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Sven's goal is to contribute to a better understanding of cryptographic protocols to obtain more solid theoretical foundations and better protocols with high efficiency and strong security guarantees. A special focus of his work is i) the development of strong cryptographic models for complex cryptographic tasks that involve interaction between several parties, and ii) constructions that efficiently achieve strong security guarantees in these models.

Technical Interest:

Sven is particularly interested in realistic notions of security and privacy and the technical consequences for efficient and provably secure instantiations that they imply. A topic that he particularly focuses on is tight cryptographic reductions. At the same time, he is interested in revealing (and formally proving) the inherent limitations of cryptographic tasks and ways to circumvent such barriers.


Sven's results rely on the provable security paradigm, a very rigorous method of arguing about a system's security guarantees. At the same time, he regularly uses complex theoretical techniques like meta-reductions to obtain impossibility results showing that no further improvement can be achieved. These results can then be used to argue that a given construction is optimal.

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Academic background

Sven is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at TU/e. Before that, he held PostDoc positions in the cryptography groups of Eike Kiltz and Alexander May at Ruhr-University Bochum and Jens Groth at University College London.  In 2011, he finished his Ph.D. at Ruhr-University Bochum on secure digital signature schemes in the standard model.

Education and Teaching

Sven has been responsible for the following lectures on IT-Security:

  • Autumn 2021: Software Security  
    TU/e, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • Autumn 2021: IT-Security 2  
    TH Georg Agricola University, Bochum, Germany.
  • Spring 2021: IT-Security 1  
    TH Georg Agricola University, Bochum, Germany.
  • Spring 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018: IT-Security for the Humanities and Social Sciences (50 %). 
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
  • Spring 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018: IT-Security and Cryptography  
    Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. 
  • Autumn 2017/18: Introduction to Information Security 
    Vitruvius Hochschule Leipzig, Germany.
  • Spring 2017: Communication Systems Security  
    Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany.
  • Autumn 2016/17: Security and Privacy for Big Data 
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
  • Autumn 2015/16: Privacy-Preserving Authentication 
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. 

Education/Academic qualification

Computer science, other, Doctor, Efficient and Provably Secure Signature Schemes in the Standard Model, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Award Date: 17 Jun 2011

Computer science, other, Master, Efficient Hash Collision Search Strategies on Special-Purpose Hardware, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Award Date: 20 Dec 2006

External positions

Scientific Manager, Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security

Aug 2016Feb 2018

Student Counselor IT-Security, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Feb 2007Apr 2011


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  • Junior Scholar Award

    Schäge, Sven (Recipient), 2015

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