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Standards and Certification workshop- 2024

Dates: July 11, 2024

Location: QNC1201

Registration: To attend the this program please email us at by July 9,2024.

(Lunch is provided)

Learn about the importance of standards in cryptography, including their relevance and role for deployability, competitiveness, large-scale adoption, the standards and compliance organizations, and compliance development. Also understand the role of the academia and industry in the standardization process by Mike Brown and Norbert Lütkenhaus.


  • Mike Brown is the Principal and Founder of Polar Analysis, a boutique consulting firm focused on helping organizations understand threats to their cryptographic infrastructure. Previously, Mike was the co-founder and CTO of ISARA Corporation where he focused on the technical vision and direction for the company. The ISARA vision is a world where consumers, enterprises and governments can benefit from the power of quantum computing with protection against quantum attacks. Prior to ISARA, Mike was the Vice President of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry where he co-founded the product security practice and was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. He holds a Masters of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.
  • Norbert Lütkenhaus studied at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) and the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, from which he graduated with a thesis in general relativity. He then changed the field to study quantum optics and quantum cryptography under the supervision of Stephen M. Barnett at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK. In 1996 he obtained his PhD and then completed postdoctoral positions at Innsbruck (Peter Zoller and Ignacio Cirac) and the Helsinki Institute of Physics (Kalle-Antti Suominen). He worked for MagiQ Technologies (New York) to initiate the project of commercial realisation of quantum key distribution. Returning to academia in 2001, he built up and lead an Emmy-Noether Research Group at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, during which time he did his habiliation (2004). Previously, Lütkenhaus served as the IQC Graduate Program Director. Currently, he is the Executive Director at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and also a Professor at IQC and in the physics and astronomy department at the University of Waterloo. Lütkenhaus runs the Optical Quantum Communication Theory Group.