Stefano Tessaro

Stefano Tessaro

Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Stefano Tessaro
  • Ph.D. Computer Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2010
  • M.Sc. Computer Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2005

Stefano Tessaro joins us this winter as an associate professor. He comes from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he served as an assistant professor and the Glenn and Susanne Culler Endowed Chair in Computer Science. Prior to UCSB, he was a postdoctoral associate and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego.

Stefano explores cryptography and its connections to theoretical computer science and information theory. He develops new theory to address concerns arising in real-world cryptography. For example, he examines cryptographic standards to improve internet security, providing both proofs and attacks. He also takes inspiration from this process to develop new directions in theoretical cryptography, and establishes connections with other fields, such as complexity theory, statistics, and information theory. His recent interests include the study of large-scale attacks over the internet, as well as mechanisms to protect passwords from custom-made hardware. He currently serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Cryptography. He received the Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, Hellman Fellowship and the Best Paper Award at EUROCRYPT '17.