|Tor Helleseth received his Dr. Philos. degree in mathematics from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 1979. In 1979-1980 he was a Research fellow at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. From 1981 to 1984 he was at the Chief Headquarters of Defense in Norway. Since 1984 he has been a Professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen. He has led the Selmer Center from the very begining and has been the major factor in building up the group.
His research interests are coding theory, cryptography, sequences and discrete mathematics. He has published more than 400 papers in international refereed journals or conferences, chapter in books, chapters in Encyclopaedias etc. (103 of the papers are in the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Information Theory)
During 1991-1993 and 2012-2014 he served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is on the editorial board on Designs, Codes and Cryptography since 1996 and on Cryptography and Communications: Discrete Structures, Boolean Functions and Sequences since 2009. He was the program chair for Eurocrypt’93 and a program co-chair for the IEEE Information Theory Workshop ITW1997 in Longyearbyen, Norway and the ITW2007 in Solstrand, Norway. He was a program co-chair for Sequences and Their Applications (SETA) in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2018; a program co-chair for Advances in Information Coding and Wireless Communications (AICWC) in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018; and a technical program co-chair for International Workshop on Signal Design and Applications (IWSDA2019). He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1997 for his contributions to coding theory and cryptography and became IEEE Life Fellow in 2018. He became a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA – Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi) in 2004. In 2007-2009 he served on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Information Theory Society. He was in several committees for selecting award winners of pretigious awards, including IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2016, 2017, 2018), IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award (2017, 2018), IEEE Joint Communications Society/Information Theory Award (2017, 2018) and IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award (2015, 2017, 2018).