Lejla’s research focuses on applied cryptography and embedded systems security, in particular, security of embedded (crypto) devices such as smartcards, RFID tags and IoT devices. Recently, she has been looking into machine/deep learning for security and privacy and how to use it for side-channel analysis. She is also interested in low-cost countermeasures against all kinds of physical attacks, faults and side-channel.
Lejla is a professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, Digital Security Group at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is the recipient of a VIDI grant by the Dutch government, which allowed her to start her own research group working on different aspects of applied cryptography and embedded security. She received her PhD in cryptography from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and her MSc degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia (1995). She has also studied at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Mathematics for industry, Professional Doctorate in Engineering in 2001) and worked as a cryptographer for SafeNet Technologies B.V. (2001-2003).
Lejla has published more than 100 refereed papers and served at 70+ program committees and gave more than 30 invited talks at conferences and summer schools. She has chaired RFIDSec09 and CHES 2012 (as general co-chair) and she was the general chair of RFIDSec12 in Nijmegen. She was a program co-chair of CHES 2014 (the IACR flagship conference on cryptographic hardware) in Busan, Korea.