Monica Nevins, University of Ottawa

Postdoctoral Fellows

  1. Dr. Aaron Christie, 2013-2015.

    Now a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University.

  2. Dr. Ariane Masuda, 2007-2009, NSERC postdoctoral fellow, co-supervision with Ali Miri, SITE.

    She is now Assistant professor at CityTech, CUNY, New York, USA.

  3. Dr. Peter Campbell, 2003-2005, CRM postdoctoral fellow.

    He now works for a mathematically talented organization in England.


  1. A. Bourgeois, 2016--.

    Her research will center on representations of p-adic groups and automorphic forms, with relation to the Langlands program.

  2. C. Karimianpour, co-supervised with Dr. Hadi Salmasian, 2010-2015.

    Her thesis The Stone-von Neumann Construction in Branching Rules and Minimal Degree Problems solved several problems relating to the representation theory of covering groups of SL2. She successfully defended her thesis in December 2015, and has taken up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, starting January 2017.

  3. A. Becker, co-supervised with Dr. Isabelle Déchène during 2008--2009; she then completed her PhD "The representation technique: Applications to hard problems in cryptography" at Université de Versailles, France.

    She is now doing a postdoc in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  4. T. Niyomsataya, co-supervised with Dr. Ali Miri (SITE), 2005--2008

    He completed his master's under our supervision in early 2004 (see below) and continued as our doctoral student. His doctoral thesis is titled "On Designs and Fast Decoding Algorithms of Space Time Codes and Group Codes". His thesis won a University award. He is now working in industry.


  1. H. Tomkins, on ZesT hash functions, co-supervised with Dr. Hadi Salmasian, 2016--
  2. M. Cao, on symmetric functions and the Robinson-Schensted correspondence, co-supervised with Dr. Hadi Salmasian, 2016--.
  3. T. Rakotoarisoa, 2015-2017.
  4. His thesis The Bala-Carter Classification of Nilpotent Orbits of Semisimple Lie Algebras presents an expanded proof of the celebrated Bala-Carter theorem, as well as a detailed example of its application to the classification of nilpotent orbits in the Lie algebra so(8).

  5. M. Pabstel, 2014-2017.
  6. Her thesis Parameter Constraints on Homomorphic Encryption Over the Integers explores a cryptographic scheme posessing homomorphic properties, proposed by van Dijk, Gentry, Halevi, and Vaikuntanathan in 2010. In her thesis, she offers a careful analysis of many assertions in the original paper regarding the parameter constraints necessary for security and functionality, and offers some refinements.

  7. M. Pouye, Master 2, AIMS-Senegal, Les algèbres de Lie sur un corps quelconque, Spring 2015.
  8. D. Nguyen, on algebraic aspects of cryptography, 2013; he moved abroad before completing his studies.
  9. R. Brien, co-supervised with Dr. Hadi Salmasian, 2010-2012.

    His thesis Normal Forms in Artin Groups for Cryptographic Purposes was on generalizations of braid groups, called Artin groups, with a view towards their suitability for use in cryptography. He is currently pursuing his PhD in cryptography at SITE, University of Ottawa.

  10. K. Jarvis, 2009--2011.

    Her thesis NTRU over the Eisenstein Integers was on the development and implementation of a cryptographic system called ETRU, which is a variant of the popular cryptosystem NTRU in which the integers are replaced by the Eisenstein integers. We subsequently published a paper together in the journal Designs, Codes and Cryptography.

  11. N. Mailloux, co-supervised with Dr. Isabelle Déchène and Dr. Ali Miri, 2008--2009.

    His thesis was entitled "Group Key Agreement from Bilinear Pairings", and was nominated for a University award. He is currently working in industry, in the field of computer science.

  12. C. Dionne, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2007--2009.

    His thesis was entitled "Deligne-Lusztig Varieties", and was nominated for a University award. He is currently working in industry, in the field of data science.

  13. A. Lima, co-supervising with Dr. Ali Miri (SITE), 2007--2010

    His thesis, entitled "Relay Attack on RFID systems: analysis and modelling", included estimating the maximum distance at which a relay attack could be successful. He went on to complete his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University in 2017, while continuing his successful career in industry.

  14. C. Karimianpour, co-supervised with Dr. Ali Miri (Department of Mathematics and Statistics), 2006-2007.

    Her master's thesis was entitled "Lattice-Based Cryptosystems". She later returned to pursue doctoral studies in algebra and representation theory with myself and Dr. Hadi Salasian.

  15. M. Parent, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2004-2007.

    His master's thesis was entitled "Affine Reflection Groups and Bruhat-Tits Buildings". He is currently working for MBNA Bank.

  16. M. Comeau, co-supervised with Dr. Richard Blute (Department of Mathematics and Statistics), 2004-2006.

    His M.Sc. thesis was entitled "Braided Frobenius Algebras". He is completed his doctorate under the supervision of Dr. Blute and also earned a degree in Education. He is currently a high school teacher in the Ottawa area.

  17. T. Niyomsataya, co-supervised with Dr. Ali Miri (SITE), 2002-2004.

    His M.Sc. thesis was entitled "New Unitary Space-Time Codes with High Diversity Products". He continued on to the PhD.


  1. A. McSween, Co-op student, "r-Associativity classes in affine reflection groups," Summer 2017.
  2. S. Harrigan, NSERC USRA, "Provable security in post-quantum cryptographic algorithms", Summer 2017.
  3. S. Harrigan, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award, "Quantum algorithms for attacking public-key cryptosystems," 2016-17.
  4. T. Bernstein, NSERC USRA, "Rational nilpotent orbits of p-adic classical groups," Summer 2015.
  5. Tran Van Do, MITACS Globalink Scholarship, "On cuspidal representations of finite groups of Lie type", Summer 2014.
  6. F. Paquet-Nadeau, Work-study, working on associativity classes of the finite reflection group of type Cn, Summer 2014.
  7. N. Redding, Research grant, working on associativity classes in the finite and affine reflection groups of type Bn, Summer 2014.
  8. R. Khalil, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award, "Cryptology and RSA: A Mathematical Approach," Winter 2014.
  9. S. Banerjee, MITACS Globalink Scholarship, working on a variety of topics including aspects of homotopy and homology theory, Summer 2011.
  10. S. Fortier-Garceau, NSERC USRA Fellowship, working on p-adic numbers as well as finite and affine reflection groups (towards the study of buildings of p-adic groups!), Summer 2011.
  11. M. Turgeon, Undergraduate Research Project MAT4900, "Representation theory of p-adic algebraic groups", Fall 2010.
  12. L. Charette, Co-op student, working on Lie algebras and symplectic forms, Summer 2010.
  13. S. Amelotte, Co-op student, working on space-time codes, the Cayley-Dickson construction, and applications of representation theory to the design of codes, Summer 2010.
  14. M. Turgeon, Work-study, on combinatorial aspects of Coxeter systems and Bruhat-Tits theory, Summer 2009.
  15. J. Lemaire-Beaucage, NSERC USRA with Dr. Barry Jessup, working on the representation theory of finite groups and the cohomology of nilpotent Lie algebras, Summer 2008.
  16. L. Charette, NSERC USRA, working on the representation theory of finite groups and Young diagrams, Summer 2008.
  17. J. Lefebvre, reading course MAT3141 as well as NSERC USRA research project on nilpotent orbits of p-adic groups, Summer 2007.
  18. C. Dionne, research project on p-adic groups, Summer 2007.
  19. S. Down, reading course on finite fields and constructible numbers, Summer 2007.
  20. G. Giordano and C. Dionne, reading course on Lie algebras, Summer 2006.
  21. C. Dionne. Work-Study, doing research on induced representations of finite groups, and the construction of representations of GL(2) over a finite field, Summer 2006.
  22. C. Dionne. Reading course on tensor algebras, representation theory of finite groups and advanced linear algebra, Summer 2005.
  23. K. Jarvis. NSERC USRA, Representation theory of finite groups, Summer 2004.
  24. M. Comeau and M. Parent. Representation theory of finite groups and p-adic numbers, Summer 2003.

High School

  1. E. Lal. Online Research Coop program, Foundation for Student Science and Technology. Mathematical Cryptography, Spring 2016.