active research group in a very high international level: during the last 15 years,  the Selmer Center has more than 600 publications in leading international journals and conferences proceedings and has attracted a number of research projects from the Research Council of Norway and EU. The research group has been actively organizing and participating in international conferences as invited speakers and members of international programs, and been serving several editorial boards for leading international journals. The group has had extensive international collaborations and hosted a number of researchers around the world in the past years.

Research Projects in last 15 years (>115 million NOK)

Modern Methods and Tools for Theoretical and Applied Cryptology (23.1 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Hellesth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR – IKTPLUSS)
  • Duration: July 2015 –  Dec. 2020
  • Employed: Chunlei Li (Researcher), Qian Guo (Postdoc), Andrea Tenti (PhD), Navid Ghaedi Bardeh (PhD), Isaac Andrés Canales Martinez (PhD)
Constructions of Optimal Boolean Functions (20.3 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Lilya Budaghyan
  • Sponsored by: Bergen Research Council (BFS)
  • Duration: Jan. 2017 –  Dec. 2020
  • Employed: Claude Carlet (consultant), Marco Calderini (Postdoc), Nikolay Stoyanov Kaleyski (PhD), Diana Davidova (PhD)
Quantum Machine Learning (7.5 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Matthew G. Parker
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (Young Talent)
  • Duration: July 2016 –  June 2019
  • Employed: Dong Yang (Postdoc), Sachin Valera (PhD)
Discrete Functions and Their Application in Cryptography and Mathematics (7 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Lilya Budaghyan
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR)
  • Duration: Sept. 2014 –  March 2018
  • Employed: Lilya Budaghyan (Researcher), Nian Li (Researcher)
BOOLC - Secure Boolean Functions for Coding and Cryptography (10.1 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Co-investigator: Igor Semaev
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (FRITEK)
  • Duration: July 2010 – June 2014
  • Employed: Chunlei Li (PhD), Lilya Budaghyan (Researcher), Alexander Kholosha (Researcher)
Hybrid Quantum Computers (5 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Matthew G. Parker
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR)
  • Duration: July 2008 – June 2011
  • Employed: Lars Eirik Danielsen (Postdoc), Ramij Rahaman (PhD)
ICC:RASC - Inductively Coupled Channels: Reliable and Secure Communication (9.8 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Øyvind Ytrehus
  • Co-investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (VERDIKT)
  • Duration: 2008 – 2011
  • Employed: Guang Yang (PhD), Mohammad Reza Abyaneh (PhD), Alexander Kholosha (Researcher), Erik Rosnes (Researcher)
CryptoCom- Development of Norwegian-Slovak Cooperation in Cryptology (1 MNOK)
  • National leader: Tor Helleseth (Project led by Otokar Grosek, Slovakia)
  • Sponsored by: EEA grants (NIL)
  • Duration: 2008 – 2010
SETA - Sequences and Their Applications (4.8 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (FRITEK)
  • Duration: 2007 – 2010
  • Employed: Michal Hojsík (PhD), Lilya Budaghyan (Post. Doc.)
NISNet - Norwegian Information Security resource NETwork (2.4 MNOK)
  • Leader of the network: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (VERDIKT)
  • Duration: September 2007 – August 2011
ECRYPT II - European Network of Excellence in Cryptography II (0.1 MNOK)
  • National leaders: Tor Helleseth and Matthew Parker (Project led by Bart Preneel, University of Leuven)
  • Sponsored by : EU – FP 7
  • Duration : 2008 – 2011
InterRASC - International collaboration in Reliable and Secure Communication (1.2 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (Free project in informatics)
  • Duration: 2006 – 2009
OWL - Optimization Methods in Wireless Networks (6 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Øyvind Ytrehus
  • Co-investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR)
  • Duration: 2006 – 2009
  • Employed: Sondre Rønjom (PhD), Mohammad Ravanbakhsh (PhD), Eirik Rosnes (Researcher)
ACT - Advanced Cryptographic Techniques (4.6 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (IKT-SOS)
  • Duration : 2003 – 2007
  • Employed: Thomas Tjøstheim (PhD), Alexander Kholosha (Post. Doc.)
Sequences and Difference Sets (DAAD grant) 2006 - 2007 (0.2 MNOK)
  • Principle investigators: Tor Helleseth (and Alexander Pott, University of Magdeburg)
  • Sponsored by : Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and (DAAD)
  • Duration : 2004 – 2005
RASC - Reliable and Secure Communication (8 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (SUP)
  • Duration: 2002 – 2005
  • Employed: John Erik Mathiassen (PhD), Håvard Molland (PhD), Hans Georg Schaathun (Post. Doc.)
ALBRICC - A little Basic Research in Coding and Cryptology (1.8 MNOK)
  • Principal investigator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR)
  • Duration: 2005 – 2008
  • Employed: Lars Erik Danielsen (PhD)
ECRYPT - European Network of Excellence in Cryptography (EU grant 0.7 MNOK)
  • National leaders: Tor Helleseth and Matthew Parker (Project led by Bart Preneel, University of Leuven)
  • Sponsored by: EU – FP 6
  • Duration: 2004-2008
FASTSEC - Marie Curie Training Site (1 MNOK)
  • Co-ordinator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: EU – FP5 grant
  • Duration: 2002 – 2006
  • Employed: 12 PhD students from all over Europe for 3-12 months
TV - Dokumentar om Kryptologi (0.3 MNOK)
  • Scientific leader: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: Bergen Universitetsfond
  • Duration: 2004-2005
  • The documentary “Hemmelige koder” produced in collaboration with “Univision” was shown on NRK 1 in April 2007.
Nordic Research School on Cryptology and Its Applications (0.3 MNOK)
  • Co-ordinator: Tor Helleseth
  • Sponsored by: NorFA
  • Duration: Summer 2004
Probabilistic Fingerprinting and Applications (0.1 MNOK)
  • Principal investigators: Tor Helleseth (H.G.Schaathun) and Gerard Cohen, France
  • Sponsored by: Norwegian Research Council (NFR) (AURORA)
  • Duration: 2002-2003

International Conferences Organized by Selmer Center

  • BFA2018 – The 3rd International Workshop on Boolean Functions and their Applications, June 17-22, Luen, Norway, 2018
  • WAIFI – International Workshop on the Arithmetic of Finite Fields, June 14-16, Bergen Norway, 2018
  • Emil Artin International Conference, May 27 – June 2, Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia, 2018
  • MMC – International Workshop on Mathematical Method for Cryptography, Sept. 3-8, Svolvær, Norway, 2017
  • BFA2017 – The 2nd International Workshop on Boolean Functions and their Applications, July 3-8, Os, Norway, 2017
  • ArcticCrypt 2016 – International Workshop on Recent Trends in Cryptography, July 17-22, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, 2016
  • Norwegian-Slovakian Workshop in Crypto, Feb. 8-10, Bergen, Norway, 2016
  • BFA2014 – The 1st International Workshop on Boolean Functions and their Applications, Sept. 2-7, Rosendal, Norway, 2014
  • WCC 2013 -International Workshop on Coding and Cryptography, April 15-19, 2013, Bergen, Norway, 2013
  • WCC 2009 – International Workshop on Coding and Cryptography, May 10-15, Ullensvang, Norway, 2009
  • ITW 2007 – IEEE Information Theory Workshop on Information Theory for Wireless Applications, July 1-6, Solstrand, Norway, 2007
  • WCC 2005 – International Workshop on Coding and Cryptography, March 14-18, Bergen, Norway, 2005
  • SETA 2001 – Sequences and Their Applications, May 13-17, Bergen, Norway, 2001
  • ITW 1997 – IEEE Information Theory Workshop on Information Theory for Wireless Applications, July 6-12, Spitsbergen, Norway, 1997
  • Coding theory gathering, June, Bergen, Norway, 1994
  • Eurocrypt’93 – International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptographic Techniques, May 23-27, Lofthus, Norway, 1993

Winter/Summer Schools organized by Selmer Center

Evaluations of the Selmer Center

The research group has been evaluated by an international committee together with all ICT research groups in Norway on an initiative by the Norwegian Research Council in 1992, 2002 and 2012. At all three evaluations (Evaluation-1992, Evaluation-2002, Evaluation-2012), the research group got excellent evaluations, which shows the group has performed a high international level.

In 2002 and 2012 a grading system was used and the research group got the highest possible grade. In 2002, the highest grade “Excellent” was given and the committee stated that the group

may be the best ICT group of any kind in Norway and occupies a distinguished position in the international community

and

” … is one of the gems on the Norwegian Scientific Scene, not just the context of ICT …”

In the 2012 evaluation, the Selmer Center got the highest possible grade as one out of five when 63 ICT research groups were evaluated.

The Selmer Center is also one of the only two group with the highest grade in both the 2002 and 2012 evaluations.