Who am I?

I am Associate Professor with HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) at the XLIM (UMR CNRS 7252 / University of Limoges -- France) laboratory since 09/2004 (with a full position since 09/2006). I am currently member of the DMI department (Département Mathématiques Informatique / Mathematics and Computer Science Department -- led by Prof. Samir Adly) of XLIM.

I am chair of IFIP WG 11.2 Pervasive Systems Security [more on my professional activities].
I have been involved in more than 100 research events in different positions (PC chairs, General Chair, Publicity Chair, Editor/Guest Editor, Steering Committee member, Program Committee member, etc.).

Since 2016, I am head of the Computer Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology (before I was vice-head since 2015).
Since 2016, I am member of the CNU 27, the French National Council of Universities for Computer Science (I was also member from 2011 to 2015).
Since 2012, I am the representative of Associate Professors of XLIM in the council of the laboratory.

I was holder of a premium for scientific excellence from 01/2012 to 12/2015.
In December 2013, the General Assembly of IFIP has granted me the "IFIP Silver Core award".

My research interests are related to Smart Card applications and security (at hardware and software level), RFID/NFC applications and security, Mobile networks (e.g UAV fleets) applications and security, Sensors network applications and security, Smart home applications and security, Internet of Things (IoT) security, Cyber-Physical Systems security, security of Distributed Objects and Systems and security evaluation/certification processes.

I am currently involved in several funded projects related to UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles):

  • SFD ("Sécurité des flottes de drones", i.e. Security of Fleets of Drones) as principal co-investigator with Olivier Blazy and Oussama Habachi from XLIM. This project is funded by Région Limousin (now called ALPC) and involved 9 permanent researchers of our lab XLIM. (2014-2017)
  • SUITED (Suited secUrIty TEstbed for Drones) as principal investigator which is funded by MIRES. 4 permanent researchers of XLIM and members of MUSe team of LaBRI are involved. (2016-2018)
  • UNITED (United NetworkIng TEstbed for Drones) as  co-investigator with Oussama Habachi. The project is funded by MIRES. 5 permanent researchers of XLIM and members of MUSe team of LaBRI are involved. (2016-2018)
  • SUITED-BX (Suited secUrIty TEstbed for Drones) as  co-investigator with Serge Chaumette. The project is funded by the LaBRI and the MUSe team. It complements the SUITED project to develop the shared testbed. (2016-2018)
  • UNITED-BX (United NetworkIng TEstbed for Drones) as co-investigator with Serge Chaumette. The project is funded by the LaBRI and the MUSe team. It complements the SUITED project to develop the shared testbed. (2016-2018)
  • TRUSTED (TRUSted TEstbed for Drones) as co-investigator with Serge Chaumette of LaBRI. The project is funded by CNRS INS2I through the call 2016 PEPS ("Projet Exploratoire Premier Soutien") SISC ("Sécurité Informatique et des Systèmes Cyberphysiques")(2016-2018)
  • NetCod ("Network Coding dans les flottes de drones", i.e. Network Coding for Fleets of Drones) as co-investigator with Serge Chaumette. The project is funded by Thales. It is developed at LaBRI in the MUSe team with the collaboration of permanent researchers of XLIM(2014-2017)
  • SECURITY (SEcure CommUnications for aeRial vehIcules and ioT sYstems, i.e. "Communications sécurisées entre les véhicules aériens et les systèmes de l'internet des objets") between XLIM and SCC-ISG (Royal Holloway, University of London) as principal investigator, a submitted project to CNRS PICS call (not yet accepted for funding; 2017-2020).

But I am also involved in other projects as member like:

In the past, I was involved in:

With Claire Darraud, I was co-responsible of the Portal for "Science and Engineering (MathematicsComputer Science, PhysicsChemistry)" for the first years of the Bachelor of Science delivered by the Faculty of Science and Technology of University of Limoges until 08/2014.

I deliver lectures notes on Smart Cards, Embedded Systems Security, Certification and Secure Development to students in second year of Master in Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges.

I obtained my Ph.D. at the University Bordeaux 1 (France) in December 2004. The subject of my thesis was on the Java Card security (development of an emulator to experiment attacks against Java Card platform and applets; modeling some security problems).
From 03/09/2001 to 02/09/2004, I worked on the Java Card security in the ITSEF (Information Technology Security Evaluation Facilities) of SERMA Technologies.
From  01/02/2006 to 31/03/2006, I was invited researcher at the ISG-SCC (Information Security Group - Smart Card Centre) of the Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). Then, from the 01/04/2006 to 10/08/2006 I was in a postdoctoral position at the ISG-SCC of the RHUL.