Dr. Boneh is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he heads the Applied Cryptography Group and co-directs Stanford’s Center for Blockchain Research. Dr. Boneh’s research focuses on applications of cryptography to computer security and blockchains. His work includes cryptosystems with novel properties, computer security, and cryptanalysis. He is the author of over 200 publications in the field, and is a recipient of the 2014 ACM prize and the 2013 Godel prize.

Research Interests

Cryptography and computer security, including cryptographic systems with novel properties, cryptanalysis of existing constructions, provable security, and applications of cryptography to computer security. In computer security my focus is on techniques for building secure systems and writing secure code as well as the analysis of existing systems for vulnerabilities. My research covers security for Web applications and mobile devices, and more recently, security of blockchains. In cryptography my research studies the construction of cryptographic schemes from algebraic structures. I work on advanced public-key encryption schemes, such as, identity-based encryption and functional encryption as well as systems that remain secure against quantum computing attacks. More recently I have been working on efficient proof systems and zero-knowledge proofs. Many of the systems I design make use of pairings from algebraic geometry and hard problems on integer lattices. I am also actively engaged in teaching cryptography and computer security, especially via modern teaching technologies such as massive online open courses (MOOCs).

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Section 34: Computer and Information Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 11: Mathematics