Christof Paar holds the Chair for Communication Security at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and is director of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security. Before coming to Bochum, he was with WPI's ECE Department, USA, for seven years. He is co-founder of CHES (Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems), the international leading workshop series for embedded security. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and patents in the area of applied security. Dr. Paar has lectured intensively in academia and industry, including courses at NASA, Motorola Research and Philips Research. He is a pioneer in the emerging field of IT security for automotive applications.