Unai Rioja

Ph.D. student at Ikerlan Technological Research Center and Radboud University

I am an external Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Lejla Batina in the Digital Security group of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. I am also part of Ikerlan, a Technological Research Center located in the Basque Country (Spain), where I reside. Concretely, I am part of the Cybersecurity of Embedded Systems team of Ikerlan, where I work as a researcher (Ph.D. student). My main research interests are in the area of analysis, design, and evaluation of Embedded Systems and mainly focus on Cybersecurity for embedded systems and Side-Channel Attacks.

Contact Information

Ikerlan Technological Research Center

Cybersecurity of Embedded Systems team

José María Arizmendiarrieta Pasealekua, 2, 20500 Arrasate, Gipuzkoa, Spain.

Radboud University

Digital Security Group (iCIS)

Mercator 1, 03.17, Toernooiveld 212, 6525 EC Nijmegen, The Netherlands


University of La Rioja

September 2013 - May 2017
Degree in Industrial Electronics and Automaton Engineering
September 2017 - March 2019
M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering

Radboud University

June 2019 - Present
Ph.D. Student


Link to dblp

  • Unai Rioja, Lejla Batina and Igor Armendariz. When Similarities Among Devices are Taken for Granted: Another Look at Portability. AFRICACRYPT 2020: 337-357. [link]
  • Servio Paguada, Unai Rioja and Igor Armendariz. Controlling the Deep Learning-Based Side-Channel Analysis: A Way to Leverage from Heuristics. ACNS Workshops 2020: 106-125. [link]
  • [Preprint] Unai Rioja, Servio Paguada, Lejla Batina and Igor Armendariz. The uncertainty of Side-Channel Analysis: A way to leverage from heuristics. IACR Cryptol. ePrint Arch. 2020. [link]
  • [Preprint] Unai Rioja, Lejla Batina, Jose Luis Flores and Igor Armendariz. Auto-tune POIs: Estimation of distribution algorithms for efficient side-channel analysis. IACR Cryptol. ePrint Arch. 2020. [link]