NDSS 2018 Opening Keynote - Beyond Smarts: Toward Correct, Private, Data-Rich Smart Contracts



Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and Computer Science Ari Juels is a professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, a Computer Science faculty member at Cornell University, and Co-Director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). He was previously Chief Scientist at RSA, now a division of Dell.

His recent areas of interest include blockchains, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts, as well as applied cryptography, cloud security, user authentication, and privacy. He has published over one hundred highly cited research papers, including many on digital currency, cryptocurrency, and blockchains.

Prof. Juels received a BA in Latin Literature and Mathematics from Amherst College (1991) and a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley (1996).


My interests broadly span security, privacy, and cryptography. A few of the research areas my group is now exploring are:

  • Blockchains, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts: Today’s cryptocurrencies represent just one point in a large design space of financial instruments. How might we make blockchain systems more flexible and relevant to banks, governments, and ordinary users?
  • Cloud security: How can cloud providers best provide security for their tenants? How can tenants best protect themselves from threats in the cloud?
  • Honey objects: As part of a general counterintelligence strategy to defend systems with eroding security perimeters, how can we deceive adversaries with fake resources?

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